In October 2017, 20 staff from the Fijian Elections Office were sent to South Korea for training on the use of Touchscreen Voting (TSV) Machines for Industrial Elections.

Apart from the hands-on experience with the TSV Machines, the group was also provided a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of South Korea.

Seoul, the capital of Korea is a metropolis of high rise buildings, modern infrastructure, and services on par (in not above) with any Western economy. The group found the experience enlightening and enriching.

While we stayed and trained in Incheon, we were taken on a tour of Seoul Sky, the fifth tallest building in the world. The observation deck provided a breathtaking, uninterrupted view of the city.

The group had the opportunity to be part of a formal tea ceremony and dressed up as traditional Korean royalty. We also visited the royal palace and were told of the tragic end of the royal bloodline due to the Japanese occupation.

Korea is also very popular for shopping and the group easily mastered the underground rail system within a day or two. On most evenings, the group took a one-hour train ride from Incheon to Seoul to walk around the city, shop and enjoy the experience of being in a foreign country.

Our hosts A-WEB also made every effort to ensure our stay was as enjoyable and productive as possible.