Unfortunately no submission qualified for the grand prize this year but there were 3 award categories:First Prize, and 2 runner up award winners
***Thank you to all participants for your hard work and your quality submissions.It was a tough decision. All submissions will be uploaded on the youtube welcomekissa channel under the Hidden Secret Korea Contest and credited to each individual.
All participants will be given first priority to tour the best 3 hidden Secret sites!Information about the tours will be provided at a later date.

Hidden Secret Korea Winners


  • ***Invitation to the Seoul International Students Cultural Festival 2014, JUNE 22 (2-6PM), CHEONGGYE PLAZA

  • Transportation: Exit 4, City Hall Station, Subway Line 1
  • Exit 5, 6, Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1,
  • Exit 5, Gwanghwamun Station, Subway Line 5


SISCF 2014 FINAL Poster English


◈Sogang International MBA

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May 2, 2014



The Asia Institute and Korea International Students Support Association (KISSA) held the 2nd Korean Dream Talk Concert as follows:

Date: May 2, 2014

Time: 4 -5:30 pm

Venue: Kyung Hee University, Cheongwoon Bldg, Rm 504

Speaker: Emanuel Pastreich

Topic: “How the Korean Dream can be Our Dream”


Emanuel Pastreich has had a uniquely successful career working with the central government, local government and major corporations on critical projects. He shares his secrets and insights on how you can carve out a place for yourself at this remarkable moment.


Emanuel Pastreich is the Director of the Asia Institute and Professor of comparative literature at Kyung Hee University. He has worked as advisor to the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C., Korean Culture and Information Service, advisor to the governor of Chungnam Providence and the CEO of the Daedeok Research Cluster.

He currently serves on the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment. Pastreich has written three best-selling books in Korean and has been a columnist for leading newspapers including Donga Ilbo, Chosun Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo.


Professor Emanuel spoke about his personal journey as a professional in Korea and his impressive career background with many different local governments and companies. He said that Korea is a good a place as any to bring about change in the world.

He insisted on the importance of Korean in the professional world and especially in the decision making process and impressed upon the need to learn Korean and take it seriously. Drawing from his experience as author of three bestselling books in Korean, he also encouraged all foreigners to write a book about their perspective in Korea for Koreans in Korean as Koreans are very interested in a fresh perspective. He added that there lies a tremendous opportunity for foreigners working in Korea for Koreans.

Emanuel tried his hand at many different jobs but he says he finally found his niche once again in teaching. He encouraged the participants to keep trying and although it might take awhile eventually one would find their niche.

Professor Emanuel, like many, holds the view that Korea is increasingly playing an important role in the world. Just like the American Dream with its ideals of hope, freedom and democracy influenced many in the 1950’s and 60’s, Professor Emanuel thinks that Korea now has increasing influence across the world. Many in the developing world look towards Korea as an example of a development model and are benchmarking Korea. It is from this premise that he draws his interpretation of what the Korean dream means to him. For Emanuel, the Korean Dream is not about getting rich and famous, the Korean Dream represents the potential that Korea holds;“something that will inspire people to be something more”. He however contended that despite the vision of a Korean Dream, the content is still missing and non Koreans in Korea also have an important role in defining the potential of Korea. During the Q&A session he also briefly touched on the Sewol Ferry accident by pointing to the problems in society such as the inequality between the rich and poor.


MARCH 2014


KISSA and the Asia Institute held the 1st Korean Dream Talk Concert on 25 March at the Seoul Global Centre, Jongno. Participants included international students from different countries. The speaker, Sinasi Alpago, spoke of his personal journey from Turkey to Korea, his experiences as an international student and how that opened doors for his into journalism. He also spoke about what the Korean Dream means to him.Through this series, KISSA and the Asia Institute hope to continue to introduce international students to successful speakers who can inspire and motivate them and enhance the educational process. Look out for the 2nd Korean Dream Talk Concert. Details coming soon!KISSA and the Asia Institute thanks all the participants! 



In commemoration of the Lunar New Year, KISSA held the Seollal Celebration and rice cake soup kitchen service project on 24th January 2014.

The event included traditional Seollal activities such as wearing hanbok (traditional clothes), learning how to perform ancestral rites such as the sebae (bow), playing folk games (with prizes for the winners) and sharing “tteokguk” with the elderly.

International students who took part had a great time giving back to the Korean society while taking part in traditional Seollal practices.The elderly people were very grateful and had alot of fun receiving “sebae” from so many international students from around the world.

One of the participants, Christine, an international student from Iran had this to say about the event, “Thank you so much to KISSA office for providing for international students these nice program that we learn more about Korean tradition and Korean culture and have wonderful memory of “Korean New Year ceremony” in 2014″

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20 thoughts on “Events

    Sehar Shahzad said:
    February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    I missed it…. but it must be something very interesting and entertaining…

      kissassociation responded:
      February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

      It was…keep an eye out for future KISSA EVENTS:)

    Afifatul Mukaroh said:
    February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    Glad to know that finally Kissa have a blog. Wish it’s helping a lot.

      kissassociation responded:
      February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

      Thanks..we hope so too..and we hope to hear from you about how to make it even better

    hienrc said:
    February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    How can I attend these events like this?

      kissassociation responded:
      February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

      We will be posting our events on here so stay tuned!…

    Mark Jayson Mercado said:
    February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    hoping for more activities this coming semester…

      kissassociation responded:
      February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

      We will be having more activities this coming semester..stay tuned on our blog and facebook page

    Waqar Aman said:
    February 5, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    i enjoyed the sports event a lot which was organized in the fall season….waiting for the next….

      kissassociation responded:
      February 6, 2014 at 11:52am02

      This and many other new events coming soon!..Glad you enjoyed the last one and thank you for participating!

    Sayel said:
    February 6, 2014 at 11:52am02

    I also hope to join more Kissa events in the future!!! The ones I’ve attended have been really good =)

      kissassociation responded:
      February 6, 2014 at 11:52am02

      We also hope you can join too!..Thank you for your participation!

    H said:
    February 6, 2014 at 11:52am02

    I hope to join the next one!

    anhnt2407 said:
    February 6, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    Oh my goodness, i missed this event. I have to wait for another year to join if KISSA still offers this next year TT

      kissassociation responded:
      February 7, 2014 at 11:52am02

      Not to worry…we will have many more events..keep checking on upcoming events

    Events | anhnt2407 said:
    February 13, 2014 at 11:52pm02

    […] Events. […]

    Ulzii said:
    April 4, 2014 at 11:52pm04

    Hello KiSSA
    Is there any events this April or May? pls

      kissassociation responded:
      April 4, 2014 at 11:52pm04


    Mandy said:
    May 4, 2014 at 11:52am05

    Did Mirezi or Mofat posted anything about the 2014 Kpop Wave & ASEAN grant? It’s May 3rd and I don’t know where to check the list of names who got the grant nor receive any acceptance/unacceptance email. Thanks!


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