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18 DIY Fashion
Make your style with handbag classes, tee-printing, more
22 DIY Gourmet
Seoul has bought in to the gourmet grocery trend. Here’s how to take advantage of it—plus, a recipe
26 DIY Beer
Homebrew right now: A step-by-step guide
4 From the Editor / Shot of Korean 6 Contributors / Comings and Goings 8 Discovery Photo 10 Relationships / Overheard 11 Now on 10mag.com 14 History Flights of Fancy: Korea’s First Aircraft 16 In the Kitchen Tristan Choi, ice cream connoisseur at Fell + Cole 30 Hotel & Resort News 32 Expat News 33 Fitness Trending: social workouts 34 Gastronomic News 68 A Happy Ending A Guide to Korean Insects
Calendar Nationwide 38 Movies Life of Pi, Taste of Money, Tale of Two Sisters 39 TV Childless Comfort 무자식상팔자
40 Music Korean reggae and the return of British rock 41 Tech & Gear Memebox makeup and 2013 Tech Predictions
Regions 42 Food Review Utsav: A Permanent Celebration 44 Foodie Finds North Korean and fusion Indian 46 Seoul Must-See Music: GoGo Star 48 Art Tim Burton
more diy 12 Obsessions Custom Looks, Minus the Effort 40 Books That Book You’ve Been Meaning to Write 60 Gangwon Pottery and Makguksu with your own two hands 63 Jeolla DIY Cake in Jeonju 2 | 10 Magazine February 2013
59 Gyeonggi Termeden Spa 64 Gyeongsang Seollal sunrise at Korea’s most easterly point
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has always been about doing stuff. Supplying you with the greatest nationwide Calendar in the countr y puts you in the know and helps you get out and enjoy life more. Whether you’re a native or a visitor, life is just more fun with a 10 subscription. That’s what makes this month’s cover story a perfect match with our mission, and we’ve gone to great lengths to give you some terrific information on how to do things yourself and have more fun in the process. We live in a country that until relatively recently was a real DIY culture. Not long ago people worked hard at home, in the fields and on the coasts honing their crafts and producing their goods. They then headed to their local five-day market to bring the products of their labor to sell and exchange with their local community: sea salt and squid from the ocean, clams and eels from the mudflats, handmade clothing and pottery from their homes, fresh vegetables from their fields and some nicely fermented makgeolli to help pass the time. It’s a little tangential, but if you haven’t visited a “5일 장터” in rural Korea, then you’re missing out on experiencing a piece of Korean history that probably only has a decade or so left to survive. At these markets, you’ll find some of the most authentic handicrafts and best food in the country—and at ridiculously low prices. I can’t recommend this kind of trip enough. Our Cover Story this month is meant for the modern world though, where intense specialization has now given us some of the finest fruits of the earth at prices within all our reach. This in turn gives us the ability to create new and amazing things all on our own. It wasn’t that long ago when the products to brew your own beer or make an international gourmet meal were practically inaccessible. They still may not be in your corner store, but with a little effort you can get them and that’s where the fun begins. So start turning the pages and begin your DIY adventure—and if you’d like to share the results of your labor with me, I’d love to hear about them.
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Oh, that’s the case. Now I get it. (A firm decision that lasts 3 days.)
We’re speaking casually again, so if you want to say this formally, it’s “그렇군요.” (Keu-rotgeun-yo). It’s a tough one to pronounce properly, so practice it with plenty of repeating what your friends say. “그렇다” means “to be the case” or “to be right”. “구나” is a casual ending that shows surprise. Anytime your friends tell you something that leaves you going, “Oh, really? I get it,” it’s a good time to use 그렇구나! 휴학했어요? 그렇구나. [Hyu-hak-haess-so-yo? Keu-rot-gu-na]
- She’s taking a break this semester? Oh I see.
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Depatments Korea by the Numbers Relationships column co-writer Rhiannon May (p. 10) still cannot believe that she has been here for almost four years. What was first intended as a temporary fling with the place has turned into a long-term loveaffair. Rhiannon is betrothed to her crazy dog, Hueji, and although she adores living and working in Seoul, she also still has undeniable feelings for her first love, Busan. Heather Soyeon Kim (p. 18) is a Seoul-based photographer whose obsessions cover everything from hanok architecture to the mobile industry to eateries in Korea. These days she is madly in love with calligraphy and has become something of a brush pen connoisseur, managing a collection of pens from Rotring and Kuretake. Find her online at ashdrum.tumblr.com. Michael Johnstone (p. 42) grew up in Eastern Canada in a city that was far too small to retain his sanity. He is endlessly fascinated with life in Asia. He spends most of his time writing, wrangling fourth graders, studying Taekwondo and Hapkido, and devouring every new food he can find. You can read his blog at theasianpersuasion.wordpress.com. Francois Saikaly (p. 46) is a cameraman and cinematographer based in Seoul, South Korea. He loves video and film production and wants to explore as many areas of both as possible. Last year, he focused mainly on various film projects here in Seoul. He is passionate about photography, travel, culture, documentary, film, and shooting time-lapses. Read more about his adventures at cameramaninkorea.wordpress.com.
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Aegyo 愛 (love) + 嬌 (fragility/tenderness) Words by D. Chase Kang and Rhiannon May, illustrations by Sidney Goulet What is it? Aegyo is a Korean term that describes the practice of behaving with a deliberate and unabashed sense of cuteness and naive charm to endear oneself, to disarm, or to invoke a general tone of innocence (as used, for example, by children to their parents). In other words, it is essentially an insidious female manipulation tool used to turn men into simpering, obedient butlers and valets! How is it used? I was just kidding about that last part. Sort of. Aegyo is an ideology as well as a practice. It informs most expressions of contrived cuteness from Hello Kitty to tilting one’s head to the side and flashing the “V” sign. It is deeply connected to the Yin-Yang ideal which stipulates that what is soft will overcome what is hard, and that openness or vulnerability may transcend strength. Remember this the next time your girlfriend claims her bag is too heavy or complains about walking from the parking lot to the theater. She may be using relationship judo on you! How to deflect/encourage aegyo Ultimately, just like alcohol and firearms, aegyo can be either good or evil based on its intended use. Some women are simply what we used to call “girly.” In Korean, we say they “have (a lot of) aegyo” (애교가 있다/많다). This can, however, sometimes be manifested through laziness, feigned weakness or an utter lack of responsibility. To discourage this behavior, gently nudge her in the direction of more “mature” adult behavior by informing her that her aegyo is “not going to work this time” (애교 떼우지마). In the case that you wish your girlfriend was a little more affectionate, simply suggesting that she lacks aegyo (“너는 왜 애교가 없어?” / “애교 너무 없다.”) is often sufficient to cause most Korean women to backpedal in their behavior so as not to be seen as tactless or un-feminine. - D. Chase Kang
he idea of “fluttering your eyelashes” at someone, or at least feigning a certain softness as opposed to going in guns-a-blazing, is certainly nothing new. The not-altogether dissimilar concept of “aegyo” in Korea may take things to a new level, but is this a device employed only by women? Heck no! I remember the first time I got hit with the aegyo stick. My boyfriend at the time wanted me to go on a trip with him and his friends and I, for various reasons, was not so keen on the idea. Right at the point where I was absolutely positive there was no way on Earth I was packing my bags and heading off to sleep on the floor with a bunch of other people in a seaside hut with no air-con or proper shower, his voice started wobbling in tone. When I stopped mid-sentence to look over to see what was going on, his bottom lip popped out and his eyes got bigger. Before a surprised laugh had the chance to escape my lips, a male head was being nuzzled into my arm in a move reminiscent of an oversized puppy, and he begged “Pleeeeeeeeeeease~”. I ran to the bathroom to hide until the aegyo attack had subsided. I also ended up going on the trip. Would I have been thus persuaded if he’d feigned anger instead? Probably not. Apparently aegyo is more powerful than one might think! - Rhiannon May
Overheard “Korea is not a place for foreign companies to pursue success in an efficient way.” - An anonymous online post supposedly written by a former representative from Yahoo! Korea. Along with Motorola, HTC, Research in Motion, and Goldmach Sachs Asset Management, Yahoo! closed its Korea offices in 2012. The post received some backlash, especially for calling Korean consumers “cranky” and blaming them for the company’s demise. From Korea Real Time on Wall Street Journal. * * * “They have to make it possible for people to use the Internet, which the government in North Korea has not done. It’s their choice now.” - Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, upon returning from what was called a “private humanitarian mission” to North Korea. The delegation was unable to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. 10 | 10 Magazine February 2013
“The lack of limitations and the freedom to be alone makes a bathroom a comfortable place.” - A social worker at one of Seoul’s homeless support centers. As the city has buckled under a record cold snap, many homeless citizens have resorted to sleeping in heated public bathrooms to stay warm. The homeless support center is currently developing a new shelter that will provide its visitors with more privacy. * * * “I should be careful. I don’t want to look like those K-pop girls. Too fake. And those K-drama men, ugh, they look girly. Too much make-up.” - A potential plastic surgery patient in Cambodia, where the K-pop wave has begun to suffer backlash from the locals. Throughout Asia, governments are capping broadcasts of Korean TV shows and music in an effort to encourage domestic competition. David Guttenfelder/AP Photo
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This month, we hit the pavement in search of one-of-a-kind items you’re sure to love. Our journey led us to Hongdae, where we’re obsessed with the bohemian shops, unique artists, and crafty vendors nestled into every corner. Read on to get the looks!
The current accessories collection by custom jeweler UZ plays with geoshapes in a bold way. Our favorite were the hollow pyramid styles in both necklace and bracelet lengths. Select your choice of black and silver, black and gold, or multicolored metallics. 346-31 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 02-332-4858
Next door to UZ (right), original metal jewelry, crafts and designs are offered at Ardor. This exclusive shop features handmade metal wall art in addition to stunning rings and charms. We couldn’t take our eyes off distinctive pieces such as the four-sided precious gem bands, and an Egyptian-cat black stone ring. 346-31 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Head designer JJ opened Rocking JJ upon her return from design courses in Germany. Amidst retro-fabulous pop art knick-knacks, custom designs like these daring spike rings stood out most. Also, be sure to pick up a sewing kit with handmade gold or silver buttons. Leather goods design shop Blue Ito may be tiny; blink and you’ll miss it. But it’s quality we’re after, and Blue Ito’s handbags certainly pack a powerful punch. We absolutely adore the leather clutch purses and multicolored wallets. Featuring soft suede lining and accessible designs, these bags are luxe for everyone! theblueito.com
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Using seemingly recycled and reprocessed materials in unexpected ways, Daft Question’s line of accessories features bracelets made of pull tabs from metal cans that are surprisingly cool—even chic. This is smart design at its best, and will definitely get you that second look. daftquestion.com, available at A-Land.
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Turn on any music video channel and see for yourself: DIY-style hats are enormous right now. Row’s looks succeed with spikes and large jewel embellishments. This trend scores big points as an outrageously clever update on the best of 80’s kitsch with today’s urban sensibility. They’re the Rhythm Nation hats of this era. row-plus.com, available at A-Land. Conceived in Korea and manufactured by a women’s cooperative in the Philippines, Juice Bag is remarkable at weaving recycled juice packs into totes and clutch purses. Half the fun is finding the perfect bag, knowing no two bags are exactly alike. What’s more is the knowledge that the cooperative offers fair wage to over 500 employees. It’s ecofriendly, socially responsible, and just plain fun! juicebag.co.kr, available at A-Land.
