Aug 6, 2013 / Issue No. 592
SuperSonic 2013
Pet Shop Boys, John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire and more
SuperSonic Festival 2013—with the Pet Shop Boys, John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Two Door Cinema Club sharing the stage alongside Korean acts—will take place on Aug 14–15. PSB will bring its electric production to the first day of the festival, while electro-new wave pop duo Capital Cities will heat up the scene. Leading the pack of local artists is Cho Yong-pil, a veteran pop musician who is currently sweeping the charts with Hello, his first album in a decade. Other local bands include 10 cm, Dickpunks, and Jaurim.
VENUE: Olympic Park
PERIOD: Aug 14–15
ADMISSION: 2-day pass: KRW 176,000, 1-day pass: 77,000—88,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-6002-7577 (ext. 8),
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Chung Ji-young’s “National Security” gets a review in the New York Times.
– Enter the “tourism police.”
– Is “Snowpiercer” too smart for American audiences?
– The Baekje Cultural Festival looks like it could be good fun.
Sacheon International Percussion Festival 2013
Founded by one of Korea’s samulnori pioneers, the Sacheon International Percussion Festival is one of Korea’s first festivals dedicated to the percussive arts. The lovely southern port of Samcheonpo plays host to this festival, which features percussion teams invited from throughout Korea and overseas. Check out beautiful Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park while you’re down there.
VENUE: Samcheonpo Bridge Park, Sacheon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
PERIOD: Aug 8–11
MORE INFO: T. 055-835-6493,
GETTING THERE: It takes more than four hours to get from Nambu Bus Terminal to Sacheon.
Hot Summer Sale Coupons
The Gangnam Tourist Information Center (T. 02-3445-0111) has recently opened its doors, with the aim of offering international tourists a range of services, including interpretation, consultations on medical tourism, Internet access, and currency exchange. The second floor of the center’s two-story building features the K-Wave Experience Zone, dedicated to Korean pop culture. Visitors can also pick up a coupon book and gift pouch from the Seoul Hot Summer Sale 2013 (August 1–31), organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Organization.
EVENT: Seoul Summer Sale 2013
PERIOD: Thru Aug 31
3D Insects Exhibition with Larva
Kids will have an opportunity to see the wonderful and diverse forms and shapes of insects in their natural environment at the 3-D Insects Exhibition with Larva. The show focuses on insects and their relationships with plants, animals, and humans. In addition to a section about the evolution of creepy crawlies, the exhibition showcases live insects and their environments. Discover a whole host of incredible insects. This is an extravaganza celebrating insects with lots of activities, games, crafts, tasty treats and fun for everyone!
PERIOD: Thru Sep 1
GETTING THERE: Daehwa Station 대화역 (Line 3), Exit 2
Electronic Jam (Live Electronic Vol. 2)
Six bands and six DJs—the hottest artists in the Korean electronic scene—come together for Electronic Jam. The concept for this show is “Indoor Electronic Festival.” Sure, it’s indoors, but with the performers moving together on the two stages of Apgujeong-dong’s Club KKLVSHT, the festival atmosphere has been preserved.
BANDS: Yukari, Love X Stereo, Monkey Beatz, Newton, Saram12Saram, LudiSTELO
DJs: J-Path, yOoNtEk, JD (Monkey Beatz), Flash Finger (NEWTON), Mood Schula, KUSS
DATE: Aug 10, 9 pm
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000 (one free drink included)
MORE INFO: 010-7118-3076,
GETTING THERE: See Facebook page here.
Everyday Koreans
Yeouido Sunset

Spectacular summer sunset over Yeouido Hangang Park Cascade. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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