Dec 4, 2013 / Issue No. 609
Seoul Selection Holiday Sale
Get the Korean Film Directors for just KRW 3,000 per volume
Thru Dec 31, Seoul Selection will be selling each volume of our Korean Film Directors series (22 volumes in total) for the low, low price of just KRW 3,000 each! Each volume includes interviews, film criticisms, synopses of major works and biographical info. The series includes all your favorite directors, including Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho and Hong Sang-soo.
Pick up your copy online or at our offline bookshop here.
Taekwondo: The Unity of Body, Mind and Spirit
Learn more about Korea’s best-known martial art
Seoul Selection is happy to announce the release of “Taekwondo: The Unity of Body, Mind and Spirit,” the latest volume in the Korea Foundation’s Korea Essential Series.
Taekwondo, which literally means “the way of the hand and foot,” is an indigenous Korean tradition and the world’s most popular martial art. This book is an excellent guide for people new to the sport as well as those familiar with the beauty, efficiency and sophistication of taekwondo.
The chapters cover topics ranging from taekwondo’s origins in Korea and the meanings of both the martial art and sport to taekwondo’s rapid spread worldwide and adoption as an official Olympic event. Anything and everything about taekwondo is jam-packed in this book, which appeals to both the novice and the advanced black belt.
Price: KRW 9,800
Le Saint-Ex Celebrates 13 Years with Xmas Menu
Itaewon French bistro Le Saint-Ex celebrates its 13th anniversary with a special Christmas menu (Dinner: Dec 24, 25–31 & Jan 1, KRW 85,000/Lunch: Dec 24, 25–31 & Jan 1, a la carte). There’s a takeout menu on Dec 24–31, too. See here for more info, including menu specifics.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Korean cultural centers overseas are holding K-content festivals.
– Dale visits Bukdaeam Hermitage in Cheongdo, and gets some nice views of Unmunsa while he’s there.
– The QiRanger walks about Yongin and Suji.
Gold Panda
Gold Panda is returning to Seoul to support his critically-beloved new album “Half of Where You Live.” He is an electronic music producer, performer, and composer from Britain. Gold Panda has only been on the musical radar since 2009, when he released several 7″ records and singles, which were uploaded to his blog and then landing on Pitchfork’s Best of tracklist for that year. In that short period of time, he managed to garner some much-deserved attention.
VENUE: Prism Hall
DATE: Dec 7
ADMISSION: KRW 38,000–45,000
MORE INFO: T. 070-8150-2979,
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005
A wide collection of famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz’s works is going on a three-month exhibition in Seoul. In the 70s and 80s, she worked for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines. While with Rolling Stone, Leibovitz developed her trademark technique, which involved the use of bold primary colors and surprising poses. Many of her Rolling Stone covers became collector’s items, like the one that featured a nude John Lennon curled around his fully clothed wife, Yoko Ono.
VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec 7–Mar 4, 2014
MORE INFO: T.02-6263-2621,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
SIWA: National Folk Museum of Korea Guided Tour
Located within the grounds of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folk Museum of Korea presents over 4,000 historical artifacts that were used in the daily lives of ordinary Korean people. Join SIWA for an English-language tour.
VENUE: Gyeongbokgung Palace
DATE: Dec 9, 10:30am
ADMISSION: KRW 15,000 (members), KRW 25,000 (non-members)
MORE INFO: See this link.
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: Tongdosa Temple
There are 3 great temples in Korea which are known collectively as the Three Jewel Temples: Tongdosa, Haeinsa and Songgwangsa. Today the RASKB will visit Tongdosa, perhaps the least familiar of the three. Tongdosa, with its ancient relic of the Buddha, represents the historical Buddha, Sakyamuni; Haeinsa, which houses the 81,258 wooden printing blocks of the Buddhist scriptures, represents the teaching of the Buddha; Songgwangsa represents the sangha, the community of all Buddhist monks. Each of the three temples offers training sessions attended by many younger monksfor 3 months each summer and winter.
VENUE: Gyeongsangnam-do
DATE: Dec 8
COST: KRW 120,000 (members), KRW 144,000 (non-members) per day. Transportation not included.
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans
Late Autumn Leaves

Late autumn leaves at a coffee shop in Samcheong-dong. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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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.
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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 (December 2013)

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