The Korea Essentials series is a cooperative project between the Korea Foundation and Seoul Selection to furnish an international reader with insight and basic understanding into the arts and culture of Korea.
The content of this series is based on the material published in KOREANA, the Korea Foundation’s full-color quarterly featuring in-depth coverage of various aspects of Korea’s cultural themes.
Hanbok embodies many of the social and aesthetic values of the Korean people. In accordance with the emphasis on social harmony found in Confucian philosophy, the choice of hanbok varied depending on one’s position in society. This book will examine the origins, history, and the unique characteristics of hanbok and its contemporary standing.
Dance has been a medium for understanding the philosophy of and emotions behind a culture. This is especially true for a country with a vast and complex history like Korea. Korean dance is a tradition that includes every form of contemporary dance in the country, from shamanistic to folk, court to modern traditional dance, and even breakdancing.
Practitioners of Korean traditional medicine say the ultimate cause of disease is not so much the invasion of external elements but rather malfunctions in inherent bodily function. Since disease is considered to result from the weakening of vital energy, the emphasis is placed on boosting the body’s ability to defend against disease.
Capturing the Spirit of Korean Architecture with Pen Drawings
Pen artist Kim Young-Taek’s sketches reveal beauty of Korean buildings
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce the release of Capturing the Spirit of Korean Architecture with Pen Drawings (Korean only), a collection of 91 drawings by renowned pen artist Kim Young-Taek. Kim has spent the last three decades capturing the sublime beauty of Korean traditional architecture—including some of the nation’s greatest treasures—through pen sketches. Taking between 500,000 and 800,000 touches to complete each one, Kim’s sketches are more faithful representations of the buildings than even photographs. Yes, the book is entirely in Korean, but even non-Korean speakers will be captivated by Kim’s work. Price: KRW 32,000.
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.
Globe-trotting pop act from Korea, PSY will entertain fans through a series of late-night concerts on Dec 20 to 24 in Seoul. The concert will have the theme “All Night Stand–Gymnastics in the Moonlight,” and he is urging his fans to “exercise under the moon.” PSY has been known to always provide extraordinary concepts and high energy in his performances. The last concert he staged to release “Gentleman” was in April, which attracted around 50,000 people in attendance.
VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium (First Gymnasium)
PERIOD: Dec 20–24
ADMISSION: KRW 77,000–165,000
MORE INFO: T.02-410-1114, www.olympicpark.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Universal Ballet: The Nutcracker
“The Nutcracker” will return to the stage this yuletide season, performed by the Universal Ballet Company. They will perform the Mariinsky Theatre version of the dance production with choreography by Russian Choreographer Vasili Vainonen, which features a grand composition spiced with a hint of moderate Korean twists. It is a perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones. Each day features two sessions starting in the late afternoon and evening, respectively.
VENUE: Universal Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec 20–31
ADMISSION: KRW 10,000-100,000
MORE INFO: T.070-7124-1740, www.uac.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Achasan station 아차산역 (Line 5) Exit 4
2013 Christmas Concert—Yuhki Kuramoto & Richard Yongjae O’Neill
Young violist virtuoso Richard Yongjae O’Neill will share the stage with Japanese pianist and composer Yuhki Kuramoto. O’Neill has risen to international prominence as one of the few violists to ever be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Kuramoto’s interests are quite expansive, crossing genres from classical to folk songs and popular music. The two protagonists will collaborate with the home-grown DITTO Orchestra under the baton of Adriel Kim.
VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Dec 25
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–120,000
MORE INFO: T.1577-5266, http://www.sac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Youn Sun Nah’s Winter Jazz
Jazz vocalist Youn Sun Nah is stealing the limelight during her Christmas concerts with her hallmark numbers from her albums like “Voyage” and “Same Girl.” Moreover, she will collaborate with artists of Korean traditional music in her first-ever crossover experiment. Nah began her career as a member of the Korean Symphony Orchestra. From 1995, she studied jazz at the CIM Jazz School in France and excelled at the genre by mixing in a healthy dose of Asian folk and avant-garde pop.
GETTING THERE: From Exit 3 of Jonggak Station (Line 1), enter Insa-dong from its south entrance. Swing a right at the Insa-dong Intersection, and the gallery will be on the right side.
RASKB: Naejangsan National Park
Mt. Naejangsan is famous for having the spectacular scenery in Korea, but at any time of year, this densely forested mountain retreat is worth a visit. The northern of the park’s two sections is ringed by a horseshoe-shaped ridge, with the most dramatic rock outcrops in the area. In the valleys beneath this ridge lie the temple Naejangsa, several hermitages, two waterfalls, a grotto cave, and a cable car to a lookout on the hillside, making Naejangsan a perfect place to ‘commune with nature’ on this at this time of the year, the entrance to Naejangsa affords a dazzling display of natural pyrotechnics in Autumn.
Monday’s sunrise over Bukchon Hanok Village. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy’s Quest
Hide and Seek
Taekwondo: The Unity of Body, Mind and Spirit (Korea Essentials No.13)
Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom
The Squill Bride
View and Story of Korea Set – Black
Bi-lingual Edition Modern Korean Literature Set 3
I Hear Your Voice
Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door
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