Sep 11, 2013 / Issue No. 597
Photo Database Designer Wanted
Seoul Selection is looking for somebody who can create an online photo database. If this sounds like you, send a resume and online portfolio to Jin at
An Illustrated Guide to Korean
Learn Korean the easier, more entertaining way
Since 2008, Chad Meyer and Kim Moon-jung have been writing the Easy to Learn Korean series for the Korea Times. The series features easy and useful Korean expressions that can be put to use in one’s everyday life, charming illustrations that aid comprehension, and interesting tips about Korean culture, making it one of the paper’s most popular sections. Now, the series is being published in book form under the title An Illustrated Guide to Korean: Essential Words and Phrases, ideal for foreigners looking for an easier, more entertaining way to learn Korean. This book organizes material from the series into themes and adds even more fascinating tips about Korean culture.
Price: KRW 14,800
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Wealthy Chinese tourists prefer Korea to France and the United States.
– Director Gina Kim will be teaching film at Harvard.
– Seoul and the Hangang River seen from Mt. Maebongsan.
Let’s Rock Festival
Ready to check out the best of Korean rock? A total of 26 Korean bands and indie acts will explode onto the stage at the Let’s Rock Festival 2013, which will be held at Nanji Hangang Park Sep 14–15. The lineup at this festival includes Roxtamuzil & Live, YB, No Brain, Deli Spice, Nell, Solutions, Fantastic Drugstore, Broken Balentine, and more. Established in 2007, the festival aims to provide local fans and indie bands with an opportunity to expand their musical experience.
PERIOD: Sep 14–15
VENUE: Nanji Hangang Park
ADMISSION: KRW 59,000–88,000
GETTING THERE: World Cup Stadium Station 월드컵경기장역 (Line 6), Exit 1
Sumi Jo Park Concert
Coloratura soprano Sumi Jo will hold her annual Park Concert. Titled La Fantasia, the concert will fill the outdoor venue with magnificent music immersed in nature. Also performing in La Fantasia are violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill and vocal ensemble Rottini. The rising conductor Ariel Kim will take the baton to collaborate with the Ditto Orchestra in a program featuring a unique mix of classical, pop, musical, and movie soundtracks. The concert series was launched in 2010 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
DATE: Sep 14
VENUE: Olympic Park
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–80,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3
The landmark masterpiece film Seopyeonje will once again hit the stage as a changgeuk (Korean traditional opera production), which embraces singing (chang) in a stage drama (geuk). Originally a 1976 novel by Lee Chung-joon, Seopyeonje became the first Korean movie to break the one million viewers mark in 1993. Its story tells of a family of pansori singers who aspire to achieve their vocal perfection. Seopyeonje refers to a soft, melancholic style of the pansori folk song genre, compared to dongpyeonje and jungdoje styles. English subtitles will be available.
PERIOD: Sep 13–21
VENUE: National Theater of Korea
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000–70,000
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station (Line 3), Exit 6
Love X Stereo North American Tour Fundraiser / EP Release Party
Seoul elctro-rockers Love X Stereo are planning a North American tour in September. Before they go they will grace the stage one last time for a fundraiser / EP release party. Love X Stereo have played all over Korea bringing their energetic style to captivated crowds for years. Come celebrate their success and help them export their explosive sounds to a North American audience. On Friday, September 13, Five of Seoul’s most energetic acts take to the stage at Freebird in Hongdea. They include:
Love X Stereo
Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio
New Blue Death
Used Cassettes
Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets cost KRW 15,000, and include a copy of Love X Stereo’s new EP which will be released that night.
You can also support the band by giving donations to help them on their travels. Got to this link for more information. (Please scroll down a little until you see English.)
Donate, support local music, see some great acts, and help a band that has done so much for the Korean indie music scene.
DATE: Sep 13, 8:30 pm
VENUE: Freebird, Hongdae
MORE INFO: See this link.
RASKB: 6 Days in Beijing/Xian for Chuseok
Join the RAS on a trip to Beijing and Xian during the Chuseok Holidays. We leave on the Saturday prior and return on the day of Chuseok, so that you have a couple extra days for rest and relaxation before going back to your regular routine. We have 15 spaces available and a several seats are already being held, but we would love to have many of our members join on this special trip. Reserve a space for yourself soon by emailing with your full name(s) and scanned copy of your passport.
DATE: Sep 14—19
COST: Member Price: KRW 1,600,000 (shared) / KRW 1,820,000 (single)
MORE INFO: See this link.
Everyday Koreans
Seoul Museum of History

Reflecting pool at the Seoul Museum of HIstory. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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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.

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We Buy & Sell Used Books – Seoul Selection buys and sells used books in English. Unlike our regular selection of publications that specialize in Korea-related topics, our Used Book section carries books on all subjects. It’s all part of our effort to make life easier for the English-speaking community.
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SEOUL (September 2013)

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An Illustrated Guide to Korean
That Winter, the Wind Blows
New Books
Conversations with Ban KI-Moon- What the United Nations Is Really Like: The View from the Top
Easy Korean Food 114
Easy Korean for Foreigners 1
Easy Korean for Foreigners 1 Work Book
Pays lointains, Pays voisins: La Corée
New DVDs
Happiness for Sale
New World
Tosuni: The Birth of Happiness
All About My Romance
My Paparotti
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