Jan 29, 2013 / Issue No. 565
Patti Smith in Seoul
Goddess of Punk comes to Korea
The Goddess of Punk comes to Korea for the first time ever. The Chicago-born artist first gained attention in the 1970s when her creative combination of poet lyrics fused with rock lit the musical world alight. In 2011, she was even listed in TIME magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Even today she’s still going strong, releasing her 11th album, Banga, in June 2012.
VENUE: Uniqlo AX
DATE: Feb 2, 7pm
ADMISSION: 110,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 02-563-7110,
GETTING THERE: Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2.
Art Across America
A large collection of American paintings and decorative art will travel to Korea for a rare exhibition titled Art Across America
. The showcase is designed to offer an in-depth look into America’s fine art tradition, which spans well over 300 years, since precolonial times. Drawn from the collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation, the show is due to open at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul on Feb 4 and run until May 19. Afterwards, the exhibition will move to the Daejeon Museum of Art.
VENUE: National Museum of Korea
PERIOD: Feb 5–May 19
ADMISSION: 12,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 02-2077-9000, www.museum.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4).
Born in Korea in 1978, Yiruma moved to the United Kingdom at age 11 to study at the Purcell School of Music in London. In 2000, he graduated from King’s College London, and he released his first album in 2001. His music and performances proved incredibly popular in Europe, North America, and particularly in Asia, where his popularity was furthered by his participation on the soundtracks of popular Korean dramas like KBS’s 2006 Spring Waltz.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Feb 2, 7pm
ADMISSION: R: 99,000 won, S: 77,000 won, A: 55,000 won, B: 33,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 02-530-0900, www.sac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429
My Bloody Valentine—Live in Seoul
Famous for its part in creating the “shoegazing” sound, My Bloody Valentine has had a long and illustrious history. Formed in Dublin way back in 1983, the band was inactive for a long period of time, from the early 1990s to 2007. Since then, the band has given several international performances, and it is even—allegedly—preparing to launch a third album. If My Bloody Valentine’s unique blend of digital reverb, pitch bending, and distortion is to your liking—or if you’ve never heard it before and want to find out more—make sure you book tickets to see them at Uniqlo AX (former AX-Korea) on February 3.
VENUE: Uniqlo AX
DATE: Feb 3
ADMISSION: 110,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 02-332-3277,
GETTING THERE: Gwangnaru Station 광나루역 (Line 5), Exit 2
Special Olympics World Winter Games
The Special Olympics World Winter Games 2013 will take place Jan 29 through Feb 6 in Pyeongchang, the hub of Korea’s winter sports and the venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
About 3,300 athletes and officials from some 120 countries will compete in seven events such as alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, and floor hockey.
Targeting both children and adults with mental disabilities, the global sporting event has been held every two years since 1968 and alternates between summer and winter editions. The winter version was introduced in 1977.
The Games aims to bring a number of important issues to the forefront of international discussion and provides invaluable support for intellectually disabled individuals throughout the world, making a positive impact in countless lives.
VENUE: Pyeongchang (Alpensia Resort and Yongpyong Resort) & Gangneung (Indoor Ice Rink)
PERIOD: Jan 29–Feb 6
MORE INFO: T. 033-339-0000, www.2013sopoc.org
GETTING THERE: Dong Seoul Terminal → Bus to Hyeonggye: 23 times a day, 06:32am–08:05pm, 2h 30m
RAS-KB Tour: Seoraksan National Park & Waterpia
The RAS will once again offer its very popular excursion to the magnificent Mt. Seoraksan in Gangwon-do. In addition to the usual magnificent beauty of this scenic area, participants will have the option of enjoying the Cheoksan hot springs on the first night and extending the pleasure on the second day at the Seorak Waterpia, a large-scale hot-spring resort. For those who would rather enjoy hiking in the mountains, two options are proposed.
DATE: Feb 10–11
COST: 248,000 won for members and 278,000 won for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Walk with the Stars
Walk with the Stars concert held at Olympic Park. Photo by Arnab Sen
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