Feb 6, 2013 / Issue No. 566
Happy Lunar New Year
We here at Seoul Selection would like to wish you all a happy and healthy Lunar New Year!
New SEOUL Magazine Website
Magazine Reboot
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce that we’re rebooting our magazine website. The new and improved site includes event information, articles from SEOUL Magazine, and useful visitor and expat information. It is easier to use, and features better social network service intergration. We welcome suggestions from our readers.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
A survey reveals that many Koreans dread the New Year holiday.
One of Seoul’s hidden gems—the Munmyo Shrine.
Work continues on Busan’s soon-to-be landmark Lotte Town.
If you haven’t seen Chilburam Hermitage, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a hallmark American orchestra once headed by maestro Daniel Barenboim, will be invited to Korea for two concert engagements on Feb 6 and 7. Its current resident music director Riccardo Muti is set to captivate the local audience with a program that includes Busoni’s suite from Trandot, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2, Verdi’s Overture to I Vespri siciliani, Mendolssohn’s Symphony No. 4 Italian, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 Eroica. Founded in 1891, the symphony makes its home at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and plays a summer season at the Ravinia Festival.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Feb 6–7, 8pm
ADMISSION: R: 360,000 won, S: 280,000 won, A: 200,000 won, B: 130,000 won, C: 70,000 won
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266, www.clubbalcony.com
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Come see this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice’s beloved musical, based on the Biblical story of Joseph. The Korean cast includes Song Chang-ee, Sun-kyong Kim, Choi Jung-won and Lisa.
VENUE: Charlotte Theater
PERIOD: Feb 12–Apr 14
ADMISSION: VIP: 130,000 won, R: 110,000 won, S: 90,000 won, A: 70,000 won
Tickets: http://ticket.interpark.com/global
MORE INFO: www.charlottetheater.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Jamsil Station 잠실역 (Line 2, 8), Exit 3. Walk straight beside Lotte Dept. Store and cross the road. Walk straight and turn right.
Seollal Special
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Korean traditional music and dance with Korea’s leading traditional arts troupe.
VENUE: National Gugak Center
PERIOD: Feb 10–11
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-3300
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Take maeul bus No. Seocho 12 or green bus No. 4429 and get off at the National Gugak Center.
Japandroids—Live in Seoul
Japandroids is a two-piece band from Vancouver, BC, consisting of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to skip the extra members and do all the work themselves. As a result, the Japandroids are a set of drums, a guitar, and a vocal duo optimized to sounds like a five-piece band that you’ve never heard before.
Japandroids released their critically acclaimed debut album Post-Nothing via Polyvinyl in 2009. Then, King and Prowse toured extensively throughout 2009–2010, playing over 200 shows in more than 20 countries, and quickly gained notoriety for their extremely energetic live performances.
DATE: Feb 14, 8pm
ADMISSION: 40,000 won (35,000 won in advance)
MORE INFO: http://supercolorsuper.com
GETTING THERE: Hongik Univ. Station 홍대입구역 (Line 2, A’REX Line), Exit 9.
A Taste for Freedom—Korean Independence Activists
Come see nine paintings of Korean independence activists by Mathieu Deprez at the Garage Gallery, not far from the Hyatt Hotel on Gyeongnidan Road.
VENUE: The Garage Gallery
PERIOD: Feb 12–27
ADMISSION: Free. Hours: 11am–10pm
GETTING THERE: Noksapyeong Station, Line 6
RAS-KB Tour: Seoraksan National Park & Waterpia
The RAS will once again offer its very popular excursion to the magnificent Mt. Seoraksan in Gangwon-do. In addition to the usual magnificent beauty of this scenic area, participants will have the option of enjoying the Cheoksan hot springs on the first night and extending the pleasure on the second day at the Seorak Waterpia, a large-scale hot-spring resort. For those who would rather enjoy hiking in the mountains, two options are proposed.
DATE: Feb 10–11
COST: 248,000 won for members and 278,000 won for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.

Everyday Koreans
Seoul City Hall
Seoul City Hall. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via Amazon.com (for Kindle) and Apple’s iBookstore. Titles include Ask a Korean Dude, Moon Tides, Doing Business in Korea, Once Around the Sun, and seven volumes of our Korean Film Directors series: BONG Joon-ho, IM Kwon-taek, KIM Jee-woon, LEE Chang-dong, LEE Man-hee, PARK Chan-wook, and SHIN Sang-ok.
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(January 2013)
Arirang of Korea : Han, Sorrows and Hope
Arang and the Magistrate
New Books
Bee-bim Bop!
Traditional Natural Dyeing
Korea Witness: 135 Years of War, Crisis and News in the Land of the Morning Calm
Cours de coreen
New DVDs
One Step Forward
Spring, Snow
The Spies
A Company Man
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler
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