Feb 12, 2014 / Issue No. 619
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Last Chance to Buy Seoul Selection’s Organic Citron Tea
Tastes good and is good for you!
Have you been wanting to buy Seoul Selection’s Organic Citron Tea but been putting it off? Well, put it off no longer—we’ve got only a handful of units left, so get yours today!
Citron tea (yuja cha 유자차) is a traditional Korean tea made from citron. Citron fruit (yuja, 유자) is thinly sliced with its peel and combined with honey or sugar to make a preserve. The fruit is so prepared because of its otherwise sour, bitter taste.
Citron tea is used as a herbal remedy for the common cold and similar winter illnesses. It is also good for colds, coughs, headaches and chills because it contains a lot of vitamin C, which prevents colds and promote recovery from fatigue. It also helps people recover from colds quickly by causing perspiration to bring down fevers. It also helps sooth inflammation in throats and coughs, alleviates alcohol poisoning and helps in digestion.
Domestic orders only. KRW 30,000.
Across the Tumen at Goodreads
Giveaway of Moon Young-sook’s novel of North Korea’s human tragedy
Available in the United States and Korea only.
Across the Tumen” tells the tale of Yeong-dae, a young boy who loses both his parents and is forced to beg on the streets as North Korea undergoes a devastating famine. Soon, this young boy sets off on a desperate journey to China to find his sister—his last living family member. Captured by the authorities, he is sent back to the North, where he is thrown in jail and tortured. Once he is finally released, he crosses the Tumen River again, more determined than ever to find a place where he can live a decent life. This inspiring tale offers a glimpse into the horrors faced by North Korean children—and their indomitable will to survive.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
– Korean culture seen through the bathhouse.
– Princeton University professor Uwe Reinhardt is apparently a fan of Korean dramas.
– Seocho-gu wants to create “Korean Wave” districts.
– Gyeongju will be getting a major, major makeover.
– Congrats to Seoul->Suburban for their link in the Guardian!
Yours Truly went to Daegwallyeong, Woljeongsa Temple, the National Museum of Korea, Seoul City Hall and elsewhere.
Int’l Schools Hosting Open House in February
International schools based in the greater metropolitan area are ready to kick off their open house sessions for prospective students and their familie…s throughout February.
Cheongna Dalton School (www.daltonschool.kr, T. 032-563-0523, info@daltonschool.kr) will hold the spring open house program on Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Located in the Cheongna free trade zone of Incheon, CDS opened its doors in September 2011.
At Seoul Foreign School (www.seoulforeign.org, T. 02-330-3121, sfsoffice@seoulforeign.org), a series of information sessions and campus tours will take place on Feb 20, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Founded in 1912, SFS is widely regarded as one of the leading international schools in Korea.
Yongsan International School of Seoul (www.yisseoul.org, T. 02-797-5104 ext. 230, ADoffice@yisseoul.org) will offer an opportunity to explore its community and academic program on Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m. With students from over 50 countries, YISS caters to the thriving expat and local communities in central Seoul.
Eton House Prep (www.etonhouseprep.com, T. 02-749-8011, admissions@etonhouseprep.com) is holding its open house event on a regular basis—every Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. The school is a British, independent preparatory institution for children aged 2–13. It is located in Hannam-dong in the heart of Seoul.
In addition to regular campus visits, the schools offer a chance to get to know the institution itself as well as their expanded programming and facilities. For interested parents, it is critical to obtain necessary information on admission through on-the-spot consultation with school officials.
The open house event usually affects children hoping to enter kindergarten and Grade 1 in the fall semester. Please contact the schools in advance to reserve a place.
CREDIA’s 20th Anniversary Beethoven Festival
CREDIA celebrates its 20th anniversary with three Beethoven sonatas in three nights. On Feb 17 (8pm), violinist Catherine Cho brings us Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major and Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor. On Feb 20 (8pm), pianist Mia Chung performs Bagatelle No. 25 in a minor, Wo0 59 ‘Fur Elise’, Piano Sonata No. 8 in c minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’, Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101, Rondo a Capriccio in G Major, Op. 129 ‘Rage Over a Lost Penny’ and Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’. And on Feb 21 (8pm), cellist Pieter Wispelwey performs several Beethoven sonatas.
