SIWA Bazaar Chair turning Seoul’s most multicultural and fun shopping experience to meaningful contribution

             Seoul International Women’s Association



SIWA Bazaar Chair turning Seoul’s most multicultural and fun shopping experience to meaningful contribution 


Seoul, October 2, 2014

Sophia Barry, the Bazaar Chair for 35th Annual Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA) and her large team of volunteers have been hard at work to bring this most fun, international shopping experience to life in Seoul on November 10, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year again, admission is free to all visitors. 


As Sophia has become more acquainted with SIWA through her role as the Bazaar Chair, she has been deeply moved by the contribution SIWA makes to Korean charities and has taken on the challenge of becoming SIWA’s new President since October 2014. As she adjusts to her new role, Sophia says: ‘I am delighted with my transition to President, continuing to oversee the Bazaar works perfectly as both roles work broadly across SIWA and interacting with the community is such an important part of that. I have had the chance to meet many of my fellow SIWA members as Bazaar Chair and have continued to feel the energy and support as President. In taking the lead I hope to inspire and motivate others to take SIWA and the valuable welfare work we do to another level.’


Hosted since 1970, the SIWA Bazaar has raised over two billion Won (KRW2 billion) over the years and many volunteers and sponsors contribute to making this event a success and strive to continue raising funds for Korean charities. While the proceeds from the Bazaar are used to support many different Korean charities through the SIWA welfare program, the Bazaar itself is a fun day that brings both the expat and the Korean communities together to experience the richness and diversity of food, culture and products from around the world. 


With around 5000 visitors, this event is very appreciated by the community. For example, Ms. Choi Minji comes from Busan every year to attend the SIWA Bazaar because she finds it exciting that in just one day, she feels that she goes for a tour around the world and also to support all the worthy Korean charities through SIWA. In sum, there is something for everyone and it is a great place to do your Christmas shopping or drop by for lunch at the International Food Court set up for the occasion and maybe win a prize.


A large variety of quality goods is found at the Bazaar, from Italian handbags to Swiss pastry. Adding to the excitement of the day is the chance to win many fantastic prizes from different boutiques and well established stores and restaurants in the Instant Lucky Draw and Grand Raffle.


This year, the Bazaar will be held at a new venue. The 2nd floor of the beautiful 63 Convention Center with everything on one floor. Conveniently located on Yeouido Island, with ATM on site, the Convention Center has ample parking facilities and easy public transport access from 3 surrounding subway lines. Visitors may also enjoy the 63 World, Sky Deck or IMAX Theater within the very same building.


For more information, please visit or contact Kawtar El Alaoui, Public Relations Chair at