March 13, 2013 / Issue No. 571
Ask a Korean Dude: In Kindle Format!
Get yourself informed the digital way
Curious about Korean culture? Got a Kindle or Kindle reader for your computer/tablet? Well, your ship has come in—Seoul Selection CEO Hank Kim’s best-selling guide to all things Korean Ask a Korean Dude is now available in Kindle format from Amazon. The US price is $9.99 (prices in other countries may differ). (US/India)
Reviews are not only welcome, but highly encouraged!
And in case you didn’t realize, Ask a Korean Dude is also available on iTunes.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
Danyang’s Dodamsambong is one of my favorite views in Korea.
Korea International School Open House
Korea International School is accepting applications for the 2013–2014 academic year. KIS Pangyo Campus serves students in PK–12, and KIS Seoul Campus PK–G6. Both school information sessions will be held at KIS Pangyo Campus Mini Auditorium.
DATE: Friday, March 15, noon–2:00pm
MORE INFO: For more information, and to RSVP,
please call 031-789-0525/0526 or email
History and Vitality: Stories of Ireland and Korea
Photographer Tom Coyner’s exhibit History and Vitality: Stories of Ireland and Korea is a pictorial window into the shared narratives of Ireland and Korea to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations. The two countries, though far apart in geographical distance, share narratives of their colonial pasts, significant economic growth, divided territory, and peoples who thrive on resilliency and celebration. In the time since the first Irish-born nationals arrived in Korea in 1871, both countries have experienced remarkable change.
There will also be a supplemental presentation on March 21 (6pm) at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery by journalist and author Andrew Salmon on the experience of the Royal Ulster Rifles and the King’s Irish Hussars in the Korean War. See an email to to register for the lecture.
VENUE: Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery
PERIOD: Through March 28
MORE INFO: T. 02-2151-6520,
Pink Martini Concert
Pink Martini, the famed “little orchestra” group from the US, will give a concert in Seoul on March 20. The 12-member band draws inspiration from music from all over the world, thus creating a repertoire that skillfully blends classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop. Likewise, the band performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. The Portland, OR-based band is characterized by its signature eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds and is often associated with the neo-swing trend of the 1990s. While most neo-swing acts favored a combination of jump blues and early rock & roll, the diverse Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and classical film music.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Mar 20, 8pm
ADMISSION: R: KRW 120,000, S: KRW 90,000, A: KRW 50,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-599-5743,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
The Peranakan World—Cross-Cultural Art from Singapore and the Straits
Southeast Asia comprises various cultures and communities, many of which are indigenous, but some have been formed by unions between foreign traders and local women. This exhibition showcases the Peranakan culture, a unique hybrid culture in Southeast Asia. The Peranakan are descendants of Chinese traders who married women in Southeast Asia and settled in the region. On exhibit are Peranakan objects produced between the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, when Peranakan culture flourished. The objects were drawn from collections held by the Peranakan Museum, a component of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. Visit the ornaments, costume, ceramic ware, and portraits of the Peranakans and learn about their unique culture.
VENUE: National Museum of Korea
PERIOD: Mar 19–May 19
MORE INFO: T. 02-2077-9000,
GETTING THERE: Take the underpass at Ichon Station 이촌역 (Jungang Line, Line 4).
Festival Bo:m is an international festival of performing and visual arts that is multicultural as well as multigenre in nature. The interdisciplinary show encourages experimentalism and challenging performances, with a strong emphasis on innovative and avant-garde works. The annual show strives to introduce artists with diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from Asia, on the international stage. This year, a total of 26 art exhibitions and productions of dance, drama, and music will be featured at various venues throughout Seoul March 22–April 18. Six different lectures and workshops will also be held during the month-long event.
VENUE: Doosan Art Center, Sogang Univ. Mary Hall, and five other venues
PERIOD: Mar 22–Apr 18
ADMISSION: Ticket prices vary from free admission to KRW 110,000.
