A Special Evening for Expats and Visitors at the National Museum of Korea
Free Korean traditional music concert with English commentary
The National Museum of Korea is holding a special performance of Korea’s traditional music and dance this upcoming Oct. 19, at 3 PM, to be held in the museum’s Open Plaza. Admission is completely free! The performance was created specifically for expat residents and non-Korean tourists. Ryu Hyung-sun, Art Director of the Contemporary Gugak Orchestra, will lead a production team of dancers, musicians and singers, while Kim Kyong-hee, professor from Sukmyung Women’s University, will conduct the traditional orchestra. To enhance the spectator’s experience, Professor Kim Hee-sun, specialist in Music Anthropology and Korean Studies, will moderate the performances with historical insight and cultural explanations. All moderations will be made in both English and Korean. Along variations of the classic “Arirang,” the audiences will be introduced to a variety of traditional music and dance under a beautiful autumn sky.
As an added bonus, those with foreign passports will be given a 20 percent discount off admission to the museum’s special exhibition, “Blue and White Porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty.”
VENUE: National Museum of Korea
DATE: Oct. 19, 3 PM
MORE INFO: www.museum.go.kr or www.joseonchunghwa.com
ADMISSION: KRW 2,500–5,000 (special exhibit)
GETTING THERE: Ichon Station, Line 4
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
Seoul Eulalia Festival
Located in the eastern end of town by World Cup Stadium, Haneul Park is a former landfill that has been transformed into one of Seoul’s most beautiful parks. In autumn, its endless fields of eulalia grass turn into a shimmering sea of silver. The most popular time to visit is during the Seoul Eulalia Festival, when the fields are lit up at night, but the best time to visit in this writer’s opinion is sunrise, when the reeds glow red in the light of the rising sun. The views of the Hangang River, Mt. Namsan and Bukhansan National Park are inspiring.
VENUE: Haneul Park
PERIOD: Oct. 18–27
GETTING THERE: World Cup Stadium Station ìëì»µê²½ê¸°ì¥ì (Line 6), Exit 1
M&M Productions and renowned musical director Kolleen Park present Korea’s first top-class male review. Come see eight hot Korean guys strip down and grind away on stage. Needless to say, this is an adults-only show, and no men allowed!
VENUE: Kwanglim Arts Center
PERIOD: Thru Oct. 29
MORE INFO: www.mrshow.co.kr (Korean only)
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000
GETTING THERE: A short walk from Exit 5 of Apgujeong Station, Line 3.
RASKB Excursion: Mt. Seoraksan and Waterpia
The RAS will once again offer you its very popular excursion to the magnificent Mr. Seoraksan in Gangwon-do. In addition to the usual magnificent beauty of this scenic area, participants will have two options of dipping in to the local Cheoksan hot springs, first night, and to even extend the chill-out to second day, at the Seorak Waterpia. This is a Hot-spring resort which features a Spa, hot sauna, 18 kinds or artificial waves and more. For those who would rather skip the options and enjoy the mountain range instead, you are guaranteed to enjoy the excursion just as much.
DATES: Oct. 25–26
MORE INFO: See this link.
COST: KRW 258,000–288,000
GETTING THERE: See link above.
People walk on the Seoul Station Overpass, which Seoul City plans to turn into a park. Photographed by Robert Koehler.