Nov 14, 2013 / Issue No. 606
Korean-to-Russian, Korean-to-English Translators Wanted
Seoul Selection is looking for an a) Korean-to-Russian translator, preferably one with a knowledge of taekwondo, and b) a Korean-to-English translator, preferably one with a knowledge of Buddhism, and especially Won Buddhism. If this sounds like you, send a resume to
Health and Medicine Writer Wanted
SEOUL Magazine is looking for a contributor who can write on health and medicine subjects. Those interested should send a resume to
Taegeukgi: The Korean Flag—Western Depictions of the Flag in the Early 20th Century
Postcard collection reveals early views of Korea through Western eyes
Seoul Selection is happy to announce the release of our new post card collection “Taegeukgi: The Korean Flag—Western Depictions of the Flag in the Early 20th Century.”
This set of 12 post cards features Western depictions of the Korean flag produced during the turbulent years of the Daehan Empire (1897—1910) and the Japanese colonial era (1910—1945). The colorful images used on the postcards come from a variety of historic sources, including trade cards, luggage labels and magazine illustrations. Not only do the postcards include some of the earliest depictions of the Korean flag in the Western world, but they also reveal some of the first depictions of Korea and Koreans in the West, including a turn-of-the-century illustration of the Emperor Gojong and captivating—and sometimes fanciful—depictions of Seoul’s royal palaces.
Get your pack today at Seoul Selection for just KRW 10,000. You can also pick up individual cards for just KRW 1,000.
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.
– Well, the Financial Times thinks there’s a wave going on.
– Changdeokgung Palace’s Huwon Garden in all its autumnal glory.
Man of La Mancha
Don Quixote is coming back on stage to help audiences revisit forgotten dreams. Considered an immortal masterpiece on Broadway, the musical “Man of La Mancha” is returning with a star-studded Korean cast, including Jeong Sung-hwa and Jo Seung-woo. The Korean production premiered in 2005 at the National Theater of Korea, and received rave reviews for its high drama, sensuous score and superb acting. The classic song “The Impossible Dream” is the main theme.
PERIOD: Nov 19–Feb 9
VENUE: Chungmu Art Hall
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000–130,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-557-8898,
GETTING THERE: Sindang Station 신당역 (Line 6), Exit 9
2013 Fiber Art Fair
The fair seeks to set up a broader platform for communication between artists and audiences and promote the Korean fiber art market. More than 50 emerging artists from Korea and abroad will be featured, as the event will serve as an extended forum for all genres of the art–digital textile printing, batix, tapestry, paper art, embroidery and others. The production mode for fiber art includes dyeing, quilting, knitting, mixed media, weaving and spinning and basketry.
PERIOD: Nov 16–20
VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-1300,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit. Transfer to shuttle bus or green bus No. 4429
K-Culture Party by Woman CEO Culture Enterprises Co-op
Woman CEO Culture Enterprises Co-op is five female CEOs who come up with a party concept to connect international residents with Korean artisans to provide a place to exhibit their products and arts with performances of Korean music such as Korean traditional music like Gayageum… and make-up shows.
It uses a party format to show Korean culture and arts in the venue. Distinguished guests and artists who are worthy of international recognition and attention will be invited.
DATE: Nov 16 at 4–8pm
VENUE: Agape House, near Hakdong Station
MORE INFO: Call 070-8805-3315 or visit here.
GETTING THERE: 300m from Hakdong Station (Line 7), Exit 7
International Culinary Exchange Meeting: European Chocolate
The Culinary Exchange is a monthly meeting where a member of the Seoul International Women’s Association teaches a class on how to create their respective country’s cuisine. This month, German Anita Harisch will feature European chocolate desserts.
DATE: Nov 15, 10am–noon
VENUE: Address available on payment
ADMISSION: KRW: 20,000 (members only)
RASKB: Songnisan National Park and Beopjusa Temple
After leaving Seoul, participants will drive straight to Beopjusa Temple, one of Korea’s foremost Buddhist centers. Located at the foot of beautiful Mt. Songnisan , Beopjusa is one of the most-visited temples in Korea. It houses three national treasures and numerous other cultural assets. In addition, this temple contains Korea’s largest free-standing Mireuk (Maitreya, Buddha of the Future) image, which towers an impressive seventy-five feet over the sprawling temple grounds. It is said to be the largest free-standing bronze Buddha in Asia. Another highlight is the five-story wooden pagoda which is National Treasure #55. It is the only large wooden pagoda in the country and one of the few wooden structures in Korea that survives from the early 1600’s. Beopjusa is noted not only for its outstanding architectural features, but also for the natural beauty of its setting. If time allows, those who wish will have the opportunity to hike some way up a steep, but beautiful trail leading to the top of Munjangdae, the highest peak of Songnisan.
VENUE: Chungcheongbuk-do
DATE: Nov 16
COST: KRW 53,000 (members), KRW 64,000 (non-members)
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Korea International School Open House
“You are cordially invited to learn more about KIS”
Korea International School is accepting applications for the 2014–2015 academic year. KIS Pangyo Campus serves students in PK–12, and KIS Seoul Campus PK–G6.
Pangyo Campus (PK–12): Thursday, November 14, 12:00pm at Conference Hall
Seoul Campus (PK–6): Thursday, November 21, 11:00am at Multi-purpose Room
To make a reservation, call T. 031- 789-0525 (Pangyo campus) or T. 02-3496-0510 (Seoul campus).
Everyday Koreans
Changdeokgung Huwon Autumn

Autumn colors in Changdeokgung’s Huwon Garden. 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.

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

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.
SEOUL Magazine
SEOUL (November 2013)

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Secretly, Greatly
The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi
New Books
Talk To Me In Korean Workbook Level 2
TOPIK Essential Grammar 150
From Authoritarianism to Democracy in Korea
Hi! This is Korean Conversation
New DVDs
In Another Country + Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, “Hong Sang Soo 13,14”
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