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Five Important Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul, Seoul Korea

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Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul

Generally, Seoul city, like many other parts of South Korea, has elements of conservativeness that make it safe for women. If you need to have a visit to this great city keep in mind the following:

Be Apt In The Dressing

Seoul is like the heart of outfits for women. They are always on point right from their office to casual and party attire. So, get yourself one of those masterpieces from the 24-hour-working boutiques and shopping malls which are several.

Tips For Women Traveling To Seoul

Welcoming Personality

The people of Seoul respect women due to their conservative nature. You will always find help from the passersby. However, due to the heavy drinking beware of men who will move closer, though in sobriety they don’t. The security in town is neat and enhanced by the numerous CCTV cameras.

Bridge The Language Deficiency

In case you do not understand the local language, be close to your Wi-Fi or data. The city has a public Wi-Fi which is free-to-use. Cafes and hotels provide Wi-Fi for their customers as well.

Medical Emergencies

If you need medical emergency; dial 1339 at the medical emergency center where they will sort you out with ease. You can inquire about clinics or any other technical medical advice you need.

Accommodation

This should be the least of your worries. The town has a range of hotels that will cater for your needs. Both the luxurious hotels and resorts have all the amenities for your stay.

Consider the Myedong, Gangnam, Insadong, Itaewon, and Hongdae, universities due to their proximity to the commercial and tourists centers.

Women In South Korea Politics

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Women in South Korea Politics

The growth of South Korean women’s participation in politics has been prolonged since independence. After they achieved their freedom, it took forty years for the political system to begin articulating women issues and gender equality into the politics of South Korea.

Women in South Korea Politics

Constitutional Metamorphosis for the South Korean Woman

The first changes in the constitution of South Korea came into place in 1948 where the gender equality in politics was addressed. This law was amended six times between 1948-1988. That is a very rapid amendment in a country that was suffering from political instability.

In 1987, the South Korean parliament put into action the Equal Employment Act which was to allow women to engage more in public participation and development.

Further amendments that could allow women to have the financial muscles that could facilitate their participation in politics and general development were empowered by the 1999 Gender Discrimination and Prevention Relief Act. This law allowed women to own property and access services employment among other fundamental rights bestowed by the law.

Fruits of this amendment have been boosted by the rising of the South Korean women into high positions. An example is Hye Myeong who became the first South Korean woman to become a Prime Minister.

The political party Act in 2004 saw many women participating in elections more than the previous years. 50% of the representation was to be composed of women as stated by the law.

The step by the government to give additional funding of 10% of its budget to the empowerment of women in politics saw the participation of women rise by 13% in 2002.

 

 

Top 5 Female Start-up Entrepreneurs in Seoul

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Hee-eun Park

While in the past most successful start-up entrepreneurships belonged to men, women in Asia are changing the narrative.

Hyewon Lee

Hyewon Lee has rich experience in small startups and has influenced more than 500 start-ups including Google. At the STX, she was a project manager and later joined the Rocket internet and went ahead to co-found Glossybox. She further established a marketing and e-commerce consulting start-up before bringing AI healthcare start-up Noom to Korea. She made Noon, the most successful healthcare app after raising $30 million through her network. Her latest start-up is Finda, fin-tech business to provide excellent financial products founded on substantial comprehensive data analysis.

Kim Ka Young, Hotel Now

Kim Ka Young is known for her contribution in making Hotel Now app. Koreans loved how the app made it easy to book a hotel and also effortlessly find good deals. The app has over 1 million downloads and is still growing Kim Ka Young is eying the whole of Asian in future.

Hee-eun Park

Hee-eun Park

Hee-eun Park is one of the women who have been in the Korean start-ups entrepreneurship for a long. She is a top expert in this area and a former CEO and co-founder IUM. This award winner businesswoman is currently a principal and part of a Silicon Valley investment capital firm.

SungUn Chang, Yolk

SungUn Chang is a talented entrepreneur who brought the thin. Lightweight, paper-thin charger powered by solar, the Yolk. It fits in a notebook and charges an iPhone in less than three hours. It is unique and convenient, SungUn opened up a new market in a short time, and the Yolk is a force to reckon.

Sophie Eom, Solidware

Sophie Eom is a Fin Tech expert. She worked with AXA Global Direct Korea before co-founding Solidware that uses machine learning combined with extensive data to foretell any possible business risks. Sophie manages the company, makes sales and develops its business making her a leader in the Fin-tech business.

In-Young Ahn, the First Asian Woman to Become an Antarctic Station Leader

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In-Young Ahn

In-Young is a female Korean scientist. She ranks as one of the first women to visit Antarctica and the first Asian woman to be a station leader.