Grimes Concert
Toronto native Claire Boucher, who goes by the stage name Grimes, will steal the limelight in a Seoul concert. Her music has been noted for its atypical combination of vocal elements as well as a wide array of influences, ranging from industrial and electronic to pop, hip-hop, R&B, noise rock, and even medieval music. The experimental Grimes draws upon vastly different influences and creates a mystical sound and feel with her haunting vocals. Grimes’ live show is sonically and visually appealing, with infectious beats, dancers, and improvisation. Don’t miss her live concert in Korea, where she will be appearing with her new setup, a full band.
VENUE: Rolling Hall
DATE: Mar 23
ADMISSION: KRW 54,000 (KRW 45,000 in advance)
GETTING THERE: Hapjeong Station 합정역 (Line 2, 6), Exit 5 or 6 or Sangsu Station 상수역 (Line 6), Exit 1
One-To-One MBA Event
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A unique and customized event format that helps you select the right MBA program.
– One-to-one meetings and workshops with Admissions Directors
– Personalized MBA orientation
– Interactive MBA conferences
– GMAT, TOEFL, and IELTS advising
– Scholarship opportunities
Mandatory registration via this link.
VENUE: Novotel Ambassador Gangnam
DATE: Mar 21, 4pm–9:30pm
GETTING THERE: Sinnonhyeon Station 신논현역 (Line 9), Exit 4
ANZA Korea Ball 2013
Celebrate the dazzling age of art deco and jazz!
Join ANZA for an evening of fine dining, live entertainment, and fabulous prizes in Art Deco splendour at the luxurious Conrad hotel.
VENUE: Conrad Seoul
DATE: Mar 16, 6:30pm–Mar 17, 2am
GETTING THERE: Yeouido Station 여의도역 (Line 5, 9), Exit 3 or 4
RASKB: Jeonju City Tour—A Walk through Joseon
Jeonju, a bustling city of over 700,000, is the capital of Jeollabuk-do and the hometown of the Lee family that founded the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910), as well as where the last living descendant of the royal family, Lee Seok, still lives. It has been designated by UNESCO as a City of Gastronomy and is considered the culinary capital of Korea, famed for its delicious local food.
DATE: March 16
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans
Hangang River from Ttukseom Resort
A view of the Hangang River from Ttukseom Resort. Photo by Arnab Sen.
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Tell Us About ‘Your Korea’: If you’re a longtime resident of Korea and would like to share your story in KOCIS’s KOREA Magazine, shoot an email with your story idea to
Update Your Shopping Mall ID – Seoul Selection encourages you to change your ID and password for our online bookshop and shopping mall at The old IDs and passwords no longer work following our recent upgrade.
Looking for translators – Seoul Selection is looking for a few good translators (Korean to English) for general translation work. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to Eugene at
Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via (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.
Seoul Selection via Ingram – Seoul Selection now has a direct wholesale distribution agreement with Ingram Book Group, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of publisher content. By choosing to allow Ingram to represent our material, we have opened our titles to a wider audience. Our titles will be available for order through Ingram at more than 35,000 distribution channels worldwide. Ask your local bookstore to have Seoul Selection titles available!
Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material at by the preceding Friday in order for it to appear in the following Tuesday’s issue.

Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should have a strong interest in Korean culture and be able to interview Koreans. Send your resume and writing samples to

We Buy & Sell Used Books – Seoul Selection buys and sells used books in English. Unlike our regular selection of publications that specialize in Korea-related topics, our Used Book section carries books on all subjects. It’s all part of our effort to make life easier for the English-speaking community.
(March 2013)
Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking
The Host Limited Gift Edition
New Books
Bee-bim Bop!
47 Korean Pronunciation for Foreigners 1
Poems of 99 Modern Poets Korean
Trois jours en automne
Poems of 3 Modern Korean Poets
New DVDs
Perfect Number
Radio Star
The Peach Tree
Almost Che (Iron Dae-oh: The Nation’s Iron Bag)
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler
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