Aug 14, 2013 / Issue No. 593
Changgyeonggung Morning
Beautiful Korean traditional music and dance in a sublime setting
What better way to spend a Saturday morning is there than to experience beautiful Korean traditional music in the sublime confines of one of Seoul’s historic royal palaces? The National Gugak Center’s Changgyeonggung Morning program features performances of Korean traditional music and dance in the early morning hours at Changgyeonggung Palace. In addition to the performance, audiences can enjoy an early morning walk around the grounds of Changgyeonggung Palace, which makes the event well worth the price of admission.
Speaking of admission, the performances on Aug 17, 24 and Sep 7 (500 seats available)—held in back of the Myeongjeongjeon Hall—are free, but the Aug 31 and Sep 14 performances (50 seats available)—held inside the Tongmyeongjeon Hall—are KRW 30,000. You can reserve a spot at the National Gugak Center’s homepage (
PERIOD: Every Saturday morning, 7:30 am from Aug 17 to Sep 14
VENUE: Changgyeonggung Palace
ADMISSION: See above. Click here for the reservation page (in Korean).
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-3043
GETTING THERE: Hyehwa Station (Line 4), Exit 3.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Korea’s image industry is drawing Chinese couples for wedding photos.
– Billiards in making a comeback.
The Hyundai Card Super Concert 19 Citybreak
The Hyundai Card Super Concert 19 Citybreak is bringing together such legendary bands as Metallica and Muse on the same stage. Metallica’s fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as a founder of thrash metal. The American band has won nine Grammy Awards and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Muse, from Britain, are known for their energetic and extravagant live performances and their fusion of many music genres, including space rock, progressive rock, alternative rock, heavy metal, classical music, and electronica. Other bands, like Iggy And The Stooges, Limp Bizkit, Rise Against, and Japandroids, will also join the show.
PERIOD: Aug 17–18, 1pm–11pm
VENUE: Jamsil Sports Complex
ADMISSION: 2-day pass: KRW 250,000, 1-day pass: KRW 165,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2176-5717,
GETTING THERE: Sports Complex Station 종합운동장역 (Line 2), Exit 6, 7
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
Jecheon Int’l Music & Film Festival (JIMFF)
Due for August 14 through 19, JIMFF strives to celebrate films that feature exhilarating music, enriching the local film festival scene. World Music Film Today, JIMFF’s sole competition section, will present eight films from around the world this year. Other sections will introduce the various aspects of music cinema and showcase a number of musical performances outdoors against the beautiful landscape of Cheongpungho Lake.
PERIOD: Aug 14–19
VENUE: Various locations in Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk-do
ADMISSION: General screening: KRW 5,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-925-2242,
GETTING THERE: Intercity buses bound for Jecheon depart from Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.
Everyday Koreans
Performance at Unhyeongung Palace
Friday evening performance of Korean traditional music at Unhyeongung Palace, the residence of Korea’s 19th century prince regent Heungseon Daewongun. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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