Jan. 2, 2016 / Issue No. 713
SEOUL January Issue
Hannam-dong, ice climbing in Cheongsong and more

Celebrate the start of a brand new year with a nice, warm copy of the January issue of SEOUL, Seoul Selection’s monthly travel and culture magazine.

In this issue, we drop by some of the museums, galleries and cafes of Hannam-dong, go ice climbing in Cheongsong, learn to eat a bit healthier in January and discover what a day in the life of a Buddhist monk is like.

And, of course, there’s always our Goings on Around Town, a list of the the month’s concerts, exhibits, festival and other events.

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Les Miserables

Some of the biggest names in Korean musical theater come together for this breathtaking production of “Les Miserables.” Produced by renowned British producer Cameron Mackintosh, this performance features innovative stage sets designed by the original British creative team that immerse the audience in the action. The West End production has run continuously since its debut in 1985; it has also been shown in 44 countries and in 22 languages. The Korean debut in 2012 electrified the Korean musical world, winning over critics and, more importantly, energizing musical fans who flocked to theaters in droves.

VENUE: Blue Square
PERIOD: Thru Mar. 6
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1591, www.bluesquare.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 60,000-140,000
GETTING THERE: Hangangjin Station (Line 6), Exit 2 or 3

The Great Catsby: RE:BOOT

A crack creative team presents this fun musical rendition of Korean webtoon artist Kang Do-ha’s 2004 hit “The Great Catsby.” Catsby is a young but unemployed cat living in a working class district. His long-time girlfriend Parsu breaks up with him to marry an older, wealthier man, but he soon finds love again with the cheerful Sun. Persu reappears, however, and we have ourselves a musical. “The Great Catsby: RE:BOOT” is completely sung-through with modern rock-based tunes accompanied by an on-stage, five-piece band.

VENUE: Uniplex Daehangno
PERIOD: Thru Jan. 31
ADMISSION: KRW 55,000-77,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-3496-8880
GETTING THERE: Short walk from Hyehwa Station (Line 4), Exit 2

A Homage to Korean Architecture: Wisdom of the Earth

The museum’s first ever devoted to Korean architecture embodies the wisdom of Koreans passed down over a thousand years. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Samsung Foundation of Culture, the showing is held in conjunction with a project to publish a photographic collection of Korean architecture as part of the Foundation’s efforts to promote the country’s traditional culture at home and around the world. The exhibition features photographs of royal palaces, Buddhist temples, and traditional houses taken by six prominent Korean photographers- Joo Myeong-duck, Bae Bien-u, Koo Bohn-chang, Kim Jae-gyeong, Seo Heun-kang and Kim Do-kyun – with architecture-related old maps, paintings, artifacts and replicas.

VENUE: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
PERIOD: Thru Feb. 6
MORE INFO: T. 02-2014-6900
GETTING THERE: A 5-minute walk from Hangangjin Station (Line 6), Exit 1

Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival

The Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival brightens scenic green tea plantations of Boseong with light fixtures installed on trees and along the roads around Butjae Tea House and Dahyanggak Observatory. The lights embroider the sky at night in winter. Things to see and do include a giant winter tree, the Green Tea Plantation Theme Street, Milky Way Tunnel of Love, Photo Zone, Light Street, Stairs of Pledge and Hanging Hope Card.

VENUE: Boseong, Jeollanam-do
PERIOD: Thru Jan. 24
MORE INFO: http://light.boseong.go.kr (Korean)
GETTING THERE: Buses to Boseong depart from Seoul Express Bus Terminal (Travel time: 4 hours).

RASKB: The Natural History Museum of Kyunghee University

In January, the RASKB offers a series of indoor tours to escape the winter cold. The first of these is a trip to Kyung Hee University (KHU), a private comprehensive university renowned for its beautiful garden-like campus. However, it also has plenty of indoor attractions.

The KHU Natural History Museum is one of the oldest such museums on the Korean Peninsula, first opening in 1978 to fulfill the university’s founding spirit of “creating a civilized world” through study of nature. Housing over 90,000 attractions, it consists of various displays of wildlife found around the peninsula and abroad. The first floor deals with geology and even includes dinosaur fossils. The second floor deals with many of the animals and other land mammals that can be found. The five other floors deal with all manner of contemporary plants, animals and insects. Highlights include some extinct species of fish and birds that no longer can be found on the peninsula, as well as an extremely extensive display of butterflies coming from everywhere from the Amazon, West Africa to Malaysia and, of course, Korea.

VENUE: KHU Natural History Museum
DATE: Jan. 9
COST: KRW 20,000 for members, KRW 25,000 for non-members
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.



Happy New Year, SEOUL readers! Photo by Robert Koehler of SEOUL


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