SEOUL June Issue Out
Korean Baseball, DMZ Train and More
As the weather heats up, so does SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine. In the June issue, we discover the world of Korean baseball, take the new DMZ train to the inter-Korean frontier in Paju, talk with writers Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalski of “100 Thimbles in a Box” fame, dine on gourmet gimbap, and much, much more.
If that’s not enough, there’s always our Goings On Around Town, our listings of the month’s concerts, festivals, exhibits and other happenings. So go out and get a copy while it’s still got that new magazine smell.
Deanne is on vacation. Her column will restart when she returns next week.
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
A Plus Dental Clinic: Special Offer for Clear Orthodontic Solution
Have you thought of improving your smile without braces?
Check out the clear aligner, which is an invisible and removable appliance. Now A Plus Dental Clinic is offering it at a better price!
* Clear Aligners : KRW 2,400,000 -> now KRW 2,000,000 (payment plan up to 2 months)
* Orthodontist : Dr. Eung-Soo Kim
– Educated and trained in Columbia University, NY
– American Board Certified Orthodontist (only 25% of orthodontic specialists in US)
Please feel free to contact A Plus Dental Clinic for a complimentary consultation with our orthodontist Dr. Kim.
* Promotion Period : Thru July 5
MORE INFO: T. 02-3442-7616
GETTING THERE: Click here.
Hair & Joy Treatment Service
Hongdae hair salon is offering free hair treatments when you get a coloring, highlights or roll-light procedures.
Hair & Joy’s English-speaking stylists have been trained at Toni & Guys and Vidal Sassoon Academy in the UK.
MORE INFO: Call Johnny at 010-5586-0243
GETTING THERE: See here.
Seoul Shakespeare Company: Park Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Bring the wine, the sun, the trees – due to popular demand, Seoul Shakespeare Company is reprising its production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for one final performance in the beautiful amphitheater of Seonyudo Park.
There will be guides in costume to aid you in your journey onto the island from Exit 2 of Seonyudo Station.
Seonyudo Island is a magical setting fit for the bard, the tree’s entwined among old abandoned industrial settings. Participants will move from city amphitheater settings to the trees of the enchanted forest. This is environmental theatre as you have never experienced.
VENUE: Seonyudo Park
DATE: Sunday, June 1, 1PM
ADMISSION: Pay what you can donation
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.
While the word âJongmyoâ may remind locals of the Jongno area in Seoul, its roots in Korean history are much more meaningful. The structure is located within Gyeongbokgung Palace and served as one of the most important palatial structures during the Joseon period. When the capital of the Joseon Dynasty was moved to Hanyang (Seoul), Jongmyo was one of the first areas to be constructed. It served as the ceremonial grounds for royal officials performing their ancestral rites. The elaborate presentation would involve good food and drink for all, and current kings would honor the achievements of their predecessors while praying for the prosperity of their souls in the afterlife. There is usually a small fee charged to spectators, but visitors can now marvel at its historical grandeur for free. Those who stop by should make a point of seeing the various instruments and ceremonial objects used during the royal rituals.
VENUE: National Palace Museum of Korea
PERIOD: Thru Aug. 3
MORE INFO: T. 02-3701-7500, www.gogung.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Gyeongbokgung Palace Station ê²½ë³µê¶ì (Line 3), Exit 5
Moms and Tots: National Children’s Museum
The Seoul International Womenâs Association is taking a moms and tots trip to the National Childrenâs Museum at the National Museum of Korea this June. There will be chances to make pottery, dress up and more.
VENUE: National Childrenâs Museum, Ichon
DATE: Jun. 3, 10:30–12:00
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: Ichon Station ì´ì´ì (Line 4). Walk underground directly to the museum.
East Sea Trip
Get adventurous for the Memorial Day weekend by taking a trip with the Seoul Hiking Club to the East Sea for biking, hiking and scuba diving.
VENUE: East Sea, Gangwon-do
PERIOD: Jun. 5–8
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSION: From KRW 92,000
GETTING THERE: Meeting place: Express Bus Terminal ê³ ìí°ë¯¸ëì (Line 3,7,9), Exit 6
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul: The Roof is On Fire
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul invites you to the Festa Rooftop to enjoy Draft Beer & Caribbean style BBQ snack menu. Various kinds of grilled snack menus such as Caribbean Avocado Shrimp Salad with Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing and draft beer such as Hitachino Nest, Corona, Asahi, and Guinness will be prepared on the spot. In addition, you can also enjoy the music such as Reggae, Rumba, and Samba style. With fresh summer breeze from Namsan, come and enjoy an exciting summer night.
VENUE: Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul’s Festa Rooftop
DATE: Thru June 30
PRICE: Draft beer is KRW 12,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2250-8170
GETTING THERE: See here.
RASKB Excursion: Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong: An Architectural Walk
During this excursion of Daehangno and Hyehwa-dong, participants will look at a variety of styles of Korean architecture in the 20th century. The tour will begin in around the Marronnier Park, which were Seoul National University and its Japanese colonial forerunner, the Gyeongseong Imperial University were located. Several university buildings built during the colonial period still stand, including the former headquarters building which was designed by Park Kil-yong (1898-1943), a noted Korean architect during the colonial period.
VENUE: Hyehwa-dong, Seoul
DATE: June 8, 1PM to 4:30PM
COST: KRW 20,000 (members), KRW 25,000 (non-members)
MORE INFO: Click here.
Alleyway near Huam-dong Market, with N Seoul tower in the distance. Photo by Robert Koehler.