Oct. 17, 2015 / Issue No. 704
‘NOT Untitled’ by Chang-Jin Lee
Exhibit examines the suffering of WWII ‘comfort women’

The “NOT Untitled” project is based on artist Chang-Jin Lee’s interviews (2008-2012) in seven different countries, with Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch “comfort women” survivors and a former Japanese soldier from World War II.

It brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, referred to as “comfort women,” who were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia during World War II, and increases awareness of sexual violence against women during wartime.

The gathering of women to serve the Imperial Japanese Army was organized on an industrial scale not seen before in modern history. This project promotes awareness of these women, some of whom are still alive today, and brings to light a history which has been largely forgotten and denied.

VENUE: Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Photo Gallery 1, 2
PERIOD: Thru Dec. 13
MORE INFO: T. 02-2124-8800
GETTING THERE: Eight minute walk from Hagye Station (Line 7), Exit 1

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Going crabbing

SEOUL takes you on a culinarily international tour of Korea’s favorite crustacean

A night out on top of the town
Enjoy drinks and dining outdoors, with a view, during the city’s most beautiful season


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Fall Templestay Week 2015

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) – participation is limited to the first 10,000 people who apply. Fortunately, 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.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) With Certified Trainer Katherine Singer (in English)

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is an approach to speaking and listening that enables us to communicate more effectively what is in our heart.  It helps us stay connected with what is alive in ourselves and others from moment-to-moment, and promotes compassionate connection and resolution of differences in a peaceful manner.  It enhances our ability to respect and value everyone’s needs and make life more wonderful for ourselves and others.

VENUE: NVC Center, Samcheong-dong, Seoul
DATES: Oct. 24, 25, 10AM to 4PM
MORE INFO: T. 02-325-5586, www.krnvc.org
COST: KRW 200,000. To register, click here.
GETTING THERE: Click here.

2015 K-Jazz Festival

The first ever K-Jazz Festival brings together many of Korea’s leading jazz musicians and bands for two evenings of smooth sounds on the riverside. As an added bonus, fans will get to see some interesting collaborations with K-pop artists and musicians of other genres, too. Bring the family and make it a perfect autumn outing!

VENUE: Nanji Hangang Park
PERIOD: Oct. 17-18
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000 (one-day pass), KRW 30,000 (two-day pass)
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1555
GETTING THERE: World Cup Stadium Station (Line 6), Exit 1

JSA: the Musical

Novelist Park Sang-yeon’s “JSA,” the source material for director Park Chan-wook’s 2000 hit film “Joint Security Area,” has now been turned into a musical. Set in the highly fortified DMZ that separates the two Koreas, “JSA” weaves a tragic tale of a most unlikely of friendships formed against the backdrop of national division. The production received nominations in all categories at the 2014 Musical Awards.

VENUE: Daemyung Culture Factory Vivaldi Park Hall
PERIOD: Thru Dec. 6
ADMISSION: KRW 45,000-55,000
MORE INFO: www.dmcf.co.kr (Korean)
GETTING THERE: Hyehwa Station (Line 4), Exit 1

Sheraton Grande Walkerhill’s BeautiFruit Dessert Buffet

The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill’s lobby lounge cafe “The Pavilion” features a one-of-a-kind dessert buffet promotion entitled “Beautifruit” every Saturday and Sunday thru Nov. 29. “Beautifruit” is a compound word of “beautify” and “fruit”. In other words, it means to beautify oneself with pome fruits as an array of dainty desserts mainly made with “pomegranates” and “blueberries” will be featured during the period.

PRICE: KRW 48,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-455-5000

Access MBA Tour

The Access MBA Tour, worldwide leader in One-to-One business education events, will return to Seoul on Oct. 20 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The One-to-One meetings enable business professionals to find a top MBA programme that corresponds to their background and expectations. Each MBA candidate undergoes a selection and matching process by business education experts. Qualifying attendees are then given a custom event agenda for a series of 25-minute long meetings with admissions directors.

The event features top international business schools from Europe and North America, as well as prestigious local institutions. Candidates can expect to meet representatives from schools such as UCLA, Georgetown University, INSEAD, Cheung Kong Graduate School of business, HEC Paris EMBA, IE Business School, Hult International Business School and many others Top Universities. It is expected that the gathering will be attended by up to 100 qualified MBA candidates from Seoul and elsewhere around the country.

VENUE: Ritz-Carlton Hotel
DATE: Oct. 20
ADMISSION: In order to be selected for the One-to-One meetings, candidates are required to register on www.accessmba.com well in advance of the event date (at least 5 days before). Online registration is free of charge.
MORE INFO: www.accessmba.com

RAS-KB Excursion: Walking through Joseon Dynasty Seoul

For all of the time that we spend in Seoul many of us are not aware of the many historical sites that present themselves to us everyday. This excursion will help point out some of the many sites that are available.

This excursion is organised to explain to residents and visitors to Seoul the vast cultural heritage and history in and around the extensive royal compounds. While walking through historical compounds and buildings we will be shown how Seoul massive palace compounds were organized and contiguously linked, from the five major palaces, to the 15 detached palaces and their service palace compounds. The palace compounds originally extended from Deoksugung to the present Seoul National University Hospital in the Daehangno area, with insightful explanations of the history and reasons for their designs, uses and aesthetic layout. We will see little known nooks of virtually forgotten royal compounds.

VENUE: Seoul
DATE: Oct. 25, 9AM to 3:30PM
COST: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.



A walking – and posing – bottle of Pocheon makgeolli. 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.

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