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Flights of Fancy
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e have all been taught that aviation history was made on December 17, 1903, when the Wright brothers managed to go airborne for 12 seconds in a heavier-than-air vehicle that we now call an aircraft. But were they
the first? Korea’s history is also sprinkled with accounts of f light. In 1273, the invasion of Jeju Island by the combined GoryeoMongol army was allegedly successful through the act of flying a large kite. Legend claims that the island was surrounded by a great hedge of thorns and brambles that impeded the invading army’s attempts to land. The Goryeo general had a giant kite launched into the air and tethered by a rope. The kite was then deliberately entangled in a great tree which allowed a warrior to go hand-over-hand across the rope to the tree. Eventually enough warriors were able to cross and cut down the offending hedge to allow the rest of the army to land. Not too long ago, Korean students were taught that Joseon Korea tried its own hand at building an airplane. In 1867, soldiers and hunters in Seoul were commanded to go to the banks of the Han River and kill all of the cranes and large birds that they could find so that the feathers could be harvested for a new secret weapon—an airplane. Up to a couple of decades ago, this was the tale that Korean students were taught. The textbooks 14 | 10 Magazine February 2013
acknowledged that the attempt was a failure but encouraged the students to not see it in a shameful light but as one of pride, for the Wright brothers also experienced many failures before their success in 1903. We now know that the failure was not with the Korean scientists but with the Korean historians who mistranslated—it was never an airship but rather an early attempt to make warships more buoyant. But flights of fancy are not exclusive to Korean historians. James C. Mars, one of America’s aviation pioneers, claimed to be the first aviator to fly in Korea. According to him, when he arrived in Korea in 1911 he was followed by Japanese secret police who kept a close watch upon his activities. Allegedly, after his flight, the Korean king was so impressed that he sent Mars an elephant. “It was an embarrassment of riches,” declared Mars, and so he gave it to a Korean girl and told her to be good to it. Obviously Korea did not have elephants and there was no Korean king—Korea had been annexed by Japan in 1910. The first known flight supported by documentation occurred on April 3, 1913 at a field near Yongsan. Lieutenant Narahara Sanji, a Japanese naval officer, flew the seven-meter long biplane No. 4 Otori. The plane was named after a champion sumo wrestler. Narahara’s flight in Korea was well attended by a mixed crowd of Koreans, Japanese and Westerners and, judging from the pho-
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P r e v i o u s pa g e Pyongyang Military Airport circa 1920-1930 (Robert Neff Collection) t o p Narahara No. 4 Otori at Seoul note the Korean writing (Robert Neff Collection courtesy of Rick Linstead) b o t t o m Narahara No. 4 Otori in flight (Robert Neff Collection courtesy of Rick Linstead)
tographs, appears to have been sponsored—at least in part—by a Japanese beer company. The very next day, Narahara made another flight which, again, was well attended. It was the final flight for the No. 4 Otori; the plane was then shipped back to Japan and replaced by the No. 5 which had a strengthened undercarriage. The first Korean to fly an airplane in Korea was 21-year-old An Chang-nam. An was a graduate of Okuri Aviation School in Tokyo and flew to Seoul on December 10, 1922 in an airplane he christened Kumgang—named after the famous mountain range. His arrival was greeted with great enthusiasm and it has been said that nearly 50,000 people gathered to watch him fly. An later joined the Korean independence movement and died in a plane crash in China in 1930. For his exploits, he was posthumously awarded an Order of Merit by the South Korean government in 2003. Robert Neff has authored or co-authored several books including Korea Through Western Eyes and The Lives of Westerners in Joseon Korea. He currently writes a twice-weekly column for the Korea Times entitled “Did you know?” as well as a twice-monthly historical column for the Jeju Weekly. 10 Magazine February 2013 | 15
In the K itchen
A Do-It-Yourself Career:
Boho ice cream connoisseur Hojune Choi takes Fell + Cole upscale
Words by Khaled Allen, shots by Anna Pusack
hat is the most important lesson you have learned as an entrepreneur?” I asked Hojune “Tristan” Choi, creator of Fell+Cole, Korea’s first gastronomic ice cream parlour. We were sitting in the food court of the luxurious Galleria 494 shopping complex in Apgujeong, where Choi has just opened his second store. “You have to do what you really like. [Otherwise], you won’t last long.” Choi knows what it means to follow your dreams. Growing up in Korea, with a culture known for its adherence to tradition and expectation, he defied both to put himself through acting school when he realized that the medical education his parents wanted for him was a bad fit. Fell+Cole, which we reviewed in a Foodie 16 | 10 Magazine February 2013
Find article in our April 2012 issue, is a labor of love. Educated abroad, Choi opened his first store in Hongdae in the summer of 2011 to share his love of gastronomic ice cream w ith people in his home countr y. What makes the store stand out is Choi’s quirky sense of humor, truly innovative flavors executed flawlessly, and just a touch of the city that stole his heart, San Francisco. Since then, it has developed a cult following among expats and young Koreans. Thanks to Choi’s marketing expertise and a passionate community, Fell+Cole has now become a well-known boutique brand, which led to its inclusion in the new Galleria Gourmet 494 food court, cementing its future. When Choi left Korea to study abroad, he vowed he would never come back. His unapologetic individualism was more accept-
able in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, where he studied hospitality management. His plan was to live and work in San Francisco after receiving an MBA from University of San Francisco, but when the US economy tanked in 2009, he came home. The decision to create a gastronomic ice cream parlour was not an obvious one, however. Choi looked over his past to figure out what had made him most happy and used that to guide his next step. He shared with me a simple, joyful childhood memory of his mother bringing home an American ice cream maker. More recently, in 2007 Choi had visited an ice cream shop near Omaha Beach, New Zealand, selling organic blueberry ice cream; around the same time, gastronomic ice cream was becoming popular in San Francisco. He wanted to share this unique take on one of life’s simple pleasures. But Fell+Cole is about more than ice cream. It is about the spirit of adventure, that every moment in life is unique (not just vanilla) and must be appreciated because it will inevitably disappear: and so every one of Choi’s distinctive flavors is limited, made by hand and “something sweet, something creamy, something melting away.” It is also his way of challenging expectations: “I want to evoke curiosity... creativity.” This has made adjustment to the Galleria difficult. Compared to Hongdae, where he can be more experimental, the Galleria clientele is less adventurous, and there is no time to get to know the customers. “I’m a people person. I need to introduce and familiarize people with my product,” Choi said of his business style. Profitability, while essential, has always taken a backseat to sharing interesting experiences. However, for all his non-conformist business sense and drama-major flair, Choi is a savvy businessman and a brilliant marketer. He knows exactly why he is at Galleria: to give Fell+Cole greater exposure and familiarize Koreans with the brand. Choi attributes his success to having solid goals. “I know what I like. I know myself very well. Once I set my mind on something, I have to have it....Everything happened because I set a goal and went for it.” For example, Choi didn’t even know how to make ice cream when he decided to create Fell+Cole. To prepare, he spent three months studying books and making ice cream every day. Choi said he doesn’t like to plan too far ahead. However, he hopes to establish a proper flagship store for Fell+Cole, which will give him the freedom to express his unique vision of ice cream and all the delicious, melting experiences that accompany it. Visit Fell+Cole at Galleria 494 located near Apgujeong Rodeo Stn. (Bundang Line). 494 Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. www.fellncole.com 10 Magazine February 2013 | 17
Words by Nick Scherf, shots by Heather Soyeon Kim Korea is known for its many affordable and well-manufactured custom fashion goods. This month, we took a closer look at some exciting fashion opportunities and experiences tailored just for you!
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DIY Handbags at Bagstage, a Class Act Garosu-gil in the Gangnam District is Seoul’s latest hotspot for fashionistas. High-end jewelers, creative clothing shops, and a plethora of coffee houses line this adorable street and its adjacent alleys. It’s here that we found Bagstage, a wonderfully unique multi-purpose building that opened in July 2012. Bagstage houses the Simone Handbag Museum as well as specialty shops. Fashion history buffs will love the remarkable museum—not only is it the first handbag museum in the world, but it’s also home to 300 bags dating from the year 1550 to modernity. But what drew our attention to Bagstage was the DIY shop located downstairs: a place where visitors can actually put together their own luxury handbags themselves! With 20 years in the industry, Jang Hee, the master curator of the DIY shop, is an
expert. Design professors from around the world send students to Bagstage to take the course and study alongside him. (The class is open to anyone, but if you do not speak Korean, you should have a friend with you who does.) During the course, participants select the style of bag they want to make. Patterns are provided as guides to recreate with the help of the staff. After choosing a pattern, students can access the lower floor to select their materials. Walking down the spiral staircase into the materials room is like walking into a textile nirvana. From leather to fur, exotic to plain, or bright to muted, every type of material imaginable is available. Have you ever seen leather made of ostrich before? Neither had we, but there it was, sitting next to the buffalo hide. Similarly, we couldn’t stop
Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong, Seoul
smiling when the staff excitedly showed us a new type of leather invented from sea fish. After the materials are chosen, participants work with the staff to cut, sew, lace, and accessorize their own bags over the course of the following weeks. Methods for adding pockets, linings, or embossed letters are also taught. Bagstage is run by Simone Accessories Collection Ltd., an internationally-recognized Korean exporter in the high-end handbag marketplace. Simone designs for 25+ big names in fashion like Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Marc Jacobs. Thus, international fashion buyers frequent Bagstage at least four times a year. 536-17 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. W200,000 base + cost of additional materials. 02-3444-0739
Marketpress Knows Prints to a Tee Hongdae & Itaewon, Seoul We first found Marketpress in its new Itaewon location, but this fantastic custom printing shop actually originated in the indie neighborhood of Hongdae. Hyeyun Park, the owner of Marketpress, got her start in painting, illustration, and computer graphics. This background led her to start an online venture through which her fellow artists could post and sell their designs and products. With her knowledge of screen printing, Park then used her site to tap into a custom niche market in Seoul’s tee-shirt industry. Two years and two store fronts later, Marketpress is poised for even more success. Marketpress is able to print on virtually anything, and encourages customers to bring in their own items. Hats, bags, and pillows are just some of pieces customers have brought in for printing in the past. A wide selection of pre-made creative merchandise is also stocked at the store. Any request from single items to bulk orders can be filled by Marketpress’s staff. Park agrees that the idea of custom teeshirts is not new. She asserts that both the
concept for the store and the website are quite popular in other cities internationally. But in Seoul, it’s not easy to find a business as dedicated to smaller scales. The shop functions like an ongoing local art show, supporting creativity and community involvement—making it the perfect medium for the average consumer of custom goods. “People can perhaps print onto transfer paper and use an iron at home,” she says, “but it just isn’t the same. The product turns out totally different, and doesn’t have the same quality whatsoever. But when you look at larger tee-shirt companies, they only do bulk sets in hundreds or thousands.” Bridging the gap between homemade and wholesale is what makes Marketpress so special. In the two years that the Marketpress storefront has been open in Hongdae, Park has worked with clients like bands and nightclubs requesting merchandise for resale. Teams and restaurants in need of uniforms also frequent the shop. As her customer base tends to be
from the younger crowd, she’s looking forward to repeated success in Itaewon, with its similar nightlife atmosphere. “As a store owner, it can be difficult to run a small business in Korea because the country has so many franchises,” Park says. “That’s why it’s so important to shop at creative small businesses like ours. Still, we do well because there are no other businesses quite like us, and we’re great at we do.” Marketpress.co.kr Single prints W10,000 - 20,000, hoodies W30,000 – 40,000. Bulk discount negotiable. 363-1 Hongdae, Mapo-gu 0704095-5090 or 57-29 Itaewon, Yongsan-gu 070-4641-1801, in Seoul 10 Magazine 10 Magazine February February 2013 2013 | 19
FASHION Tailor-Made at Manchester Itaewon, Seoul When you’re walking down the street in Itaewon, polite propositions from tailors are commonplace, but how do you know where to turn? Manchester Tailor has been in business for over thirty-five years. Owned and operated by a long-time tailor who goes by simply “Mr. Oh”, Manchester has seen hundreds of fascinating clients walk through its doors (including yours truly). Adorning the ceiling of this basement-level operation are business cards and signed pictures from some of Manchester’s more reputable patrons. A second tailor, Mr. Kim, is on hand to speak with clients in confident English. His father was also a tailor and a colleague of Mr. Oh’s. With several assistants behind the scenes, Manchester remains quaint and modest in its Itaewon locale. Mr. Kim has a strong opinion when asked what differentiates Manchester from other businesses. He’s proud of Manchester’s reputation in the time-honored practice of handmade bespoke suiting. For them,
the work is one of consumer art. The client is urged to return for at least one fitting during the two-week construction process to ensure a flawless result. The personalized article of clothing is built expressly for the client, and specifications are kept on file for several years. There are no secrets or gimmicks, and the lines of communication are open right down to the final stitch. Recently, Manchester has seen competition from businesses making “faster for cheaper” promises. The real price paid is generally much lower quality suiting. A telltale sign of this underhanded merchandising is the use of glue, which Mr. Kim vehemently loathes. He strongly recommends that consumers request to see multiple samples of goods before entering into any sort of contract with unfamiliar tailors. As an example, materials and products are organized along the wall at Manchester so that customers can feel and inspect the quality firsthand. Through the consultations and fittings, the
Manchester tailors form relationships with their customers. They are knowledgeable of trends, and offer many different shapes. Mr. Kim speaks in terminology that is logical, such as “American fit” and “English fit,” meaning Wall Street and Savile Row or loose-cut and slim-fit. “Those terms may not be exact,” he admits, “but I use them to help customers understand and visualize the product. Everyone has different needs when it comes to fit. To some, ‘fit’ means slim. To others, it simply means looking good or feeling comfortable. At the same time, everyone has a different build.” He explains that these two concerns are the reason bespoke suiting triumphs over ready-to-wear every time. “Our designs involve the construction of individualized patterns for every detail. This is truly a suit for him.” 140-200 #58-5 Itaewon, Seoul. Suits start at W350,000. 02-790-7112
To Cap It All Off Seoul is home to people from all around the world, with style preferences—not to mention shapes and sizes—that reflect their backgrounds. Luckily, it is also a city where fashion needs can be met through affordable and stylish custom-made fashion.
Looking for More?
