Photos from Picnic Day.
As briefly mentioned, I was invited by a group of eight students, among the top achievers at Deogin, on their Picnic Day field trip to Seoul. While most students organized a trip out to the woods, a local theme park, museums, Gwangju, or volunteering at an old-folks home, this group’s itinerary was surprisingly career minded and ambitious. After arriving in Seoul in the early afternoon, the group headed to the 63 Building, South Korea’s tallest building, and proceeded to the 55th floor where for an hour and a half they had an opportunity to meet privately with Yong-Myung Park, one of the country’s more well known fund managers and managing director of Hanhwa Asset Management, a major investment firm in Korea. As I googled him on my iPad, the students received a lecture on the basics of the global investment industry, asked for advice on their career dreams, and asked questions about Mr.Park’s own path to success (himself being Mokpo born and bred). The whole meeting had a very personal, pleasant, even intimate tone to it.
After the meeting with Mr. Park, the career focused itinerary continued with the next stop being the Bank of Korea Museum to learn about the history of central banking in the country. The Museum closed a little earlier than expected, so the students only had 20-30 minutes at the museum before it closed for the day. Afterwards, it was a quick side trip to a hospital to cheer up a teacher from Deogin High School who had recently gone up to Seoul for surgery on a blocked blood vessel (discovered after she was in a car accident about two weeks ago).
Then the rest of the schedule was free for pure sightseeing. After dinner, the group trekked up to Namsan tower, Seoul’s famous radio tower and observatory (and possible highest point?) to take in the city view. Video of the students at Namsan to come soon.