Big Issue Korea’s staff and vendors have travelled more than 5,500 miles to be at this year’s Homeless World Cup so they relished the opportunity to visit The Big Issue’s Cardiff office while at the tournament.
Our sister paper is representing South Korea at the tournament in Bute Park and three of their team – Jong Yun Park, Yong Suk Choi and Ahn Byunghun – took the opportunity of a tour of the office.
The trio even came bearing gifts for their Big Issue UK tour guides Tom Watts and Lotty Talbutt, offering up badges and a South Korean flag while the Welsh pair gave Big Issue stationery in return.
Lotty said: “We learned that it is very different how they do things over there. They seem to have around 20 staff for about 60 vendors and it seems to work a bit more like a bank for them.
“But they were very impressed with what they saw of our office – it is quite similar to theirs apparently in that it is open plan. They took lots of photos! It was great to meet them.”
The South Korean flag acted as an incentive for Tom to go to the tournament to support his new friends in their clash with Italy.