Dec 26, 2013 / Issue No. 612
SEOUL January Issue
Seoul’s spas, Mt. Seoraksan and more
Celebrate the start of 2014 by picking up a copy of the January issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine.
In this issue of SEOUL, we visit some of Seoul’s top spas, climb the beautiful and snowy peaks of Mt. Seoraksan, talk with installation artist Choe U-ram, eat at some of the city’s newest restaurants, and learn about Korea’s growing medical system exports.
And if that isn’t enough, there’s always our Goings On Around Town, one of the best roundups of the month’s concerts, exhibitions and festivals anywhere.
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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.
The Lotte Department Store, lit up and at night.
New Year Festival, Busan
The 2014 New Year Festival will be held in Busan to celebrate the first sunrise of the year after bidding farewell to 2013. On New Year’s Eve, throngs of citizens are expected to turn out to ring in a new year at Yongdusan Park. There will be an array of artistic and festive events, while people can watch the first sunrise from this panoramic vantage point in downtown Busan. Major beach locations will host a number of festive events to greet the new year as well.
VENUE: Haeundae Beach, Busan
PERIOD: Dec 31–Jan 1, 2014
MORE INFO: T.051-501-6051,
GETTING THERE: It takes three hours to get from Seoul to Busan by KTX.
Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival
Every New Year, sunrise gazers throughout Korea descend on the East Coast town of Jeongdongjin to take in the inspiring sunrises and pray for a healthy and happy year ahead. It is also home to the world’s closest train station to the sea—Jeongdongjin Station is, quite literally, on the beach. The most charming spot consists of a couple of wind-swept pines and a simple bench not far from the station itself, a reminder of the peaceful, forlorn Jeongdongjin of old.
VENUE: Jeongdongjin, Gangwon-do
DATE: Dec 31–Jan 1
MORE INFO: T. 033-640-5128
GETTING THERE: The night train to Jeongdongjin departs from Seoul’s Cheongnyangni Station at 11:15pm and arrives at 4.26am.
Boseong Grean Tea Plantation Light Festival
Winter might not seem like the best time to visit a green tea plantation, but the famous green tea fields of Boseong play host to one of Korea’s most visually appealing winter festivals, the Boseong Grean Tea Plantation Light Festival. The undulating green tea fields are lit up with a variety of colorful light displays, adding to their already spectacular beauty.
VENUE: Boseong, Jeollanam-do
PERIOD: Thru Feb 2
MORE INFO: 061-850-5212
GETTING THERE: Take the KTX to Gwangju, and from Gwangju’s U Square Bus Terminal take a bus to Boseong.
Jejudo for Christmas
When in Korea are taking a trip to Jejudo over Christmas to escape from the big freeze in Seoul and enjoy the wonders of Korea’s answer to Hawaii.
VENUE: Jejudo
PERIOD: Dec 28–Jan 1
ADMISSION: From KRW 299,000
Everyday Koreans


View of the Hangang River from Ttukseon’s J-Bug. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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