Aug. 22, 2015 / Issue No. 697
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‘Vietnam Moment’ Now Available on iBooks!
Also, take advantage of our camping book giveaway
Seoul Selection is pleased to announce the release of Brenda Paik Sunoo and Ton Thi Thu Nguyet’s Vietnam Moment on iBooks for Mac or iOS device.

Vietnam Moment is a photo essay collection that presents the beauty and wisdom of the Vietnamese nation and people. The photos break from the war-torn image of Vietnam to allow readers to feel the human beauty of a people maintaining their ancient traditions amidst natural splendor, their patience and determination developed over a winding history, and the affirmation and bravery of a people who have never given up hope.

ALSO, Seoul Selection bookshop is giving away copies of Camping in Korean National Parks to the first 20 customers who purchase a Seoul Selection title at our bookstore near Gyeongbokgung Palace. Promotion lasts until Aug. 31. See our Facebook page for more details.


A Midsummer’s ImprovisationDirector Jang Kun-jae spins together two stories into a single, sweet film
Korean lit goes digital

LTI Korea’s online library makes the world of Korean literature accessible to the non-Korean speaking masses


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




Maroon 5: Live in Seoul

Omnipresent American pop icon Maroon 5 marks last year’s release of their fifth studio album “V” with a world tour that includes a return to Seoul. Front man Adam Levine and company have sold over 27 million albums worldwide with hits like “Moves like Jagger,” “Maps,” “Payphone,” “Misery,” “This Love” and “Sunday Morning,” winning three Grammy awards along the way. The group gets so much airtime nothing more really need be said, but here’s a bit of trivia – their single “One More Night” is the song that took out Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2012.

VENUE: Olympic Park Gymnasium
DATES: Sept. 7 and 9
MORE INFO: T. 02-410-1114
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000-132,000
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3

Hesse’s Drawing Exhibition: A Travel to Myself

While he’s best known as a Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist, Hermann Hesse was also an accomplished painter and drawer. This exhibit features some 500 of his 2,500 drawings, including 150 which have been projected on big screens using HD projectors, turning the entire space into a canvas. The German-born Swiss cultural giant, whose work explored themes such as self-knowledge and spirituality, is one of the most widely read European authors of the 20th century, with works such as “Steppenwolf” and “Siddhartha” attaining particular popularity with the rise of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

VENUE: War Memorial of Korea
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 1
MORE INFO: T. 02-540-0329
GETTING THERE: Samgakji Station (Line 6), Exit 12

K-pop Experience Program

Seoul Metropolitan Government’s K-pop experience program aims to give international visitors an opportunity for a more hands-on K-pop experience. Learn some of the latest K-pop dance moves and visit a Hallyu star experience zone. To participate, apply here.

VENUE: SMTOWN Studio (inside the SMTOWN Coex Artium)
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 24 (every Monday and Tuesday, 11AM to 12:30PM)
MORE INFO: T. 02-3788-0823
GETTING THERE: Samseong Station (Line 2), Exit 6

RAS-KB Excursion: Donggang River Rafting

Join the RAS as it takes an adventurous rafting tour along the scenic Donggang River in Gangwon-do. The Donggang is a serpentine, 60 kilometer-long stream flowing through rugged limestone terrain in mountainous Gangwon province’s Yeongweol, Pyeongchang, and Jeongseon counties. Besides boasting breathtaking scenery, the Donggang is an ecological jewel – it is the only remaining virgin territory in South Korea, boasting a wealth of rare flora and fauna. It is often compared to Guilin in China, a world famous tourist destination owing to its picturesque limestone mountains; however, the Dong River retains a more pristine and serene atmosphere, according to tourist experts.

VENUE: Donggang River, Gangwon-do
DATE: Aug. 29
MORE INFO: See here.
PRICE: KRW 83,000-99,600
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Seoul’s old city hall building, built by the Japanese during the colonial era, done up like a hanok to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule. 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


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Vision of a Phoenix Рthe poems of H̫ Nans̫rh̫n

Home Bound


Time Difference: K-Fiction Series 10

Korean Alive 1

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Kwon Sun-chan and Nice People: K-Fiction Series 12

Old Man River: K-Fiction Series 11



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Ode to My Father (DVD) (2-Disc) (Limited Edition)

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