June 25, 2014 / Issue No. 638

SEOUL July Issue
Water parks, Buyeo, Sam Hammington and more!

Hot and humid out there? Well, turn on the air conditioner and get comfortable with a copy of the July issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture of magazine!

In this issue of SEOUL, we get cool at the best water parks in the Seoul area, explore the historic town of Buyeo, talk with comedian Sam Hammington, try some this summer’s hottest dishes 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.


A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.




Craft Beer Fest Korea

This coming July 5, in line with the new reform on liquor tax laws, Media Paran is hosting a Craft Beer Fest Korea. This, with the new alcohol laws, where house beers are now allowed to be distributed externally, and the tax standards for medium-sized businesses have been lowered by 30%, both helped further fuel the craft beer movement. With local brand beers that focus more on simplicity in taste rather than depth, and as customers began to seek out more varied flavors and tones, both small and big craft beer businesses have taken off at an exponential rate. The Korean craft beer market is soon expected to experience a pseudo-Renaissance period of immense growth and popularity.

Craft Beer Fest Korea will be held at Duke’s, located near the War Memorial Museum in Yongsan-gu, the center location of the craft beer movement. The fest will feature 24 locally crafted beers, with pizza and snacks to munch on.

From stencil tattoo of the event logo to live bands, this will be an exciting outdoor event.

VENUE: Duke’s (Interior and Outdoor Deck) near the War Memorial of Korea
DATE: July 5, 5–10 PM
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.

A Tale of Two Cities, the Musical (Broadway Version)

Based on Charles Dickens’ novel of the same title, the Broadway musical depicts a desperate love triangle against the backdrop of tumultuous French Revolution. With beautiful sets and captivating musical numbers, the musical has been acclaimed as a return of the classic Broadway musical for its perfect musical adaptation of the masterpiece. The upcoming run features veteran actor Lee Geon-myung and rising star Han Ji-sang.

VENUE: Main Hall Hae, The National Theater of Korea
PERIOD: Thru Aug. 3
MORE INFO: T. 02-2280-4115, www.ntok.go.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000–130,000
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station 동대입구 (Line 3), Exit 2

A Moonlit Night on the Baengma River

To mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of renowned playwright “Dong Rang” Yoo Chi-jin, Seoul Institute of the Arts is hosting a performance by the Mokhwa Repertory Company of the award-winning drama “A Moonlit Night on the Baengma River.” The performance also marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Mokhwa Repertory Company, one of Korea’s most highly regarded theater troupes, and features veterans of TV, film and stage such as Sohn Byung-ho, Seong Ji-ru, Park Hee-soon and Lee Wong-seung.

VENUE: Namsam Art Center Drama Center
PERIOD: Thru July 6
MORE INFO: T. 02-778-0261
GETTING THERE: A short walk from Exit 1 of Myeong-dong Station, Line 4. See this link for a map.

PSCORE Rock Out Concert Vol. 8.

PSCORE, an NGO focusing on the Human Rights issue in North Korea, is planning to hold a fundraising concert at Club Freebird 2-Big Bird in Hongdae. The proceeds from the charity concert will go to the funding of educational activities and social programs for North Korean defectors in South Korea. They will also go to activities that raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations taking place in North Korea.

VENUE: Club Freebird 2-Big Bird
PERIOD: July 19, 8PM
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See this link.

RASKB Excursion: A walk through Yongsan: the complications of urban renewal

This excursion will be like no other, as much of what participants will visit is already demolished and gone. The excursion will meet at the top of the front steps of Yongsan Station (see picture above), where one can get an appreciation of the scale of urban renewal that has hit the area. From there, participants will walk through a tent village of street food businesses built on empty land in between Yongsan and Sinyongsan stations.

Next comes a visit to the location of the so-called “Yongsan Disaster,” a highly politicised urban renewal zone that claimed the lives of five evictee protesters and one police officer on January 19, 2009. Since demolition, the area has become an empty field full of garbage and reeds, a black hole in the center of a high-price real estate area.

VENUE: Yongsan-gu, Seoul
DATE: June 28, 3:30PM to 6:00PM
COST: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.

SIWA Event: Itaewon’s Back Alleys: Exploring the Heart of the Expatriate Community

You many know the main streets of Itaewon, but have you seen the huge thread spool in the street, or a car or an army vehicle on a rooftop? How about a large fork on a street corner? Participants will see these sites along with a military coin shop, interesting pottery, hidden stairways and unexpected views. Participants will also stroll down Antique Street and visit the Islamic Seoul Central Mosque.

VENUE: Itaewon, Seoul
DATE: June 30, 9:30AM to 11:45AM
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSION: SIWA members: KRW 5,000. Non-members: KRW 15,000.
GETTING THERE: See link above.



A rainy lunch hour in Samcheong-dong. Photo by Robert Koehler.


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