In this issue of SEOUL, we introduce some great boutique hotels in Seoul, visit the snowy highlands – well, when it snows, anyway – of Daegwallyeong, talk with a master silver artisan, experience Beopjusa’s Templestay, and much, much more.
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AROUND THE WEB
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Dulwich College Seoul cordially invites all prospective parents to its Open House for Prospective Parents – DUCKS and Primary School (2-11 years old). RSVP: Admissions@dulwich-seoul.kr.
VENUE: Dulwich College Seoul DATE: Feb. 12, 10 AM MORE INFO: 02-3015-8517 GETTING THERE: See this link.
Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian is an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. Lead singer Stewart Murdock initially formed the band in 1996 for a final project while attending college, planning to disband the group after his final exam. But when their debut album â€œTigermilkâ€ received overwhelmingly positive feedback, he and his bandmates decided to continue. The name of the group was inspired by a French childrenâ€™s book â€œBelle et Sebastien,â€ and, fittingly, the band is known for the mythical but playful tone of its music. Some of their best-known songs from their nine-album catalogue include â€œThe Boy with the Arab Strap,â€ â€œFunny Little Frogâ€ and â€œIâ€™m a Cuckoo.â€ This is the first time the band will be performing in Korea.
VENUE: AX-KOREA DATE: Feb. 12, 20:00 MORE INFO: T. 02-563-0595, www.axhallkorea.com ADMISSION: KRW 121,000 GETTING THERE: Gwangnaru Station ê´‘ë‚˜ë£¨ì— (Line 5), Exit 2. Cross the road, turn left and walk 5 minutes. The hall is located behind the youth center.
Art Garfunkel in Seoul
Along with Bob Dylan and the Beatles, folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel were pop icons for the baby boomer generation and representative of social revolution in the â€˜60s and â€˜70s. Topping the Billboard charts with international hits like â€œThe Sound of Silence,â€ â€œMrs. Robinsonâ€ and â€œBridge over Trouble Water,â€ the duo disbanded in 1970 because of artistic differences. Their popularity has sustained, with the pair being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2003, and Art Garfunkel has released a number of solo albums since the breakup. He will be visiting Korea for the first time as part of his world tour, and will be performing hits from both his Simon & Garfunkel and solo albums.
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 â€œNewâ€ 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, including the iconic ruins of the local headquarters of the Workers Party of Korea, North Koreaâ€™s ruling party. Also in Cheorwon is the Seungil-gyo, sometimes called â€œKoreaâ€™s Bridge Over the River Kwai,â€ a scenic arch bridge that, depending on whom you believe, was either started by the North Koreans and finished by the South Koreans, or started by the Japanese and finished by the Americans.
VENUE: Gyeonggi-do DATE: Feb 15 MORE INFO: See this link. ADMISSION: KRW 45,000-54,000 GETTING THERE: See link above.
Alleyway in Changsin-dong. Photographed by Robert Koehler.
Seoul Selection’s Free Book Giveaway – Our free book give-away continues! Check out the list in last week’s newsletter here.
Seoul Selection Offline Bookshop Sale –One of the greatest repositories of Korea-related English-language books anywhere, Seoul Selection is offering a 10% sale on any and all books published by Seoul Selection purchased from our OFFLINE bookshop next to Gyeongbokgung Palace.
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Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via Amazon.com (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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