After a (potentially) long international flight, we understand that many delegates might be longing for their beds! But we also know that the excitement and expectation in the air will palpable, and with that, we've arranged a showcase of all of the things that make CheongShim International Academy such an incredible place of learning. Our student-led school promotion department will guide everyone around our stunning campus, where you'll be able to gaze out across the snow-capped mountains of Gapyeong, envelop yourself in thousands of years of knowledge in our school library, and enjoy your first taste of Korean cuisine in our nationally famous cafeteria.
From there, you'll be treated to an opening ceremony spectacle in our grand auditorium that befits an international conference of this stature. Featuring our nationally-renowned dance troupes and singers, and emceed by our very own Korean Public Speaking Champion, this celebration of CheongShim talent will knock your socks off!
Your second day at CheongShim will begin with ice-breaking activities within your Baraza groups. We truly believe that the Baraza group system is one of the major perks of attending a Round Square conference, and we plan to make extensive use of it over the course of the week. You'll be discussing issues and events with your group all week, so it's important to get to know each other as soon as possible. You'll engage in team building activities throughout the morning; getting to know each other's culture, background, and building trust.
In the afternoon, the focus will shift to the first part of our conference theme: reverence for the past. Delegates will learn traditional Korean cultural practices such as the ancient martial art of taekwondo, how to spell their names through Korean calligraphy, and how to play uniquely Korean musical instruments.
Barazza Discussion: What are some traditional cultural practices in your country? Create a presentation to inform your fellow delegates about the unique culture of your country.
Keynote Speaker: To be announced
On day three, our perspective will shift from a focus on the past, to a snapshot of the massive social change that has occurred in Korea over the last few generations. Our day will begin at Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main architectural legacy of the Joseon Dynasty. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Here, delegates will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Korean royalty, all while wearing the traditional Korean clothing, the hanbok.
From witnessing how royalty lived, delegates will then visit the awe-inspiring Bukchon Hanok Village, a 600-year old village that preserves the urban environment that Koreans used to live in before the massive economic growth of the last few decades. This walking tour will allow delegates to view traditional Korean architecture, which will stand in stark contrast to modern Seoul to be visited after lunch.
Barazza Discussion: (Over lunch) Does your country have a royal history? What do you think of monarchy as an institution? Would you welcome a royal family being established in your country? Why or why not? Why have monarchies been on the decline in recent decades?
After lunch, our attention turns to the second half of our conference theme: aspirations for the future. Delegates will travel to Gangnam, the center of modern Seoul, where they'll not only be surrounded by the skyscrapers that lay testament to Korea's massive growth, but will visit SM Town K-Pop museum, a veritable heaven for those swept away by the worldwide Korean Wave phenomenon. Delegates will be able to engage with interactive displays and try their hand in a real-life recording studio.
Barazza Discussion: (Over Dinner) Is K-Pop popular in your country? What makes it so popular, despite the fact that most people around the world do not understand the lyrics? If the government of your country could promote a cultural item around the world, what would it be? Is/should establishing cultural dominance/fame be an important goal of government? Why or why not?
We finish our look at modern Korea by ascending its tallest building (the 5th tallest building in the world): the Lotte World Tower. Delegates will experience breathtaking views of Seoul at night as they gaze out under a glass-bottom platform on the 120th floor of this incredible building.
Our fourth day focuses on not only thinking about our aspirations for the future, but on how we might go about putting our ideas into practice. As a reflection of Round Square's commitment to democracy as a fundamental pillar, CheongShim students believe in dialogue, diplomacy, and an altruistic mindset in order to solve the big issues of our world today. To that end, delegates will participate in CheongShim International Academy's world-renowned Model United Nations Conference.
Our highly experienced MUN chairs will guide delegates through the process of representing a state in a simulated United Nations committee. Whether an experienced MUN-er or a first-time participant, our chairs will allow each and every delegate the chance to make their mark on international affairs by debating on motions, suggesting amendments, and ultimately writing and passing resolutions.
Chair reports and state assignments will be sent out one month before the conference to allow delegates adequate time to prepare.
Keynote Speaker: To be announced
The conference winds down with perhaps one of the most exciting activities of the week, and one which combines the two parts of our theme into a holistic conclusion: a trip to the DMZ - the border separating North and South Korea.
Delegates will visit the JSA (Joint Security Area), soaking in the tension as soldiers from the North and South stare each other down over the most heavily militarized border in the world. Delegates will be able to step over the border, into the North, just as President Moon Jae In recently did in his historic meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Delegates will quite literally be making history.
Delegates will then visit the Korean War Memorial Park, learning from our Barazza leaders about the horrors of war, and the legacy that it has left on the peninsula. As the only divided country in the world today, this legacy of the past leaves many Koreans with the ultimate aspiration of reunification with the North. This poignant ending to our conference will leave delegates with a permanent, lasting memory of this once in a lifetime event.
Barazza Groups: Is reunification a goal that both Koreas should be working towards? Why/Why not? How can the Koreas bring about this result? Should the international community assist?
Gala Dinner and Culture Night: Delegates will be treated to a formal gala dinner and culture night, where international delegates are highly encouraged to perform pieces that reveal either traditional or contemporary culture of their countries.
The saddest day of the event! The final day will consist of a spectacular closing ceremony, including representative speeches from each of the delegations present. A special focus on the Round Square IDEALS and Discovery Framework will bring a fitting end to what we hope will be the experience of a lifetime.