July 17, 2015 / Issue No. 693
2015 Ansan Valley M Rock Festival 
Win tickets to see Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Chemical Brothers and Foo Fighters for free!

One of Asia’s top rock festivals is back after a one-year hiatus with a new name and a few other surprises. This year’s headline acts include former Oasis front man Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, British electronic dance music duo The Chemical Brothers and American rock group Foo Fighters – and that’s just the beginning. Formerly known as the Jisan Valley Rock Festival, the festival will be debuting at its new venue on the scenic West Sea beach of Daebudo.

SEOUL will be sending a few lucky readers to this celebration for rock for free! To take part in this event, just take the following simple steps:

1. Follow @seoul_magazine on Instagram.
2. Download SEOUL’s July issue on your iOS or Android device.
3. Instragram your favorite article from the July issue with a photo and tag @seoul_magazine.
4. Winners each get one ticket, and dates are random.
5. There will be ten winners in all, which will be announced on Monday, July 20 at 11 AM on our Facebook and Instagram! We will also contact the winners individually.

VENUE: Daebu Sea Breeze Theme Park, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do
PERIOD: July 24-26
MORE INFO: valleyrockfestival.mnet.com
ADMISSION: KRW 127,000 (one-day pass), KRW 187,000 (two-day pass)
GETTING THERE: Take Bus No. 123 and get off at Bangameori Seonchakjang Bus Stop.


Witness to History
“Taegeukgi: The Korean Flag Throughout History” presents the story behind Korea’s national banner in an easy-to-read way
Romancing the Sauna
Dragon Hill Spa offers couples a convenient all-in-one dating experience


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



Epik High: “Now Out and Playingâ€

Korean alternative hip-hop group Epik High, just coming off their North American tour, is breaking new ground with a series of concerts where the audiences will be allowed to choose the program. Epik High have prepared the themes – action, comedy, horror, drama, sci-fi and erotic – is up to the people in the seats to select which one they’ll perform. The concert posters – which parody the posters of popular movies – are pretty awesome, too.

VENUE: Mary Hall Theater, Sogang University
DATES: July 31-Aug. 2/Aug. 7-9
MORE INFO: T. 02-1544-1555, ticket.interpark.com
GETTING THERE: Sinchon Station 신촌역 (Line 2), Exit 6

The Korean Empire, Dreaming of a Modern State 

To mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, the National Museum of Korea focuses its attention on the history of the Korean Empire (1897-1910), a dramatic attempt by the country to modernize and strengthen itself against a backdrop of imperial aggression and the collapse of traditional society. The three-part exhibit looks at the 1897 proclamation of the Korean Empire, the efforts of the empire to protect its independence and modernize society and, finally, the frustration of those efforts by Imperial Japan. On display are many fascinating and rare artifacts from the Korean Empire era, including relics from the founding of the empire, the Korean mission to The Hague and the independence struggle.

VENUE: National Museum of Korea
PERIOD: Thru Sept. 13
MORE INFO: T. 02-2077-9460, www.museum.go.kr
GETTING THERE: Take the underpass at Ichon Station ì´ì´Œì—­ (Jungang Line, Line 4).

Frida Kahlo

Pablo Picasso once told Diego Rivera, “we’ll never be able to paint like her” – her being Frida Kahlo, the brilliant Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. This exhibit, part of a world tour, features over 100 works by and personal items of Kahlo and her husband, renowned muralist Diego Rivera, as well as works by Hungarian-American photographer (and Kahlo’s lover) Nickolas Muray and other leading Mexican artists of the time.

VENUE: SOMA Museum of Art
PERIOD: Thru Sept. 4
MORE INFO: T. 02-801-7955
GETTING THERE: Mongchontoseong Station, (Line 8), Exit 1

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Composer Danny Elfman – who to some of us will always be the frontman of Oingo Boingo – and filmmaker Tim Burton have collaborated once again to create a unique concert experience that celebrates the artists’s three decade-long partnership as two of Hollywood’s leading creative talents. The live concert features orchestra and choral renditions of Elfman’s music from Burton films such as “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Alice in Wonderland,” along with Burton’s original sketches, drawings, storyboards and film clips rendered on the big screen. John Mauceri, who conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 16 seasons, will be leading Korea’s very own Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in this production.

VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnasium
DATES: July 31, Aug. 1
MORE INFO: T. 02-410-1114
ADMISSION: KRW 66,000-143,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station, (Line 5), Exit 3

RASKB Excursion: Gilsangsa Temple and the Korean Furniture Museum

Founded in 1997, Gilsangsa Temple is located in a quiet residential reighborhood in the Seongbuk-gu districk of northern Seoul. Upon entering the One Pillar Gate (IIjumun), one can find the tranquility of a temple deep in the mountain. In the center of the temple, next to a thickly forested valley, lies the Hall of Ultimated Bliss (Geuknakjeon). The temple used to be one of the most famous restaurants in Korea, called Daewongak. Daewongak was founded in the 1970s by the late Kim Yeong-han, a former gisaeng (trained female entertainer)who, prior to the division of Korea, was the lover of renowned poet Baek Sok (Baek remained in his hometown in North Korea,and the two never saw each other again). A devout Buddhist, Kim donated her property (about 5.7 acres) to the revered Buddhist monk Ven. Beopjeong in 1987. Beopjeong turned the property into a Buddhist temple. Features of the original restaurant were kept. and the temple has a very unusual atmosphere as a result.

VENUE: Seongbuk-dong, Seoul
DATE: Jul. 25, 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM
COST: KRW 30,000 for members and KRW 35,000 for non-members (subject to change)


Cheongdam Bridge at night. Photo by Barrie Manners.


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.

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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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