Oct. 9, 2015 / Issue No. 703
Experience 1,700 Years of Buddhist Culture During Templestay Week!
Two-days, one-night at a beautiful Buddhist temple…for just KRW 10,000

One of Korea’s most popular cultural experience programs, Templestay offers international visitors and locals alike a chance to experience life in one of Korea’s many beautiful Buddhist monasteries firsthand and, hopefully, gather a better understanding of an age-old component of Korea’s heritage. While the program operates all year long, during the 2015 Fall Templestay Week (Oct. 19-Nov. 1), would-be participants have a chance to take part in the experience a two-day, one-night Templestay program at participating temples across the country for just KRW 10,000.

To participate, however, you need to make a reservation (thru Oct. 18, 5 PM) – partipation is limited to the first 10,000 people who apply. Forunately, there’s still a lot of open spots, so quickly click over to the event’s easy-to-use website and reserve your spot today.

German Edition of ‘A Korean Kitchen Companion’ Released: Germany’s Korean Book Services has released a German edition of Seoul Selection’s “A Korean Kitchen Companion,” a collection of 28 recipes for Korean dishes written by Dr. Jia Choi; the book will be on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Oct. 14-18). Check it out during the fair at Korean Book Service’s booth at Hall 3.1. K46.

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Healing, the traditional way

Templestay Week offers you a chance to discover a 1,700-year-old tradition for even less

Nature and cultural coexistence bloom above the tracks
The alleyways along the old Yeonnam-dong railway-turned-park are full of culinary and cultural treasures


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




Grand Mint Festival

Marking its ninth season, the Grand Mint Festival is one of Korea’s top indie music events. Organized by Mint Paper, a collective of independent artists, this year’s festival — which features a good many new and up-and-coming artists — includes acts such as Jang Beom-jun, Lee Seung-hwan, Kiha & The Faces, the Koxx, Daybreak and No Reply. The action will be taking place on four stages set up throughout Olympic Park, and do’t miss the animal-related artwork created to draw attention to endangered species under threat from global warming.

VENUE: Olympic Park
PERIOD: Oct. 17-18
ADMISSION: KRW 88,000 (one-day pass), KRW 140,000 (two-day pass)
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1555, www.mintpaper.co.kr (Korean)
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station (Line 5), Exit 3

Ahn Kyuchul: Invisible Land of Love

Ahn Kyuchul, the invited artist of the 2015 MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES, has been relentlessly seeking alternative incarnations of contemporary art through profound examination of life and art since the mid-1980s. The title of this exhibit, “Invisible Land of Love,” is cited from the title of a poem by the poet Mah Chong-gi in order to contemplate the meanings of things that are absent from the “here and now.” Ahn directs us to a journey to the “land of love” by revealing “invisible” thoughts that were hidden behind overflowing images and sensory stimulation around us; he calls out the names of things we have lost.

PERIOD: Thru Feb. 14
MORE INFO: T. 02-3701-9500
GETTING THERE: Walk 10 minutes from Anguk Station­ (Line 3), Exit 1.

Sound of Community

The exhibition titled “Sound of Community” focuses on the idea of sound, from words and text exchanged in everyday life in the community to the vibrations of sound waves resonating from the human body and objects, as well as the harmony and disharmony between human and Earth. As a member of society, the participating artists each share their vision of the community in the present. These sounds and reverberations deliver the realization that the idea of “community” today cannot be communicated through illusory declarations alone. As such, community does not merely signify human collectivity but also expands on the notion of the collective as a diverse continuation of human presence, and thus connotes something historical. The artistic manifestation of the community as a collective based on the different affairs of the world signifies a new opportunity to open up to each other, and the aesthetic point between the community and sound in this exhibition lies precisely on the rediscovery of such opportunities for interaction.

VENUE: Arko Art Center
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 15
MORE INFO: T. 02-760-4627
GETTING THERE: Hyehwa Station (Line 4), Exit 2

RASKB Excursion: Gangjin and Haenam: Dasan and Cho-ui

Led by Brother Anthony of Taize, this journey to far-off Jeollanam-do will take you to places related to two major figures in the history of Korean tea, Confucian scholar “Dasan” Jeong Yak-yong and Buddhist monk Cho-ui. The tour will visit a number of scenic locales in the towns of Gangjin and Haenam, including Muuisa Temple, Baegundong Valley, Daeheungsa Temple, Dasan Chodang and Borimsa Temple.

VENUE: Gangjin and Haenam, Jeollanam-do
DATE: Oct. 10-11
MORE INFO: See this link.
COST: KRW 248,000 for members and KRW 297,600 for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.



Hanbok in the city, near Seoul City Hall. Photo by Robert Koehler, editor-in-chief, SEOUL.


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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