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PSV in South KoreaThursday 14 JulySEOUL - The main themes on Thursday were a tough training session at the Paju training ground and a number of ceremonies off the pitch. Guus Hiddink was a busy man and had made quite a few appointments. Today we publish part 3 of the Korea Diary CeremoniesFlowers and an exclusive present at the Philips head quarters, the umpteenth hordes of photographers at the Peace Cup official opening reception and in between a meeting with Korean representatives of the Guus Hiddink Foundation. The players had no obligations in the afternoon and in the evening for the first time during their South Korean trip, but Guus Hiddink had an even tighter schedule than usual. Wherever he appears, flashlights start to do their work and only when the PSV head has arrived, can the show begin. The same goes for the Peace Cup reception in the heart of the city, where, apart from all delegates of all the competing clubs, many officials and organizers were present to listen to the speeches that were received with polite applause. People in the hall toasted to the success of the tournament, which will kick off tomorrow with defending champions PSV Eindhoven and hosts Seongnam Ilhwa meeting at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 7 p.m. To be perfectly clear, Seongnam Ilhwa are a top side in South Korea. Emergency warning lightsMeanwhile Dutch journalists have come trickling into the fancy Hyatt Hotel. There are not many of them, but there are representatives of both a national newspaper and the familiar local newspaper and of the most prominent football magazine of Holland. There is a van that follows the players’ coach everywhere. Well actually, whenever just one car is about to get in between the big coach and the van (both vehicles continually have put on their emergency warning lights and are escorted by police motor cycles), the driver will give a blast on his horn.PSV are guarded every day by a number of security officers and some busybodies (with walkie-talkies). Each training session, game of ceremony in which Guus Hiddink is involved is a real happening. The Peace Cup organization committee announces that they may soon be sold out for big matches. PSV will first have a training session of Friday morning, on a pitch beside the stadium in Seoul.PSV Media have travelled with the squad to South Korea. You can read a daily travel report on the official PSV website, on top of the customary reports about training sessions, matches and PSV squad related issues.