Aug 27, 2013 / Issue No. 595
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SEOUL September Issue
Explore the cosmopolitan charms of Seoul’s Gyeongnidan neighborhood
The September issue of SEOUL, our monthly travel and culture magazine, is out and in stores now. In this issue of SEOUL, we take you to the trendy Gyeongnidan district, venture off to Korea’s “cultural capital” of Andong, talk with artist Kim Hyun-jung, enjoy some good Chuseok foods, and much, much more. And if that’s not enough, there’s always our Goings On Around Town, our broad-ranging roundup of the month’s concerts, festivals, performances and other events.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– President Park’s top policy advisor thinks we need to prepare to culturally integrate the two Koreas.
– Seoul has about 200,000 stray cats, and nobody really knows what to do with them.
– Photographer Kim Sungjin goes to far off Mt. Hambaeksan.
DITTO Encore Recital
Enjoy an evening of Bach with violist Richard Yongjae O‘Neill’s ensemble DITTO. The festival will also be the last time pianist Ji-yong performs with the group—a member of the ensemble since 2009, he is leaving to concentrate on his solo career.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Aug 31–Sep 1
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000—80,000
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
The 16th Seoul Fringe Festival
Seoul’s biggest independent art festival, Seoul Fringe Festival has been held annually since 1998. It is a space where alternative art and culture is produced and exchanged. It also creates a rich cultural ground through open and democratic participation. About 140 individual artists and artistic groups will be participating in this year’s festival, the theme of which is “Meeting People Through Art.”
VENUE: Hongdae area
PERIOD: Aug 29–Sep 14
MORE INFO: T. 02-325-8150,
GETTING THERE: Hongik University Station, Line 2
Notre Dame De Paris
Featuring an all-star Korean cast, including former SES lead vocalist Bada in the role of Esmeralda, the Korean language version of the hit Franco-Canadian musical returns after a four-year absence. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the musical tells the tale of the hunchback Quasimodo and the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.
VENUE: Blue Square
PERIOD: Thru Nov 17
ADMISSION: VIP: KRW 130,000, R: KRW 110,000, S: KRW 80,000, A: KRW 60,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-541-3184,
GETTING THERE: Hangangjin Station (Line 6), Exit 2
Pungnyu Sanbang
Every Wednesday evening, the National Gugak Center hosts a performance of Korean traditional chamber music and dance. The four-man Daum Uri Sori Ensemble will perform on Sept 4
VENUE: National Gugak Center
DATES: Sep 4/11/25, 7:30pm
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-3300,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to maeul bus No. Seocho 12 or green bus No. 4429.
Special Exhibition Memorial for Ven. Sungchul
This special exhibit marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Ven. Sungchul, one of the most important figures in 20th century Korean Buddhism. Some 50 works of calligraphy and paintings based on the works and sayings of Sungchul will be on display. A photo exhibit is planned as well.
VENUE: Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Aug 30–Sep 15
MORE INFO: T. 02-2198-5372,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Everyday Koreans
Mt. Hallasan
Hallasan dominates the landscape of Jeju-do. Photo by Arnab Sen.
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