Top off your look with personalized hats from the Insa-dong branch of hat designer Luielle, where you’re sure to find the perfect handmade hat. Feeling particularly adventurous? Head to over to Seoul’s DIY fashion mecca, Dongdaemun Shopping Complex, to get your essential supplies. The rows upon rows of baubles, bangles, and beads will be a great resource when you’re in the mood to do it yourself. • Luielle luielle.co.kr 02-735-0309 • Dongdaemun Shopping Complex dongdaemunsc.co.kr 266, Jongno 6-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Nick Scherf This American writer, editor, and fashion enthusiast has resided in Korea since 2010. Outside of his present role as In-House Editor for a leading national textbook publishing company, he enjoys travel, art, and pop culture. Inspired by Stefano Tonchi and Hilary Alexander, he believes the best style accessory is confidence.
Words and shots by Annie Otto Perhaps you’re looking for a way to impress during your next date night. Or you want to pamper your taste buds without getting out of your pajamas. Maybe you’re just tired of choosing between convenience store kimbap and fried chicken delivery every night. Instead, you’re thinking authentic European cheese, artisan cured and smoked meats, grass-fed hanwoo beef, and fresh fruits and vegetables from around the world... If that’s the case, you don’t have to look too far. An increasing number of gourmet grocery stores are opening across Seoul, delivering these and other specialty items right into your shopping cart.
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SSG Food Market
SSG Food Market in Cheongdam offers a wide range of highquality groceries, from produce to specialty teas to a huge meat and seafood department. You can even find organic home and body brands like Seventh Generation here. In the middle of the store is a small food court with a busy international restaurant and a café. B1 level of 4-1 Cheongdamdong, Gangnam-gu. 10:30 am - 10 pm. ssgfoodmarket.com 1588-1234
Galleria Gourmet 494 in Apgujeong opened in October 2012 offering almost 24,000 square feet of premium foods and restaurants. Here you can select fresh beef, fish, or produce in a shop and enjoy it minutes later at one of the many neighboring restaurants. Gourmet 494 imports over 170 premium food items from countries around the world. 494 Apgujeongdong, Gangnam-gu. 10:30 am – 9 pm. gourmet494.com 02-410-7114
Orga Whole Foods
If you’re frustrated with the lack of organic foods in your local supermarket, check out Orga Whole Foods, a chain with six locations across Seoul. Orga institutes strict standards for the items they carry—ready-made foods must comply with their quality and ecofriendly standards, while all produce is organic. orga.co.kr 080-596-0086
High Street Market
This popular Western store specializes in gourmet meats, breads, and cheeses. They also carry a selection of organic products and foreign-made snacks. HSM’s website is all in English, and they host regular holiday promotions targeting the foreign population. 2F, 737-24, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. 10 am – 9 pm. highstreet.co.kr 02-2201-0652
Online-Only For those who are busy (or lazy), there are plenty of online options for gourmet, international, and organic food and ingredients. All listed websites are in Korean. Asia Mart asia-mart.co.kr
This store has an enormous selection of ingredients and snacks from all over Southeast Asia, though they also carry some Mexican and European foods. I Love Cookie ilovecookie.co.kr
Despite the name, I Love Cookie also seems to love foreign chips and spices— along with candies, canned food, sauces, and more. The store also sells Chinese and Japanese products. Italcore italcore.co.kr
From cheese and butter to oil and vinegar to premium flour, ItalCore imports everything you need to make an authentic Italian meal. All products are certified Italian. Yum yum.co.kr
Specializing in spices and sauces, Yum also carries foreign pastas and hard-tofind canned foods, plus an entire section dedicated to making your own chocolate. Taco House tacohouse.co.kr
While the selection isn’t huge, it is completely dedicated to tacos. Need we say more?
OUTSIDE SEOUL From Farmers If you’ve got a car, From Farmers (Nongburobuteo, 농부로부터) in Paju offers pesticide-free food products straight from the source. The farmer-owned enterprise has received a great deal of press for its healthy, high-end Korean ingredients and products, such as doenjang and gochujang, soy-pickled vegetables, organic rice, and more. Location 1 1652-23 Heyri Art Village, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do.
Location 2 #104 at Paju Book City 531-1 Moonbal-dong, Paju-si,
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Putting It Together One recent afternoon, 10 Magazine explored a few of Seoul’s gourmet food markets in hopes of recreating a high-class steakhouse dinner at home. As we browsed the produce aisles, we tried a sample of mangosteen and were instantly smitten. A few containers of fresh spring green mixes would form a simple salad. In a nearby corner, there was an admirable selection of fresh mushrooms that we also decided were a must-have. We debated the merits of each cut of beautifully marbled grass-fed hanwoo beef before deciding on a classic sirloin.
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Peruse the aisles
The mangosteen is the fruit of a tree native to Southeast Asia. It has a mild yet sweet taste and a texture similar to lychee. When picking out mangosteens, look for firm (but not hard) fruits with still-green caps and unblemished rinds. If you see bright yellow on the fruit, it’s not mold—it’s the sap of the mangosteen. Although the sap is not toxic, it tastes extremely bitter and is not consumed. When you’re selecting mushrooms, you can use a variety or just one kind for this recipe. We used half shiitake mushrooms (표고버섯) and half Chamtari mushrooms (참타리버섯). Pick what looks interesting to you. We don’t recommend oyster mushrooms, however. They have a strong taste that will compete with the steak. Why grass-fed beef? Grass-fed beef is lower in fat than corn- or grain-fed beef, and it also contains much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and other various micronutrients. Grass-fed steak also has a cleaner, more concentrated flavor than conventional steak. For the ultimate in a gourmet steak experience, choose Korea’s famous hanwoo meat. Hanwoo beef is renowned worldwide for its marbling, texture, and premium taste. It is graded from 1++, 1+, 1, 2, and 3 based on a set of rigorous governmentenforced standards. The higher the grade, the more expensive the meat, but those who have tried hanwoo say it is worth every won. Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, you’re ready to prepare a mangosteen salad and a flavorful mushroom, polenta, and steak entrée. All recipes are portioned for two. Mangosteen Spring Green Salad • 1 plastic container fresh spring greens (alternatively, use baby spinach or arugula) • fruit of 4 mangosteens • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries • optional: 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or almonds; edible flowers; Himalayan pink salt Vinaigrette • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons mangosteen juice (simply crush mangosteen fruit through cheesecloth or with your hands) • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar • 2 teaspoons lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon sugar or honey • pinch of table salt
minutes for well done. Remove the steaks from heat and let them rest for about 10 minutes before serving. They’ll continue to cook as they rest. Pan-Fried Seasoned Mushrooms • 200 g fresh mushrooms, sliced thinly • 2-3 tsp fresh thyme, plus some for garnish • ¼ cup dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio—do NOT use anything labeled as “cooking wine”) • pinch of salt and pepper Sauté the mushrooms, thyme, salt, pepper, and a thin drizzle of olive oil in a hot pan. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat. Add the wine and let the alcohol cook off (about 5 more minutes). Add garlic and cook until it softens. Don’t let the garlic brown or it will become bitter. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl until fully emulsified. If you do not pour the dressing onto the salad immediately, remember to re-whisk it once you are ready to use it. Toss the greens with the mangosteen fruit, cranberries, and nuts (if using). Add dressing to taste—just a light coating of the greens should suffice. Plate and garnish with edible flowers (if using). For extra aesthetic points, try sprinkling the top of the salad with Himalayan pink salt. Polenta • 2 ½ cups cold water • ½ cup milk • 1 cup cornmeal (preferably coarseground, but regular is acceptable) • ½ cup canned corn • pinch of kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a low boil. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal, using a wire whisk and slowly pouring in a thin stream of cornmeal. Add the canned corn. Reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, around 20 minutes. You need to stir it continuously, and we mean… continuously! If you do not keep stirring, the polenta will stick to the bottom of the pot and burn. Some people love
a charred steak, but nobody loves charred polenta. It is not gourmet. So be prepared to stand at the stove and stir. Once the polenta is cooked and lump-free, remove from heat and cover the pot. Stir the polenta again just before serving. Note: you can omit the milk and simply use 3 cups of water instead of 2 ½ cups. Black Pepper-Crusted Hanwoo Steak • 2 thick-cut, grass-fed, hanwoo sirloin medallions • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, coarsely crushed (the coarsest grind setting on a pepper mill is often acceptable) • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt • 1 tsp olive oil Rinse the steaks with cold water and pat dry. Mix the pepper and salt in a bowl. Gently roll the medallions around in the pepper mixture. Coat the steaks as evenly as possible. Let the steaks warm to room temperature— this takes about half an hour. Don’t leave them out for more than an hour. Heat a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Once heated, very lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Place the steaks in the pan and do not move them. Cook each side about 4 minutes for rare, 5-6 minutes for medium, and 6-8
Annie Otto is currently studying Korean and eating her way through Seoul. In her native Seattle, she lives a double life as a medical researcher by day and a Korean cooking instructor by night. She is also an avid hiker. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
From Pan to Plate
So, you’ve finished the cooking process and now you have a pot of polenta, a pan of mushrooms and two steaks. Add equal amounts of polenta to two plates—spread it around to use as a “bed” for the steaks. Carefully place the steaks on top of the polenta, in order not to mix the peppercorns with the polenta. Top the steaks with the mushroom mixture and garnish the mushrooms with a sprig or two of thyme. You can also experiment with slicing the steak into thin strips and fanning it out over the polenta, finishing with the mushrooms and thyme. The light and fruity flavors of the salad balance the rich flavors of the sirloin and the mushrooms. Pour some wine, enjoy the food, and celebrate your newly minted status as a DIY gourmet chef!
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DIY Beer Brewing a Fine Ale at Home Words by Rowan Chadwick, shots by Matt Curtis
Brewing your own beer is one of the world’s most rewarding hobbies. It requires just a little money, time, and space—and it lets you enjoy great beer with the added satisfaction and bragging rights of having made it yourself. Beer is made from four basic ingredients: • Water: Beer is mostly water. The relative hardness or softness of the water (i.e. its mineral content) is suited to different styles of beer. Seoul water is quite soft and well suited to extract brewing. • Malt: Malt is grain, usually barley which has been sprouted and then dried. • Hops: Hops are the flowers of a climbing vine. They’re like spices, used to season and bitter beer. They balance its malty sweetness and provide a distinctive aroma.
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• Yeast: Yeast is actually fungus. It turns sugar into alcohol, creating CO2 and flavor compounds along the way. Before we start, I’ll tackle the most common questions among non-brewers. Can homebrew make me sick? No. If you mess up, your beer might taste bad, but anything that could actually make you sick simply can’t survive inside beer. In medieval Europe, most people only drank beer, as the water made them ill but beer didn’t! But homebrew can’t be as good as commercial beer, right? Wrong! Because excellent ingredients are available to homebrewers today, we routinely make beer just as good as commercial beers. In fact, it’s pretty hard to make a beer worse than most mainstream commercial beers in Korea!
Okay, so how do you turn water, malt, hops and yeast into delicious cold beer? There are five stages: 1 Mash: Malt is soaked in hot water to release the sugars.
2 Boil: The malt sugar solution is boiled with hops. 3 Pitch: The solution is cooled and yeast is added to begin fermentation. 4 Fermentation: The yeast ferments the sugars, producing carbon dioxide and alcohol. 5 Packaging: The beer is bottled with a little sugar to provide the carbonation.
does the work. You’ll need: • 3kg/6.6 lb. dry malt extract. • 84g/3oz Cascade hops - the classic American hop that gives Sierra Nevada and many other pale ales their distinctive flavor.
Step 4: Continue boiling for fifteen minutes more. Step 5: Kill the heat and immediately add the remaining hops.
That’s quite simplified, of course. Let’s examine each step with a little more detail. There are two basic types of homebrewing: all-grain and extract. In all-grain, you extract the sugars from the grain yourself. This method is more flexible but requires more time and equipment. Extract brewers skip this step by buying concentrated malt sugar, either as a thick liquid or a powder called dry malt extract.
• One pack of Safale S-04 yeast - a good quality dry yeast, it is easy to use and reliable.
Step 6: Cool the wort. (Put it in a sink full of cold water, or just leave outside on your balcony overnight with the lid firmly on.) Step 7: Sanitize your equipment. From this step on, everything that comes in contact with your wort/beer must be sanitized— that is, almost every microorganism on it must be killed. You can do this by swirling the iodine solution around inside containers, or immersing things in the solution. A minute’s contact is all it takes to kill the baddies. Step 8 Pour the cooled wort into the sanitized fermentation bucket. The yeast will want some oxygen when it gets added, so splash the wort into the bucket if you can.
Gear Up: The Equipment & INGREDIENTS
• 23 liters/5 gallons water – It’s best to use bottled water, but tap works provided it tastes okay and you boil it first.
Step 9 Top up the fermenting bucket to 20 liters with cold water, again splashing to get some oxygen in there.
