With a new turn, this year’s Alumni gathering took a trip down memory lane of downtown Seoul, South Korea experiencing the busy central area known as Gwanghwamun (광화문) from a historical standpoint facilitated by the well-versed tourist guides of Seoul Metropolitan Government.
On June 9th 2018, KDI School organized what will be remembered as a successful turnout annual Alumni gathering event in Seoul, South Korean, inviting former KDI School students, Faculty members, Staff and currently enrolled students: KDI School prepared a historical and cultural program called, “Jeongdong, Searching for the Hidden History”. A total of 84 alumni members, faculty and staff participated in the program and explored the history hidden within the familiar yet beautiful Jeongdong-gil in Seoul, which helped us to appreciate its beauty even more. This 2 hour trip took the group through Jeongdonggil, a historic road that houses many modern Korean historical sites such as Gyeonggyojang, Jeongdong Jeil Church, Deoksugung, and much more.This was the perfect opportunity to mingle, reconnect, establish new network and perhaps the most desired – new friendship. According to one of KDI School’s former student of 2002, MBA program, up until today, himself and another nine of his former peers still organize reunions throughout every year as a way to keep in touch and nourish friendships built here at KDI School.
All participants grouped on that sunny-fresh Saturday morning around 9 O’clock, accompanied by some of their family members thrilled to partake on the tour. All participants were assigned to a group and a tourist guide who would facilitate the group’s comprehensive understanding of Korea’s long historical background.
In the midst of reconnecting and sharing to-date life’s unfolding with Professor KIM, Taejong and Professor PARK, Hun Joo, a former POSCO employee and student of KDI School, announced that after a year of retiring from his former workplace, he would be returning to the workforce as of the following Monday, June 11, 2018. To which both Professors were astonished as to why he had decided to come back out of retirement within a year.
After visiting several landmarks around the Gwanghwamun area, precisely the boulevard behind the Changdeokgung Palace, the event came to a closure at a nearby restaurant where participants were entertained with gift-awards delivered by members of faculty through a raffle prize presentation.
Overall, the event was a success leaving high expectations for next year.
Stella CONSELHO (2018 MDP, Mozambique)