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35 NMI students to visit Korea

THIRTY-FIVE students, including five from Tinian, will participate in the cultural exchange program of Korean Community of Saipan or KCS.

The students will be accompanied by nine chaperons and translators, KCS president Neung Sik Chang said on Friday during a pre-departure orientation in the Saipan mayor’s office conference room.

The students will leave for South Korea on Sept. 1 and return to Saipan on Sept. 5.

Yuki Kishimoto, student exchange program coordinator of the Saipan mayor’s office, said the participants are from private and public schools and are 15 to 18 years old

Their visit to Korea will be fully documented by videographer Mark Senoda and graphic designer Chris Chang who is also one of the chaperons of the local students.

Saipan Mayor David Apatang, right, standing, talks with students, their parents and officials of the Korean Community of Saipan during a pre-departure orientation on Friday.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Mayor David Apatang, right, standing, talks with students, their parents and officials of the Korean Community of Saipan during a pre-departure orientation on Friday. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

While in Korea, the students will visit Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional village in Seoul; the Square City Skyscraper and its aquarium; the Korea Institute of Sport Science; Seoul Grand Park; the Independence Hall of Korea; the Namdaemun Market; and other tourist spots.

For its part, the E-Land Group will sponsor the students’ dinner cruise on the Han River.

Mayor David M. Apatang thanked the Korean Community of Saipan for allowing CNMI students to visit Korea and learn about its culture.

“I want you to enjoy yourselves but always follow the instructions of your chaperons,” the mayor told the students.

He encouraged students to take pictures while in Korea and share their stories and experiences with their classmates in the CNMI.