This article will discuss the simpler “extract” method of brewing. To brew a batch of beer this way, you will need: • • • • • • •
A large pot (min. 10 liters/3 gallons) Two fermenting buckets An airlock An auto-siphon A hydrometer (optional) Sanitizer Enough bottles to hold 19 liters/5 gallons of beer
For the bottles, use flip-top (Grolsch style) or plastic screw top bottles: bottle cappers can be ordered from abroad but aren’t easy to get in Korea. Sanitizer can be brought from homebrew shops but a better option is to go to a pharmacy and get iodine (Povidone, “포비돈”). A mixture of 1.25ml Povidone to 1 liter of water will make a sanitizing solution which doesn’t need to be rinsed. Pale ale (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale) is a good style for your first brew. It’s quick, easy to make and is probably the most popular style of craft beer right now. This recipe will take around one month to complete, though you’re only required to do any work at all on two days: the rest of the time, you can forget about the beer while the yeast
Brew day Step 1: Fill your pot about three-quarters full of water. Put it on the stove, turn the burner all the way up, and add half the malt extract. You’ve just made “wort” (unfermented beer). Step 2: As the wort begins to boil, add 28g/1 oz. of hops. Step 3: Continue boiling the wort for 45 minutes. Then add the rest of the malt extract and 28g/1oz of hops.
Step 10: Carefully open your pack of yeast with sanitized scissors, sprinkle the yeast onto the wort, and seal the fermenting bucket. Step 11: Pour some soju into the airlock. Cheap alcohol like soju will kill any bugs that manage to get that far. Put the fermenting bucket somewhere cool (but not cold). Most yeasts are happiest between 17-20 °C (63-68 °F). Step 12: Within two weeks, your beer should finish fermenting. The best way to know when it’s done is to use a hydrometer. To do this, take a sample of beer and float the hydrometer in it. When you get the same reading three days in a row you can move 10 Magazine February 2013 | 27
BEER on to bottling. If you don’t have a hydrometer you can just make sure you give it enough time—two weeks should be plenty.
Bottling day Once your beer has finished fermenting, you need to bottle it with a little bit of sugar to provide carbonation. At this point, you don’t want to get oxygen into it, so we’ll use a siphon to put it in the bottles. Step 1: Sanitize all your equipment: bottles, caps, siphon etc… Step 2: Siphon the beer from the fermenting bucket to another fermenting bucket. Step 3: Boil 100g/3.5oz of sugar with a small amount of water for ten minutes. Then pour it into the beer, mixing gently but thoroughly. Step 4: Carefully siphon the beer into the bottles, leaving a small amount of space inside for each. Seal the bottles and put them somewhere dark and warm-ish for a few weeks. Resist your urge to open them too soon. After about two more weeks, you can check a bottle. Just pop it into the fridge for a while, then open it up and try it. If it’s sweet and flat, the bottles need more time. If it’s fizzy and tastes good, congratulations! You’re a homebrewer! Enjoy.
Find out more: homebrewkorea.com The original Englishlanguage homebrewing site for Korea. We have a friendly and welcoming community with a lot of events and a wealth of Korea-specific knowledge. howtobrew.com Probably the best website to get you started. Packed full of useful information to take from your first brew right up to formulating your own all-grain recipes.
Hard Cider If all of this sounds like a little too much but you still really want to make your own booze, there is still hope for you. It’s called cider—no, not the sweet fizzy stuff. I’m talking hard, alcoholic cider. This has to be just about the easiest drink in the world to make. Step 1 Buy a large bottle of preservative-free apple juice. It can be any brand but it must be preservative-free. Step 2 Pour out a small glass of apple juice and drink it. (This is to make room!) Step 3 Sprinkle a little bit of Safale S-04 yeast (see the beer article) into the bottle. Step 4 Put the cap back on the apple juice bottle but don’t tighten it all the way. You need to let CO2 escape.
basicbrewing.com These guys produce an excellent series of podcasts on all areas of brewing as well as several DVDs.
Step 5 Leave the bottle somewhere cool but not cold for one week. Step 6 Transfer the cider to an empty soda bottle. Add a teaspoon of sugar and close the lid tightly. Step 7 Leave the bottle somewhere warm-ish for a week or until the bottle feels very firm. Step 8 Chill the cider and drink it. If you prefer sweet cider you can mix it with a little apple juice right before drinking.
Thanks to Gord Sellar for his assistance in writing, to Matt Curtis for providing photos and to all the members of Homebrew Korea for their various contributions.
beerschool.kr & goodbeer.co.kr The two main homebrew supply shops in Korea. If you don’t speak Korean, you can find guides to using these sites at homebrewkorea.com. Facebook: There are several active groups including Homebrew Korea, Seoul Brew Club and Daejeon Brewers Guild.
Rowan Chadwick started home brewing in early 2011 after getting fed up with Korean beer. With one taste of a wonderful homebrewed beer at a fermentation celebration, he realized that there were better options than commercial beer. He started brewing soon after and hasn’t looked back since. Rowan is from the UK and works as a teacher in Seoul.
The best way to get a feel for the hobby is probably to come to an event. We are a friendly group and you’ll get to try some great beer. February 16th: Winter Beer Fest We’ll be serving homebrews at Reilly’s Taphouse and other bars around Itaewon. February 23rd: Brewers’ Throwdown A homebrew contest to be held at Magpie Brewing in Haebangchon.
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alling all business owners! Use the following method to save on Value Added Tax (VAT) with your company credit card. The process may seem a little complicated, but once all the relevant information is in place, you can save about 5% on your VAT costs. VAT is a form of consumption tax for business owners— the tax you pay on the purchase price when you buy a product or a service. VAT is therefore critical for businesses because you can claim a 5% return at tax time simply by following the steps outlined below. 1. First, register your company credit card at www. nicedata.co.kr. This is tedious work, but once you have entered all the information about you and your company, the rest is easy. You don’t have to collect receipts anymore or enter every new piece of information into a database. The system will simply organize everything for you as you swipe your credit card. Plus, all the data can be downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet at your accountant’s convenience. 2. Download your credit card information in an Excel spreadsheet from the National Tax Service of Korea (NTS) website at www.nts.go.kr/eng. NTS will also provide all the information you need about your vendors. Now, the tax season is always a busy season. Therefore, it’s important to file your VAT on time and as frequently as possible for the data to be efficiently updated. If it’s less than W10 million each quarter, you can simply file it in four installments each year (once every quarter) at www. cardrotax.or.kr. To ease the burden, try installing your VAT payments on a monthly basis. If your company credit card has been used overseas, there is something else you need to know. If your company is holding an exhibition, seminar or business conference, you can claim that too. As long as you keep your invoices and statements, with relevant information (the name of your company, the company address, and the name on the passport) you can claim these expenses. Receipts from most countries can be processed, except for a few exceptions: namely the U.S., Hong Kong, and China. For most European countries, you can claim a VAT starting from 500 Euros. So there you have it. Collect that data, file it at tax time, and voila! You’ve just saved 5% on VAT. 10 Magazine February 2013 | 29
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Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Novotel Ambassador Gangnam The Bistro, one of the most popular upscale restaurants in Seoul, will be offering a special menu on this year’s Valentine’s Day. French chef Patrice Guibert will prepare a one-day special Valentine’s Day course. Octopus Cannelloni with fresh Thai prawn and capers pesto with basil and anchovies will be served as the first course; king crab garnished with limes and red curry will be served second. After a red wine sorbet, a main course of a veal chop with morel sauce for two and spinach potatoes will be presented. Dessert, tea, and after-dinner sweets included. W88,000. ambatel.com/gangnam 02-531-6604
A Romantic Package for Valentine’s Day
Courtyard by Marriott Seoul Times Square Specially offered for Valentine’s Day, the “Romantic Package” includes a onenight stay in either a Deluxe Suite or a Standard Room, with free breakfast at MoMo Café. A exchange voucher for a bottle of wine with included free corkage at MoMo Café will also be offered. Access to the fitness center is included, and Marriott Rewards members can receive complimentary internet access. W195,000++ courtyardseoul.com 02-2638-3110 (ext. 2).
Make Your Own Valentines Hamper at The Deli
Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Sheraton Grande Walkerhill invites you to create your own one-ofa-kind Valentine’s gift hamper this year at The Deli, the hotel’s gourmet takeaway shop. The event will provide the decorating supplies and baskets, as well as the gifts to go in them. The selection includes wines specifically hand-picked by The Deli’s chefs, authentic European cheeses, and the essential: Belgian Neuhaus chocolates, all handmade. sheratonwalkerhill.co.kr 02-450-4479
Manhattan Grill Tongyeong Oyster Promotion
Renaissance Seoul Hotel Manhattan Grill, the steakhouse at Renaissance Hotel, will be offering a “Tongyeong” Oyster Promotion until February 28, 2013. Tongyeong is a region in the southern part of the peninsula that has been nicknamed “Napoli of the East” for its beautiful coast. Manhattan Grill will bring in the finest oysters from Tongyeong for a set of visually appealing and exquisite tasting oyster dishes. Lunch will be a sumptuous oyster buffet, while dinner will include a premium oyster and caviar set. A la carte menu W32,000, dinner set menu W148,000++ renaissancehotels.com 02-2222-8637
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Weekend Strawberry Dessert Buffet
Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Savor the taste of Spring with gem-like sweetness of red strawberries. The Lobby Lounge is hosting a strawberrythemed dessert buffet every weekend until March 31st. Enjoy pink chocolate fondue, strawberry flambée, French frasier, German rehruecken, strawberry chocolate pudding and more. A special strawberry cocktail, Berry Berry Tonic, will also be provided to complement the treats. Coffee, tea and other cocktails are provided on request. Fri - Sun 12 pm & 3 pm. 2.5 hours per buffet. W42,000. www.grandicparnas.com 02-559-7603
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The Romanticists Package
“Be My Valentine” Package
Sheraton D Cube City Sheraton D Cube City Seoul is presenting the “Be My Valentine” package for couples who wish to make their Valentine’s Day unforgettable. On any night from February 8th to 14th, enjoy a romantic evening with that one special person at Feast, one of the most prestigious restaurants in the city; then spend the rest of the night in a beautifully-decorated deluxe hotel room. At Feast, Chef Gunnar Mueller will prepare a special threecourse meal and serve chocolates, marshmallows and jellies to top it off. W290,000 - W360,000, including breakfast and an evening cocktail. dcubecity.com 02-2211-2100
Korean Herbal Tea Promotion
“All You Can Drink” Wine-Tasting Event
JW Marriott Hotel Seoul Bar Rouge welcomes all wine lovers to the “All You Can Drink” wine-tasting event. Hosted by JW Marriott Hotel Seoul, each night presents 40 different wines accompanied by over 50 appetizers. Sparkling wines, white wines and red wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Chile and the USA will all be on offer. Fresh vegetables, smoked salmon, sushi and sashimi, delicatessen meats, hand sandwiches and sliders, a variety of tempura, and countless other appetizers will be served alongside. “All You Can Drink” will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6 pm - 9 pm. W42,000 - W65,000. jw-marriott.co.kr 02-6282-6763
Oakwood Premier Coex Center The Residents’ Lounge at Oakwood Premier Coex Center is offering Korean traditional herbal tea until February 28th, 2013. A variety of herbal teas will be on offer, including Citron Tea, which is rich in vitamin C, and Jujube Tea, which is known to improve blood circulation and maintain body warmth. Other teas include Honey Tree Tea, made from the fruits of Chinese matrimony vine, plus dandelion and honey. You can find these teas at the Residents’ Lounge from 11:30 am to 11:30 pm. oakwoodpremier.co.kr 02-3466-7708
Marriott Executive Apartments Seoul’s most luxurious serviced residence is offering the “Romanticist Package” for couples who wish to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day this year. Enjoy a Valentine’s-themed room setting with red heart-shaped chocolates from France and an in-room spa kit. The one-night stay also includes breakfast buffet for two at Park Café, free entrance to Soo Fitness and the indoor swimming pool, and sauna access for two. Customers who are already Marriott Rewards members also get free internet access. This package is valid until the end of February 2013. W285,000 W315,000++ measeoul.com 02-2090-8025
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Park Hyatt Seoul Cornerstone, one of the most popular restaurants at Park Hyatt Seoul, is offering an exquisite dining experience this Valentine’s Day. With its breathtaking city views and elegant interior design, enjoy a romantic dinner and sweet wine with your loved one. A four-course Italian meal with a bottle of champagne will be served, and to make the evening more special, homemade chocolate truffle boxes will be presented as a gift. W165,000 per person. seoul.park.hyattrestaurants.kr 02-2016-1220
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Expat News F ebrua ry 2013Edi t ed by son i a H ensley
Two new English-language event series offer education, networking Two of Seoul’s most popular international associations are offering both expats and locals a chance to learn while networking with new event series for 2013. Asia Society Korea Center, a global non-profit organization based in New York, opened their 2013 Ambassador Series on January 15th with a presentation from H.E. Koro Bessho, Japanese Ambassador to Korea, on the future of relations between the two countries. Upcoming events will feature ambassadors from Italy, Mongolia, Romania and more. Meanwhile, Linked Seoul, host of the popular “Wine Down Wednesdays” events, began a Saturday Champagne Seminar series on January 26th with a seven-speaker lunch on “Getting Hired in Korea”. For more information about these events, visit www.asiasociety.org/korea and www.linkedseoul.org.
