Oct. 23, 2015 / Issue No. 705
Jeong-dong Culture Night
Enjoy the autumn evening in one of Seoul’s most historic districts

Jeong-dong is a street embedded with treasures of early modernity. Another appeal of the neighborhood is its the autumn foliage, most vibrant in late October. This is just when Jeong-dong Culture Night takes place, from October 29 to 31.

For three nights, many of the cultural sites and museums of Jeong-dong street are open until as late as 10 PM. Many waive admission fees, too. That’s only the beginning of what this festival has to offer, so visit the homepage, find out for yourself, and enjoy the thick of autumn in one of the most beautiful locations Seoul has to offer.

VENUE: Jeong-dong area
PERIOD: Oct. 29-31
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: City Hall Station (Line 1, 2), Exit 1

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Gwanghwamun International Art Festival

Celebrating its 11th season, the Gwanghwamun International Art Festival aims to provide all Seoul residents a chance to enjoy arts and culture. Featuring visual art exhibits, performances of music and dance and more, the festival taks place largely outside in public parks, allowing for greater public access. This is a participatory affair with hands-on programs, including handprints you can make under artisan direction. In light of this year being Korea’s 70th anniversary of independence, the theme for this festival will be “Gwanghwamun Love Song,” featuring a beautiful musical piece and work of art called “Love Story.” Other things to see are the 2015 Asia Contemporary Young Artist Award (Oct. 21-Oct. 26), 2015 GIAF Invitation Exhibition (Oct. 28-Nov. 2) and ART & PLAY (Oct. 24-25), a participatory event to be held in Gwanghwamun Plaza.

VENUE: Sejong Center, Sejongno Park, Gwanghwamun Plaza
PERIOD: Thru Nov. 2
MORE INFO: T. 02-723-9484~7
GETTING THERE: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5)

Kyungridan Alley Street Beer Festival

Come and enjoy the unique culinary culture of the Gyeongnidan district at Saturday’s Kyungridan Alley Street Beer Festival. The heart of Korea’s craft beer scene, the vibrantly multicultural Gyeongnidan is now one Seoul’s hottest dining destinations. The festival features a flea market (1 PM to 5 PM), musical performances (3 PM to 10 PM) and, of course, plenty of great beer at discount prices. If you collect six stamps from local businesses, you can get a specially designed eco bag.

VENUE: Gyeongnidan neighborhood
DATE: Oct. 24
MORE INFO: See this Facebook page
GETTING THERE: From Noksapyeong Station (Line 6), Exit 2, head towards Namsan 3rd Tunnel and then turn right on the road to the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Vadim Repin & Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Korea and Australia celebrate 54 years of diplomatic ties with a performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has grown into a leading global orchestra, especially stepping up its game under its two most recent conductors, Vladimir Ashkenazy and David Robertson. Russian violinist Vadim Repin will join the stage as a guest performer.

VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATES: Oct. 30-31
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000-250,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-552-2505
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

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.

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. Today’s 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.



Sunset at the Chaeseokgang Cliffs, Byeonsanbando National Park. 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.

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