MANNAM Volunteering at Mt. Bukhan

On Sunday March 10th, volunteers carried soil for the restoration of the destroyed forest at Mt. Bukhan.

We had a “Mannam Volunteer Day” at Mt. Bukhan, and it was a great opportunity to do some nice work for the earth and nature.

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Mannam Korean class teachers and students joined this volunteer event.  Our steps were very joyful and happy, and even the weather turned out to be perfect.

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The campaign to save the mountain began the minute we arrived at Mt. Bukhan.  The purpose of the event was to relay the message, “Do not litter your cigarette butts on the mountain.”

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The students studying with Mannam Korean class shouted “산불을 조심합시다 (Let us prevent Forest Fires)” to people passing by.

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We thought this would be an easy task of carrying the bags of soil, however, we were mistaken.

It was really hard to carry the bags of soil in each hand.

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We put the soil in the plastic bags so we could carry it around the destroyed forest, and cover the roots that were exposed.

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When we were exhausted, we took a short break and chat for a while under the trees.

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We are given so many things from the nature without any cost or being asked to pay
So we need to love the nature and protect them.

Mar 10, 2013

Odusan Unification Observatory(통일전망대) Field Trip

To commemorate the day which Korea became independent, March 1st, 1919, Mannam Korean class has decided to go to the “Unification Observatory” located at Paju.

We took a bus (number 200) at Hapjeong station at 12pm to go to Paju.

First, we ate a delicious luch at famous noodle place there.

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Then we rode a shuttle bus and got to the Observatory within 5 minutes!!

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With EXCITEMENT, we took a group picture~ 찰칵~ 😉 !

The first thing we saw when we got to the Observatory was a statue of Mansik Cho. Mansik Cho is known as a Gandhi of Chosun dynasty. Youra teacher introduced Mansik Cho to us in English!

Mansik Cho (1883~1950): a Korean Independent Activist, an educator during the Japan colonization period, a Civil Rights Group member, and a politician.

We toured inside the observatory too! We looked through pictures and videos of Korean War. Some students who were newly introduced about Korean war were amazed and listened very carefully to the explanations.

When we went to the second floor, we were able to see a 20-minutes video clip which depicted the lives of the North Korea people.

There were many miniatures and little modeled shapes of the land during the Korean War on the third오전01:06   상대방 : and fourth floor. It was explained in various languages!

After we have looked around, we went down to underground floor and saw some souvenir of North Korea.

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After all the schedules were over, we waited for our bus to come. Since it was very windy and cold outside, we went inside. We were all chatting 🙂

Although we live in a very abundant environment compared to the past, it was good to observe how Korea was once wounded by war and hunger.

[Student’s review]
When one nation in this planet suffer, others suffer as well.
Especially, if they share the same language, history, and blood line. That’s what MANNAM proven to me at the Unification Observatory. I wish that Korea return as it was before 100years ago, one nation.

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-Ismail from Saudi Arabia

1 Mar, 2013

 

Delivering Briquettes Volunteering

Mannam Volunteer Association,
delivered 2500 briquettes to 25 households of Sewoogae village
– New Year’s bow in Hanbok, Tteokguk sharing for warm holiday

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Greeting the New Year of 2013, the largest volunteer association Mannam visited Sewoogae village located Seoul Joongrang-gu Shinnae1-dong on 26th January. They delivered the briquettes and shared New Year’s greetings, and tteokguk with the elders.

Even though the severe cold below zero temperatures, 48 members of Mannam from 13 countries delivered 2500 briquettes to 25 low-income households struggling the winter.

The briquettes are dominated voluntarily by Mannam Korean Class as well as the foreign members from the different countries.

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Especially on this day, the national broadcasting station MBC ‘나누면 행복, 희망일촌’ came and reported the volunteering work. And the interviews were impressive to share the warm hearts and the love towards the elders.

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The elders of Sewoogae senior center were surprised of the taste of tteokguk made by the foreigners and ate deliciously.

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The more impressive was the bow to the elders in beautiful hanbok. The members were not familiar with the Korean traditional way of bowing but we could feel warm hearts.

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The members delivered in earnest starting from 1:00pm.

Despite the cold weather and it was hard to deliver the heavy briquettes, the members were bright without any backbreaking look.

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The residents who received the briquettes showed the thankfulness to the members saying “We can spend the warm New Year holidays with the donated briquettes from Mannam Volunteer Association. And we also hope they only have the good experience while in Korea.”

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Jan 26, 2013

Seodaemun Prison History Hall(서대문 형무소) Field Trip

In Mannam korean class, we went to Seodaemun Prison History Hall.


Kwan sun Yoo, who passed away in the Seodaemun Prison (1902-1920)

“Even if my nails are being pulled out, my ears and nose being cut, my hands and legs swollen, I can endure them. Yet I cannot endure the pain of losing a country. The only sadness I have is that I have only one life to sacrifice for my country.” (Yoo Kwan-Sun’s will)

This is a place filled with pictures who have been imprisoned in the Seodaemun Prison. There are so many patriotic activists who sacrificed their lives.


Korean flag in the beginning days

This is a place where people are being tortured.
They were being tortured with the stick hung on the wall.

Only about 70 years ago, people were imprisoned, tortured, and died here in this place because they fought for their independence.

Seodaemun Prison History Hall conveyed the hearts and minds of the patriotic activists who loved their country, Korea.

We took a picture together in the big Korean flag.

Nov 17, 2012

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Information

[Seodaemun Prison History Hall ]

1. Address
120-080(101, Hyeongeo-dong) Uljiro 247, Seodaemun-gu Seoul, Korea

2. Opening Hour
– Summer season(Mar.~Oct.):09:30~18:00
– Winter season(Nov.~Feb.):09:30~17:00
– Closed on:Jan.1, New Year’s Day, Full-moon Festival, and every Monday

3. Admission Fee
Adults(Over19~Under64)  : 1,500won
Teenagers(Over13~Under18)  : 1,000won
Children(Over7~Under12)  : 500won
Children(Under 6) :  Free
Senior citizens  : Free