*Myth BUSTED*

Orientation
Orientation

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Orientation had started before Xinwen and his team arrived. As usual, Kim Seong-June was the one to deliver the speech. The orientation includes: the rules of the tournament, the facilities provided in Hotel Jijihyang, and introduction of the area the participants staying at now.

The area Xinwen’s staying right now is actually known as “Paju Book City” of Paju city in the Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.

Dedicated staff
Dedicated staff

The truth was that Xinwen and the gangs roam around the city yesterday and thought this town is creepy because there weren’t much or weren’t any human activities all around, the architectural building all named “name Publishing Co.” making up the name: “Ghost town“.

Through clear orientation and introduction, everyone had come to know that this town is actually a “BOOK CITY“, for publishing, encourage reading, biggest library in Korea or maybe on earth! – Culture and Art Hub, Great Era of Book, Dream of all authors and publishers.

All these are the dedicated and diligent stuff of the event, they’re actually volunteered to help up KABA. The staffs will be responsible in guiding the representative, assisting in interpretation of Korea/Japanese/Chinese.
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*Side event*

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom

While Xinwen and the gang were having lunch, there were a wedding banquet going on at the next hall, and thus they took a short group photo with them – congratulation.

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*Sight Seeing*

Imjin-gang
Imjin-gang, on the Freedom Road

The first destination is to visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), going with 3 coaches. The picture had shown the view of North Korea (over the other side) had been divided with the South by the Imjin-gang (Imjin River), wired fences were set up to prevent spy or any intruder from the North.

Jayden Sia and Xinwen
Jayden Sia and Xinwen
Bell of Peace
Bell of Peace

The bus had made a short break before the DMZ near the Imjin-gan Station, where one could actually visit the Freedom Bridge, Bell of Peace; an observatory building allowing visitors to have a bird eye view of the area. Place of truly sadness and sorrow behind it…

Dorasan Station
Dorasan Station
Legendary Train
Legendary Train
Donation
Donation

Then, to the US40 million worth Dorasan Station, which George W.Bush had ever visited before in 2002. This is the closest station to North Korea on the Kyeongui railroad line.

Dora Observatory
Dora Observatory

Follwing to the Dora Observatory, where visitors are allowed to get a view of both the DMZ and of Gaesung City, the second largest city of Noth Korea. One could also see “Propaganda Village” Kijongdong of North Korea.

The 3rd Tunnel
The 3rd Tunnel

The 3rd Tunnel, was discovered in 1978; used to dig by the North Korean to intrude to the South. Photographing is prohibited throughout the tunnel.

Heyri Village (Art Gallery)
Heyri Village (Art Gallery)

A place filled with the works of art (filmology, architecture, artisan of painting and etc) with the English Village near to Heyri Village.

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*KINTEX*

Celebration of the Eve
Celebration of the Eve

Eventually, everyone had brought to the KINTEX which was informed to be the venue of the tournament. Performance was presented simply fabulous, with percussion and dancing performance. Goyang-si introduction was also well-presented with clear definition and determination of this local area.

Follow-up, the pairing of the 1st round was presented in slide “Sin Voon CHIN 2-dan VS Thomas Yih Hsiang 7-dan” in the first round. Good Luck!