|Gyeongbokgung, Changgyeonggung Palaces Open at Night
Don’t miss chance to experience Korea’s royal palaces under the moonlight
If you think Seoul’s royal palaces are charming during the day, wait until you see how magical they are in the light of the moon. On a handful of days each year, the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) opens up the royal palaces at night, giving visitors an opportunity to experience a very different side of these exceptionally beautiful places.
In order to give Seoulites a bit of respite from the summer heat, the CHA will open Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung palaces for 15 nights each this August, three more days than last year.
VENUE: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace
DATES: Gyeongbokgung: Aug. 12-28 (closed on Aug. 18, Aug. 25), Changgyeonggung: Aug. 11-27 (closed Aug. 17, Aug. 24). 7:30-10:00 PM (entry ends at 9:00 PM)
ADMISSION: KRW 3,000 for Gyeongbokgung, KRW 1,000 fo Changgyeonggung. IMPORTANT! Koreans must reserve a ticket ahead of time (go here and here). Foreigners, however, can get tickets on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis (200 tickets a day at Gyeongbokgung, 100 tickets a day at Changgyeonggung).
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See this map.
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Baebijang-jeon, a satirical novel representative of the Joseon era, is a classical novel written by an unknown author in the late Joseon Dynasty in which humor stands out vividly as it evokes laughter by alluding to the hypocrisy of the ruling class and natural human desires. This novel was recreated and performed as a Korean traditional opera, a musical, etc., becoming a performance content that has already verified its box-office worth and entertainment value to the domestic audience.
“MISO : Baebijang-jeon” is Jeongdong Theater’s Special Performance and new work of art. It doesn’t just present traditional dance and music in a one dimensional dance drama. It goes on to heighten the beauty of form as a holistic performance by harmonizing rhythm, melody, theatrical devices, and dancing steps based on Korean traditional movements. It also increases the completion level of the dramatic story that penetrates the entire performance.
VENUE: Jeongdong Theater
DATE: Open run
MORE INFO: See this link or call T. 02-751-1500
GETTING THERE: See this link.
Pop star, producer and style icon Pharrell Williams comes to Seoul for the first time. A winner of 11 Grammy awards, his career reached new heights in 2013 when his single “Happy” topped the U.S. Billboard charts for 10 straight weeks and, at 13.9 million copies sold in 2014, became one of the best-selling singles of all time. In Korea, too, “Happy” was the most played song at local music streaming sites in 2014. His live performances are high-spectacle, high-energy affairs, and to be sure, he’s bringing along some of the best production experts and sound and light engineers in the world, so expect to have your mind blown.
VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnasium
DATE: Aug. 14, 8 PM
MORE INFO: T. 02-3141-3488
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000-165,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3
Fire Festival Korea
Seoul is holding a fire festival, so get in on all the fiery action. This 1st-annual Fire Festival Korea will feature Fire Gala Shows, Flow Arts, and Circus workshops with talents artists from all around.
VENUE: Some Sevit, Banpo Hangang Park
PERIOD: Aug 7-9, Time TBD
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: Take bus bus 143, 401, 405, 406 or 8340 to Banpo Hangang Park.
Organic Farm Experience
This is part of a series of Korean farm and countryside experience. You’ll be taken around unique places where you’ll be able to experience farm life, first-hand. Learn to cultivate various kinds of fruits and veggies while you’re there!
VENUE: Gochang countryside
DATE: Aug 8, 7:00AM
COST: KRW 56,000
MORE INFO: http://gohtravelkorea.net
RASKB Excursion: Independence Day Excursion
Join the RAS-KB for a very patriotic excursion to Hyeonchungsa, Onyang Folk Museum and Independence Memorial Hall. Hyeonchungsa is a shrine to Korea’s greatest war hero, the 16th century admiral Yi Sun-sin. Onyang Folk Museum, meanwhile, is home to 14,000 artifacts depicting Korean traditional lifestyles and folklore. Finally, Cheonan’s Independence Memorial Hall is a massive complex dedicated to the Korean independence movement during the dark days of Japanese colonial rule.
DATE: Aug. 15, 8 AM-8 PM
ADMISSION: KRW 42,000 for members, KRW 50,000 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.
View of Mt. Namsan out the window of the cafe GrÃ¤ddhyllan, near the top of Gyeongnidan-gil. Photo by Robert Koehler.