Education

Young Ahn studied Biological Oceanography at the Seoul National University where she graduated in 1982. In 1990, she joined the State University in New York and graduated with a PHD in Coastal Oceanography.

In-Young Ahn

Career

She is the current Principal research scientist at the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI). She leads research on Antarctic Marine Benthenic Ecology with special interest in benthenic invertebrates and monitoring on Coastal Marine Ecosystems.

Besides, she studies the dominant marine bivalve around the Antarctic continent, Antarctica Latenula elliptica. Currently, her studies center on the benthenic communities around the King Sejong Station; how the glacier retreats, and how near shore affects them.

She also serves as an adjunct Professor at the university of Science and Technology.

Awards

In-Young Ahn has many accolades on her. E.g., the government of South Korea awarded Ahn a medal of Science and Technology for outstanding accomplishment at the Antarctica in 2001. In 2008, she was awarded a commendation by the Ministry of environment of the South Korea for designation for Antarctic specially protected area.

 

Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) – Kpop Sensation

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Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) - Kpop Sensation

Lee Chae, popularly known as CL, was born on 26th February 1991 in Seoul, South Korea. She is a singer, songwriter, and rapper. She spent most of her early years, life, in France and Japan.

Lee Chae received her singing training at JYP entertainment, and later moved to YG entertainment and joined the 2NEI girls’ group. At 2NEI, she became the leader rapper, and the vocalist of the team. She, like any other artist with role models, draws her inspiration from the big names like Lauryn Hill, Madonna, ITYM, and Queen.

Lee Chae –Rin (More Commonly Known as CL) – Kpop Sensation

Her first single solo, The baddest, was released on 28th May, 2013. The second album which she also wrote the lyrics of its tracks was called CRUSH. Some of the songs in the CRUSH album that Lee wrote l are If I Were You, I Miss You, and Crush.

On 4th January 2018, she made her debut in Hollywood as an actress in the film Miezz by Peter Beng. The star, Mark Walberg, starred in the film too. On February 25th 2018, Lee presented at the Olympics summer in Pyongchong Olympic Stadium. After which, she met the President of South Korea, Jae-in, his wife, and daughter.

Myeong-Hee Yu Scientific Advisor To The President Of South Korea

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Myeong-Hee Yu scientific advisor to the president of South Korea

Myeong learned of her scientific skills while in middle school, and she chose to pursue a career in microbiology which she successfully did. She was born in Seoul, South Korea on 5th September 1954. She is the president of the Korea Federation of Women’s science and Technology Associations.

 Education

Myeong attained her first degree in microbiology in 1976 at Seoul National University. She later achieved a doctorate in Microbiology from the University of California in 1981. Myeong worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

Myeong-Hee Yu scientific advisor to the president of South Korea

Career

On coming back to Korea, Myeong worked at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and biotechnology until 2000. She served as the Principal Research Scientist at The Korea Science and Technology. Here she researched on, among other researches, the amino acids that can suppress mutations like tsf.

Her work has appeared in many publications among them Nature, The Journal Proteome Research, Journal Of Molecular Biology, Etc.

She has equally served at the Republic of South Korea in high positions. She worked as the Director of the Functional Proteomics Center. From 2002-2010, she served as the senior official for National Future. Her mandate was to oversee the communication of the government on promoting low carbon and green technologies in South Korea.

Myeong was the president of biophysical Society from 2009-2010, and the president of Genome Korea organization in 2010. Her contributions in research, administration and advisory are so immense in South Korea government and to the institutions of learning and research.

 

 

Kim Young-Me- Independent Producer and Journalist in a Male-Dominated Field

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Kim Young -me

The gender wage gap in the OECD is a factor of concern in Asia and especially in Korea. Since the recognition of the Women’s day in Korea in 1920, very little took place until the first rally in March 1985. The Korea Women’s Association United (KWAU) has worked intelligently to unite the different women’s unions to fight for gender equity.

The mandate of KWAU has been to recognize the women who have made a step in the fight for women’s rights in politics, cooperate, and social development. The union has also taken a forefront role to celebrate women figures and stories. A good example is Kim Young-Me.

Kim Young -me

Professional Risks Of Kim Young-Me

Kim Young is an independent documentary director and producer. She has taken a profession that is flooded by the male. The courage in her is beyond imagination. She has endangered her life to cover stories in the Islamic state operations in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

Her documentaries, Himalaya coffee road, 2010 (covers the fair-trade coffee story), and Blue Angels of East Timor Expresses the lives of the East Timorese people) are among the most daring stories she has put on the platform.

In the quest to establish her career, she has traveled to 80 countries across the world and earned special accolades. Some of the awards include YMCA Korea’s Women Leadership Award and MBC Broadcasts High achievements Award.

