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SEOUL Weekly: Happy Seol!

23 มกราคม 2555

Jan 18, 2012 / Issue No. 511

Happy
Seol!

Wishing you all the best in
the Year of the Dragon

Seoul Selection would like to wish our readers a happy Seol holiday.

If you like snow, you’re in luck—the Korea Meteorological Administration forecasts snow and cold temperatures.

For those with family in Korea, the Seol holiday is a joyous time of family and food. Expatriates without family in Korea, however, are sometimes at a loss for things to do. Seoul Global Center is holding a special program for international residents that will include information on Korean traditions, an Oriental medicine checkup and a photo exhibit. Namsangol Hanok Village on Mt. Namsan always has special events, including Korean traditional games and craft programs. Gyeongbokgung Palace, too, usually hosts games, and the National Folk Museum of Korea usually holds special events, too.

The National Museum of Korea is holding a free concert of Korean traditional music on Jan 24, and the National Gugak Center is hosting a special performance of music and dance, too (admission: 10,000 won).

Unless you’ve booked tickets in advance, you can forget about train travel, and you’ll want to avoid the roads unless you enjoy bumper-to-bumper traffic. Still, if you’re using the subway/commuter train, there are some great travel options—see SEOUL deputy editor Ben Jackson’s suggestions here.

Bukchon Walking Tour

Every Saturday, 2:30pm

Seoul Selection conducts weekly guided walking tours of Seoul’s historic Bukchon neighborhood every Saturday, 2:30pm to 5pm, rain or shine. See HERE for more information and sign-up details.

Around the Web

A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.

The JoongAng Ilbo talks with noted Korean photographer Bae Bien-u (a.k.a. the Pine Tree Guy).

Korean traditional homes are making a comeback.

Girls’ Generation knows they’ve made it when they get into The Atlantic.

Yeouido’s IFC continues to grow.

Events

Beirut—Live in Seoul

American indie band Beirut—originally the solo musical project of Zachary Francis Condon—performs in Korea for the first time ever. In early June 2011, amidst touring the US, Beirut announced their newest album, The Rip Tide, which had been recorded the previous winter in upstate New York. It was released on August 30. Reviewers and fellow musicians have noted that, unlike the prior albums which drew heavily on foreign music from Mexico, France, the Balkans, etc., this one has shown Beirut with its own, more pop-oriented sound; saying, “What emerges [on The Rip Tide] is a style that belongs uniquely and distinctly to Beirut, one that has actually been there all along.”

VENUE: AX-Korea
DATE: Jan 25, 8pm
ADMISSION: 88,000 won
Tickets: http://ticket.interpark.com/global
MORE INFO: (02) 6339-1932
GETTING THERE: Gwangnaru Station, Line 5, Exit 2. Cross the road, turn left and walk 5 minutes. The hall is located behind the youth center.

Notre Dame de Paris in Korea (English Version)

As part of its 2012 Asian tour, the English version of smash-hit French musical Notre Dame de Paris comes mincing into Korea. Let’s face it, there’s something about free-spirited gypsywomen that drives even the most unflappable of men insane; that’s exactly what happens in the case of free-spirited gypsywoman Esmeralda, who is as dangerous as the red apple in addition to being free-spirited. She sends no less than three males head over heels simultaneously. The three men in question are Father Frollo, Guard Phoebus and Quasimodo and they engage in various antics aimed at seducing and/or securing the undying love of Esmeralda. The kind of story you could make a whole musical out of.

VENUE: Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
PERIOD: Jan 19—Feb 5, 8pm (weekdays) / 3pm, 7pm (Sat) /
2pm, 6pm (Sun, no performances on Mondays)
ADMISSION: VIP: 200,000 won, R: 150,000 won, S: 120,000 won,
A: 90,000 won, B: 60,000 won
Tickets: http://ticket.interpark.com/global
MORE INFO: www.notredamedeparis.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5, Exits 1 & 8.

Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna—New Year’s Concert

Founded by Johan Strauss specialist Peter Guth more than 30 years ago, the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna is famous for providing the sort of performance that only native Viennese musicians are capable of mustering, and is especially well known in Japan for having given a New Year concert there for the past 15 years. This year sees the SFOV with Korean soprano Lim Sun-hye offer a program including works from Johann Strauss II’s operetta “The Bat;” a fast polka and other works by Eduard Strauss; Joseph Lanner’s “The Romantics;” and Robert Stolz’s “Im Prater bl?hn wieder die B?ume.”

VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Jan 18, 8pm
ADMISSION: R: 150,000 won, S: 90,000 won, A: 60,000 won, B:
40,000 won
MORE INFO: T. (02) 599-5743
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exits 4 & 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

RASKB: Cheorwon Tour

 

Located about two and a half hours by bus from Seoul, Cheorwon County is located slightly above the 38th parallel, close to the most heavily fortified border in the world today, that between North and South Korea.  In this region we can witness the sometimes chilling evidence of the continuing inter-Korean conflict, but also the more pleasant, quiet and unspoiled environment of northernmost South Korea.

VENUE: Cheorwon, Gangwon-do

DATE: Jan 29

COST: 42,000 won for members and 50,400 won for non-members

MORE INFO: See here.

GETTING THERE: See link above.

Everyday Koreans

A cold winter day at Yangsu-ri, just outside of Seoul. See more here. Photo by Robert Koehler.

*Click the photo to see a full-size version at our website.

NOTE: If you have a photo you would like to see in our Everyday Koreans section, please sent it to story@seoulselection.com. Photos should be AT LEAST 950px wide. Send a one-line bio, too.

Notifications

Looking for Overseas Partners – Seoul Selection is looking for overseas publishing/ advertisement partners for its travel and culture monthly SEOUL. See this link for more information. Those interested are advised to contact Hank at hankinseoul@gmail.com.

A Day in the Life – SEOUL magazine is looking for individuals or groups from all walks of life for its “A Day in the Life” section, which basically entails us following you around all day with a camera. To get an idea of what we are talking about, see here. Interested? Send an introductory email to our production editor, Ben Jackson, at writer@seoulselection.com.

Brenda Paik Sunoo’s New Website – Writer and photographer Brenda Paik Sunoo, author of “Seaweed and Shamans,” “Vietnam Moment” and “Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea,” has opened a new multimedia website, www.brendasunoo.com. Go over and check it out now.

Shinhan Bank’s Seoul Global Center – Shinhan Bank has launched its own Seoul Global Center on the first floor of Gwanghwamun’s Seoul Finance Center. This is a branch specially made for foreigners, with financial consulting services for foreigners (individual/group), financial counsellings at your place of work (even for one person) and commemorative events such as special rates on currency exchange and interest rates. For more information, contact Deputy General Manager Jeon at (02) 773-3149 or 010-7275-9006.

Learn Korean Traditional Dance – Chumsae Dance School is offering lessons on Korean traditional dance. Morning (10:00—11:30, Tue Thu), afternoon (4:00—5:30, Mon Wed) and evening classes (7:30—9:00 Tue Thu) available. Classes are limited to 10 persons each. Tuition is 200,000 won a month. For more information, call (02- 762-7731).

Korean Language Classes – The Korea Foundation Cultural Center Offers free Korean language classes for foreigners residing in Korea. The classes, led by Korea Foundation volunteer teachers, are held at 7:00-9:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (two classes at 4:00 and 7:00 on Wednesdays). Anyone interested in learning Korean language and willing to participate in the language class is welcome to join. For more information, click here.

Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material to book@seoulselection.com by the preceding Friday in order to appear in the following Tuesday’s issue.

Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should be able to interview Koreans and also have a strong interest in Korean culture. Send your resume and writing samples to writer@seoulselection.com.

We Buy & Sell Used Books – Seoul Selection buys and sells used books in English. Unlike our regular selection of publications that specialize in Korea-related topics, our Used Book Section carries books on all subjects. It’s all part of our effort to make life easier for the English-speaking community.

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