|Appointment as Public-Relations
Ambassador of Samgak-san
by Mayor Kim Hyun-pung of Gangbuk-gu, at the
2nd meeting of its Advisory Commission, February 2008
Mayor Kim Hyeon-pung entrusted (appointed) me as a "Public-Relations Ambassador" of
Mt. Samgak-san from his Gangbuk-gu District, on February 26th 2008, during the second
meeting of his Advisory Commission (see previous page), a great honor and responsibility.
Mayor Kim led the members of this Advisory Commission to the former "Seoul Dreamland" site to view
how it might be converted into a major new public "Grand Park" -- and on the edge of that site we visited
the "Jeontong-heunrye-gwan", a really nice aristocratic hanok [traditional Korean wooden house], home
of a renowned patriot who sacrificed himself in despair at the loss of national sovereignty in 1910.
|Receiving the plaque proclaiming my appointment from Mayor Kim
|toasting together with makgeolli rice-wine, at the banquet afterwards
|I then made a 10-minute off-the-cuff acceptance speech about the tremendous significance of Samgak-san
as the historical energetic-guardian of Seoul City and as one of Korea's most important sacred mountains,
and how we might begin to better promote its image as such to the international community.
|Mayor Kim explains the reasons for this entrustment
note the plaque's excellent "Ten Symbols
of Longevity" frame, cast in silver.-- love it!