Citibank expands dining discounts to Chosun Hotel; celebrates with free wine and Van Gogh Citibank Korea’s Premium Dining discount service will expand in 2013 through a new dining partnership with Seoul Westin Chosun Hotel. Anyone who holds a Citicard can enjoy a 10% discount at all Seoul Westin Chosun Hotel restaurants, including Sushi Jo, Aria, Circle, Hong-Yeon, The Ninth Gate Grill, and Vecchia e Nuovo (discount excludes beverages). To celebrate the new partnership with the historic hotel, Citibank will hold a special event leveraging its 2,000-merchant strong Premium Dining program. All Citicard customers spending more than W300,000 before February 28th can receive a bottle of wine (W60,000) and two tickets for the exhibition “Van Gogh in Paris” at Seoul Arts Center. For details, contact Citicard Premium Dining Reservation Center (02-1577-0901) or visit the Citibank homepage at www.citibank.co.kr.
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New alliance in Jeollanam-do offers support for expat victims of crime Following the assault of a 22-year-old English teacher by a taxi driver in Gwangju, expats in South Jeolla Province have organized a new support group entitled Jeolla Safety Alliance (JSA). The JSA is promising to fill the gap suffered by many expat crime victims in accessing medical help, legal representation, and police assistance. In addition to putting victims in contact with lawyers and police, the group is also offering financial support for psychiatric counseling and hospital fees. In the future, they plan on offering safety seminars and giveaways of self-defense equipment. JSA can currently be found online by searching “Jeolla Safety Alliance” on Facebook.
Seoul Tour Bus route expanded to traditional markets Starting this year, a new route will be added to the Seoul Tour Bus system that will stop at sixteen of the city’s traditional markets, according to Seoul Global Center’s annual report on Seoul City administrative changes. Dongdaemun, Bangsan Market, Namdaemun Market, Kwangjang Market and Pyeonghwa Clothing Market are all included in the new route, which will take 70 to 80 minutes for a full trip. The city hopes that the route will help promote small businesses and stimulate the economy. Seoul Tour Buses can be boarded every 30 minutes at Gwanghwamun Station on Tuesday through Sunday (no buses run on Monday). Existing routes cover Seoul’s palaces, museums, and famous night views. All-day passes start at W10,000. en.seoulcitybus.com
Short, Social and Smarter Don’t Waste Your Time in a Gym! W or d s by J o h n B r i tt o n
Finding the place where you’re going to get fit in Korea can be a huge challenge. This year, the trend domestically is heading towards shorter, social workouts. Forget about those huge fancy gyms with countless machines. People are going back to the basics in social fitness classes, with few of the classes lasting more than an hour. Keep in mind, social doesn’t mean your workout will be any easier—only more fun. CrossFit Korea has the biggest growing CrossFit market outside of North America, and for good reason. The country has embraced the group classes with their short, high intensity workouts, with members seeing huge weight losses. There are also a high number of native English-speaking CrossFit coaches in Seoul and Busan. Try rcfsentinel.com or fighttonightcrossfit.com. Yoga Korea has taken yoga head on. While finding a studio with an English-speaking instructor might be a challenge, most classes use the English yoga lingo as they teach their members. Yoga was once considered “Female Only”, but it’s now highly acceptable for men to join as well. Try vinsyoga.co.kr, hotyogakorea.com, or magicpond.co.kr/en. Pilates Known as an absolute core burner, pilates will get you on the right track to the beach this summertime. Expect the instruction to be much like yoga, with English words being used for the different exercises. Try dngpilates.com or pilatess.co.kr for classes. BootCamp The concept is pretty simple: group classes, fast music and hard work. The workouts are intense but little previous knowledge is needed. Classes generally don’t involve complicated movements. Instead, the biggest motivator is a high tempo environment, so attending an all-Korean class shouldn’t be a problem. Try bafikbootcamps.com. The best part is that most places are willing to give a free trial—so there’s no excuse not to try it out. Next month we’ll have tips on how to make the right choices when it comes to our diets here in Korea. John Britton is the Head Coach of Reebok CrossFit Sentinel Uptown and a Reebok Sponsored Athlete. He’s been living in Korea over two years and has been working to get people fitter for over six years. 10 Magazine February 2013 | 33
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Cacao Boom’s 2nd Chocolatier Store Now Open
With this year marking the 10th anniversary of the celebrated chocolatier Cacao Boom, owner Young-ju Ko has opened a second shop in Samcheong-ro. Like the original café located in Hongdae, the store uses no artificial ingredients in the creation of its chocolate products, concentrating instead on 100% cacao butter to manufacture traditional European-style delights. In addition to the numerous chocolate goods, the new shop will offer packaged commodities starting this month such as authentic puddings, jams, and spreads, which are difficult to find elsewhere in Korea. Much time and effort has been put into the new store’s interior design as well. Visitors will find the performance of the conche mixer especially interesting, as the distinctive machine’s chocolate kneading can be seen through the shop window. Visit the newly established Cacao Boom in Jongno close to exit 1 of Anguk Station (line 3). 63 Samcheong-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul. 02-733-4662
JW Grill Exclusive: Hormone and AntibioticFree Steaks
Sure, the JW Marriott’s steakhouse, JW Grill, is known for succulent, juicy steaks, but now they’re also the exclusive place in Korea to get hormone-free and antibiotic-free steaks! Cedar River Farms premium beef is naturally raised on a single family farm, ensuring that they can maintain strict standards and complete control over the quality of their product. Their pure-bred steers are fed a strictly vegetarian, grain-based diet that leads to plenty of tender flavor; and they never receive any hormones or antibiotics. JW Grill is the only steak house in Korea serving Cedar River Farms’ USDA certified prime grade steaks. Call 02-6282-6759 for information or reservations. jw-marriott.co.kr
New Restaurant Opening:
Real Tennessee Barbeque at Beale St. Memphis blues legend B.B. King was once known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, a nickname he eventually shortened to “B.B.” However, the city of Memphis and its main thoroughfare are famous for something else besides blues—and that’s amazing Tennessee barbeque. Luckily for us, there’s now a restaurant in Hongdae that hopes to bring all of that finger-lickin’ Memphis goodness to Seoul. Beale St. restaurant has just opened and is now asking you whether you’d like your BBQ “wet” or “dry”. For the uninitiated, you’re probably used to the “wet” version, but you’d be surprised at how delicious a nice dry rub barbecue can be. The restaurant also boasts plenty of quality microbrews on tap to compliment your grill choice. Oh, and did we mention that they smoke their own thick-sliced bacon? 3F, 363-28 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. 02-322-0755
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A Taste of Kor ea
Find The Potato
Gamjatang 감자탕 (Potato Stew) You may have trouble locating the potato in Korea’s “Potato Stew” but don’t let that stop you from trying this classic dish.
eing chilly February, we’ve got to stick with another hot and spicy dish to beat the cold this winter. Gamjatang is a beauty for just this purpose, full of spicy goodness and slow-burning pork that will keep you warm well after you throw on that jacket and head back out into the cold. The funny thing about this dish is that you may have trouble finding the potato despite its name. Rare restaurants won’t even put potato in the stew, but most places will include at least one potato per two servings; you get half a potato. You may find the name translated as “pork bone stew” or “pork spine stew” for this simple reason, but I prefer sticking to the original. That way you know that the word “gamja” means potato. What you are guaranteed to find in Gamjatang (vegetarians jump to the next paragraph) is a nice big hunk of pork backbone. This is a tremendous, tender piece of meat—although it does take a little work to get at it. You may have to pull apart some vertebrae to get at the good parts, but it’s tasty nonetheless. My favorite restaurant for Gamjatang also offers extras to add to the soup. You can get additional “sari” (사리추가) orders of potato, sujaebi (a flour noodle), u-geo-ji (dried Napa cabbage), glass noodles (dangmyeon) and more. You’ll rarely find Koreans eating this dish at home. Ask 10 Koreans if their moms cook it at home often and you’re likely to get 8 to 9 negative responses. But ask what they think of when they think of Gamjatang, and you’re certain to hear “soju” from the same percentage. The spiciness of this dish along with its heavy pork flavor make it the perfect accompaniment to imbibing the bitter national liquor, and both are required to be followed by a strong, “Khaaaa” exclamation to show your true appreciation. No, really, try it. It’s certain to come naturally after a few practice swings. Wor ds by St e ph e n R e v e r e Netizen’s Picks Hoho Gamjatang Busan Hoho is the most famous Gamjatang restaurant
in Busan. One order contains absolute mountains of meat. The cooks use only fresh ingredients and no MSG, guaranteeing an authentic taste. “Sari” orders of sujaebi are free, so feel free to add as many doughy pasta-like noodles as you like. Hoho also has a kids’ playroom to distract the little ones while you pig out. Be sure to also try bokkeumbab (fried rice) made of your leftovers after you’re done. 399-8 Bujeon-dong, Jin-gu, Busan. 051-817-7227
Eungam Sigol Gamjaguk Seoul Taste Gamgjatang history when you visit
this restaurant. Sigol Gamjaguk is located in Eungam-dong on a street dedicated to Gamjatang. This place has over 36 years of history, and was the first Gamjatang restaurant on the street. These days Gamjatang Street is not as popular as it once was, but this particular spot hasn’t changed. It still serves its signature dish in a big tall pot—the traditional cookware—full of spicy meat and potatoes. 602-32 Eungam-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul. 02-302-8484 10 Magazine February 2013 | 35
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American Impressionism 1870-1940 Through March 29th, 2013 • The word “Impressionism” often conjures up images of gardens bathed in sunlight, bursting with colorful flowers and intimate landscapes viewed in different seasons; and often, impressionism has been largely expressed as European. Now, see the American side of impressionism in this exhibition, which will be the first overview of the genre ever held in Korea. Displayed will be 130 works by 90 artists, including Lilla Cabot Perry, Sanford Gifford, John Sloan and Edgar Payne. Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). 10 am – 7 pm. Closed the last Monday of every month. Adults W12,000, teens W8,000, children W5,000. www.americanimpressionism.kr 02-501-6976
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Life of Pi Directed by Ang Lee Yann Martel’s book Life Of Pi seemed like an impossible film to make when it was first published in 2001, but thanks to the talents of Ang Lee and the progression in computer graphics, we’re treated to the incredible story of a zoo, a shipwreck, a boy, his faith and his survival. Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) is visited at his home by a writer (Rafe Spall) who asks him to tell his life story. Pi obliges with a tale he claims
will make you believe in God—and so begins an extraordinary adventure. What follows is a beautiful, mystical and at times terrifying saga of survival as sixteenyear-old Pi (played by Suraj Sharma) loses his family in a shipwreck and finds himself trapped on board a tiny lifeboat with only a tiger named Richard Parker for company. Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan are excellent as various incarnations of Pi, and we are swept along with the story and his emotions
as Pi attempts to survive on the high seas. Richard Parker is beautifully realized, and the combination of real, CGI and puppet tiger creates a vivid and believable portrait of nature, red in tooth and claw. Lee finds extraordinary images upon the ocean and creates a visual feast that delights the eyes, yet does not distract us from the story. An incredible adaptation that deserves to be seen on the big screen, Life Of Pi is a fantastic start to this year.
