SIWA, Diplomatic Community Plan Largest International Fundraiser in Seoul

by Seoul International Women's Association
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The much-awaited 2016 SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar, hosted by Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA),is returning Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lotte Hotel.

The Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. In 2015, more than 30 embassies and several women’s clubs, local businesses, sponsors, welfare organizations and SIWA volunteers joined hands to offer visitors a truly international experience.

Six of the seven continents were represented at last year’s Bazaar through their respective constituent countries’ ethnic cuisines, unique products, ranging from Russian matryoshka dolls to deeply discounted imported wines, and various cultural artifacts.

The Bazaar will also feature entertaining performances throughout the day, such as the smooth jazz sounds of the Iced Americano Trio and gorgeous harmonies from Camarata Music Company. As an added bonus, visitors can enter a chance to win fantastic faffle prizes from many different stores, restaurants and spas.

The Bazaar, themed "Share Culture, Share Love, Share Life," is sure to be a memorable one. “The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the best place to discover wonderful international products in a good atmosphere, but also a great opportunity to help a lot of charities, ” said Bazaar Chair Justesse Gomis.

The event is expected to attract approximately 5,000 visitors, including residents of Korea, both Korean nationals and expats, as well as tourists.

The event’s convenient timing and the venue’s central location are expected to draw residents and working professionals from all over Seoul. For foreign tourists visiting Seoul during late autumn, the Bazaar will be a perfect stop to experience the culture of Korea as well as that of dozens of countries.

All proceeds generated by SIWA from the event will be donated to more than 20 Korean charities, enabling them to serve the Korean community better, be it orphan children, homeless or disabled individuals or senior citizens.

Hosted since the 1960s, the SIWA Bazaar has been a cornerstone of Seoul’s rich charitable history and has raised more than 2 billion won over the years. Each year, several dozen volunteers and sponsors contribute to making this event a success and strive to continue raising funds for Korean charities.

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