Dec. 2, 2015 / Issue No. 710
‘Death in Asia’
New book explores Asia’s cultural diversity through the lens of death

Death in Asia” aims to help readers understand the unique history, mythology and ritualization of death in Asian societies. Experts from six cultural zones – India, Korea, China, China’s southwestern minorities and Mongolia – have made contributions. Through the lens of death, readers can experience Asia’s cultural diversity while simultaneously recognizing that, although attitudes towards death may vary from region to region, the effort to affirm life through death is universal.

Price: KRW 14,800

Map Banner Special Event

From December, SEOUL Magazine will be offering banner space in our magazine’s Maps & Guides section for the low, low price of KRW 50,000 a month. International visitors and expats make great use of our maps, which include detailed information about Gwanghwamun, Samcheong-dong, Itaewon, Dongdaemun, Hongdae, Gangnam and other tourist destinations. Our packages begin from three months (KRW 150,000, VAT not included). We can also promote your establishments via SNS as well, so please, send your inquiries to

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Restoring your smile
A+ Dental Clinic offers the best care in an internationally friendly environment

Cheap farmer’s brew no longer
From upscale pubs to home brewing, Julia Mellor of Makgeolli Mamas & Papas Korea will help you navigate the transforming makgeolli scene


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




New York Harlem Singers – Good-bye 2015

The New York Harlem Singers return to the Seoul Arts Center for their popular Christmas performance, which has sold out every year since its debut in 2006. As usual, expect a program of Christmas carols, blues, jazz, gospel and pop. Led by Grammy-nominated musical director eMarcus Harper, the New York Harlem Singers is composed of singers with some of America’s most prestigious troupes, including the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera, as well leading Broadway performers.

VENUE: Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Dec. 7, 8 PM
ADMISSION: KRW 20,000-90,000
MORE INFO: T. 070-7434-4502
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Gone with the Wind

French producers Dove Attia and Albert Cohen’s musical adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel “Gone with the Wind” goes K-pop with a cast that includes Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun and Bada alternating as Scarlet O-Hara and renowned musical actors Nam Gyeong-ju and Kim Beom-nae as Rhett Butler. A timeless classic of love set in the American Civil War, the film version, released in 1939, is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, and certainly one of the most successful, having been watching by 1.2 billion people.

VENUE: Charlotte Theater
PERIOD: Thru. Jan. 31
ADMISSION: KRW 50,000-140,000
MORE INFO: T. 1644-0078
GETTING THERE: Jamsil Station (Line 2), Exit 3 or 4

Bernd Halbherr: Intersections

The Savina Museum’s final exhibit of 2015, “Intersections” looks at the work of Korea-based German artist Bernd Halbherr, who transforms panorama photos into spherical works of art. “Intersections” indicates the overlapping of separate spaces. Halbherr’s work overcomes the limits of the human eye through the intersection of two dimensional photography and three dimensional sculpture. Some 33 of his works are on display.

VENUE: Savina Museum of Contemporary Art
PERIOD: Thru Dec. 11
MORE INFO: T. 02-736-4371
GETTING THERE: Anguk Station (Line 3), Exit 1. Turn left at the exit. Turn left in front of the post office.

Art Factory

The Sejong Center explores the world of printmaking, from Picasso to Andy Warhol. On display are 40 original works of printmaking by some of the masters of modern art, including Picasso, Warhol, Kusama Yayoi, Damien Hirst, Salvador Dali and others. Printmaking is a method of creating art through printing – each print is considered a separate piece of art due with the artist making his or her talent apparent in the printing process itself and images – often original works – created with the printing process in mind.

VENUE: Dream Forest Art Center
PERIOD: Thru Dec. 29
MORE INFO: T. 02-2289-5401
GETTING THERE: Take Bus 1124 to Miasamgeori Station (Line 4), Exit 3

RAS-KB: City Shopping Spree

This tour is a hodgepodge of culture, sightseeing and fun. Our first stop is the Gangnam Terminal Market. Well-known for its flower markets, this area also holds a vast array of Christmas tree decorations and clothing shops. Here you can find one of Korea’s most extensive selections of flowers. Both fresh cut and artificial flowers are available in great quantity. Other destinations are the Janganpyeong Antique Market and Garak Market.

VENUE: Various locations in Seoul
DATE: Dec. 12
COST: KRW 33,000 for members and KRW 39,600 for non members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.



The pine tree of Jeongdongjin Station, made famous by the popular 1995 television drama “Sandglass.” 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 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.

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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


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