March 26, 2015 / Issue No. 677
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SEOUL April Issue Released
Ihwa Mural Village, Taean and more!

Seoul Selection is happy to announce the release of the April issue of SEOUL, our popular travel and culture monthly. In this issue, we:

– explore charming Ihwa Mural Village
– take in the natural splendor of Taean
– get some good picnic eats
– relax at one of Seoul’s speakeasies
– talk with museum director Choi Hong-kyu
– much, much more.  

And of course, there’s also our “Goings On Around Town,” one of the best round ups of concerts, exhibits, festivals and other events taking place in Seoul.

In addition to our print issue, we also offer an easy-to-read digital version, optimized for your tablet device (iOS, Android). The digital version of the April issue will be out by the end of this week.


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




FitClub Personal Training Studio

FitClub Personal Training Studio in Itaewon, Seoul, is a specialized health and fitness studio for people who want to take part in body and lifestyle changing programs.
It works with personal trainers who have been in the fitness and health industry for 10 years or more, providing services including weight loss, body transformation, muscle gain and general health programs.


Laboratory Dance Project “12MHz” & “Graying”

The Laboratory Dance Project is an international contemporary dance company that started in Korea in 2001. Known to house many stars from the reality TV show “Dancing 9,” the company will showcase two of its most recent works, “12MHz” and “Graying,” this April. “12MHz” interprets the relationship between people and space, objects and other people, into stirring dance movements. Twelve dancers express 12 different kinds of frequencies created by these relationships. “Graying,” by contrast, incorporates dance moves and video art to explore the meaning of aging. The dance work for these two pieces is choreographed by Shin Chang-ho, the creative mind behind the troupe’s hit performance, “No Comment.”

VENUE: LG Arts Center
DATES: April 4-5, 15:00 & 19:00 on Saturday, 16:00 on Sunday
MORE INFO: T. 02-2005-0114,
ADMISSION: KRW 30,000-50,000
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.

Illusion and Fantasy

Seven Korean contemporary artists have gathered to show how the hyperrealism of ordinary things can create illusion and fantasy. The participants are artists Kang Young-min, Kang Hyung-koo, Koh Myung-keun, Yoo Hyun-mi, Lee Kwang-ho, Chun Sung-myung and Choi Xoo-ang. Thirty pieces ranging from painting to sculpture, installation, film, and photography will be showcased at the exhibition.

VENUE: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Gallery
PERIOD: Thru May. 6
MORE INFO: T. 02-3701-9500,
GETTING THERE: Anguk Station 안국역 (Line 3), Exit 1.


The Seongnam Arts Center is hosting Ballet du Nord’s much talked about contemporary dance work, “Tragedie.” Directed by award-winning choreographer Olivier Dubois, the dance attempts to rediscover the meaning of community and humanity through the simple but powerful movements of nine men and nine women. The dance work made its debut at Festival d’Avignon in 2012, and the company has traveled to more than 40 cities worldwide, including Lyon, London, Tel Aviv, Montreal and Zurich. In the performance, 18 men and women, all dancers of various ages, express the primordial state of being by dancing nude, without any implications of historical, societal or psychological state. The repetition of simple gestures such as walking, standing and leaping are matched with music, and create a poignant emotional effect. Many audience and critics have acclaimed Dubois’ work as a sensational match of music and body.

VENUE: Opera House, Seongnam Arts Center
DATES: April 10-11
MORE INFO: T. 031-783-8000,
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000-70,000

RASKB Excursion: A Walk through Lower Seochon: Tongui-dong to Sajikdan

In this excursion, the RASKB will explore part of Seochon (West Village), a neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called “dongs,” the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent the 1930s-1950s; markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses represent the 1960s-1980s; and concrete-tile residential buildings represent the 1990s-2000s. The present is represented by new galleries and coffee houses.

VENUE: Seoul
DATE: Mar. 29
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSSION: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Bukchon on a lovely March day. Photo 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.
Looking for Translators – Seoul Selection is looking for a few good translators (Korean to English) for general translation work. Those interested should send a resume and cover letter to Kyehyun at Experienced translators only.
Seoul Selection eBooks – You can purchase some Seoul Selection titles in ebook format via (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.
Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material at by the preceding Friday in order for it to appear in the following Tuesday’s issue.

Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL Magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should have a strong interest in Korean culture and be able to interview Koreans. Send your resume and writing samples to

We Buy & Sell Used Books – Seoul Selection buys and sells used books in English. Unlike our regular selection of publications that specialize in Korea-related topics, our Used Book section carries books on all subjects. It’s all part of our effort to make life easier for the English-speaking community.


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Bi-lingual Edition Modern Korean Literature Set 7

Golden Chariot in the Sky


Recherche Sur Les Fresques Tombales Du Royaume Coreen De Koguryo

Dictionary of Military Terms: English-Korean, Korean English Abbreviations

Contemporary Korean Culture: The Persistance of Shamanistic and Confucian Values and Practices

Political Leadership in Korea

North Korean Atlas


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It’s Okay, That’s Love

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