Seoul Selection at the LA Times Festival of Books
English books on Korea come to US’s biggest book festival
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce it will be partnering with the Korea Foundation to exhibit English-language books on Korea at the LA Times Festival of Books, held on the USC Campus. Come meet us at Booth 959 on Apr. 18 (10 AM to 6 PM) or Apr. 19 (10 AM to 5 PM).
The LA Times Festival of Books, marking its 20th anniversary, is the largest celebration of the written word in the United States. It gives the residents of southern California a chance to meet their favorite authors, hear live readings, take in original works of art and even sample LA’s diverse range of cuisines.
VENUE: USC Campus
DATES: Apr. 18-19
MORE INFO (including directions): See this link.
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler
New Zurich Orchestra
To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the New Zurich Orchestraâs Asian tour will include visits to Japan, Korea, Singapore and Thailand. Conductor Martin Studer, who has been with the orchestra since it was founded in 1990, will lead Swiss flutist Philipp Jundt and an impressive body of world-class musicians through Verdiâs opera âNabuccoâ overture, Joaquin Rodrigoâs flute concerto âPastoralâ and Tchaikovskyâs Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: April 25, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-3463-2466, www.bravocomm.co.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000-150,000
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station ë¨ë¶í°ë¯¸ëì (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to the shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
The Blossoming Scent of Ink: Song Young Bang
The Blossoming Scent of Ink: Song Young Bang features five decades of the artistic endeavors of Song Youngbang (1936- ), also known by his pen name Uhyeon. This exhibition is the second Korean traditional-style painting show of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Korean Contemporary Artists Series, meant to lay the solid foundation for the study of modern and contemporary Korean art.
VENUE: MMCA Gwacheon
PERIOD: Thru June 28
MORE INFO: T. 02-2188-6000, see this link
ADMISSION: KRW 2,000
GETTING THERE: Use the shuttle bus from Seoul Grand Park Station (Line 4).
Renaissance Hotel’s “Welcoming May Package’
The Renaissance Seoul Hotel celebrates the May holiday season with its Welcoming May Package (Apr. 27 – May 10). Tailored to families and couples, the package gives you an opportunity to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation in the heart of Seoul. It offers a wide range of accommodation options as well as benefits, including free use of the pool, recreation center and sauna, breakfast at the Cafe Elysee, use of the Thai luxury spa brand THANN (Welcoming May Package II) and more. Prices begin from KRW 180,000 a night (service changes and tax not included).
VENUE: Renaissance Seoul Hotel
PERIOD: Apr. 27 – May 10
MORE INFO: T. 02-555-0501, website
GETTING THERE: Short walk from Yeoksam Station (Line 2)
YISS Spring Book Fair
Mark your calendar for the YISS Spring Book Fair from April 22 to 24 in the main lobby from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
YISS Book Fairs offer an extensive selection of quality English-language books for young and adult readers at some of the best prices available in Korea. Most titles are 10% to 50% off retail prices.
Browse the wide selection of books for readers of all ages. Feel free to invite your family and friends. Ten percent of all sales during the Book Fair is donated to the YISS PTO to fund the purchase of new books for our school libraries as well as other learning resources.
VENUE: YISS Main Lobby
PERIOD: Apr. 22–24
MORE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yisseoul.org
GETTING THERE: See this map.
Ganghwa Island Shinmiyangyo Excursion
In the spring of 1871, five US warships entered Korean waters with the stated goal of securing a treaty for the safety of shipwrecked mariners. At the time, Korea still had very negative feelings from several bad interactions with Westerners in the five preceding years. Through cultural misunderstandings and the mishandling of the situation between the Korean and US governments, hostilities broke out. In the end, Korean forces reportedly lost more than three hundred troops, while the US lost only three. It was a so-called “weekend war” that changed the course of relations between the two countries, and continues to be a historic point of contention with many people on both sides.
DATE: Apr. 19
COST: KRW 60,000–72,000
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Pine forest of Mt. Achasan. Photo by Robert Koehler.