Acopia Fund activities
What does it consist of?
The funds are established in order to give to the interns the opportunity to participate in Korean activities in South Korea. The first experience was held and organized in Busan.
BUS TOUR TO THE DMZ - 14th June 2018
On 14th June, all the interns went on a bus tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). They had the opportunity to know more about the Korean history and the tensions between North and South Korea. They visited different places :
Imjingak and the Bridge of Freedom : Imjingak is a park located on the banks of the Imjin River in the city of Paju. The park has many monument regarding the Korean war. The freedom bridge is the only path that connects between the south and north around Imjin river.
- The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel : It is one of the 4 known tunnels build by North Korea for a surprise attack on Seoul. It was discovered in October 1978 based on information provided by a North Korean defector.
- Dora Observatory : It is the part of South Korea the closest to the North. Visitors can looks across the Demilitarized Zone through binoculars from the observatory. It is possible to see the North Korean propaganda village situated in the DMZ and also as far as the city of Gaesung which is the 3rd largest city in North Korea.
- Dorasan Station : It is a railroad station situated on the Gyeongui Line, which once connected North and South Korea and has been restored. In 2000, former President of South Korea Kim Dae-jung visited to North Korea to meet Kim Jung-il and they agreed to reconnect Gyeongui Line. The construction was finished and opened in February 2002.
Feedbacks from interns :
Aissatou : It was a very interesting experience from a cultural point of view because it allowed us to become more aware of the conflict between the two Koreas. I think anyone coming to Korea should live this experience at least once.
Solène : It was very captivating to visit all these places that are really important in the Korean history. I learned a lot of things about the conflict between North Korea and South Korea. Furthermore, it was really fun to go there with all the interns!
TRIP TO BUSAN - 20th May to 21 May 2018
All the interns of Acopia went to Busan from 20th May to 21 May 2018. It was a great opportunity to discover a new city and to learn more about the Korean culture. They visited the Busan Museum, the Sea Life BUSAN AQUARIUM, haeundae beach, the bay 101, gamcheon village… and tried the Korean sauna jimjilbang.
The interns had the chance to wear hangbok , they were also involved in different traditional art activities.
Feedbacks from interns :
Sylvie : The trip to Busan helped me getting closer with the other interns while being able to visit another city. The museum was interesting and we could do some cultural activities like wearing an hanbok and reconstructing broken pots. The Haeundae Beach was really beautiful and we got lucky to see the sand festival, which was amazing.
Phung: I really enjoyed the trip because you get to know your coworkers better while experiencing the Korean culture. It was also a great idea to go to Busan . This broadened the interns view because some might only travel around in Seoul. With this trip they could see another part of the country and doing things they wouldn’t do in the first place. (Example given: jimjilbang)