Nov 20, 2013 / Issue No. 607
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
Korean Classic Stories Set
New book series gives you deeper insight into Korean culture
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce the release of the Korean Classic Stories Set.
This collection of stories from the Joseon Dynasty portrays the lives of people who were deeply immersed in Confucianism and its venerated ethics. The books in the series look at the lives of women, artists, lovers, aristocrats, and commoners, providing a vibrant understanding of the Joseon period.
The series was compiled by Kim Hunggyu, a professor emeritus of Korean Literature at Korea University, where he received his Ph.D. in Korean Literature. As a literary critic and renowned scholar of Korean literature, he authored a number of books and articles on both classical and modern Korean literature. He specializes in the study of traditional Korean poetry.
The entire set sells for KRW 45,000. You can purchase individual volumes for KRW 9,000.
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.
– A new book dissects the Korean Wave.
– A trove of new documents related to Japan’s colonization of Korea have been discovered at the Korean embassy in Tokyo.
– The QiRanger vlogs the Korean autumn.
Evans Day–Acoustic Universe
The Evans Day jazz concert series will feature Crystal Rain as the main performer of the month under the sub theme “Acoustic Universe.” The four-piece jazz group is rapidly establishing a name for itself through a unique musical penchant focused on contemporary electric music and mind-boggling acoustic appeal. The concert series debuted in 2010 in cooperation with Club Evans, a leading jazz club in the Hongdae area of Seoul.
DATE: Nov 22, 8 p.m.
VENUE: Olympus Hall
MORE INFO: T. 02-6255-3270,
GETTING THERE: Seonjeongneung Station 선정릉역 (Bundang Line), Exit 3
Formed in Copenhagen in 2000, EFTERKLANG believes in a continual push to meld classical aesthetics with modern flourishes. Signed with the 4AD label, the Danish trio joined other label mates such as The National, Twin Shadow and This Mortal Coil. Their 2012 release on 4AD, “Piramida,” was crafted on EFTERKLANG’s concept that the environment affects artistic inspiration. Through four critically-acclaimed albums, the trio has stayed true to its roots of electronic-with-instrumental experimentation.
DATE: Nov 26, 8 p.m.
VENUE: Rolling Hall
ADMISSION: KRW 68,000 (door)
GETTING THERE: Sangsu Station 상수역 (Line 6), Exit 1
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: Thru 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
RASKB: Land of Tea and Exile: South Jeolla Province
This RASKB excursion will take participants to the tea fields of Mt. Wolchulsan and the places of exile of Dasan Jeong Yak-yong, Hendrick Hamel. Participants will also visit several sites related to the Ven. Cho-ui, a Buddhist monk who contributed much to Korea’s tea culture.
VENUE: Jeollanam-do
DATE: Nov 23–24
COST: KRW 199,000 (members), KRW 239,000 (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

Foggy Morning

A very foggy morning on Donggeomdo, Ganghwado. 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.
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Korean Classic Stories Set
Green Days
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Kim Dae Jung and History of Korean Opposition Parties
The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi
Talk To Me In Korean Workbook Level 2
TOPIK Essential Grammar 150
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