Classics of Korean Cinema
A Tale of Two Sisters, 2003 Directed by Kim Ji-woon Kim Ji-woon’s first Hollywood film, The Last Stand, has just been released in the U.S., so it seems like the right time to revisit one of his earlier works. A Tale Of Two Sisters may not have the star power of Arnold Schwarznegger or Johnny Knoxville, but it remains one of the best horrors of the early 2000’s. Im Soo-jung and Moon Geun-young star as Su-mi and Su-yeon, sisters who are tormented by their horrid stepmother Eun-joo (played by Yeom Jeong-ah). Strange things happen around the house, ghostly figures are seen and all is not as it seems. Are they in danger? Will their stepmother go too far? There’s a wonderfully gothic twist to this traditional Korean tale, and the two leads are superb as the put-upon siblings. The film takes place almost entirely in the family residence and as tensions build, Kim pushes all the right buttons to create a thrilling, chilling experience that presents a fusion of European and Asian horror influences. The exquisite set and costume design, combined with Kim’s cinematic flair, offers us a beautifully horrifying film that will satisfy aesthetes and fright flick fans alike. 38 | 10 Magazine February 2013
A Tale Of Two Sisters
The Taste Of Money
The Taste of Money 돈의 맛 Directed by Im Sang-soo
Im Sang-soo is back with a follow-up to his 2010 award-winning remake of The Housemaid with The Taste Of Money, a sumptuously sordid tale of scandal amongst the upper classes. Kim Kang-woo stars as Young-jak, a private secretary to a very powerful family. When he’s not helping the corrupt patriarch, Chairman Yoon (Baek Yoon-sik), he’s being used and abused by the even more devious matriarch Madam Baek (Youn Yuh-jung). With prosecutors circling, affairs unraveling and many schemes afoot, Young-jak finds himself at the center of it all. Im has put together what may be his best-
looking film so far. The opulent sets are complemented by stunning cinematography and some eye-poppingly raunchy set pieces. Kim Hyo-jin is great as Nami, the daughter of the family, and the rest of the cast offer solid performances. However, The Taste Of Money doesn’t quite live up to the legacy of The Housemaid; it lacks the punch of Im’s previous films, but still delivers a powerful drama that explores the contempt and corruption that money and power bring. Definitely worth a taste of your money. Paul Matthews spent his early years in the UK, Japan and France before ending up in Korea as an actor, writer and director. paulajosshi.com
New Movies This Month February 1st
The Other Man USA, Britain. Drama. Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas; dir. Richard Eyre
Silver Linings Playbook USA. Comedy/drama. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper; dir. David O. Russell
Snezhnaya Koroleva, The Snow Queen Russia. Animation/adventure. Kirk Thornton, Wendee Lee; dir. Vlad Barbe, Maksim Sveshnikov
Zarafa France. Animation. Max Renaudin, Simon Abkarian, François-Xavier Demaison; dir. Remi Bezancon, Jean-Christophe Lie Om Shanti Om India. Action/comedy. Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone; dir. Farah Khan Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Britain, USA. Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton; dir. Tommy Wirkola February 21st
The Last Stand USA. Action. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker; dir. Ji-hoon Kim A Good Day to Die Hard USA. Action/crime. Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Patrick Stewart; dir. John Moore
Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Japan. Animation/action. Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura; dir. Date Hayato
Beasts of the Southern Wild USA. Drama/fantasy. Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry; dir. Benh Zeitlin
Sky Force 3D USA, Hong Kong. Animation/action. Aaron Krebs, Heather Gordon, John S. Flynn; dir. Tony Tang
Run to the South 남쪽으로 튀어 Korea. Drama/comedy. Yoon-seok Kim, Yeon-soo Oh, Seong-gyoon Kim; dir. Soon- rye Lim
Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess Japan. Animation/fantasy. Tetsuya Kakihara, Aya Hirano; dir. Masaya Fujimori
There is an old saying in Korean: “무자 식상팔자.” This literally means “childless comfort”—that maybe one is better off without kids, because he or she will be free of problems and worries. With her newest drama, Korea’s beloved screenwriter Kim Soohyun investigates this saying through the story of three generations of a family who struggle in affection and in understanding each other. Kim Soo -hyun is already renowned for her talents in illustrating people’s everyday lives, having written hit dramas like Life is Beautiful and A Thousand Days’ Promise. Born in 1947, she began writing movies and television scripts in the late 1960’s and hasn’t stopped since. In her latest effort, Childless Comfort, she vividly describes the relationships between an 80-year old couple, their three sons, and their grandchildren by using each character’s subjective viewpoint as a frame. Each episode is closed leaving viewers hanging on for more.
In Darkness Germany/Poland. Drama/war. Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska; dir. Agnieszka Holland The New World 신세계 Korea. Action. Jeong-jae Lee, Min-sik Choi; dir. Hoon-jeong Park February 28th
Jack the Giant Slayer USA. Adventure/drama/ fantasy. Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Eleanor Tomlinson; dir. Bryan Singer Chinese Zodiac Heads China. Action/adventure. Jackie Chan, Steve Yoo, Sang-woo Kwon; dir. Jackie Chan Flight USA. Drama. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly; dir. Robert Zemeckis
by S oy e o n K i m b e r ly Yo o n
Korea’s top screenwriter enters her 70s with another hit story in “Childless Comfort” The “Shakespeare of our age”, Kim Soo-hyun, faces a new challenge in screenwriting a big family drama.
Stoker USA. Drama/horror. Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman; dir. Chan-wook Park
The dialogue is also touching. Every line has its reason, revealing both the characters’ natural and deliberate inclinations. What the grandmother says in the drama sounds like what your own grandmother might say, and the daughter-in-law’s disappointed reaction to her husband’s family brings to mind how your own mother might act when she visits her parents-in-law. These little details are put together perfectly because Kim Soo-hyun has lived through < Kim Soo-hyun
every age and time period—she has been a daughter, a mother, and a grandmother. Her skill in expressing true-to-life situations has led to the public naming her the Shakespeare of our age. While today’s channels are overflowing with absurdly dramatic tales and modern Cinderellas, Childless Comfort chooses to tell a real-life story that will win the sympathy of any viewer of any age. Though it is considered a family drama, its realism might even make it slightly uncomfortable to watch it with your own family members. Between the lines, the writer subtly expresses the idea that families can comfort and burden each other at the same time. Find out yourself if you believe in this old saying, “childless comfort”, on Saturdays and Thursdays at 8:45 pm on JTBC. Kimberly Yoon is a New Yorker who found her way back to Korea as a consumer market analyst. She loves music and guacamole, and has recently coauthored Winner’s Law: Innovation by ERI of KPMG Korea. 10 Magazine February 2013 | 39
Girlfriend, Boyfriend Taiwan. Drama/romance. Kwai Lun-Mei, Feng Xiaoyue; dir. Yang Ya-Che
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by M i c h a e l B e r ry
Paper Spectrum Sony Music Korea Not only is the current Korean alt/indie music scene experiencing an explosion of imagination, passion, and commitment, but the music emanating from such burgeoning creativity is deriving form, style, and content from a true diversity of sources. In the case of Rude Paper, this is established through a Reggae/Hiphop/Electro-Soul nexus, although the standout cuts on this lengthy album are those that grab Roots Reggae by the ‘nads and hang on tight. “Radio 2012” opens the album in superior style—Burning Spear would be proud. Other essential roots incorporations draw from Steel Pulse, most notably “On a Rainy Night” (비오는 밤에) and “Realise”; and Cocoa Tea on “Wadamin” (와다민). There are a number of DJ guests sitting in on seven of the cuts (with varying results; they don’t always resonate…), but overall, the album is certainly worth checking out, and is a solid testament to the new spirit invigorating the local indie scene.
The November Five
If You’re Satisfied You Are Dead Montauk Industries For those who thought contemporary Britrock had become mired in a morass of derivative, navel-gazing angst, redemption is now at hand as we head into 2013. The November Five are a quartet of angry young men from England who fuse dirty rock & roll (think Stooges), post-punk Manchester attitude, and hard indie elements to an incessantly heavy and reverb-laden take that picks you up by the scruff of the neck and shakes any smug complacency right out of you. Comparisons and connections to hallowed names such as Joy Division (on “Here We Are” and “Good Cop Bad Cop”); Ian McCulloch (“Breathe”); Ash (“Picking Up The Pieces”), can be easily discerned… Snippets of Simple Minds, Sisters of Mercy (also on “Breathe”), and even the Doors (“Reach Out”) also pop up, used as stepping stones to create the bands’ own stairway to success. What a way to start the New Year! Michael Berry’s musical odyssey has taken him from the dizzy heights of Canadian independent radio and print media to the disparate nooks and crannies of the Korean musical realm.
Rude Paper’s Koonta and Realdreamer
by J o h n M e n s i n g
Rowling, Wolfe, and That Book You’ve Been Meaning to Write
If you believe that the drama of life in a small town differs little from the drama between good and evil in a fantasy setting, then you’ll admire the recent novels of Tom Wolfe and J.K. Rowling, both of which showcase the battle between good and evil in a parochial framework. Rowling sets The Casual Vacancy (2012, 525 pages) in Pagford, a small town in southwestern England, and opens with an unexpected aneurism prematurely felling Barry Fairbrother, a Dumbledore character in a parish beset by socioeconomic fissures, drug use, child pregnancies, and other modern ills. Can Hogwarts survive without Dumbledore? Can Pagford survive without Barry? Children figure prominently in this adult novel, which deftly portrays how offspring wronged by their progenitors can 40 | 10 Magazine February 2013
wreck vengeance, which then plays out to cies between Cuban, African, Haitian, Jewaffect the fabric of the whole community. ish, Russian and White–Americans: “Back While there’s a moral for those who fret to Blood” refers to the impulse to side with about the UK polity, the mystery, character your own race in a conflict. Korean readers, study, and comedy in this tale will appeal to inured to a homogenous ethno-nationalist paradigm, might take particular intellectual readers around the globe. Discerning readers might protest that delight in being able to observe in these Miami is a big city, not a small town, but pages the nuts and bolts of heterogeneity unbound. as someone once accurately The ins and outs of online social observed about New York (that networking—as they relate to your it’s a collection of small towns image as the author of a soon-to-be right next to each other), the successfully published book—get a s a m e m ay b e h e l d t r u e f o r thorough, helpful, how-to treatment Yo’ami. Wolfe, who began chronin Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How icling American life as a jourto Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki nalist with now classic efforts and Shawn Welch (2012, 300 pages). such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid If the title interests you, most likely Test, became a novelist with The you’ll want to download this as an Bonfire of the Vanities, combine-book, as it contains hundreds of ing his signature “new journalhyperlinks to useful sites, and that’s ism” prose with a wide-rangsort of the idea, anyway. It delivers ing sardonic, but meticulously what the title promises. researched, take on high society. In Back to Blood (2012, 704 pages) he profiles the CubanJohn Mensing has a history as an editor American community of Hialeah, and political organizer in New York City. from whence Nestor Camacho, In addition to Korea, his Asia includes China, India, Sri Lanka and Japan. the protagonist of the story, has emerged. As Nestor interacts with other elements of Miami, Are you a bona fide bibliophile? we see the clashes and conspiraSearch and join the 10 Magazine Book Club on Facebook.
Tech & Gear Startup of the Month In partnership with
Makeup Monthly memebox.co.kr
The number of e-commerce startups popping up around Korea has increased significantly in the past year. Memebox, a beauty delivery service, is one that has been gaining traction with its monthly boxed sets of cosmetic product samples. Every month Memebox sends its subscribers “mystery” boxes full of lotions, creams, cleansers and other items. At only W16,500 won per month, each box contains a selection of 5 to 10 samples from various brands. “Samples” are in fact miniature versions of full products that can be used for much longer than a typical one-use sample. Some fullsized products are also included, and each box has a total value exceeding W100,000. The company is now focusing on its e-commerce service, which was launched in August last year. Unlike with its subscription service, subscribers can select full-sized items for purchase—including items that were in the previous month’s box. The company sends out 15,000 boxes a month and has partnered with 189 brands including international names like Bvlgari, L’Oréal Paris, Nivea for Men, and Schick. Despite being self-funded, the company brought in revenue of US$1 million in 2012. Its e-commerce model has been growing at a rate of 200% per month. A major boost for the company was the sealing of a partnership with Korean conglomerate CJ, as well as its boxes being featured every month on the “Get It Beauty” TV show. The first broadcast in October resulted in 8,000 new members signing up for the service. The next immediate step for Memebox is taking the service mobile, with an app planned for release this month. Company representatives have said they’d like to expand globally while targeting the East Asian “Hallyu” market, as they’ve already had requests from companies overseas that are interested in Korean cosmetic products. by A n dy T e bay Andy Tebay is an editor at VentureSquare.net, Korea’s first online media outlet specializing in Korean startup news, content and programs.
Predictions for 2013 As seen in our December column, five out of seven of our tech predictions for 2012 came true (sort of). Now that we’re back in the swing of things for 2013, here is an even more ambitious list of 10 by Stafford Lu m sde n predictions for the next 11 months. 1) Samsung will continue to rule the (mobile) world.
7) Korean banks finally stop relying on ActiveX and Internet Explorer for online security.
Protracted legal battles with Apple aside, Samsung will hold on to the #1 mobile manufacturer title for the foreseeable future. If only it could do something as radical with its tablets as it did with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II!
In other news, the Mayans were right and the world ended before this column was published.
2) iPhone 6 and iOS 7.
The first consumer models integrate Android into navigation systems, with the eventual goal of unleashing the world’s first mainstream self-driving cars on Seoul’s streets sometime before 2017.
Apple will release a new black rounded-edged rectangle made of glass and metal sometime in 2013. Fanboys will line up and and Apple will sell millions... sigh... 3) Apple will bring wearable computing mainstream.
8) A Korean car manufacturer partners with Google.
9) More robots!
Forget the iPhone and welcome the next musthave gadget in your life: the “iSomething” that you wear on your wrist / arm / face and that totally changes the way we interact with people and devices around us. 4) Google Glass flops.
Google’s augmented reality glasses find a niche market in nerds and other bespectacled types but a buggy and fairly useless version 1.0 leads to the gadget’s quick death. 5) Android reaches version 5: “Key Lime Pie”.
Unlike the Apple’s stagnating iOS 7, Google hits another home run with more innovation, more apps and more individually targeted advertising in 2013. 6) New video game consoles.
Sony ended the PlayStation 2 at the end of 2012—is it making room for the PlayStation 4? The beleaguered Japanese giant has got to pull out all the stops given the poor performance of its latest handheld, the PS Vita. Meanwhile, Microsoft launches the Xbox Infinity. Nintendo? Who are they?
Korea already has robots teaching the nation’s children and guarding its border. Expect to see more benevolent automatons doing things like guarding buildings and cleaning public spaces by the end of 2013. 10) A major Korean publication will go all digital in 2013.
