Aug. 10, 2016 / Issue No. 732

Night Walk in Jeonju
See one of Korea’s most historic cities under the light of the moon

You’ve seen Jeonju during the day. Now experience it at night! The Cultural Heritage Administration’s “Night Walk in Jeonju” event on Aug. 12 features special performances, hands-on programs and, of course, plenty of spectacular nighttime scenery in one of Korea’s most historic cities. See Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeondong Cathedral, Pungnamman Gate, Omokdae and other Jeonju landmarks under the moonlight. Wear loose-fitting clothes, too, because Jeonju has some of the best food in the country.

If you’ve been meaning to visit Jeonju but didn’t have an excuse, this is it.

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Escape Into the Clouds
Valleys, streams and waterfalls around Gapyeong offer precious respite from the summer heat

Secret Valley
The Baeksasil Valley is a healing urban oasis


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2016 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

Suede, Nell, Weezer and Panic! at the Disco are some of the top acts headlining this year’s Pentaport Rock Festival. Pentaport started 11 years ago as Korea’s biggest mega-scaled outdoor rock festival. It now has its own, exclusive festival park equipped with a grand stage and green grass where you can enjoy the music in convenience and comfort. Featuring over 100 performers over three days, the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival is what summer rock festivals are all about. There’s will also be a special stage featuring music by the late Korean folk music star Kim Gwang-seok, who died 20 years ago.

VENUE: Incheon Songdo Pentaport Park
PERIOD: Aug. 12-14
ADMISSION: KRW 123,000-260,000
GETTING THERE: International Business District Station, Incheon Line 1

Seoul Soul

The biggest names in international and Korean hip hop, soul and R&B gather in Seoul for two days of soul-awakening music. This year’s star-studded lineup boasts Maxwell, The Stylistics, Eric Benet, Tyga, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper and many more. The concert is the first of its kind in Asia.

VENUE: Jamsil Sports Complex
PERIOD: Aug. 13-14
ADMISSION: KRW 143,000-232,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2240-8809
GETTING THERE: Sports Complex Station (Line 2), Exit 7

4th Seoul Dessert Fair

Experience an incredible range of desserts made by small bakeries and other small dessert businesses at the 4th Seoul Dessert Fair. Check out the beautiful cakes and other baked goods, take part in baking events, and don’t miss the beautiful views of the Hangang River at night from the rooftop garden.

VENUE: Some Sevit
DATE: Aug. 13
ADMISSION: KRW 6,000-12,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-6010-8941
GETTING THERE: Express Bus Terminal Station (Line 9), Exit 8-1

Choi Hyun Woo Magical “The Sherlock”

Magician Choi Hyun-woo, the winner of the Originality Award at the International Federation of Magic Societies’ 2009 World Championship of Magic, the world’s largest magic competition, blends magic with musical theater in “The Sherlock.” The blockbuster show is an interactive experience in which the audience helps Choi gather clues to catch a criminal mastermind. It’s perfect for the entire family, and remember – all the clues are right before your eyes.

VENUE: Kwanglim Arts Center
PERIOD: Thru Aug. 28
ADMISSION: KRW 55,000-88,000
MORE INFO: T. 02-2056-5787
GETTING THERE: Apgujeong Station (Line 3), Exit 5

Seonunsa Temple and an Onggi Potter

Brother Anthony of Taize guides you to beautiful Seonunsa Temple in North Jeolla Province. In springtime Seonunsa is celebrated for the flowering of the forest of native Korean camellias standing just behind it. In September, a special festival celebrates the blossoming of another flower, the Lycoris radiata or red spider lily, which has always bloomed here but has recently been planted in large quantities. On the way back to Seoul, participants will visit the last remaining maker of onggi pottery in a village where Catholics hid and made onggi during the persecutions of the 19th century. An Si-seong is still young and his onggi are brilliant combinations of tradition and innovation.

VENUE: Jeollabuk-do
DATE: Sept. 10
ADMISSION: KRW 69,000-82,800
MORE INFO and GETTING THERE: See this link.



Seoul on a clear August night. Photo by Robert Koehler of SEOUL.


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