|‘Vietnam Moment’ Now Available on iBooks!
Also, take advantage of our camping book giveawaySeoul Selection is pleased to announce the release of Brenda Paik Sunoo and Ton Thi Thu Nguyet’s Vietnam Moment on iBooks for Mac or iOS device.
Vietnam Moment is a photo essay collection that presents the beauty and wisdom of the Vietnamese nation and people. The photos break from the war-torn image of Vietnam to allow readers to feel the human beauty of a people maintaining their ancient traditions amidst natural splendor, their patience and determination developed over a winding history, and the affirmation and bravery of a people who have never given up hope.
ALSO, Seoul Selection bookshop is giving away copies of Camping in Korean National Parks to the first 20 customers who purchase a Seoul Selection title at our bookstore near Gyeongbokgung Palace. Promotion lasts until Aug. 31. See our Facebook page for more details.
FROM SEOUL MAGAZINE
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler
Maroon 5: Live in Seoul
Omnipresent American pop icon Maroon 5 marks last year’s release of their fifth studio album “V” with a world tour that includes a return to Seoul. Front man Adam Levine and company have sold over 27 million albums worldwide with hits like “Moves like Jagger,” “Maps,” “Payphone,” “Misery,” “This Love” and “Sunday Morning,” winning three Grammy awards along the way. The group gets so much airtime nothing more really need be said, but here’s a bit of trivia – their single “One More Night” is the song that took out Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012.
VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnasium
DATES: Sept. 7 and 9
MORE INFO: T. 02-410-1114
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000-132,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3
Hesseâ€™s Drawing Exhibition: A Travel to Myself
While he’s best known as a Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist, Hermann Hesse was also an accomplished painter and drawer. This exhibit features some 500 of his 2,500 drawings, including 150 which have been projected on big screens using HD projectors, turning the entire space into a canvas. The German-born Swiss cultural giant, whose work explored themes such as self-knowledge and spirituality, is one of the most widely read European authors of the 20th century, with works such as “Steppenwolf” and “Siddhartha” attaining particular popularity with the rise of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
VENUE: War Memorial of Korea
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 1
MORE INFO: T. 02-540-0329
GETTING THERE: Samgakji Station (Line 6), Exit 12
K-pop Experience Program
Seoul Metropolitan Government’s K-pop experience program aims to give international visitors an opportunity for a more hands-on K-pop experience. Learn some of the latest K-pop dance moves and visit a Hallyu star experience zone. To participate, apply here.
VENUE: SMTOWN Studio (inside the SMTOWN Coex Artium)
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 24 (every Monday and Tuesday, 11AM to 12:30PM)
MORE INFO: T. 02-3788-0823
GETTING THERE: Samseong Station (Line 2), Exit 6
RAS-KB Excursion: Donggang River Rafting
Join the RAS as it takes an adventurous rafting tour along the scenic Donggang River in Gangwon-do. The Donggang is a serpentine, 60 kilometer-long stream flowing through rugged limestone terrain in mountainous Gangwon province’s Yeongweol, Pyeongchang, and Jeongseon counties. Besides boasting breathtaking scenery, the Donggang is an ecological jewel – it is the only remaining virgin territory in South Korea, boasting a wealth of rare flora and fauna. It is often compared to Guilin in China, a world famous tourist destination owing to its picturesque limestone mountains; however, the Dong River retains a more pristine and serene atmosphere, according to tourist experts.
VENUE: Donggang River, Gangwon-do
DATE: Aug. 29
MORE INFO: See here.
PRICE: KRW 83,000-99,600
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Seoul’s old city hall building, built by the Japanese during the colonial era, done up like a hanok to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Photo by Robert Koehler.