Aug 21, 2013 / Issue No. 594
Copy Editor Wanted: Seoul Selection is looking for a copy-editor for an economy-related publication. Applications should be native English-speakers with an econ background. Korean language skills preferred. If you’re interested, send a resume to
Looking for a Coordinator
Part-time staff needed for SEOUL
Seoul Selection is looking for a part-time coordinator to work on SEOUL, our monthly travel and culture magazine. Applicants need to be fluent in Korean and should have some proficiency in English. As coordinator, you will be expected to come up with cover concepts, arrange interviews, and perform general magazine promotion duties. You should also come up with monthly event listings.
If this sounds like you, send a resume and cover letter to Robert at
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– National Geographic in the DMZ.
– Pyongyang goes shopping.
– Having trouble sleeping with this heat? Here are some suggestions.
– A very misty field in Hampyeong—great place to go in September.
– A Korean travel photographer goes to Mongolia.
Seoul Int’l Youth Film Festival (SIYFF)
The Seoul International Youth Film Festival will kick off its 15th edition on August 22, featuring 40-plus films that have been created by young adult directors or that depict peculiar adolescent issues. Under the auspices of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, SIYFF also hosts a number of satellite events such as a film camp for aspiring teenage filmmakers and educational forums on media copyright and school violence. Screening sites are concentrated in the Seongbuk-gu district, near Korea University.
PERIOD: Aug 22–29
VENUE: Arirang Cine & Media Center
ADMISSION: General screening: KRW 6,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-775-0501,
GETTING THERE: Sungshin Women’s University Station 성신여대입구역 (Line 4), Exit 6
Broadway Musical Avenue Q
Broadway musical Avenue Q is a coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Considered an adults-only version of Sesame Street, the American musical production will travel to Korea for a six-week run. Its storyline unfolds when Princeton finds an apartment on New York’s Avenue Q alongside Kate Monster; roommates Nicky and Rod; Brian and his Japanese-American fiancee, Christmas Eve; and apartment superintendent Gary Coleman.
PERIOD: Aug 23–Oct 6
VENUE: Charlotte Theater
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000–130,000
MORE INFO: T. 1577-3363
GETTING THERE: Jamsil Station 잠실역 (Line 2), Exit 3
Secret Garden
Secret Garden, an Irish-Norwegian duo playing new instrumental music, is returning to the Korea stage on August 28 with its signature new age, crossover renditions. The duo has sold over three million albums and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway in 1995 with the composition “Nocturne.” Their accomplishment at Eurovision spearheaded the success of their first album, Songs From a Secret Garden. It sold a million copies around the world, going platinum in Norway and Korea, in particular.
DATE: Aug 28, 8pm
VENUE: Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
ADMISSION: KRW 33,000–143,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-720-3933,
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5).
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
Everyday Koreans
Mt. Hambaeksan
Some chilly hikers at the summit of Mt. Hambaeksan. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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NOTE: If you have a photo you would like to see in our Everyday Koreans section, please sent it to Photos should be AT LEAST 950px wide. Send a one-line bio, too.
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
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 Kyehyun at Experienced translators only.
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.
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 WantedSEOUL 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

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