Haileybury Astana’s Model United Nations delegation attended SEOMUN XXI this November in Seoul, Korea. It was an incredible conference, hosted by Korea International School, which gave our pupils a great experience and a sense of achievement. The topic of this year’s conference was ‘The Perils of Indifference’ which both challenged, and motivated, our pupils to make a difference in the world. The keynote speaker Peter Shumlin gave an engaging presentation on his journey into politics, and encouraged us that age was no obstacle to effecting change.
Aside from the conference, pupils had the opportunity to be immersed in the cultural atmosphere of Seoul. The group visited the breathtaking Gyeongbokgung palace where they were able to learn first hand about the royal way of life in the Joseon dynasty, as well as shop in a traditional shopping street: Insadong. Here, they were able to taste traditional Korean food and observe the urban life of modern day Korea.
Another memorable location visited by the pupils, the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), allowed a glimpse over the border into North Korea (via the observation deck), as well as a visit to Dorasan train station: South Korea’s symbolic hope for reunification with the North.
The trip concluded with an illuminating night walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream to enjoy the bright lights of the 10th annual Seoul Lantern Festival.