Every year the KWAU recognizes individuals like Kim Young in their annual 8th March women’s Rally.

 

 

The Debut of The South Korean Garlic Girls at The Olympics

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The South Korean Garlic Girls

Curling is one game that is rising in popularity across the world and especially in South Korea where the “Garlic Girls” have given it a whole new look. It is a game with the least resources in South Korea regarding participation and training facilities.

Nevertheless, the Southern Korean Curling Girls went out of their way to create an exemplary achievement at the Olympics in PyeongChang. Despite the heavyweights who have tasted the Olympics finals twice, like Sweden and Canada, they managed to scoop a silver medal.

The Garlic Girls (a nickname) are known to have a personality of their kind unlike many other athletes in the field. They are media evasive and hardly do they give in to the public frenzy. Their character inclines widely on their personal choice and the will of the coach.

The South Korean Garlic Girls

They cocoon from external excitement by switching off their phones. The nature of their game dictates the discipline because it is both a physically and psychologically demanding game. Being away from the public reduces the demanding pressure because of their rising popularity.

The Curling team

The first recruit in the game, Kim Eun-Jung, recruited her close friend Kim Yeong –mi. Yeong –Mi recruited her sister. The last recruit was Kim Cho-hi. Cho-hi had a dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher though Curling took it away.

She has not given up the dream, and today she partners with other organizations like World Vision to support the less fortunate children. She desires to see children who come from a less wealthy background like herself live a better life.

 

Kim-Hyuna, The Icon Of K-Pop In South Korea

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Kim-Hyuna, The Icon Of K-Pop In South Korea

Kim Hyuna is a singer, dancer, songwriter, and model based in South Korea. She was born on 6th June 1992 in the capital city of SA, Seoul. She has spent her whole life around the performing arts, and especially after her undergraduate. She is one of the most flourishing young artists in South Korea with an international outlook.

She went to Choongman Middle school and later joined Korea High School of Music and Arts. Having chosen the path of music, she enrolled at Konkok University to pursue Contemporary arts. Records have it that Hyuna received a special admission in the same school.

Kim-Hyuna, The Icon Of K-Pop In South Korea

Career

She got into the music arena in 2006 where she joined Wonder Girls, a group that is managed by JYP entertainment as the main Rapper.  She hit the platform with a mini album “The Wonder Begins” which was released in February 2007.

Following the disbandment of Wonder Girls in 2009, Hyuna joined 4 minutes in the same year shortly before she began her single career in music in 2010. She was proud of her goals in the single career path, and she branded it “Performance Oriented Music.”

One of her best performing singles is “change” which ranked second at the Gaon digital Chart in 2010. Her first extended play, “Bubble Play,” 2011, attracted more than 2.5m copies sales also making her the first K-pop female musician to click the 100 million views on YouTube in 2012.

She has collaborated in with Jong Hyun- Seung to make Trouble Maker. She’s been in the trio, Triple H, which released an Extended Play 199x. The duet that produced the hit Gangnam Style was part of her contribution as well.

 

 

 

 

Jiha Moon, The Famous Contemporary Artists

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Jiha-Moon

Jiha Moon was born in 1973 in Daegu, South Korea. She has based her international art in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is widely into the heart of painting in the world through her unique approach of using a variety of media from diverse cultural and historical backgrounds.

Ideally, Moon makes collections of the Eastern (China, Japan, and other countries in Asia), and finally, blends with the Western sources to express the in-depth composition of world’s stories. In these collections, she carefully infuses technology, racial approaches, and folklore.

Education

Jiha Moon is a scholar on matters of fine art. She graduated from Korea University with a degree in Fine Arts. She later mastered in Fine arts and Western Painting, at Ewha Womans University. Moon crowned her education with a Masters of Arts in painting at the University of Lowa in the United States.

Jiha-Moon

Work

She specializes in painting, printmaking, and sculptural ceramics objects. She uses sophisticated techniques like the acrylic prints with Korean paper to bring out the best two and three-dimensional paint finishing. Besides, she uses a variety of fabric, embroidery, and print collage to intensify perfect final products.

Jiha Moon has worked at headlands center of the Arts, Omi International art Center, Mac Dowel Colony, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion.

Exhibitions

Moon has many exhibitions on record both the solo and group exhibitions; the solo exhibitions include cheekwood Botanical Garden, “Double Welcome: Most Everyone’s Mad Here,” at Taubman Museum and Hasley Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Art in Nashville, etc, to mention a few.

Awards

Among many other honors, Jiha Moon has been awarded Trwak Prize, Joan Mitchelle Foundation, and Museum of Contemporary Artist Georgia, etc.

 

 

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