As readers eschew paper for tablets and smartphones, a major publication will either blaze a trail, or more likely, have no other choice than switch to a digital format in the face of consumer, and advertiser, demand. Stafford Lumsden has written the Tech and Gear Column for 10 Magazine since July 2010. He has been a commentator on tech issues in Korea on TBS eFM, contributes to The Korea Times, and talks about tech, cupcakes and all things Korea on his blog stafford.net.nz.
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Utsav A Permanent Celebration of Asian Food Words and shots by Michael Johnstone
n Hindi, an utsav is a celebration, a festival marked with the pleasures of good food. A restaurant bearing the name would naturally carry the high expectation of making a dining experience something to talk about. Down a quiet alley in the Hongdae-Sangsu district, Utsav is situated in a reclaimed concrete structure. Although the building appears a tad grey and uninviting in the chilly Seoul winter, rest assured that the space inside offers far more warmth than the exterior would suggest. Upon entering, a two-story courtyard with a large skylight provides relief from Seoul’s commonly cramped spaces. The restaurant then wraps itself around the courtyard on both floors, the interior gently lit and adorned with tasteful Asian art. Billed as an Asian street food restaurant, the menu at Utsav is fairly extensive, though most dishes lean toward Indian cuisine. Satay, barbequed and skewered meat from Indonesia, is on offer, but it’s quickly overshadowed by more vibrant tandoori dishes. The marinated tandoori chicken stands out not only because of the bright colors of the curry, but also from skillful preparation. Tandoori found in Seoul is often overcooked— or even re-cooked, leading to dry and leathEnglish menu, some English spoken by staff Not permitted Some vegetarian dishes
ery meat. But the chefs at Ustav manage to keep the moistness of the chicken, which completely changes the flavor profile of the curried favorite. While on the topic of curries, it is an absolute must to try any one of the sixteen curry dishes gracing the menu at Utsav. Each one has a richness that surpasses that of most Indian restaurants in the city. The butter chicken curry is creamy and comforting, while the dal makhni offers a vegetarian option that sacrifices nothing: black lentils, baked overnight in a clay oven, transform this curry into an outstanding option. The naan bread is brought to the table lightly steaming and is complimentary with your order, though if you’re sharing it’s a good idea to ask for an extra basket. Though Utsav’s curry dishes are some of the most flavorful in Seoul, those who enjoy spicyhot curries will find that they could use a bit more heat on the palate. If Indian isn’t your style, rest assured that there is still something at Utsav for you. A variety of pan-Asian steak dishes are of high quality, and the pan-seared salmon with its accompanying dill and turmeric sauce is a work of art. The flavors blend harmoniously, making any fish lover wonder how salmon was ever eaten without it. Nice to see several Asian nationalities on the menu. Great Indian dishes.
Ground floor, but a few unavoidable stairs
Hotter (spicier) curries would be a welcome addition.
Typically not required
Main courses from W16,000 - W38,000
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11:30 am – 2 am 93-102 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu. From Sangsu Station, Exit 1, walk down the street toward Hongik University and take the first left. Ustav is on the right-hand side.
New Pizza Menu is Here!
Dine & drink Restaurants
Poutine Factory Authentic cheese curds by a cheese master. Try the Classic or one of the unique fusion Poutines! 070-8692-3907 Italian Fradia Gangnam Gaze out on a panoramic view of the Seoul skyline as you dine on choice Italian food at this cafe floating on the Han River. fradia.co.kr 02-3477-0033
Napoli chef cooks up 13 years of heritage.
Calzone - Meat • Cheeseburger Pizza Four Cheese Pizza • Cajun Chicken Pizza PLUS 10 MORE!
AMERICAN Chili King Itaewon Beefy burgers and chili served up by owner Kevin Cyr. 02-795-1303 Bonji Bistro Just behind Itaewon Hotel and under Gecko’s Garden, Bonji Bistro offers a terrific menu of salads, sandwiches, pastas and classic tapas along with an unbeatable bar. The floor-to-ceiling window door-walls open wide, making it the perfect place to be for their delicious weekend brunch. geckosterrace.com 02-795-9656 The Frypan Delicious fried chicken near Itaewon Station. 02-794-5598 Gallery Through Head here to enjoy fantastic meals, parties, art, and people. 02-3444-9700 Gecko’s Terrace The original Itaewon foreigner hangout, with a comfortable atmosphere, delicious food including great sandwiches, salads and pasta, and English-speaking staff that know how to make cocktails and shots right. geckosterrace.com 02-749-9425 Gecko’s Garden Legendary for its gorgeous home-style atmosphere, Gecko’s Garden has now started offering a delicious buffet, with steaks and pasta made to order. Don’t worry; the tapas menu is also still alive and well. geckosterrace.com 02-790-0540 Hollywood Grill Itaewon The place for Premier League Football and other sports, Hollywood has a great menu of pizza, pasta and steaks along with darts, foosball, pool and Golden Tee. 02-749-1659 Naked Grill Itaewon Terrific Mexican food, salads and steaks, cooked up to order in a trendy atmosphere. 02-749-4225 Park’s Grill Offering the finest USDA prime dry-aged steak and fresh kumamoto oysters, along with pasta, appetizers, and wines. 94-25 Hwayangdong, Gwangjin-gu. 070-4404-0166 The Pizza Peel Itaewon Offering fresh classic Italian and Western-style pizzas. Enjoy with beer or wine. Hard to find but easy to remember! Dine in or take out. 02-795-3283
7 different cuts of roasted meat and a tremendous Brazilian buffet. Make your reservations today! 02-796-1660 Bulgarian Zelen Itaewon 02-749-0600 Chinese Ho Lee Chow Serving up the best North American-style Chinatown cuisine in Korea since 1998, with 5 convenient locations in the greater Seoul area to serve you. holeechow.co.kr. Itaewon 02-793-0802, Apgujeong 02-514-1730 Jamshil 02-411-0688, Dogok 02-34614468, Bundang 02-711-9071 French La Cigale Monmartre Itaewon 02-796-1244 Le Saint-Ex Itaewon 02-795-2465 CANADIAN
Enjoy darts, pool, and foosball while viewing live sports including EPL, Rugby, NFL and NHL at one of the oldest sports bars in Itaewon. We can show special events upon request.
Every Tuesday Night Appetizer Night from 5 — 11 pm Snack menu 50% off including wings
Hollywood Nachos, Quesadillas, Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, Chilli Fries, Garlic Cheese Bread, Potato Skins, Poutine, Basket of Fries, Burritos, Curry Chips, Ham and Cheese Sandwich (comes with fries), and many more.
House of Deliciousness for Brunch and Deli Meats. The food, the bread, and the deli meats are all made in house.
Every Wednesday Night Cheese steak sandwich night: w7,500
sujiskorea Suji’s Itaewon Great American fare in a New York-style bistro atmosphere. sujis.net 02-797-3698 T.G. Brunch Cafe Gyeongnidan Chef Choi from Hawaii serves a delightful brunch along with his signature burgers, sandwiches, and more. Wine W2,500 for ladies. Wednesdays wing night: 10 for W3,000. 02-749-8005 Austrian Chef Meili Itaewon 02-797-3820 BRAZILIAN Copacabana Itaewon For only W29,000 you get all-you-can-eat of
Hollywood Grill, firstname.lastname@example.org
02-793-6144 latavola.co.kr La Tavola Itaewon For authentic Italian dining, sample from La Tavola’s menu of 100 of the finest and freshest dishes and 100 wines. 2F, 123-33 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu. 02-793-6144
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Pyeong Ga Ok
Pyeong Ga Ok (平家屋 /평가옥) is a restaurant chain serving North Korean food from Pyeongando, the province north of the capital city of Pyeongyang. While there’s something very familiar about the food, several menu items were new to us, while others had familiar names but didn’t resemble anything that we’re used to eating in Seoul. We were very impressed by the onban (온반), a soup served in a hot stone bowl with either chicken or beef and a giant dumpling. On the first visit, I wasn’t tempted to try the mandu-guk (만두국) since I’ve had manduguk many times before, but upon trying it during a second visit we realized that it was totally different, served with five giant dumplings in a hot stone bowl with spicy broth. Also, don’t miss the most famous North Korean dish among South Koreans, Pyongyang Naengmyon (평양냉면). From Gwanghwamun Station exit 1, take the first street on the left. Pyeong Ga Ok is on your left 100 meters up the road. Look for the sign written in Chinese characters: 平家屋. Also, look out for the chain’s other five locations in and around Seoul. 02-732-1566
Mano by Manokamana Look up when you venture into Gangnam to find Mano India, set on the second story on the busy thoroughfare between Gangnam and Sinnonhyun Stations. You can be sure to enjoy succulent tender tandoori chicken, huge juicy king prawns, mutton tikka, creamy thick curries, crunchy salads, wafer thin traditional and black naan breads (using squid ink), just to name a few in this not-so-typical Indian restaurant. Korean pork belly and pork neck cooked in the traditional tandoor oven are also served in this fusion restaurant. The Mixed Tandoori Platter comes sizzling to your table with warm crispy Squid Ink Naan to dunk into any creamy curry. Friendly and helpful staff, a great view, and eclectic, inviting décor add to the experience. Using only fresh ingredients prepared by a chef trained in India, Mano left us salivating for more! Find Mano (머노) Gangnam outside Exit 4 of Sinnonhyun Station. The restaurant is on your left. 2F of 619-18 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 02-568-2007. Deliveries available. www.머노.com
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Wor ds and shots by Nata l i e L e r-Dav i e s
Wor ds and shots by Jo -A n n a Ly nc h
La Bocca Itaewon We can’t decide whether it’s a cafe, pastry shop, deli, or wine bar, but what we are sure about is that the food is fresh and the taste is divine. 02-790-5907 Sortino’s Cucina Itaewon Classic Italian trattoria cuisine in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. 02-797-0488 Noxa Lounge Noksapyeong 02-790-0776 Villa Sortino’s Itaewon An incredible Tuscan Villa interior matches perfectly with some tastefully prepared Italian flavors. Just across from the Itaewon fire station. 02-553-9000 Greek
www.bestkogi.com Itaewon 02-798-8253 Kogitjip 고깃집 Weekly specials: Unlimited refills for 1.5 hours during the hours of 5:30 pm -10 pm. (Cash only, pay-inadvance) Monday: Sirloin Day. W15,000 per person. Thursday: Samgyeopsal Day. W18,000 per person. Itaewon-dong 64-27, Maple Tree House 단풍나무집 Itaewon Classy Korean BBQ in the alley just behind the Hamilton Hotel (other branches are located in Samcheongdong and Dogok-dong). 116-1 Itaewondong, Yongsan-gu. 02-790-7977 Mexican Amigos Itaewon 02-795-9711 On the Border The #1 American chain hits that craving for fajitas, chimichangas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and even margaritas. ontheborder.co.kr
TUESDAY: 1/2 price burger and fries W5,500 WEDNESDAY: W300 wings Thursday: Trivia at 9 pm HOUSE SPECIAL: Our famous Mason jar doubles W6,000. Jim Beam, gin, vodka or rum + mixer Dillinger’s A classic-styled bar with seven beers on tap, great food and drink specials. Come enjoy our large flatscreen TVs, dartboards and Wii games. A great atmosphere for you and your friends. 02-793-7232 Noxa Lounge Noksapyeong Great home-style Italian cuisine and all-day brunch with an extensive wine, cocktail and beer selection. This is the best that Noksapyeong/Gyeongnidan has to offer. More info on Facebook: “Noxa Lounge.” 02-790-0776 Platoon Kunsthalle Apgujeong Showcasing underground artists and a fine selection of cutting-edge performances. 11 am – 1 am. Closed Sun. 97-22 Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-dong. kunsthalle.com 02-3447-1191 Rocky Mountain Tavern Itaewon Canadians feel right at home with all the hockey jerseys hanging on the walls and great live music and events, along with some of the best buffalo wings in Korea. Don’t miss the Stand Up Seoul comedy night the first Thursday of each month. rockymountaintavern.com 010-5775-2327 Sam Ryan’s Itaewon This newcomer to the Itaewon scene offers sports fans eight flat screens throughout the bar along with the meanest plate of pork ribs to be found in Seoul. samryans.com 02-749-7933
Tony’s Aussie Bar & Bistro Itaewon Home of W6000 Guinness & Kilkenny on tap. Non–smoking environment with authentic Aussie food, beer & wine with Monday open mic and Wednesday comedy night. tonysitaewon.com 02-790-0793 Wolfhound Itaewon Terrific Irish/British classic food in a true Irish Pub atmosphere, including shepherd’s pie, toad in a hole, fish n’ chips, bangers n’ mash along with Guinness and Kilkenny on draft. wolfhoundpub.com 02-749-7971 Yaletown Sinchon Great food using only the best ingredients. Owned by a former NHL/NBA reporter, request your favorite game to watch! Now featuring “Barcraft.” 02-333-1604
Live Music Jazz All That Jazz Itaewon 02-795-5701 Cheonnyeondongando (천년동안도) Daehangno (Hyehwa St. Line4) chunnyun.com 02-743-5555 Club Evans Hongdae clubevans.com 02-337-8361 Club Palm Hongdae clubpalm.co.kr 02-336-9016 Once in a Blue Moon Apgujeong onceinabluemoon.co.kr 02-549-5490
InterContinental Hotel Oakwood Premier Woori Bank
Hyundai Department Store
Phillies Haebangchon The legendary local bar is now remodeled and under new ownership. Great burgers and wings. 02-793-2548 Scrooge Pub/Dicken’s Lounge Itaewon A great little sports bar with pool, darts, delicious food and plenty of English-speaking staff. 02-797-8201 Seoul Pub Crawl Meet cool people, play drinking games and party all night long. Where the bars get louder, the drinks get cheaper and the people get better looking. www.seoulpubcrawl.webs.com 010-5839-9257 Seventy Four Cheongdam-dong A beautiful date spot featuring exotic drinks such as cheese martinis, banana mojitos and cuba libres. 7 pm – 4 am. 02-542-7412
Charcoal-grilled, premium grade cuts of meat at non-premium prices.
