|SEOUL December Issue
Gangnam’s architecture, Mt. Hallasan, seasonal eats and more
Judging from the snow falling outside our window, winter is upon us, and there’s no better way to stay warm than with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and the December issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine.
In this issue, we explore some of Gangnam’s chic modern architecture, hike the snowy majesty of Jejudo’s Mt. Hallasan, enjoy some seasonal eats and a holiday beverage or three, do some winter shopping and more.
And, of course, there’s always our Goings on Around Town, a list of the the month’s concerts, exhibits, festival and other events.
The magazine will hit the shelves of your favorite major bookstore Friday.
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FROM SEOUL MAGAZINE
AROUND THE WEB
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler
Monni Club Tour: Fix
Korean rock band Monni marks the 10th anniversary of its debut with a tour of Korean clubs in Busan, Daegu, Jeonju, Gwangju, Seoul and Jejudo. Previous Monni gigs have been at large-scale venues, but this tour gives fans an opportunity to experience the band up-close within the comfy confines of smaller clubs. The Hongdae performance is particularly meaningful to the group as it was in Hongdae that the band made its debut in 2005.
VENUE: Rolling Hall, Hongdae
DATE: Nov. 27
ADMISSION: KRW 44,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-782-9570
GETTING THERE: Five-minute walk from Hapjeong Station (Line 2), Exit 4
Chun Kyungja: Eternal Narcissist
Organized to present the unique world created by an artist who devoted her whole life to the development of Korean Painting, Chun Kyung-ja, Eternal Narcissistâ€ brings together a collection of 30 paintings that have not been displayed in public in recent years. The exhibition presents an allegory of the art world created by Chun, who reflects her own life in her paintings – the joys and sorrows caused by her dreams, loves, and fantasies. She once said that her paintings “are my alter ego whether they depict a human being, a beast or a plant.” For her, painting is the mirror that reflects her own self-identity.
VENUE: Seoul Museum of Art
PERIOD: Permanent exhibition
MORE INFO: T. 02-2124-8953
GETTING THERE: City Hall Station (Lines 1 or 2), Exit 1
New Hair shop – L-Seven Hair
Want to change your hair style? Stop by L-Seven Hair, a new hair shop near Naebang Station. They provide 30% discounts for tourists and expats, too. Talented and experienced hair designers well-skilled in the handling of Western hair await you. Colorings, perms, cuts and more available.
MORE INFO and RESERVATIONS: T. 010-3567-1633 (ask for Charlie)
GETTING THERE: Five minute walk from Naebang Station (Line 7), Exit 2
Sheraton Incheon Hotel: the Faster, the Better.
In Songdo, the business hub of Northeast Asia, it is highly important to be always connected and open towards the world. Acknowledging the importance of this need more than any others, Sheraton Incheon Hotel now facilitated Giga Wi-fi. With Giga Wi-fi, you can experience the internet connection from three to ten times faster than the conventional Wi-fi, even with approximately 500 people accessing at the same time, without abruption. Now your stay at the Sheraton Incheon Hotel becomes even more effortless, as all information you need will be ready in a more timely and accurate manner. All you need to do is to relax your legs and enjoy the splendid view of Central Park and Songdo city while you work faster than the rest of the world. T. 032-835-1105.
Paik NamJune Groove _ Heung
Jan. 29, 2016 marks the 10th death anniversary of Paik Nam June, the father of video art. This exhibition will give a glimpse into his unique world and give the public further insight on his work. The exhibition aims to give viewers a clearer understanding of Paik’s work by exploring not only the exterior but also the inner meaning of each piece.
VENUE: Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
PERIOD: Thru. Jan. 29
ADMISSION: KRW 9,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-399-1152
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5), Exit 1 or 8
DDP LED Rose Garden
In the rear garden of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza are 25.550 electronic roses spread out over a great field. Since its debut in April, it has become a local icon and a popular destination for couples and families. The reason behind the number 25,550 is to celebrate the 70th year anniversary of Gwangbokjeol, the holiday that celebrates Korea’s liberation from colonial rule (365 times 70 equals 25,550).
VENUE: Dongdaemun Design Plaza
PERIOD: Thru Feb. 29
MORE INFO: T. 02-2153-0000
GETTING THERE: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Line 2, 4 or 5), Exit 1 or 2
RASKB Excursion: Ganghwado
Ganghwado is the fifth largest island in Korea and is situated at the mouth of the Hangang River just south of the DMZ. Because of its location near Songdo (Kaesong) and Seoul, it was used as a place of refuge by kings fleeing from Mongolian and Manchurian armies during the Goryeo and Joseon periods. Ganghwado dominated the sea approach to Seoul and saw several clashes with foreign naval forces just prior to the “opening” of Korea in 1876.
VENUE: Ganghwado, Incheon
DATE: Nov. 28
COST: KRW 49,000 for members and KRW 58,800 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.
Gyeongam-dong Railroad Village in Gunsan, Jeollabuk-do. Photo by Robert Koehler, editor-in-chief, SEOUL.