Nov 27, 2013 / Issue No. 608
SEOUL December Issue Out
Helicopter Tourism, Sunrises and Sunsets, and More
If you haven’t done so already, run—don’t walk—to your nearest large bookstore to pick up a copy of the December issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine. In this issue of SEOUL, we take to the skies with Blue Air’s new helicopter tours, go to Ganghwa-do to take in a beautiful sunset, talk with novelist Kerry Hudson, and much, much more. If that’s not enough, there’s always our Goings On Around Town, our listings of the month’s concerts, festivals, exhibits and other happenings. So go out and get 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.
– Cambridge University Press is releasing a book on Korean science.
Everything you wanted to know about the tourist police but were afraid to ask.
– Kim Sungjin goes to Dosan Seowon.
– A video of building a Korean hanok.
– Some images of a weekend trip to Seoul.
Seoul Independent Film Festival (SIFF)
The 39th edition of the SIFF has finalized its program with 56 local films and 10 invitations from overseas. The domestic lineup was carefully selected out of 810 entries. Top honors, along with some KRW 5 million cash prizes, will go to two local films which win the competition. The international program includes “Anatomy of a Paper Clip” directed by Akira Ikeda of Japan, “Best Little Whorehouse in Rochdale” directed by Ian Vernon of Britain, and “Frutvale Station” created by American director Ryan Coogler.
VENUE: CGV Apgujeong / Indpendent Film House ‘INDIESPACE’, Seoul
PERIOD: Nov 28–Dec 6
ADMISSION: KRW 6,000–40,000
MORE INFO: T.02-362-9513,
GETTING THERE: Apgujeong Station 압구정역 (Line 3), Exit No.3,
Gwanghwamun Station 광화문역 (Line 5), Exit No.7 & 8
Paavo Jarvi & Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Grammy-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi is joining hands in Seoul with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, a chamber orchestra based in the German city. Their collaboration will focus on highlights of Beethoven’s overtures and symphonic masterpieces. An Estonian-American conductor, Jarvi is now in his fourth season as music director of the Orchestre de Paris. In 2012/13 Jarvi was appointed Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec 4–5
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000–220,000
MORE INFO: T.02-599-5743,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Brother Anthony of Taize Book Club
Brother Anthony is one of the most renowned Korean literature translators, a chair-professor at Dankook University and president of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch. Come meet him at this month’s 10 Magazine Book Club.
VENUE: Haechi Hall in Seoul Global Culture & Tourism Center
PERIOD: Nov 30, 2pm–4pm
ADMISSION: KRW 5,000 (students enter free)
GETTING THERE: Three minute walk from Myeong-dong Station (Line 4), Exit 6.
German School Christmas Market
The German School in Seoul will be hosting its annual Christmas Market. There will be a lucky draw with prizes from Bosch and Swarovski, handicrafts for children, waffles, bratwurst, traditional German delicacies, and gluhwein—German mulled wine.
This year the market will support AutiSTAR (Autism Special Talents and Rehabilitation). Enjoy AutiStaR’s products are designed by individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Profits are used to support their individual socioeconomic lives in society.
VENUE: German School Seoul
PERIOD: Dec 7, 4:30–8:00pm
RASKB: Gyeongju & Daegu – DAY or OVERNIGHT
This RAS cultural excursion will bring participants to the historic cities of Gyeongju and Daegu. The capital of the ancient Silla Kingdom, Gyeongju is a virtual outdoor museum and probably requires little introduction. Daegu, meanwhile, is not only one of Korea’s largest cities, but it’s also home to a surprisingly rich collection of early 20th century buildings. This is a two-day trip, but you have the option of joining only the first day (Gyeongju) or the second day (Daegu).
VENUE: Gyeongsangbuk-do
DATE: Nov 30–Dec 1
COST: KRW 20,000 (members), KRW 25,000 (non-members) per day. Transportation not included.
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

The main lobby of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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New Books
TAEGEUKGI: The Korean Flag – Western Depictions of the Flag in the Early 20th Century
Korean Classic Stories Set
The Heavens, the Wind, The Stars and Poetry
Kim Dae Jung and History of Korean Opposition Parties
The Kimchi Cookbook: 60 Traditional and Modern Ways to Make and Eat Kimchi
New DVDs
Green Days
Secretly, Greatly
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler
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