June 19, 2015 / Issue No. 689
Modigliani: The Legend of Montparnasse
Don’t miss the first exhibit of work by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani in Korea
A leading figure of the Ecole de Paris, an avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century, Amedeo Modigliani’s work – almost exclusively portraits – conveys the burdens of life as well as the profundities of the inner world of his subjects. “When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes,” he once said. “What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious.” This exhibit features about 70 of his portraits, gathered from nearly 40 museums and private galleries around the world.

VENUE: Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Jun. 26 – Oct. 4
MORE INFO: T. 070-4191-2200
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.



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Free Class on Korean Cuisine

Korean Culture to the World will be hosting a free class – yes, a FREE class – on making Korean traditional food. The non-profit organization Korean Culture to the World’s free classes provide the depth and subtlety long-term residents crave, but are fun enough for new visitors as well.

VENUE: Beopnyongsa Temple, Gangnam, Seoul
DATE: June 22, 2PM to 5:00PM
COST: Free
MORE INFO: Send an application with you name, age, gender, job and telephone number to kctw2558@gmail.com. Also see this website.
GETTING THERE: Exit 1, Irwon Station (Line 3). Walk to the Jungsangogyo Intersection, cross the street, swing a right and keep walking until you get to the temple.

PEACEMINUSONE: Beyond the Stage

PEACEMINUSONE looks to boost interest in contemporary art while bringing the visual arts and pop culture together through the collaboration of Korean pop singer G-Dragon with Korean and international contemporary artists. Some of the major international names participating in the project are American painter Michael Scoggins, French artist Fabien Verschaere, British visual artist Quayola, London-based installation artist Sophie Clements and American light installation artist James Clar, as well as Korean artists Kwon Oh-sang, Bang & Lee, Park Hyungkeun, Sohn Donghyun and others.

VENUE: Seoul Museum of Art
PERIOD: Thru Aug. 23
MORE INFO: T. 02-3789-8870
GETTING THERE: City Hall Station 시청역 (Line 1), Exit 1

Enjoy Dragon Hill Spa Coupons for June 

One of Seoul’s leading tourist destinations, the Dragon Hill Spa is giving KRW 6,000 coupons to all those who enter during the month of June.

MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: Exit 1, Yongsan Station (Line 1)

Paik Kun-woo & Die Dresdner Philharmonie

Veteran Korean pianist Paik Kun-woo will join Die Dresdner Philharmonie for two evenings of Beethoven. One of the most important pianists of his generation, Paik -” who has resided in Paris since 1974 – made his debut at the age of 10 with the Korean National Orchestra. Conducted by Michael Sanderling, Die Dresdner Philharmonie grew to worldwide fame under conductor Paul van Kempen and has remained one of the world’s top orchestras ever since.

VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATE: June 27
MORE INFO: T. 02-580-1300, www.sac.or.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000-240,000
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

4K Water Run

Hunters versus Devils – this survival water game/mini-marathon is a good way to work out your frustration from work, add some fun and color to your dating life or bring the family for a bit of mindless fun. Make sure you bring your own water gun, however. Keep an eye out for directions to the after-party.

VENUE: Munhak Stadium, Incheon
DATE: June 20
MORE INFO: T. 02-6310-6263, huntersgame.kr
GETTING THERE: Take Line 1 to Baegun Station. From Exit 1 take Bus No. 111-2 to Munhak Stadium.

Bare: The Musical

Korea’s top musical talent shines in this off-Broadway hit. Premiering in 2000, “Bare” is a rock musical that tells the story of two gay high school students at a conservative Catholic high school. One wishes to come out while the other does not, and a school presentation of Romeo and Juliet makes things all the more complicated.

VENUE: Doosan Art Center
PERIOD: June 17-Aug 23
MORE INFO: T. 02-708-5001, www.doosanartcenter.com
ADMISSION: KRW 66,000-88,000
GETTING THERE: Exit 1, Jongno 5-ga Station (Line 1)

RASKB Excursion: History and Culture of Daehangno and Mt. Naksan

In this excursion, the RASKB will explore some of the history and culture of Daehangno, Seoul’s old “university street” and currently its theater district.

The first stop will be the old Daehan Hospital on the campus of Seoul National University Hospital. Now a museum, the stately European-style structure was the Daehan Empire’s largest hospital when it was erected in 1907, and was one of Seoul’s three most famous buildings at the turn of the 20th century. After that, participants will check out the former National Industry Institute, a German-style wooden building erected in 1908 as an industrial training school.

VENUE: Daehangno, Seoul
DATE: June 21
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members.
MORE INFO: See this link
GETTING THERE: See link above.


Paulo Grangeon’s 16,000 pandas at the MMCA Seoul. Photo by Robert Koehler.


Survey on Korean language learning – Jini Shim, a visiting graduate student at the Academy of Korean Studies, is conducting a survey on the user preference of Korean language study methods. If you have a few moments to spare, please click on over to the surveys and fill them out: English/Korean.

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 atoz@seoulselection.com. Experienced translators only.

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.

Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material at pubco@seoulselection.com 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 english@seoulselection.com.


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