March 4, 2015 / Issue No. 674

March Issue of SEOUL Available for Mobile
Ikseon-dong and Yeosu, optimized for your tablet

Spring is no time to stay indoors, so read SEOUL on the go – the March issue of SEOUL is ready and available for download at iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

In this issue of SEOUL, we explore the historic hanok district of Ikseon-dong, travel to the far-off seaside destination of Yeosu, take in some Buddhist martial arts at Golgulsa Temple, and much, much more!

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




Third Temple Food Festival

Stop by the Seoul Trade Exhibition & Convention (SETEC) on March 12-15 to take part in the third Korean Temple Food Festival. Hosted by the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism, the festival will feature delicacies made by 11 temples especially recognized for their food offerings, as well as by monks renowned for their culinary skills. There will be a wide range of exhibits, lectures, tastings and hands-on programs where visitors can experience the unique taste and spirit of Buddhist cuisine as it has been handed down through the ages. For international participants, there will be specially prepared Buddhist meals, motion games based on Buddhist meals and webtoons about temple food.

Buddhist cuisine has much to offer the secular world. “Based on 1,700 years of Buddhist culture, Korean temple food has the most Korean power to relieve the pain and stress suffered by people today,” said the Ven. Jinhwa of the Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism. “We hope to build a proper understanding of and public interest in temple cuisine through this festival.”

PERIOD: March 12-15
MORE INFO: T. 2031-2032
GETTING THERE: Exit 1 of Hangnyeoul Station 학여울역 (Line 3)

The Sixteen 

The Sixteen is a choir and period-instrument orchestra founded by English conductor Harry Christophers. The ensemble performs early classical music including English polyphony, Baroque music and other pieces from the Renaissance. Starting as a group of friends who got together to perform at a small concert more than 30 years ago, the ensemble has since won many international awards including France’s Grand Prix du Disque and Britain’s Gramophone Award. For their first performance in Korea, the group will sing the tunes of “Miserere” written by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri.

VENUE: LG Arts Center
DATE: March 13, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-2005-0114,
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000-80,000
GETTING THERE: GS Tower B1 floor is directly connected to Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 7. Take the LG Arts Center elevator from there.

Bobby McFerrin: Spirityouall

The 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin will visit Korea to showcase songs from his recently released album “Spirityouall.” The vocalist is famous for his hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” the first a capella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Chart. Not only is he a famous jazz vocalist but he also went on to have a long-term career as a classical music conductor. He has been a guest conductor for renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic and many others. His latest album includes renditions of beloved folk songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” as well as other original songs.

VENUE: LG Arts Center
DATES: March 10-11
MORE INFO: T. 02-2005-0114,
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000-130,000
GETTING THERE: GS Tower B1 floor is directly connected to Yeoksam Station 역삼역 (Line 2), Exit 7. Take the LG Arts Center elevator from there.

Ed Sheeran Live in Seoul

As one of 2014’s most notable breakthrough artists, Ed Sheeran’s first visit to Korea is generating much anticipation and buzz among the pop-music fans. The British singer-songwriter debuted with album “+” and rose to worldwide stardom with hit songs “The A Team,” “Give Me Love” and “Lego House.” Released in June 2014, his second album “x” became more successful than his first by topping both the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200 and by becoming the most-sold album of the year within just six weeks of its release. Hit producers Pharrell Williams, Benny Blanco, Rick Rubin and Jeff Bhasker participated in the making of this album, incorporating the warmth of acoustic folk music and the catchy hooks of hip-hop and R&B. The Song “Thinking Out Loud” from the album is still topping the Billboard charts to this day.

VENUE: SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium, Olympic Park
DATE: March 8, 18:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-410-1114,
ADMISSION: KRW 121,000-143,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3

RASKB Excursion: Making Magkeolli

The Susubori Academy is devoted to the instruction of proper brewing techniques and offers beginner courses as well as an advanced master brewers course (available to those who have completed the intro class). This introductory class is specially organized for members and friends of the RASKB. The cost of the class covers instruction, supplies, and a bucket of hand-made magkeolli for each participant. The class size is limited to fifteen people maximum and will be held if a minimum of 8 people have signed up by March 2.

VENUE: Susubori Academy
DATE: March 8, 2 to 5 PM
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000 for members, KRW 50,000 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Tteuran, a beautiful traditional tea house in Ikseon-dong. Photo by Robert Koehler, from the March issue of SEOUL.


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