July 24, 2013 / Issue No. 590
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SEOUL August Issue Out
Blogger Recommendations, Pocheon, Crying Nut and More
Rain got you down? Well, fret no more—the August issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s montly travel and culture magazine, is out in stores right now!
In this issue of SEOUL, we get some great travel recommendations from some of Seoul’s top bloggers, wander off to Pocheon to relax amidst its beautiful valleys, talk with Korean punk granddaddies Crying Nut, and much, much more.
And don’t forget, there’s always the Goings On Around Town, our monthly round-up of concerts, festivals, parties and other fun stuff happening around Seoul.
If you don’t want to go all the way to a major bookshop to pick up a copy, you can always purchase an online copy for US$1.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– North Korean spies: the new heroes of Korean cinema?
– Are pre-marital pregnancies the new “in” thing?
– Gyeongju’s Cheomseongdae in the rain.
Cuban Culture and Arts Festival
The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Korea Foundation present the 2013 Cuban Culture and Arts Festival. Under the theme “The Passion of Caribe, Enjoy Cuba!,” the festival serves as a precious opportunity to appreciate the cultural richness of Cuba. Performers include Buena Fe, Habana Compas Dance, and Cesar Lopez & Habana Ensemble.
VENUE: Yongsan At Hall and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
PERIOD: Aug 2—5
MORE INFO: www.cubafestival.kr
BOOMBAP TROHH KOREA- Biggest Hiphop x Dubstep festival in Korea presents a very special exhibition this weekend. Some 16 artists will express their own concept of “P” on the Poster. Food and beverage will be served.
VENUE: Matter & Matter, #369-25, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. 121-893
DATES: July 27, 28 (noon—9 pm)
MORE INFO: www.boombaptrohh.com
2013 Sarah Brightman Korea Tour
Former Broadway star Sarah Brightman has kicked off her 2013 Dreamchaser world tour, with a Korean leg beginning on July 21 in Busan and moving to Seoul on July 26. Brightman, who starred as “Christine” in the original production Phantom of the Opera, is now taking on a solo album and tour. Her new album, also titled Dreamchaser, is her eleventh studio album. It is Brightman’s first collaboration with producer Mike Hedges. The British crossover soprano will be the first recording artist to make a trip into space, planned for 2015.
VENUE: Gymnasium No. 1, Olympic Park
DATE: Jul 26, 8pm
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000–165,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-3141-3488
Tickets: http://ticket.interpark.com/global
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Ansan Valley Rock Festival
The Ansan Valley Rock Festival 2013 is ready to take the republic by storm, featuring global rock emperors and mind-boggling local indie bands during its three-day run from July 26–28. The international lineup includes Cure, Skrillex, NIN, The xx, FOALS, Vampire Weekend, Fun, Hurts, Polyphonic Spree, DIIV, Coheed & Cambria, and Yellowcard. Lately, Stereophonics, My Bloody Valentine, and celebrated guitarist Steve Vai have thrown their hat in the ring. Formerly featured in the remote town of Jisan, the Valley Rock Festival has moved its venue this year to Daebudo Island in Ansan, southwest of Seoul.
VENUE: Daebu Sea Breeze Theme Park, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
PERIOD: July 26–28
ADMISSION: 3-day pass: KRW 260,000
Tickets: http://ticket.interpark.com/global
MORE INFO: T. 1588-0688
GETTING THERE: Ansan Station 안산역 (Line 4), Exit 1
World Hip Hop Festival in Korea
Korea’s biggest hip hop festival features a lineup of Busta Rhymes, The Game, Tha Dogg Pound and Ray J.
PERIOD: Jul 27–28, 5pm–10:30pm
ADMISSION: 2-day pass: KRW 108,000
GETTING THERE: Daehwa Station 대화역 (Line 3), Exit 3.
Everyday Koreans
Sunset over the Hangang River
A beautiful sunset sky over Seoul, something of a rarity over these last couple of rainy weeks. 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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SEOUL (August 2013)
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Into This World
Miracle in Cell No.7
New Books
The Guest
The Beetle Map: Templestay
The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea
Practical Korean: Your Guide to Speaking Korean Quickly and Effortlessly in a Few Hours
韓國語と 韓國文化
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The Berlin File
Good Friends
Bittersweet Joke
Hur Jin Ho Director’s Collection
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon
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