SEOUL April Issue Released
Ihwa Mural Village, Taean and more!
Seoul Selection is happy to announce the release of the April issue of SEOUL, our popular travel and culture monthly. In this issue, we:
– explore charming Ihwa Mural Village
– take in the natural splendor of Taean
– get some good picnic eats
– relax at one of Seoul’s speakeasies
– talk with museum director Choi Hong-kyu
– much, much more.
And of course, there’s also our “Goings On Around Town,” one of the best round ups of concerts, exhibits, festivals and other events taking place in Seoul.
In addition to our print issue, we also offer an easy-to-read digital version, optimized for your tablet device (iOS, Android). The digital version of the April issue will be out by the end of this week.
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler
FitClub Personal Training Studio
FitClub Personal Training Studio in Itaewon, Seoul, is a specialized health and fitness studio for people who want to take part in body and lifestyle changing programs.
It works with personal trainers who have been in the fitness and health industry for 10 years or more, providing services including weight loss, body transformation, muscle gain and general health programs.
MORE INFO: www.fitclubseoul.com
Laboratory Dance Project “12MHz” & “Graying”
The Laboratory Dance Project is an international contemporary dance company that started in Korea in 2001. Known to house many stars from the reality TV show âDancing 9,â the company will showcase two of its most recent works, â12MHzâ and âGraying,” this April. â12MHzâ interprets the relationship between people and space, objects and other people, into stirring dance movements. Twelve dancers express 12 different kinds of frequencies created by these relationships. âGraying,â by contrast, incorporates dance moves and video art to explore the meaning of aging. The dance work for these two pieces is choreographed by Shin Chang-ho, the creative mind behind the troupeâs hit performance, âNo Comment.â
VENUE: LG Arts Center
DATES: April 4-5, 15:00 & 19:00 on Saturday, 16:00 on Sunday
MORE INFO: T. 02-2005-0114, www.lgart.com
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000-50,000
GETTING THERE: GS Tower B1 floor is directly connected to Yeoksam Station ìì¼ì (Line 2), Exit 7. Take the LG Arts Center elevator from there.
Illusion and Fantasy
Seven Korean contemporary artists have gathered to show how the hyperrealism of ordinary things can create illusion and fantasy. The participants are artists Kang Young-min, Kang Hyung-koo, Koh Myung-keun, Yoo Hyun-mi, Lee Kwang-ho, Chun Sung-myung and Choi Xoo-ang. Thirty pieces ranging from painting to sculpture, installation, film, and photography will be showcased at the exhibition.
VENUE: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Gallery
PERIOD: Thru May. 6
MORE INFO: T. 02-3701-9500, www.mmca.go.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 4,000
GETTING THERE: Anguk Station ìêµì (Line 3), Exit 1.
The Seongnam Arts Center is hosting Ballet du Nordâs much talked about contemporary dance work, “Tragedie.” Directed by award-winning choreographer Olivier Dubois, the dance attempts to rediscover the meaning of community and humanity through the simple but powerful movements of nine men and nine women. The dance work made its debut at Festival dâAvignon in 2012, and the company has traveled to more than 40 cities worldwide, including Lyon, London, Tel Aviv, Montreal and Zurich. In the performance, 18 men and women, all dancers of various ages, express the primordial state of being by dancing nude, without any implications of historical, societal or psychological state. The repetition of simple gestures such as walking, standing and leaping are matched with music, and create a poignant emotional effect. Many audience and critics have acclaimed Duboisâ work as a sensational match of music and body.
VENUE: Opera House, Seongnam Arts Center
DATES: April 10-11
MORE INFO: T. 031-783-8000, www.sncf.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000-70,000
RASKB Excursion: A Walk through Lower Seochon: Tongui-dong to Sajikdan
In this excursion, the RASKB will explore part of Seochon (West Village), a neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called “dongs,” the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent the 1930s-1950s; markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses represent the 1960s-1980s; and concrete-tile residential buildings represent the 1990s-2000s. The present is represented by new galleries and coffee houses.
DATE: Mar. 29
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSSION: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Bukchon on a lovely March day. Photo by Robert Koehler.