SEOUL’s ‘KRW 500 Campaign’ Continues
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Are you a hotelier or restaurateur looking to provide your guests with the highest-quality information on where to go and what to see in Seoul?
Well, SEOUL is here to help.
We are offering our magazine – Seoul’s oldest English-language magazine – at KRW 500 a copy when you purchase 20 or more copies. Per copy, that’s the cost of a really cheap cigarette lighter. For 20 copies, that’s just KRW 10,000. It’s highway robbery for us, but a great deal for you and your customers, guests and clients.
Think about it – you’d be providing twenty of them with their own personal guide to Seoul, for just KRW 10,000 a month.
Big names such as the Visit Korea Committee, popular Bukchon boutique hotel RakKoJae and Korean culinary tour outfit O’ngo Food Communication are already participating in our KRW 500 campaign. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help us help you!
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
2015 Valentine Day Concert: Canto Antigo
Native Korean violinist Zia Hyunsu Shin is giving a special Valentineâs Day performance in Korea that should not be missed by fans of the genre. Since beginning her violin training at age 4, Shin has won numerous international awards including first place in the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris and third place in the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. For the first half of her upcoming concert in Seoul, Shim will team up with a guitar duo and perform songs from her newly released album, âCanto Antigo.â The album, with a title translating as âold songâ in Portuguese, is filled with renditions of old folk songs from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. For the second half of the concert, she will perform Astor Piazzollaâs famous works âOblivionâ and âThe Four Seasons of Buenos Airesâ with Ditto Strings. The concert offers special discount rates and events for couples attending the concert.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Feb. 14, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266, www.sac.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–70,000
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station ë¨ë¶í°ë¯¸ëì (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Lunaâs Valentine Day Concert
Gayageum crossover musician Luna and German flamengo duo Tierra Negra will warm up your Valentine’s Day with a performance that will feature some of Luna’s original work, some blues and some of the gayageum star’s rock covers. Luna’s covers of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other famous guitarists are the stuff of Youtube legend. Don’t believe me? Check this out.
VENUE: Formtec WorksHall
DATE: Feb. 14, 20:00
MORE INFO: www.lunaxmusic.com
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000
GETTING THERE: A short walk from Exit 3, Hapjeong Station, Line 6
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RASKB Excursion: Korean War Remains and Migratory Birds in Cheorwon
Prior to the division of Korea, Cheorwon was a sizable town. The junction of the Seoul-Wonsan and the Mt. Geumgangsan lines, it was a major transportation hub. After the division of Korea, however, the city — located north of the 38th parallel — fell under North Korean control. The worst came during the Korean War: as the southern point of the Iron Triangle (a major invasion route to Seoul), the city was wiped off the map by merciless shelling, mostly courtesy the Americans.
After the war, the city was never rebuilt, per se, although a âNewâ Cheorwon was built several kilometers away. Old Cheorwon is now rice paddies and hills; much of where the old town used to be, in fact, lies across the Civilian Control Line, a military district bounding the DMZ where entry is by permit only. For Korean history buffs, however, the paddies are dotted with several ruins and bombed-out buildings from the period that are well-worth seeing, including the iconic ruins of the local headquarters of the Workers Party of Korea, North Koreaâs ruling party. Also in Cheorwon is the Seungil-gyo, sometimes called âKoreaâs Bridge Over the River Kwai,â a scenic arch bridge that, depending on whom you believe, was either started by the North Koreans and finished by the South Koreans, or started by the Japanese and finished by the Americans.
DATE: Feb 15
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSION: KRW 45,000-54,000
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Seoul Selection designer in a gritty staircase in Mullae-dong, where some of the many metalworking shops have been converted into art galleries. Photographed by Robert Koehler.