Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Morning in Seoul Korea

Good Morning from Seoul, Korea.
It's Monday morning here, the start of what surely will be an interesting week. Yesterday was a long day of travelling that actually spanned two days. It began early Saturday morning and included an 11 ½ hour flight from Vancouver that crossed the international dateline and a 1 ½ hour bus ride from the very modern Incheon Airport to downtown, a distance of about 70 km. Incheon opened in 2001 and is rated one of the busiest and best airports in the world. The sky was very hazy creating a surreal effect as we approached this city of over 10,000,000 people, over 25,000,000 in its metropolitan area.

Why am I here? I will be making four presentations on our design experience with facilities for seniors, wood frame construction and sustainability. This was organized through the efforts of Glen Webb, Senior Consultant with CMHC International, who is responsible for promoting the export of Canadian products and services to Korea. Our hope is that this exposure will be the first step toward ft3 becoming involved in the growing seniors market here. The seniors population is expected to double in the next 15 years, to 10 million. And whereas traditionally the elderly were cared for by their children, this is changing.

I thought that this journey may be of interest to you and so decided to share it this way. Hopefully you will find my blogs to be informative.

- Rudy P. Friesen

I met briefly this morning with the following, left to right:
Glen Webb, Senior Trade Consultant, CMHC International, Vancouver
Ken Klassen, Consultant, CMHC International Training Team, Winnipeg
Jay W. Yu, President, Woorim Lumber Int'l, Super-E House Builder, Kyunggi-Do, Korea
JC Lee, Director, Canada Wood Group, Gangwon-kun, Korea

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