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  Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (ICPP)
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Welcome Reception
All participants and accompanying persons will be invited to an informal welcome reception

Conference Banquet
The conference banquet will take place outdoors in the resort area near to the conference venue on Wednesday evening. Banquet tickets will be available for purchase as part of the online conference registration form.

Conference Excursions

COURSE 1: Sanbangsan Mountain - O'sulloc Museum - Songak-san Peak

Sanbangsan Mountain is the result of violent volcanic activity some 700,000 to 800,000 years ago and is in fact a huge body of lava. The cliffs on the southern side of the lava dome are marked with a rich variety of curious formations such as weathering pits and talus scree slopes, some of which are as high as 200m. As its name 'sanbang' - literally meaning 'a cave inside a mountain' - suggests, this mountain contains a cave, which is located about 150m above sea level and has a spectacular view out over the ocean. Due to its close location to the sea and its high elevation, the peak is often ringed with clouds. The upper slopes of the mountain have their own distinct climatic conditions and are protected for their value for botanical research.

O'sulloc Museum, located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon, teaches visitors about Korea's traditional tea culture. The “o” in “o'sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. The museum, which first opened in September 2001,is widely known in Korea. The entire building takes the shape of a green tea cup. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world.

Songak-san Peak can be found if one drives along the seaside road of Jeju-do. Though not as enormous as Mt. Hallasan or as beautiful as Mt. Sanbangsan, the view from the peak of the Mt. Songaksan is one of the best ever. Many other peaks of various sizes surround Mt. Songaksan. A 500m wide and 80m deep crater with a lot of black and red volcanic ash can also be seen near the peak. The beach under Mt. Songaksan is a popular place for fishing. One may catch a black porgy, whitebait sea stream and Dageumba-ri here. There are also many restaurants specializing in sliced raw fish on the beach.

COURSE 2: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - Jeju Olle Trail

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, our first stop, rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.

After the Seongsan sunrise peak, you walk part of the 6th path of Jeju OLLE for about 1 hour.
The trail leads you steps into spectacular scenery such as the sea, oreum(lateral volcano, a type of dormant volcano appeared as a small mountain or hill), stone walls piled up with black basalt, green fields in all seasons, wild flowers in full bloom on the roadside and tangerine fields loaded with orange-colored fruit.

Jeju Olle Trail, the most beautiful and peaceful trail in the world, gives peace, happiness and healing to those walking this trail. Since its first opening in September 2007, there have made 21 courses in 343 km of routes available to the Jeju Olle travelers.

The Soesokkak estuary, which is the starting point of this route, is where the freshwater river meets the sea, and it is famous for the beautiful view. Here visitors can take a ride on the traditional boats of Jejudo Island, which are called the 'Teu'.

In the local Jeju dialect “Olle” was originally used to refer to the narrow path between the street and one's doorstep. In the past, the word was quite commonly used, as children would often say, “let's meet at the olle”. However, later this word came to be used more widely across Korea and the word came to mean the series of coastal walking paths in Jeju Island. The olle walking paths of Jeju start at the east point of the island and wind their way along the coast all the way to the island's southwest point. The charms of the olle walking paths are their proximity to nature and the picturesque combination of the blue ocean, dark green forests, and the charming local villages.

COURSE 3: Jeju Folk Village Museum - Jeju Olle Trail

With a total of 117 houses and facilities, Jeju Folk Village Museum has restored the scenes of the village to that of the 1890's. Among them are Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. On land of more than 40 acres it has been reconstructed following long-term research and analysis of experts. Some of the extensive range of folk items on display are 1,627 woodenware, 1,046 bamboo ware, 1,699 earthenware, 1,544 porcelain ware, 765 wax candles, 921 ironware and 579 other items. The Jeju Folk Village Museum is the island's main tourist attraction where customs of the old days can be explored.

Since March 2006, Daeganggeum Mini Theme Park located at the Jeju Folk Village, offers various things for visitors to see. Many of the scenes from episodes 27 to 32 of the historical drama, in which Jang-geum learns medicine as a maid were filmed at Jeju Folk Village. In order to fit the theme of Daeganggeum, the separate locations have joined together, and are now open to tourists. Visitors can appreciate the amazing scenic beauty of Jeju as well as experience the traditional culture of Jeju at this theme park.

After the Jeju folk village museum, you walk part of the OLLE 6 route for about 1 hour. This route cuts through downtown Seogwipo and leads past Cheonjiyeon Falls and finishes at Oedolgae rock. The route includes both coastal and downtown areas. The coastal road along the Oedolgae is famous for its spectacular scenery. The part of the route around Cheonjiyeon Falls is a relaxing walk, and visitors can observe the forest and the ecology.

Other Activities

Several venues and activities selected from a wide range of opportunities will be provided for participants and accompanying persons. Jeju Island is rich in history, and has many amusement facilities and leisure activities from which to choose. Special arrangement for sightseeing will be made at the conference venue with the help of local tourist companies.
Note: Car rental requires an international driver's license.

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