|Take Care of All Your Date Needs at Dragon Hill Spa
Get a KRW 2,000 discount on admission with coupon in June issue of SEOUL
Enjoy a massage, spa treatment, film and chicken & beer all in one spot!
Couples have surprisingly few places to go in Seoul. One day it’s a movie, coffee shop then dinner, and the next it’s coffee shop, a movie and dinner.
If you’re bored with the usual date course, why not try a place where you can do everything in one place?
At the Dragon Hill Spa, just a two minute walk from Yongsan Station (Line 1), you can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities in the comfort of the spa’s exotic surroundings.
After experiencing the many Korean-style saunas, or jjimjilbang, on the first floor and letting experts take away your built-up fatigue with a massage, enjoy a lunch of galbijjim and bulgogi at the spa’s Korean restaurant Ilpum Myeongok. After filling your stomach, head to the game zone and have fun with your significant other playing on its many arcade machines, computers and other games. Afterwards, head to the first floor snack bar and have a drink and a stone-plate cooked egg. Then you can head to the separate outdoor pools for men and women. After that, go to the theater in the basement to watch a free movie before ending your date at the rooftop garden watching the sunset over some fried chicken and beer.
And don’t forget – you can get a KRW 2,000 discount by bringing the coupon in the June issue of SEOUL.
Just next to Yongsan Station, Line 1
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The HBC Festival celebrates 10 years with its spring event. Originally started as a three-bar folk festival, the gathering has grown into one of the largest indie music showcase festivals in Korea with over 20 lives venues, not to mention a ton of participating restaurants and vendors.
See the website for the full list of bands, venues and times.
VENUE: Haebangchon, Yongsan
DATES: May 22-23
MORE INFO: www.hbcfest.com
GETTING THERE: The entrance to Haebangchon is a short walk from Exit 2 of Noksapyeong Station (Line 6).
American a cappella group Pentatonix debuted by winning NBC’s third season of “The Sing-Off.” It wasn’t until the fivesome started posting cover songs on their YouTube channel, however, that the band’s career started kicking off. Their reinterpretations of songs such as Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Lorde’s “Royals” and their medley of songs from electronica duo Daft Punk have all gone viral on the Internet virtually overnight. Their most popular upload thus far has been their “Daft Punk” compilation, which has more than 125 million views on YouTube and won a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.
VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: May 28, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000-110,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3
Murakami Haruki’s Music Room
Murakami Haruki is a Japanese novelist known for bestselling books such as “Norwegian Wood,” “Kafka on the Shore” and “1Q84.” Music is often a key component of the plot line of his novels, and Korea’s top-notch jazz and classical performers such as Ji-yong, Ditto Orchestra and Jazz Quintet have gathered to make the novels’ music come alive. The concert will open with Ditto Orchestra playing Janacek’s Sinfonietta, the song that opens the novel “1Q84.”
VENUE: Grand Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
DATE: May 31, 17:00
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266, www.sejongpac.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000-80,000
GETTING THERE: Exit 1 or 8, Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)
Korean National Ballet: The Seventh Symphony & The Rite of Spring
The Korean National Ballet is the country’s oldest professional ballet company, boasting more than 50 years of history on the peninsula. This May the company will raise its curtains to stage “The Seventh Symphony,” based on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, as well as presenting “The Rite of Spring,” based on Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece of the same name. “The Seventh Symphony” is choreographed by German ballet dancer Uwe Scholz, and has received much praise for visualizing the rhythms of the beloved classical compositions that inspired it. “The Rite of Spring” is choreographed by American dancer Glen Tetley and blends neoclassical techniques into a powerful work of modern ballet. The dance revolves around the themes of struggle and renewal in its tale of a girl being sacrificed to the God of Spring.
VENUE: National Theater of Korea
DATES: May 29-31
MORE INFO: T. 02-587-6181, www.ntok.go.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000-50,000
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station ë™ëŒ€ìž…êµ¬ (Line 3), Exit 2
RASKB Excursion: Color and Pageantry in Seoulâ€™s Temples on Buddha’s Birthday
This afternoon and evening will be especially memorable. As well as helping to commemorate this special day, you will witness all the color and pageantry which the Koreans lavish on the celebration of the birth of Buddha. The lanterns, costumes, and celebratory dances are colorful and joyful. Don’t forget your camera! In celebration of Buddha’s birthday you will be visiting several different temples and shrines in Seoul.
DATE: May 25 (1 PM-9 PM)
COST: KRW 35,000 for members and KRW 42,000 for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Walking along a Bukchon alleway. Photo by Robert Koehler.