The Seoul Human Resource Development Center invited 15 officials from 11 of its sister cities, including Budapest, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Mozambique, to attend a cultural policy course from April 29 to May 7, 2012. The course was designed to share Seoul’s proven cultural policies, develop the human resources of its sister cities, boost its status in the international community, and promote international exchanges.
The course featured lectures given by high-level officials of the city government on Seoul’s culture, tourism and design policies; visits to Hanyang Walls, Seoul Art Space_Sindang, Filmmaker’s Creative Zone, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and the Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center; and diverse experiences of Korean culture including the Cookin’ Nanta live show, Samullori (traditional percussion quartet), Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul Namsan Traditional Theater (for experiences of traditional Korean clothes) and N Seoul Tower.
The participants also visited a new type of flea market (where all the vendors are ordinary citizens offering their own home-made goods at very low prices) at the Seoul Human Resource Development Center. They experienced the culture of frugality, and the tradition of sharing and caring for the environment among the thousands of people participating in the fun market.