‘Sketches of Korea: An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture’
Get a glimpse of the many faces of Korea in illustration form
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce the release of Benjamin Joinau and Elodie Dornand de Rouvilleâs Sketches of Korea: An Illustrated Guide to Korean Culture.
Kimchi, K-pop, taekwondo, Samsung – the images that most people get when they think of Korea donât stray much beyond the usual ones. But there are so many more fascinating sides to Korea.
A cultural anthropologist with over 20 years of personal experience in Korea, author Benjamin Joinau introduces readers to the various faces of Korea outside those that Koreans typically like to present, guided by Elodie Dornand de Rouvilleâs refreshingly original and detailed illustrationsâKorean society through the eyes of two foreigners.
Grab a copy and let’s take a look at the real faces of Korea, past and present.
Cost: KRW 12,900
Check out the book’s Facebook page here.
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler
Jongmyo Royal Ancestral Ritual and Royal Procession (Jongmyo Jerye)
A reenactment of the memorial ceremony for the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty will take place at Jongmyo Royal Shrine. According to Confucian tradition, the royal family would perform elaborate rituals here five times each year to pay respect to their ancestors. The tradition still holds today in the form of Jongmyo Royal Shrine Ritual, which is said to be the oldest complete ceremony in the world. Jongmyo Jeryeak, the musical part of the ceremony, is produced by instruments, songs, and dances that originated over 600 years ago. The ceremony and music have been designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The ceremony will begin with a royal procession from Gwanghwamun to Jongmyo starting at 11 AM. Some 30,000 spectators are expected to attend.
VENUE: Gwanghwamun (procession), Jongmyo Royal Shrine (memorial rite)
DATE: May 3, 11AM
MORE INFO: See this link
GETTING THERE: 5 minute walk from Exit 11, Jongno 3-ga Station (Line 1).
The fascinating and tragic plot found in the 1910 novel âThe Phantom of the Operaâ inspired the creation of two musicals based on the same story. Though overshadowed by Andrew Lloyd Webberâs âThe Phantom of the Opera,â which first opened in 1986, Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopitâs 1991 musical âPhantomâ has also gained much critical acclaim. The latter rendition focuses more on the personal story arc of Erik, the Phantom, offering a more three-dimensional villain. For the Korean production, singers Park Hyo-shin and Ryu Jung-han and musical actor Kai will star as the Phantom, while Im Sun-hae, Lim Hye-young and Kim Soon-young will star as Christine.
VENUE: Chungmu Art Hall
PERIOD: Thru July 26
MORE INFO: T. 02-2230-6600, www.cmah.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000-140,000
GETTING THERE: Sindang Station ì ë¹ì (Line 6), Exit 9. Walk 50 meters in the direction of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
Grand Hyatt Seoul’s ‘Spring Spa Package’
Take advantage of the Grand Hyatt Seoul’s Spring Spa Package (thru June 30) and enjoy some rest and relaxation amid the scent of flowers on Mt. Namsan.
Spend the night in one of the hotel’s Grand Rooms, with views of verdant Mt. Namsan, and the hotel will provide you with a 60-minute Spring Spa Treatment at The Spa Grand Hyatt Seoul. You can choose either a Crushed Lemon Sugar Body Polish Treatment, an Awakening Citrus Facial Treatment or KRW 150,000 of spa credit.
PRICE: KRW 390,000 (not including tax and service)
MORE INFO: T. 799-8888
Hyatt Regency Jeju’s ‘I Love You, Thank You Package’
May is the month of love and thanks – Children’s Day, Parent’s Day, Teacher’s Day, etc. – so why not celebrate the month of the family with a trip to Jeju? The Hyatt Regency Jeju’s ‘I Love You, Thank You Package’ (thru May 31) provides guests staying the night a KRW 30,000 food and drink credit. But the best part is that the hotel will discount the room rate by the age of the oldest member of your party. If the oldest member is in his or her 60s, you’ll be discounted KRW 60,000. If he or she is in his or her 50s, you’ll be discounted KRW 50,000.
PRICE: Starting from KRW 270,000 (not including tax and service)
MORE INFO: T. 064-733-1234
Objectology ll: Make
âObjectology ll: Makeâ is an extension of the museumâs modern art exhibition âObjectology I: Design and Artâ from 2014. This yearâs exhibition examines the meaning of using hands and labor to make objects, and is divided into two parts: The first segment reflects on how people privatize objects through the act of collecting, while the second explores the relationship between objects and their creators. The works on display will also offer insight on social problems in the cityâs manual labor force and physical environment.
VENUE: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon
PERIOD: Thru June 28
MORE INFO: T. 02-2188-6000, www.mmca.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Seoul Grand Park Station ìì¸ëê³µìì (Line 4), Exit 4. Take the shuttle bus.
RASKB Excursion: Magkeolli Brewery Tour
Baesangmyeon Brewery could arguably be called Koreaâs first craft makgeolli brewery. With generations of history and tradition, they continue a commitment to creating quality products through attention to detail and a deep understanding of brewing principles. In an industry that has largely been characterized by the use of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Baesangmyeon has proven that with the right recipe, care and patience, a makgeolli brew can be produced that does not need additives. More than just makgeolli, Baesangmyeon is also exploring lost traditions by producing a range of inspired sojus and alcohols.
Baesangmyeon opens its brewing grounds and museum to visitors interested in furthering their knowledge and experience of the history and culture of Korean traditional liquor. Sansawon showcases an outdoor exhibit of traditional brewing vessels (Hangari) on a backdrop of beautiful mountains and natural surroundings, as well as an indoor museum chronicling the history of both the brewery and Korea’s brewing evolution.
VENUE: Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do
DATE: May 3
COST: KRW 77,000 for members and KRW 92,400 for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel, near Sinchon Railway Station. Photo by Robert Koehler.