Apr. 3, 2015 / Issue No. 678
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2015 Coffee Expo Seoul
Korea’s coffee industry under one roof

Coffee lovers will want to check out Coffee Expo Seoul 2015, Korea’s premier coffee-related event. On display will be hundreds of varieties of premium coffees and teas from around the world, every coffee ingredient you can think of, the latest in coffee-making equipment and technology, lots of gourmet foods and and franchise and shop supplies.

Co-hosted with the Korean Coffee Association, the expo is an opportunity to see the entire Korean coffee industry under one roof. Over the last seven years, Korea’s coffee industry has exploded – Korea now ranks as the world’s 11th largest coffee market, and the country is home to over 12,300 coffee shops. What makes the Korean coffee industry particularly interesting is the emergence of new coffee tastes and trends particular to the country.

And don’t miss the World Super Barista Championship!

PERIOD: Apr. 9–12
MORE INFO: coffeeexposeoul.com
GETTING THERE: Samseong Station, Line 2


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




Pink Martini Concert

What better way is there to enjoy spring than by dancing to delightful music? Pink Martini is a pop-jazz ensemble formed in Portland, Oregon, that is sure to gratify the senses. The group calls itself a “little orchestra” and features guitar, violin, bass, vocal, cello, trombone, trumpet, percussion and piano. Performing a diverse repertoire of music melding genres such as classical, jazz, world, pop and Latin jazz, even those not familiar with instrumental music will likely have heard their first single “Sympathique,” which became an overnight sensation in France. This event will be a standing concert, so be prepared to dance to the band’s buoyant sounds.

VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: April 8, 20:00
MORE INFO: T. 02-599-5743, www.olympicpark.co.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 40,000-120,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3

Ceremony 64

The National Dance Company of Korea will stage their new work “Ceremony 64,” a piece that will showcase dances that were done in Korean traditional ceremonies and rituals. This style of traditional dance is one of the earliest forms of dancing in human history. Forty members of the dance company will reinterpret dances that were done in harvest ceremony, royal ancestral rites and Buddhist chants, transforming them into contemporary art. 

VENUE: National Theater of Korea
PERIOD: April 9-11
MORE INFO: T. 02-2280-4114/6, www.ntok.go.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000-70,000
GETTING THERE: Dongguk Univ. Station 동대입구 (Line 3), Exit 2

Dreamgirls: The Musical

Before it was made into a motion picture in 2006, “Dreamgirls” was a Broadway-hit musical that debuted in 1981. Broadway crews and Korean producers have gathered to adapt the musical as a Korean-language production, retaining the groove of classic R&B songs such as “Listen” and “One Night Only” with a new stage concept. The Korean production revives the retro feel of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and incorporates pop-art in its design and lighting. While the original show focused on the drama and heartbreak of the entertainment business, this updated incarnation delves into the love, friendship and forgiveness between performers who find themselves pitted against one another.

VENUE: Charlotte Theater
PERIOD: Thru May 25
MORE INFO: T. 1644-0078, www.charlottetheater.co.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000-140,000
GETTING THERE: Jamsil Station 잠실역 (Lines 2 or 8), Exit 3. Walk straight ahead past Lotte Department Store and cross the street. Walk straight and turn right.

YEOL Lecture: An Ever-Evolving Image: Representing the Ideal Korean Woman in K-Pop

This will be a highly interactive presentation in which we will watch a number of music videos and together make observations about what we perceive is the underlying message being portrayed in the images we are presented, focusing primarily on the representations of “ideal” men and women. This topic has long been of interest for several reasons, including the dichotomy between what was once accepted on stage, but not in public; the portrayal of women on popular music television shows and later music videos; and the power of the production companies in Korea.

VENUE: Education room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History
DATE: April 13, 11:30 AM to 1 PM
MORE INFO: T. 02-745-5878, info@yeol.org
GETTING THERE: Walk 600 m from Exit 4 of Seodaemun Station.

RASKB Excursion: From Temple to Spaceship: A Walk Through Dongmyo and Dongdaemun

Although it’s a popular destination for wholesale shopping, there are many areas of the Dongmyo-Dongdaemun district that are little-known to foreigners and even to some Koreans. This excursion will explore both some of the hidden corners and the major sights of this historic yet gritty part of Seoul.

VENUE: Seoul
DATE: Apr. 4
MORE INFO: See this link.
ADMISSSION: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Pimatgol alleyway on a rainy night, 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.
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