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Int’l Schools Hosting Open House in February
Learn more about global education in Seoul
International schools based in the greater metropolitan area are ready to kick off their open house sessions for prospective students and their families throughout February.
Cheongna Dalton School (www.daltonschool.kr, T. 032-563-0523, firstname.lastname@example.org) will hold the spring open house program on Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Located in the Cheongna free trade zone of Incheon, CDS opened its doors in September 2011.
At Seoul Foreign School (www.seoulforeign.org, T. 02-330-3121, email@example.com), a series of information sessions and campus tours will take place on Feb 20, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Founded in 1912, SFS is widely regarded as one of the leading international schools in Korea.
Yongsan International School of Seoul (www.yisseoul.org, T. 02-797-5104 ext. 230, ADoffice@yisseoul.org) will offer an opportunity to explore its community and academic program on Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m. With students from over 50 countries, YISS caters to the thriving expat and local communities in central Seoul.
Eton House Prep (www.etonhouseprep.com, T. 02-749-8011, firstname.lastname@example.org) is holding its open house event on a regular basis—every Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. The school is a British, independent preparatory institution for children aged 2–13. It is located in Hannam-dong in the heart of Seoul.
In addition to regular campus visits, the schools offer a chance to get to know the institution itself as well as their expanded programming and facilities. For interested parents, it is critical to obtain necessary information on admission through on-the-spot consultation with school officials.
The open house event usually affects children hoping to enter kindergarten and Grade 1 in the fall semester. Please contact the schools in advance to reserve a place.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is returning to the Seoul stage after its historic inter-Korean performances in 2008 and 2009. Under the masterful baton of music director Alan Gilbert, the orchestra will collaborate with Korean pianist Kim Da-sol on Feb. 6 for a program charged with Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto in C minor Op. 37” and his opera “Fidelio.” Celebrated Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone will collaborate with the orchestra the following day. The concert tour is organized by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation.
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
DATES: Feb 6–7
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000–320,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-6303-1977, www.sac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Korean-Japanese playwright cum director Jung Eui-shin continues to expand his professional engagement here with his latest work “Autumn Firefly,” which sentimentally depicts a promise of hope against a life full of despair. The plot revolves around a 29-year-old man named Tamotsu, who has lived with his uncle since his childhood after being abandoned by his father. Their arduous life turns complicated when Matsumi, the uncle’s pregnant girl friend, moves in with them.
VENUE: Daehangno Arts Theater
PERIOD: Feb 7–Mar 2
ADMISSION: KRW 15,000–40,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-765-8880, www.hanpac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Hyehwa Station 혜화역( Line 4), Exit 2. Walk along the KFC alley and turn left at the second corner.
Bob Marley Birthday Bash
This year, Rico Radio will celebrate the life and music of the legendary Bob Marley, in order to recognize the contributions made by musicians before us.
VENUE: Club Flow, Itaewon
DATE: Feb. 7, 9pm
ADMISSION: KRW 5,000
GETTING THERE: Itaewon Station (Line 6)
An all-female percussion group, Drum Cats gained its own exclusive theater only 7 years after its initial performance in 2003. This show has won several awards in Korea and internationally. Catch the non-verbal performance with SIWA.
VENUE: Myungbo Art Hall, Jung District
DATE: Feb. 8, 4:30pm–6:30pm
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000 for non-SIWA members
MORE INFO: Email: email@example.com
GETTING THERE: Meeting place: Euljiro 3-ga Station 을지로 3가역 (Lines 2 and 3), Exit 8
Park Soo-keun’s Centennial
The Insa Art Center is holding an exhibition with 120 pieces of Park Soo-keun’s oil paintings, drawings and watercolors to commemorate the centennial of his birth. Park is one of the most representative artists of Western-style painting in Korea. He depicted typical Korean lives from a perspective which is humane in its view of family and neighbors. He also established his own unique artistic mode, using deep local colors. Park passed away in 1965.
VENUE: Insa Art Center
PERIOD: Thru Mar 16
MORE INFO: T. 02-736-1020, www.insaartcenter.com
RASKB Lecture: Her Majesty’s Ambassador Scott Wightman: a day in the life of the British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Scott Wightman has served as the British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea since November 2011. In addressing the Royal Asiatic Society, Ambassador Wightman will reflect on his service in Seoul, key priorities and personal achievements. He will put the UK-Korea bilateral relationship into historical context, charting its evolution and, importantly, how it should continue to evolve in the aftermath of President Park Geun-hye’s recent State Visit to London.
VENUE: Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
DATE: Feb 11, 2014, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
ADMISSION: Free for members and KRW 7,000 for non-members.
An alley staircase on the southern slope of Mt. Namsan around Sowol-ro. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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History of Economic Laws in Korea From Liberation to Present. 1: Historical Overview
Everyday Korean Idiomatic Expressions
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