SEOUL Weekly: A Korean Kitchen Companion





Mar 19, 2014 / Issue No. 624
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A Korean Kitchen Companion
28 Recipes for Korean Dishes
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce the imminent release of A Korean Kitchen Companion: 28 Recipes for Korean Dishes.
Written by Jia Choi, president of O’ngo Food Communications, A Korean Kitchen Companion features 28 recipes that are easy to make with ingredients that are available wherever you live. The spiral bounding makes it perfect for your countertop, too!
A Korean Kitchen Companion hits stores on March 25. Get yourself a copy from Seoul Selection (offline at our bookstore next to Gyeongbokgung Palace or online at Seoulselection.com), major bookstores or Amazon.com.
Price: KRW 13,000.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– An American is helping promote Korean culture.
– A restoration project looks to save Haeundae Beach.
– Another week in my life at my photoblog.
Events
Shinhan’s Phone Banking Service
Shinhan Bank speaks your language! Manage your money 24 hours a day, seven days a week in your language with Shinhan’s Phone Banking Service. To use the service, visit a Shinhan Bank branch with your passport and Alien Registration Card and open a bank account. Then register for Shinhan’s phone banking service. Designate Shinhan Bank as your “Primary Foreign Exchange Transaction Bank” and register your overseas beneficiary information. English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Indonesian, Cambodian and Thai available.
For more information, call Shinhan’s Foreign Language Call Center at 1577-8380.
Seoul Jazz Festival Tickets Go on Sale
The Seoul Jazz Festival (May 17–18) might be some ways away, but tickets are on sale now. Oh, and a special opening night (May 16, 7PM) has been announced, too.
Musashi by Yukio Ninagawa
Celebrated Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa returns to the LG Arts Center with his masterwork Musashi that questions the samurai ethos and cult of violent retribution. Set in early 17th century Japan, the play focuses on the rivalry between two legendary swordsmen who meet again at a Buddhist temple. They agree to fight another decisive duel in three days’ time. In the interim, they are regaled with songs and stories by the monks who seek to end the cycle of violence. Although the production, played in Japanese, runs for three hours, it is remarkable for its lightness, speed and benevolent pacifist instinct.
VENUE: LG Art Center
PERIOD: Mar 21–23
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–70,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2005-0114, www.lgart.com
GETTING THERE: Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 8. Walk into the first alley on your left and you’ll see it.
The Chungmu Art Hall is set to unveil the musical production of Frankenstein in commemoration of the venue’s 10th anniversary. The original Korean production is based on the iconic Mary Shelley novel and features a star-studded cast led by Yoo Jun-sang and Ryu Jung-han. Frankenstein promises to dazzle the audience with the scale of production and the dramatic quality of the scores. In the story, when eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature, he rejects his hideous creation. The creature takes its revenge on his creator’s family, yet he learns a lesson about love. Stage director and playwright Wang Yong-beom has worked on the Korean musical version of the classic novel for the past five years. He said, “I wanted to portray exorbitant human greed and the ensuing tragedy that befalls the incomplete human.” Music director Lee Sung-joon is also confident about the originality of the scores he created.
Musical Frankenstein
The Chungmu Art Hall is set to unveil the musical production of Frankenstein in commemoration of the venue’s 10th anniversary. The original Korean production is based on the iconic Mary Shelley novel and features a star-studded cast led by Yoo Jun-sang and Ryu Jung-han. Frankenstein promises to dazzle the audience with the scale of production and the dramatic quality of the scores. In the story, when eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature, he rejects his hideous creation. The creature takes its revenge on his creator’s family, yet he learns a lesson about love. Stage director and playwright Wang Yong-beom has worked on the Korean musical version of the classic novel for the past five years. He said, “I wanted to portray exorbitant human greed and the ensuing tragedy that befalls the incomplete human.” Music director Lee Sung-joon is also confident about the originality of the scores he created.
VENUE: Chungmu Art Hall
PERIOD: Mar 18–May 11
ADMISSION: KRW 110,000–130,000
MORE INFO: T. 1666-8662, www.cmah.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Sindang Station 신당역 (Line 2&6), Exit 9.
Jankura Artspace: Acrylic Painting Portraits
From beginners to the experienced, this one-day class (or two day series if you choose) in acrylic painting will guide students in how to approach the painting process with confidence, while exploring the basics of value, brushwork, composition and color.
Acrylic painting is a fun and easily controllable medium to work in. It’s fast drying, which has both benefits and drawbacks which we’ll explore in this one day workshop.
VENUE: Jankura Artspace
DATE: March 22, noon–4pm
FEE: KRW 50,000
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.
RAS-KB Excursion: Exploring the Seoul City Wall 2: the Southern and Western Sections
During this excursion, the RAS-KB will walk along southern and western sections of the Seoul City Wall and explore several neighborhoods. The excursion will begin in front of N Seoul Tower on Mt. Namsan. Participants will start the walk at the signal towers and follow the wall going west toward the area near the Namsan Library where part of the wall has recently been restored. Next they will make their way to Seungnyemun (Namdaemun) and discuss the recent renovation project as they look at the gate from various angles.
Most of the wall nearby Seungnyemun has been destroyed, but participants will trace the location of the wall as they move north on the west side of the wall. They will continue walking toward Jeong-dong,stopping briefly at the Appenzeller/Noble Memorial Museum. Because of time restrictions, participants will not be able to stop at all of the historic sites in Jeong-dong, but they will be noted for future reference.
VENUE: Various locations in Gyeonggi-do (near Seoul)
DATE: March 15, 9AM to 6PM
ADMISSION: KRW 45,000 for RAS-KB members; KRW 54,000 for non-members
MORE INFO & GETTING THERE: See this link.
Everyday Koreans

Home of the Korean Wave

Headquarters of SM Entertainment in Seoul’s Apgujeong neighborhood. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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