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATES: Feb 17, 20 and 21, 8pm
ADMISSION: R: KRW 50,000/S: KRW 30,000/A: KRW 20,000 (Feb 17, 20). R: KRW 80,000/S: KRW 50,000/A: KRW 30,000 (Feb 21)
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266, 1544-1555 or 02-580-1300
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Dong-Hyek Lim Piano Recital
Lim studied with Arie Vardi at Hochschule fuer Musik in Hannover and Emanuel Ax at the Juilliard School. He entered the international spotlight after making his mark in three of the world’s top competitions: 2001 Queen Elisabeth, 2005 Chopin and 2007 Tchaikovsky. In 2001, at age 16 he became the youngest pianist to sign a contract with EMI Classics. His concert will feature Debussy’s “Clair de lune” from Suite bergamasque and Bach’s “Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major BWV 564.”
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
DATE: Feb 18, 8pm
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000–100,000
MORE INFO: T. 1577-5266, www.sac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429
Cologne Philharmonic
The orchestra, also known as the Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne or Gurzenich-Cologne Philharmonic, was established in 1827. Since 1857, their concerts have been held in a concert hall named the Gurzenich, hence the orchestra’s name. Markus Stenz has served as principal director since 2003, with 2014 being the last year of his Gurzenich tenure. The Seoul program includes Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra,” R. Strauss’s “Eine Alpensinfonie” and a collaboration with clarinetist Sabine Meyer.
VENUE: Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
DATE: Feb 15, 8pm
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000–230,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-599-5743, www.sac.or.kr
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
The National Changgeuk Company unveils “The Reincarnation of Sookyeoung,” a reconstruction of the traditional operatic rendition titled “Baebijang Jeon.” In the classical love fantasy, young countryman Seon-gun sees in his dream Lady Sookyeong, a fairy in exile. She tells him they are a match made in heaven and promises to meet three years later. Seon-gun then becomes lovesick from being unable to see her. Changgeuk is a operatic drama genre based on pansori, or Korean opera.
The Reincarnation of Sookyeoung
The National Changgeuk Company unveils “The Reincarnation of Sookyeoung,” a reconstruction of the traditional operatic rendition titled “Baebijang Jeon.” In the classical love fantasy, young countryman Seon-gun sees in his dream Lady Sookyeong, a fairy in exile. She tells him they are a match made in heaven and promises to meet three years later. Seon-gun then becomes lovesick from being unable to see her. Changgeuk is a operatic drama genre based on pansori, or Korean opera.
VENUE: National Theater of Korea
PERIOD: Feb 19–23
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000–50,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2280-4114, http://www.ntok.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station 동대입구역 (Line 3), Exit 2.
Avril Lavigne Tour in Seoul
“Rock‘n Roll princess” Avril Lavigne is headed to Korea for a February concert. In 2002, when she was 17, Lavigne entered the music scene with her debut album “Let Go.” The Canadian singer-songwriter has since sold more than 30 million albums and over 50 million singles worldwide. Her music themes include messages of self-empowerment from a female or adolescent perspective. Lavigne has also branched out from music, pursuing careers in film acting and designing clothes and perfumes.
VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: Feb 19, 8pm
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000–121,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-410-1114, www.olympicpark.co.kr
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
RASKB Excursion: Korean War Remains and Migratory Birds in Cheorwon
Prior to the division of Korea, Cheorwon was a sizable town. The junction of the Seoul-Wonsan and the Mt. Geumgangsan lines, it was a major transportation hub. After the division of Korea, however, the city—located north of the 38th parallel—fell under North Korean control. The worst came during the Korean War: as the southern point of the Iron Triangle (a major invasion route to Seoul), the city was wiped off the map by merciless shelling, mostly courtesy the Americans.
After the war, the city was never rebuilt, per se, although a “New” Cheorwon was built several kilometers away. Old Cheorwon is now rice paddies and hills—much of where the old town used to be, in fact, lies across the Civilian Control Line, a military district bounding the DMZ where entry is by permit only. For Korean history buffs, however, the paddies are dotted with several ruins and bombed-out buildings from the period that are well-worth seeing.
The area along the DMZ is also one of Korea’s top spots for watching migratory birds. Come winter, some 110 species of birds—including several protected natural treasures—visit Cheorwon’s warm spring ponds. Bring your binoculars if you’ve got ‘em.
VENUE: Cheorwon, Gangwon-do
DATE: Feb 22
ADMISSION: KRW 42,000 members and KRW 50,000 for non-members.
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Everyday Koreans

Cafe at the Skating Rink

Fair trade cafe in front of Seoul City Hall’s skating rink. Photo by Robert Koehler.
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