Oct 24, 2013 / Issue No. 603
Maija Rhee Devine Book Discussions
Korean-American author and poet Maija Rhee Devine, author of “The Voices of Heaven,” will be a guest at 10 Magazine Book Club’s monthly meeting this Sunday (Oct 27, 2pm). Maija will give a reading and a short presentation that focuses on her novel’s relevance to today’s changed and not-so-changed (particularly on gender issues) Korean society.
She will also be discussing her novel at the English book club “Epiphany” at the US Embassy Seoul Annex on Tuesday, Oct 29 (7pm). This will include a 20 minute book introduction and 60 minute discussion and Q & A. Call T. 02-397-4723 for more information.
Translators Wanted
Seoul Selection is always looking for a few good Korean-to-English translators for our various projects, both current and future. If you think you’ve got what it takes, send a resume to planner@seoulselection.com.
SEOUL November Issue
Autumn neighborhoods, Jejudo walking trails, director Jang Joon-hwan and more
A bit chilly out there? Well, cozy up with a nice, warm copy of the November issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine.
In this issue of SEOUL, we explore Buam-dong, Jeong-dong and Sinsa-dong; walk Jejudo’s Olle Walking Trails; talk with film director Jang Joon-hwan of “Hwayi”; do a bit of DIY shopping, and much, much more.
Even if none of that appeals to you, check out the Goings On Around Town, our monthly listing of concerts, exhibitions, festivals and other fun things to do or see.
Run out now and grab a copy while it’s still got that new magazine smell.
New York Wholistic Care Promotion
Thru Nov 30, New York Wholistic Care is offering one month free membership when you sign up for a three-month group pilates membership.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– The King Sejong Institute is promoting Korean education overseas.
– Psy and currency swaps: Korea’s growing global influence.
– Ooo, Seonunsa Temple, one of my favorites!
Ra Ra Riot
The American indie rock band, consisting of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Kenny Bernard, will be haunting Korea for Halloween shows. It was formed in Syracuse, New York, in 2007. In 2011, Ra Ra Riot was nominated for the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards under the Pop/Rock Album Nominee . Most recently, the band’s third studio album, Beta Love, marks a shift in their musical style away from their earlier baroque pop sound and more towards synthpop.
DATE: Oct 31
ADMISSION: KRW 35,000–40,000
MORE INFO: T. 011-9025-3407, supercolorsuper.com
GETTING THERE: Hongik University Station (Line 2), Exit 6
Incheon Halloween Cruise
An all-you-can drink cruise around Incheon with a million won in cash prizes for the best Halloween costumes? Why not. DJs Fenner, D2C, Allex Mars, Duck, little T and Shine are all spinning, and the after-party is at Hannam-dong’s club Lucidream.
DATE: Oct. 26, 7-11pm
MORE INFO: T: 010-9877-2131 for chartered bus times from Seoul. See this link.
All That Piano Series
“All That Piano” is a concert series that focuses on piano music. Several performances are scheduled as well as lectures, with pianist Park Jong-hoon as host. The lectures are in Korean only.
VENUE: Goyang Cultural Foundation Aram Nuri
DATE: Oct 31
MORE INFO: T. 1577-7766/ www.artgy.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Jeongbalsan Station 정발산역 (Line 3), Exit 3, 1 minute walk from subway station.
RASKB: Boseong Tea Fields and Pottery Experience
This excursion will take participants to the breathtaking southern reaches of the peninsula, to the picturesque tea plantations of Boseong County. Located on the far southern coast of Korea, it is surrounded by the mountains and sea, and has been one of Korea’s major tea-growing regions since the Japanese colonial period. It also plays an important role in one of Korea’s great literary works, as a partial setting for the novel “The Taebaek Mountains.” In addition to visiting the famous terraced tea fields and literary sites, participants will have a special tea and pottery experience, see some excellent examples of colonial architecture with special literary significance, and drink in spectacular natural scenery, from the ocean to hidden waterfalls.
VENUE: Boseong, Jeollanam-do
DATE: Oct 26–27
COST: KRW 199,000 (members), KRW 239,000 (non-members)
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans

Sunrise over Cheonan

A group of photographers enjoy the sunrise over Cheonan Independence Hall. Photo by Robert Koehler.
*Click the photo to see a full-size version at our website.
NOTE: If you have a photo you would like to see in our Everyday Koreans section, please sent it to story@seoulselection.com. 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 book@seoulselection.com.
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 trans@seoulselection.com. Experienced translators only.
Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via Amazon.com (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 book@seoulselection.com 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 book@seoulselection.com.

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 (October 2013)

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