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The digital versions of the January issue of SEOUL are out and ready to be downloaded from Newsstand (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
The digital versions give you all the great content and insight you’ve come to expect from SEOUL, our monthly travel and culture magazine, but in easy-to-carry and easy-to-read mobile form.
In this issue of SEOUL, we visit the newly reopened COEX Mall, go skiing in Ganghwado, meditate at historic Woljeongsa Temple and talk with two very philanthropic soap-makers.
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
The Swell Season
Folk rock duo The Swell Season will hold a special performance for Korean fans. The Swell Season is a project duo formed by guitarist and songwriter Glen Handsard and Czech musician Marketa Irglova. The two artists starred together in the musical film âOnce,â playing the two main characters. Most of the songs from the film were composed by Glen Hansard, and âFalling Slowly,â the title song of the original soundtrack, won many awards including an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The concert will take place around the same time as the premier for the musical âOnce,â which is a musical stage adaptation of the film. The project duo disbanded in 2009 after their last album, but have reunited once gain to hold this special performance for their Korean fans.
VENUE: Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
DATES: Jan. 10–11
MORE INFO: T. 02-563-0595, www.sejongpac.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 66,000–132,000
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station ê´íë¬¸ì (Line 5), Exit 8.
New Year Special: ‘Wedding’
Take advantage of the music performance show “Wedding”‘s special New Year’s sale.
Head to the show’s homepage (www.musicshowwedding.co.kr) to make a reservation – just click on “New Year Special” to get a 20% discount.
MORE INFO: Booking & Info T. 02-739-8288 / www.musicshowwedding.co.kr
High Street Market Online Event!
This year, healthy eating begins with healthy choices at High Street Market.
All New online customer signups in January receive a KRW 3,000 Bonus Coupon! To order, visit www.highstreet.co.kr.
MORE INFO: Call 02-2201-0652
David Nash is a Wales-based wood sculptor. He works with trees that have reached the end of their time and gives them a second life as art pieces. Instead of using the usual tools like chisels and abrasives, he uses a chainsaw, axe and blowtorch to bring out different textures. He finds natural cracks in the wood and tweaks them to create unique monumental pieces that complement their surroundings. His works can be divided into two kinds: installations in an outdoor natural environment, and pieces for indoor architectural environments. In 2004, he received the Order of the British Empire for his service to the arts.
VENUE: Kukje Gallery
PERIOD: Thru Jan. 25
MORE INFO: T. 02-735-8449, www.kukjegallery.com
GETTING THERE: Anguk Station ìêµì (Line 3), Exit 1.
Home, Where the Heart Is
Exhibition âHome, Where the Heart Isâ was inspired by a quote from a Korean architect, Chung Gi-young. He had once said, âWe simultaneously live in three kinds of houses: a house of memories where we spent our childhood, a house that we live in right now, and the dream house that we hope to live in someday.â Architects, installation artists, and painters inspired by the quote have interpreted âhomeâ according to these three types. In the exhibition, artists explore the array of memories, emotions and concepts the word âhomeâ brings about. At âGallery 1: Home I lived,â visitors will experience art that recalls home in our memory. At âGallery 2: Home I live,â visitors will encounter statistics and the reality of âhomeâ today. At âGallery 3: Home I dream,â visitors will get to experience examples of alternative homes.
VENUE: Arko Art Center
PERIOD: Thru Feb. 15
MORE INFO: T. 02-760-4608, www.arkoartcenter.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Hyehwa Station ííì (Line 4), Exit 2.
RASKB Excursion: The Natural History Museum of Kyunghee University
In January, the RASKB offers a series of indoor tours to escape the winter cold. The first of these is a trip to Kyung Hee University (KHU), a private comprehensive university renowned for its beautiful garden-like campus. However, it also has plenty of indoor attractions.
The KHU Natural History Museum is one of the oldest such museums on the Korean Peninsula, first opening in 1978 to fulfill the university’s founding spirit of “creating a civilized world” through research in nature. Housing over 90,000 pieces, it includes displays of various wildlife found around the peninsula and abroad.
DATES: Jan. 10
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSION: KRW 10,000–15,000
GETTING THERE: See link above.
First sunrise of 2015, seen from Seonyudo Park. Photographed by Robert Koehler.