May is the month of flowers and spring festivals. Get caught up on what’s going on with the May issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine. In this issue of SEOUL, we explore the Hangang River, visit the bustling metropolis of Daegu, talk with American-born Buddhist monk Chong Go Sunim, and much, much more. And don’t forget our Goings-On Around Town section, your guide to the month’s festivals, performances, and events.
Looking for Writers
We are looking for writers to pen the Korea Essentials 2013 series, a cooperative project between the Korea Foundation and Seoul Selection. We’ve published 12 volumes so far, which you can find on Seoul Selection’s online bookshop. This year, we plan to release four volumes: Hanbok and Korean Fashion, Taekwondo, Korean Traditional Medicine, and Korean Dance. Each volume is about 20,000 words; manuscripts should focus on providing readers fun, easy explanations rather than excessively technical content.
If you are interested in writing, please send a resume and writing sample to the appropriate supervisor below:
Taekwondo: Hwa-pyeong Kim – firstname.lastname@example.org
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
After performing to sell-out audiences and gathering rave reviews across the globe, Argentinas smash-hit tango musical Tanguera comes to Seoul. Boasting a company of over 30 homegrown dancers and musicians, Tanguera tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires. It is an adrenaline-charged journey through the world of tango with award-winning choreography by renowned Argentinean dance star Mora Godoy, and the intoxicating rhythms and seductive music.
GETTING THERE: GS Tower B1 floor is directly connected to Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 7. Take the LG Arts Center elevator from there.
Jesus Christ Superstar
The best music of musical history resurrects on the stage of the superstar!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1971 classic comes to Korea starring Korean-American Broadway actor Michael Lee as Jesus. Even 40 years after its debut, the musical still inspires, drawing 74,000 people during its opening UK arena tour in 2012!!
MORE INFO: T. 1644-0078, www.charlottetheater.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Jamsil Station 잠실역 (Line 2, 8), Exit 3. Walk straight beside Lotte Dept. Store and cross the road. Walk straight and turn right.
Kraftwerk, a globally-renowned electronic music band from Germany, is coming to Seoul for its first-ever concert on April 27. The band, meaning “”power plant” in English, was founded in 1970 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Kraftwerk’ sound is minimalistic and strictly electronic. Its signature sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony. In October 2012, Kraftwerk was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
VENUE: Dome Stage, Jamsil Stadium West Parking Lot
This exhibit takes a look at renowned publisher and well-known perfectionist Gerhard Steidl’s work. Particularly well known for his photobooks, Steidl has raised the craft of bookmaking into an art form, and his work is sought after by the world’s top photographers and museums. The exhibit takes you step-by-step through the bookmaking process.
VENUE: Daelim Contemporary Art Museum
PERIOD: Thru Oct 6
ADMISSION: KRW 5,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-720-0667, www.daelimmuseum.org
GETTING THERE: Gyeongbokgung Station 경복궁역 (Line 3), Exit 4. Walk 5 minutes in the direction of the Blue House.
14th Jeonju International Film Festival
The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will be held April 25–May 3, carrying on its tradition as a window of independent and experimental films around the world. This year, the focus will go to Indian films under the theme “Beyond Bollywood.”
Launched in 2000, JIFF has concentrated on unique voices of independent films
by presenting various and meaningful contemporary cinematic perspectives to audiences over the years.
Its signature programs include Jeonju Digital Project, where audiences can meet three directors, each of whom possesses unique cinematic aesthetics; Short! Short! Short!, a project for Korean short film production; Cinemascape, a program that shows the trends in the world’s contemporary films; and Retrospective, which offers a chance to explore the world of great masters’ films.
The jury for this year’s International Competition section consists of 5 iconic figures—Darezhan Omirbayev, who is considered the godfather of the Kazakh cinema; Cornell University film professor Don Fredericksen; Indian director Santosh Sivan; Korean director Ryoo Seung-wan; and Korean actor Jung Woo-sung.
VENUE: Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
PERIOD: April 25–May 3
ADMISSION: Opening/closing ceremony, late-night screening, 3D movies: KRW 10,000; General films: KRW 5,000
MORE INFO: http://eng.jiff.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Trains to Jeonju depart from Yongsan Station.
RASKB: Gyeongju Tour
The Gyeongsang Provinces are rich in historical sites for virtually every period of Korean History. Known as Korea’s “museum without walls,” Gyeongju was selected by UNESCO as one of the world’s ten most important ancient cultural cities. This area holds a wealth of legends, art, and ancient remains, and quickly became known as a “must-see” stop in Korea to historians and tourists world wide. It attracts more than five millions visitors each year.
DATE: April 27–28
COST: KRW 238,000 for members and KRW 285,600 for non-members.
A rainy day beneath the cherry blossoms, Jeongdok Public Library. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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Looking for Translators – Seoul Selection is looking for a few good translators (Korean to English) for general translation work. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to Kyehyun at email@example.com.
Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via Amazon.com (for Kindle) and Apple’s iBookstore. Titles include Ask a Korean Dude, Moon Tides, Doing Business in Korea, Once Around the Sun, and seven volumes of our Korean Film Directors series: BONG Joon-ho, IM Kwon-taek, KIM Jee-woon, LEE Chang-dong, LEE Man-hee, PARK Chan-wook, and SHIN Sang-ok.
Seoul Selection via Ingram – Seoul Selection now has a direct wholesale distribution agreement with Ingram Book Group, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of publisher content. By choosing to allow Ingram to represent our material, we have opened our titles to a wider audience. Our titles will be available for order through Ingram at more than 35,000 distribution channels worldwide. Ask your local bookstore to have Seoul Selection titles available!
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Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL Magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should have a strong interest in Korean culture and be able to interview Koreans. Send your resume and writing samples to email@example.com.
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.
Traditional Korean Gardens: Representative gardens of the Joseon period
A Shortcut to Success: Business Korean
A Perfect Preparation for TOPIK Vocabulary & Grammar (Intermediate level)
Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale
Penguin loves Mev
I am the King
Code Name: Jackal
Confession of Murder
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler
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