By: John Redmond

The Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA) will host the 2015 SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar at the Lotte Hotel Seoul on Nov. 9.

The charity bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul, with more than 40 embassies and several women’s clubs, local businesses, sponsors, welfare organizations and SIWA volunteers working together to offer visitors a truly international experience.

Six of the seven continents will be represented at the bazaar through their respective constituent countries’ ethnic cuisines and unique products, ranging from Russian matryoshka dolls to deeply discounted imported wines and various cultural artifacts.

The event will also feature entertaining performances throughout the day, such as a mix of dance and acrobatics by the Cordao de Ouro Capoeira School and Indonesian folk dances. As an added bonus, visitors can enter a fantastic raffle with prizes from many different stores, restaurants and spas.

The bazaar, themed “Share Culture, Share Love, Share Life,” is sure to be a memorable one.

“This international shopping extravaganza promises to be an entertaining cultural experience. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate together the diverse cultures represented in Seoul,” said bazaar chair Courtney Snede.

The event is expected to attract approximately 5,000 visitors, including residents of Korea, both Korean nationals and expats, as well as tourists. The event’s convenient timing and the venue’s central location are expected to draw residents and working professionals from all over Seoul. For foreign tourists visiting Seoul during late autumn, the bazaar will be a perfect stop to experience the culture of Korea as well as that of dozens of other countries.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to approximately 20 Korean charities, enabling them to serve the Korean community better, be it orphan children, homeless or disabled individuals or senior citizens.

“The bazaar fundraising event provides a platform for SIWA and the diplomatic community to remember the marginalized and the most vulnerable segment of the population in Korea,” said SIWA President Anne Choe.

Hosted since the 1960s, the SIWA bazaar has been a cornerstone of Seoul’s rich charitable history and has raised over 2 billion won over the years. Each year, several dozen volunteers and sponsors contribute to making this event a success and strive to continue raising funds for Korean charities.

Formed in 1962, SIWA is the largest and longest-running international women’s organization in Korea.

The bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free.