Google’s Eric Schmidt visited Seoul, South Korea last October, 2013 to participate in its annual Big Tent Conference. One of the hot topics discussed at the conference was Hanok, traditional Korean houses – along with recent growth in popularity of Korean pop culture.
Kozaza was also invited to the Big Tent Seoul, as a participant of Google’s Cultural Institute project; kozaza introduced Myeongjae Hanok as an exemplary figure – You can see the project here.
Schmidt also joined Korean representatives for a luncheon at Chi Woon Jung, a premium Hanok in Bukchon Hanok Village, arranged by kozaza. He first took a short tour of Bukchon Hanok Village, enjoying a unique view of well-preserved grace in such dynamic city as Seoul.
Chi Woon Jung, located in Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul
Schmidt commented on how beautiful the architecture held its grace and serenity. Chi Woon Jung served traditional Korean foods, as Schmidt and the representatives joined in casual conversation about current exploration of Korean culture from global perspective.
After the luncheon, kozaza and Schmidt joined other panels in the Big Tent 2013 – where Hanok and other subjects are discussed under the grand theme of “Bringing Korean Culture to the World”.
The day ended with a roof-top party, where guests engaged in social exchange with a chance to further discuss the potential held in Korean culture. Kozaza also shared its vision of bringing Hanok as a treasurable cultural entity.