Goodreads Book Giveaway: Across the Tumen
Moon Young-sook’s novel focuses attention on the tragedy of the North Korean refugee crisis
Seoul Selection will be giving away 10 copies of novelist Moon Young-sook’s book “Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy’s Quest.” Participants have until Aug 25 to enter the giveaway.
Across the Tumen is a true-to-life novel about the horrific famine that swept North Korea in the 1990s. Yeong-dae, an ordinary boy becomes a kkotjebi, prisoner, and finally a defector. Learn about the heartbreaking human rights abuses against North Korean children today.
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AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
Teen Templestay Program at International Seon Center
Seoul’s International Seon Center will host a two-day Templestay program for teens on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 16–17. The program is a good chance for teenagers to find their true selves through chanting, meditation and conversations with monks.
The International Seon Center is a Seon (Zen) meditation and Buddhist propagation training center as well as a learning facility for Buddhist cultural practices. The overall aim of the center is to promote awareness of the inherent value of Korean Buddhism and its practices to the global community.
MORE INFO: T. 2650-2242
GETTING THERE: See this link.
2014 Seoul Philharmonic Pre-Tour Concert
Come see the Koreaâs premier musical ensemble before they take off for their European tour. Founded in 1948, the Seoul Philharmonic is one of Koreaâs oldest orchestras, having managed to survive the tragedy of the Korean War. The orchestra made a breakthrough in the international music scene by signing a contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2011 to produce 10 albums over five years. Its current music director, Myung-whun Chung, became the first Korean to earn a top prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974. His conducting career, however, started with the Mannes College of Music and the Julliard School, both in New York City. After working with the likes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (USA), the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern (Germany) and the Teatro Comunale (Italy) and the Metropolitan Opera (USA), he served as musical director under the legendary Paris Opera from 1989 to 1994, and was named âArtist of the Yearâ in 1991 by the Association of French Theatres and Music Critics. He was awarded the Legion of Honour, a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte, in 1992 for his contribution to the Paris Opera. In 1995, he was named âMan of the Yearâ by UNESCO. He also made a significant visit to North Korea in 2011, returning with a promise to eventually form an orchestra with musicians from both Koreas.
Pianist Ju-hee Lim has been playing the piano since she was three years old. Her professional career began only six years later, in 2009, when she played at the Yamaha Little Pianist Series. She has since developed an illustrious list of accomplishments, as well as performing in such places as China, Germany, France and Russia—quite a feat for a 14-year-old. A promising upcoming talent paired with a legendary veteran: the resulting show is sure to be a treat.
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Aug. 16, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-1588-1210, www.sac.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 10,000–120,000
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station ë¨ë¶í°ë¯¸ëì (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
âThe Masterpiecesâ is an exhibition that takes the very best and the most memorable pieces from the Museum of Photographyâs vast collection and displays them in an organized and retrospective fashion. See moments captured by the likes of Eugene Atget, Edward Steichen and Yousuf Karsh, among others. The Museum of Photography was established in 2004 to expand Koreaâs presence in the international photography scene, as well as to enlighten the public regarding the complexity and artistic value that photographs hold. The museum is also a place for people to come and be inspired to take better photos themselves. Moreover, the institution aims to discover hidden talent in Korea and promote the countryâs local artists to the rest of the world. Given that photography is still a relatively underdeveloped discipline in Korea, itâs important for Korean photographers to retain a sense of identity and uniqueness without being swayed too much by global trends or succumbing too much to Western influence. This goal is something that cannot be accomplished by photographers alone; they need the support of an active community and consistent exhibitions that both promote existing work while nurturing the creativity of future artists. âThe Masterpiecesâ is one of such initiatives, an exhibition to ignite the creative minds of those who visit.
VENUE: The Museum of Photography, Seoul
PERIOD: Thru Aug. 30
MORE INFO: www.photomuseum.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 5,000–6,000
GETTING THERE: Mongchontoseong Station ëª½ì´í ì±ì (Line 8), Exit 2
RASKB: Cheongpyeong Boat Excursion
Spend your Saturday outside of Seoul, enjoying the green countryside and relaxing atmosphere of the area around Cheongpyeong Lake. Today’s excursion will be quite leisurely, and offers a choice of activities; the RAS therefore recommends this as an excursion for the whole family.
VENUE: Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
DATE: Aug 23
MORE INFO: See this link
COST: KRW 80,000–96,000
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Bukchon on a rainy summer day. Photographed by Robert Koehler.