Dec. 9, 2015 / Issue No. 711
French Christmas Market
Celebrate the holiday season with some mulled wine, cheese, foie gras and other Gallic favorites 

The French Christmas Market is one of the highlights of the holiday season. Presented by the Association des Francophones de Coree (AFC) and sponsored by several French businesses operating in Korea, the market is a good place to pick up French favorites such as mulled wine, games, wine, cheese, salmon and foie gras. You’ll also be able to take part in raffles, listen to caroling and, yes, Santa Claus will be in attendance.

Profits will be donated to the French Korean Social Fund and Durihome, a charity for unwed mothers. Last year’s market raised KRW 7.5 million.

VENUE: Gingko Park, Sorae Village, Seocho-gu
DATE: Dec. 12, 10 AM to 4 PM
GETTING THERE: A 15 minute walk from Sinbanpo Station (Line 9), Exit 3

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Seoul Selection is seeking a full-time English-language copy editor who can perform copy editing and proofreading for the company’s in-house publications (books and magazine articles) and translation team. The applicant must be comfortable with a wide variety of writing styles, including the following:

  • Books (predominantly non-fiction)
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Substance versus Style
Gangnam’s swanky Cheongdam-dong shopping district undergoes an architectural renaissance

Architecture as problem solving
Practicality meets art in architect Kim Chanjoong’s extraordinary designs


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




Stanley Kubrick – Hyundai Card Culture Project 19

Welcoming the winter season, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA) will be celebrating one of film’s most esteemed directors with the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. Embracing not only pure art, but also the related fields of architecture, film, design, etc., and espousing the value of multimedia, post-genreism, and convergence in contemporary art, following the Tim Burton Exhibition in 2012, SeMA has the opportunity to present the world of Stanley Kubrick’s works to the Korean public.

To further immerse viewers in the world of Stanley Kubrick, this exhibition enriches the narratives on a spectacular scale, and with formative stagecraft, has blurred the lines between cinematic and visual art. As he considered music to be a significant cinematic device, soundtracks will be played in the exhibition halls to preserve Kubrick’s intent and allow the audience to actually “feel” his masterpieces. In addition, over a thousand items from the archives are on display, such as research materials, photographs, scripts, letters, film, props, costumes, cameras, and lenses left by the director during his lifetime of film production.

VENUE: Seoul Museum of Art
PERIOD: Through Mar. 13
MORE INFO: T. 02-325-1077~8
GETTING THERE: City Hall Station (Lines 1 or 2), Exit 1

New Hair shop – L-Seven Hair

Want to change your hair style? Stop by L-Seven Hair, a new hair shop near Naebang Station. They provide 30% discounts for tourists and expats, too. Talented and experienced hair designers well-skilled in the handling of Western hair await you. Colorings, perms, cuts and more available.

MORE INFO and RESERVATIONS: T. 010-3567-1633 (ask for Charlie)
GETTING THERE: Five minute walk from Naebang Station (Line 7), Exit 2

National Geographic Exhibit – Mystery World

This Hangaram Art Museum exhibit features exploration photographs from National Geographic, which has spent the last 127 years documenting the planet in all its glory in finite and often spectacularly colorful detail. The exhibit is broken into five zones: the History of National Geographic, the Mystery of Ancient Civilization, the Mystery of the Universe, the Mystery of the Wild and the Mystery of the Water World. As a special exhibit, materials and video from James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge Project, in which the director piloted a specially constructed submersible to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec. 12-Mar. 20
MORE INFO: T. 02-6263-2621
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Human Image from the British Museum

This exhibit, featuring masterpieces and treasures from the British Museum, explores the diversity of the human form in visual art. Throughout the ages, the human form has been not only an artistic representation of the self, but also an expression of mankind’s place in the world. Highlights include a plastered skull from Jericho from 8400-7500 BCE, a bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius from the 2nd century, a Madonna and Child by Raphael, an image of an Egyptian pharaoh from 1795-1650 BCE and more.

VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Dec. 11-Mar. 20
MORE INFO: T. 02-724-6322
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

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.



Winter branches and N Seoul Tower, Mt. Namsan. 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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