June 12, 2013 / Issue No. 584
Hi Seoul Bike Parade
Help promote eco-friendly transporation
Hoping to establish the bicycle as an eco-friendly means of transportation, the Hi Seoul Bike Parade will kick off on June 16 and set out from Gwanghwamun Square with about 5,000 citizens. The bikes pass Seoul Station and the north end of Hangangdaegyo Bridge and finish at Peace Plaza in Seoul World Cup Park. The cyclists will be allowed to ride some 10 kilometers on the North Riverside Freeway, passing under seven bridges of the Hangang River.
The parade will wrap up at the finish point with a celebratory festival, which will include an eco-bike exhibition and fun sweepstakes events.
TIP: It you can finish the race, then you won’t be that far from famous freshwater fish restaurants in the Bukhansanseong Fortress tourist district.
VENUE: Gwanghwamun Square
DATE: June 16
MORE INFO: T. 02-2000-6409, www.hiseoulbike.com
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5
Ultra Korea 2013
Ultra Korea 2013, an Asian version of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival, will open June 14–15 at the Olympic Stadium Complex, promising to offer a site for a mammoth electronic dance get-together. Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Carl Cox, and Afrojack are only some of the A-list acts who will headline the event with their fist-pumping and electrifying house music. Eight new teams have recently been recruited from leading clubs based in Korea, Japan, China, and Indonesia, adding more of an Asian flavor to the show. The premiere of Kryoman’s robotic DJ set in Korea is set to steal the limelight.
VENUE: Seoul Olympic Stadium Complex
PERIOD: Jun 14–15
ADMISSION: KRW 110,000–200,000
MORE INFO: www.umfkorea.com
GETTING THERE: Sports Complex Station 종합운동장역 (Line 2), Exit 6, 7
Hong Sin-cha Dance Show
Globally celebrated avant-garde modern dancer Hong Sin-cha will unveil a retrospective dance production that will revisit her artistic philosophy in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of her debut. The dance show, titled Ariadne’s Thread
, will be staged on June 20 at the Seoul Arts Center. The title, based on the Greek legend of Ariadne, signifies the solving of a problem through all available means, an allusion to Hong’s lifelong journey toward artistic perfection. Joining as collaborators are Japanese pianist Tada Masami, Japanese lighting specialist So Masaru, and a number of classical vocalists and stage designers from Korea and India.
VENUE: Jayu Theater, Seoul Arts Center
DATES: Jun 20–21, 8pm / Jun 22–23, 5pm
ADMISSION: R: KRW 50,000, S: KRW 30,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2272-2152, www.sinchahong.com
GETTING THERE: Nambu Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5
Kim Jong-hak Solo Exhibition
Celebrated career painter Kim Jong-hak is holding a solo retrospective exhibition that will dramatically present the gist of his artistic vision. The exhibition, prepared to time with his 77th birthday, will take place at Gallery Hyundai from June 12 through July 7. A total of 50 works will go on display, including his signature oil canvases of Mt. Seoraksan and woodprints that he created in the early stage of his career. As a resident artist of the mountain, he deals with its scenery, earning him the endearing title “Painter of Seorak.”
VENUE: Gallery Hyundai, Gallery Hyundai New Space & Dugahun Gallery
PERIOD: Jun 12–Jul 7
MORE INFO: T. 02-2287-3500, www.galleryhyundai.com
GETTING THERE: 12 minute walk from Exit 1, Anguk Station, Line 3
Secret Museum Exhibition
The Paris-based museum Le Petit Palais’s digital collection of 40 masterpieces will be exhibited in Seoul from June 13. The original Revelations
collection has been dubbed Secret Museum
on its Korea tour. Great masters, including Veronese, Rembrandt, David, Delacroix, Courbet, and Van Gogh, are brought together in a digital pantheon. The exhibition of digital videos is designed as a real journey, where each of the forty works tells its own story. In addition, spectators are led to rediscover painting through the seven themes structuring the event: materials, perspectives, shadow, light, drawing, emotion, and color.
VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Jun 12–Sep 22
ADMISSION: KRW 12,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-1300, www.secretmuseum.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5
RASKB: Old Incheon: A Walk through Korean History since 1876
During this excursion of old Incheon, the RASKB will explore the many layers of Korean history since 1876 when the Treaty of Ganghwa with Japan forced Korea to open three ports to trade, one of which was Incheon. Incheon, or Chemulpo as it was called at the time, developed soon after to serve the needs of foreign traders. Trade brought Western missionaries, who built churches and schools; Chinese traders established a community that became Korea’s largest Chinatown. Many of the buildings and other landmarks of this early “international history” still remain.
DATE: June 16
COST: KRW 20,000 for members and KRW 25,000 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.
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