Wine Bars Dulce Y Suave Garosugil Stop by this classy Sinsa-dong wine bar for an extensive wine list that won’t break your budget. 5 pm - 3 am. club.cyworld.com/ dulceysuave. 02-515-6750 Vin Ga Apgujeong Immaculate service and a subdued atmosphere make this the wine bar of choice for dinner parties and business meetings. Podo Plaza building near Apgujeong St. podoplaza.co.kr 02-516-1761 Lounges / PUBS 3 Alley Pub Itaewon Rub shoulders with long-term Seoul expats and try your hands at darts or pool in this comfortable foreigner-owned pub. 116-15 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu. 3alleypub.com 02-749-3336 Bar Rouge Luxurious wine and tapas bar in the basement of the JW Marriot in Gangnam. Happy hour Tue - Thu 6 - 9 pm. 02-6282-6763 Beer O’Clock The bar in Sinchon has darts and several sports on big-screen TVs with great food. The Gyeongnidan location will satisfy your Canadian-style pizza needs. Beer O’Clock serves up good times. Sinchon: 02-333-9733 Berlin Noksapyeong Combining a restaurant, cafe and lounge, Berlin boasts a varied menu, plus wines and all types of music. Noksapyeong St. (line 6). 457-1 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu. email@example.com 02-749-0903 B1 Itaewon One of the most hopping bars in Itaewon on any given night, with guest DJs and a good vibe. 7 pm - 3 am. 02-749-6164 Between Itaewon This multi-level lounge serves contemporary Italian and Spanish mains, lunch, brunch and tapas in a sophisticated atmosphere with live DJs and a spacious terrace. 124-7 Yongsan-gu, Itaewon-dong. 02-795-6164 Bliss Itaewon Fresh beats by DJ Shine and a reasonably priced menu. Itaewon. 4 pm – 4 am. 02-798-1125 The Bungalow Itaewon This quirky beach-themed bar has sand on the floor, swinging chairs, and candle-lit rooms. 02-793-2344 Coffee Bar K Cheongdam-dong A Japanese franchise, they may just have the best bartenders in town. Mon – Sat 6 pm - 2 am. 02-516-1970 The Concorde Classic and cozy, this wine
and martini bar offers an intimate and timeless atmosphere. Reuben sandwiches, quiche, soups and salads available till 1:00 am. 02-749-1210 Craftworks Taphouse Itaewon Whet your whistle with fine craft beers including Korea’s first IPA, and stave off your appetite with some great eats. craftworkstaphouse.com 02-794-ALES
LINE Line 22 Samseong Stn.
Tokyo Jazz Authentic jazz music performed Mon-Sat, 9:30 pm - 12:30 am by European, American, and Korean musicians. Two minute’s walking distance from the COEX and Grand InterContinental Hotels. 153-44 Samsung-dong. 02-3453-4472 Rock Freebird Hongdae cafe.navercom/ clubfreebird 02-335-4576 Jammers Hongdae jammers.co.kr 02- 325-3914 Just Blues Apgujeong justblues.co.kr 02-542-4788 SoundHolic Hongdae cafe.daum.net/SoundHolic
Gourmet Foods Alice in Fruitland Hannam-dong Caramel apples, burito-style chicken caesar wraps, sangria ade, and other hard-tofind treats in a cafe-style setting. 243-42 Itaewon-dong. alicefruit.com 070-4217-9234 High Street Market Itaewon Fresh-baked bread, choice beef cuts, imported cheese, and value-for-money wines, and all in one shop. 737-24 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. 02-790-5450
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El Grecos Gyeongnidan Authentic Greek gyros, falafel, and fish n’ chips in Gyeongridan. They’ve also got a well-stocked bar! facebook.com/ elgrecoskyungridan 070-8263-8678 korean Bulgogi Brothers Delicious Korean-style barbecue at locations throughout Seoul including Gangnam, Myeong-dong (02-319-3351), Seoul Station, and Times Square. 11:30 am - 10 pm. bulgogibros.com
Sinchon: 02-324-0682 COEX: 02-565-0682 Times Square: 02-2672-0682 Pancho’s Itaewon 02-792-4767 Taco Amigo Itaewon 02-749-5253 Tomatillo Grill Locations at Jonggak Stn., Samseong Stn., and Yeoksam Stn. tomatillo.co.kr 02-734-9225 Middle Eastern Marakech Nights Itaewon 02-795-9441 Petra Itaewon 02-790-4433 South African Braai Republic Itaewon Lamb chops and gourmet sausage on the grill, fresh meat pies in the oven and South African hospitality. 070-8879-1967 SPANISH Bodega Jamsil With flamenco every Friday. bodega.co.kr 02-3432-8686 Thai Buddha’s Belly Itaewon A lounge atmosphere with full bar and cocktails along with great authentic Thai food. 02-796-9330 My Thai Itaewon 02-794-8090 Saint Augustin Explore the diversity of Asian cuisine. For lunch go Thai – for dinner, order some wine! 1F, 118-17 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. augustin.co.kr 02-790-5447 Wang Thai Itaewon 02-749-2746~7
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GOGO STAR t’s a cool and damp Friday night in Hongdae, but the crowds outside live music club GoGo’s 2 don’t seem too perturbed by the vagaries of Seoul’s winter weather. Inside, the stage is rocking to the sounds of hard-edged indie rock, and the club’s patrons—an eclectic mix of twenty-something alt types and older-aged musicphiles—are busy getting with it. The band finally finishes up with a flourish, exits the stage, and the next—and last—band for the night begins setting up. Among the hubbub, people leave, wending their way up the narrow stairway past others coming in; the entrance at the bottom of the stairs fills with a throng of well-wishers, devotees, and the curious… smoke wafts up the stairs, and cell phones are being given solid attention. Once the jostling has subsided, and the crowd has taken up positions packing every nook and cranny of the room, the act they’re definitely here to see hits the stage—and the mayhem begins! Right from the first note, it’s obvious that this four-piece band with their frontman, bassist, FX player and drummer mean business, and they’re taking no prisoners. The music is hard-edged, infectious, and filled with an electronic tinge that could be described as GothElectro-Disco-Punk. During their hour-long set, the quartet absolutely cooks, taking the audience on a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. A seething and yet oddly constrained mosh pit pinballs the crowd to and fro; several concert-goers climb atop each other to yell one of the choruses into the microphone along with the bassist; and the audience sings along to every song, screaming approval. So what kind of band was responsible for such an entertaining
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Words by Michael Berry Shots by Francois Saikaly Interview assisted by Jee-hye Cho
show? Who are the people who could take an audience to such dizzying heights and set them down again with nary a scratch, just as superior live music should do? Just one of the most exciting bands in the Korean indie scene of the moment, and a group that it behooves any lover of high-energy, solid vibe music to see for themselves: GoGo Star. The four members of the group are: Suna Kim (bass), Taesun Lee (lead vocals/guitar), Ali (drums), and Yeonsuk Lee (FX/effects); they’ve all been playing in bands in some capacity for at least five years, although just two years in this incarnation as GoGo Star. The prime movers in the formation of the band are Suna and Taesun, who have known each other since middle school. Even though all four members have solid musical backgrounds, Taesun noted that “This is the first group we’ve had together like this.” Suna adds that she is truly happy now and that she “was born to be doing this.” Every member of the band brings their singular talent to bear in a way that makes the group truly unique. Personalities play strongly into creating the organic entity that is GoGo Star, and one experience seeing them live will confirm this. Taesun is the consummate frontman: an extroverted, energized onstage persona that never stops cajoling, bantering, directing and working the audience into a frenzy. His strong vocal talent and confident demeanor further accentuate his presence; whether he’s hanging off the venue’s ceiling pipes, screaming right into the audience’s ears, turning flips on stage, or quietly telling a joke between sets, it’s obvious he is just where he belongs. Suna is the dynamic center of the band; her bass guitar anchors the group to the stage, and provides the punctuation that lets the songs flow properly. With her command-
owever, GoGo Star are not just sitting back and taking it. They are serious about getting their music out there and are prepared to do what it takes. Right now the band is handling all of their affairs after leaving a company “that did nothing for them and was only looking for short-term profit.” Suna is taking the lead in this, using her fashion and PR background to accentuate the group’s striking physical presence. Building upon the Tim Burton-inspired visual ethos they offer up, her design augments the band’s live
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The next concert in the “GoGo Big Show” series will take place as follows. GoGo Big Show Vol. 9 feat. guest Gate Flowers. Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm at Club FF in Hongdae. W30,000 prepaid, W35,000 at the door.
displays with even more flair. They have already appeared at festivals (Samsszie was their debut, and is a supporter of the group) and are touring Korea as part of their “GoGo Big Show” series; they also want to reach out to the foreign community here with its increasing interest in Korean indie music. Everyone in the band is committed to making it work, and as Yeonsuk says “We are really about expressing ourselves and showing our true colors to the world. We have no intention to stop doing that.” Suna adds, “Caring about and creating music is what we do, and we have no intention to quit.” GoGo Star has carved out a niche for themselves in a music scene that, while it was once overshadowed by K-pop, is now emerging into the light. Given a little time, more exposure, and the desire to succeed that marks the truly determined, this scene will become the rightful repository of Korean independent music it was meant to be. For GoGo Star, that will be all the affirmation they need!
watch right now: gogo music videos If any of the curiously intrepid would like some samples just what awaits at a GoGo Star event, You Tube is probably the best place to find a number of videos—“Black Comedy” perhaps being the best representation overall. However, it should be noted that no video really does the band justice. They absolutely have to be seen and heard live to get the real experience!
Reservations: 010-7290-0506 or gogostar.co.kr. Check gogostar.co.kr or twitter.com/ thegogostar for further show dates as the month goes on!
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ing appearance and frenetic stage movement, she is the perfect foil to the dramatically silent Yeonsuk. His FX treatments expand the range and the sound scope of the band on an unearthly level—helped in no small part by his Baron Samedi-like black-and-white facepaint and top hat. He may be the least talkative member, but his FX skill is otherworldly, and is the element that gives the band their overwhelmingly full sound. Ali’s drums are the final riveting contribution to GoGo Star’s intensity, especially live; alternately terse or expansive, deft, and passionate; with his flaming red hair shaking to the beat, and his “cool vibe” sunglasses front and center, he keeps the band on an even keel. This then, is GoGo Star writ large… brash, exciting, incessantly dynamic, playing their own approach to music that uses its electronic foundation to create a style that is uniquely theirs. Even though the band is garnering some serious and deserved attention these days, they are still not entirely satisfied. “Korean indie music is still not as successful as it should be” says Suna, “especially with all the focus on K-pop, which is all about [making] ‘idols’ and is not as concerned with music ability.” While acknowledging that the Hallyu wave has helped put Korea on the map culturally, Taesun notes that “[Most] people, even overseas, are only listening to idol groups”, and that “rock music in Korea is still weak in terms of notice and support.”
• Trick or Treat. 1980, 38.1 x 30.5 cm • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories. 1982-1984, 25.4 x 22.9 cm • Romeo and Juliet. 1981–1984, 30.5 x 40.6 cm © 2012 Tim Burton
Art t is mid-afternoon on a weekday, and the line-up for the highly anticipated Tim Burton exhibition is not about to get any smaller. Crowds continue to gather at Seoul Museum of Art for the rare opportunity to discover and explore Tim Burton’s magical world of endless creativity and brilliance. For the first time ever, Seoul is the first and only venue in Asia to host this phenomenal Tim Burton exhibition. With over 860 artworks, 85% of which are from Burton’s personal archives, this massive exhibition is being showcased across the second and third floor galleries of the museum. The three-part exhibit unveils not only Burton’s genius as a talented film director, but also his success as an imaginative artist. The journey into Burton’s world begins with the “Surviving Burbank (1958-1976)” section. Growing up in the small city of Burbank, California, Burton dealt with his feelings of alienation by means of drawing and sketching. The wall of extraordinary clown paintings is a great example of how Burton expressed his emotions of joy and sorrow. In his creature sketches, Burton hints at his unique artistic style by depicting aliens with exaggerated features like protruding noses or utterly wild hair. In his painting “Surrounded”, Burton uses an array of intense colors to reflect his imagination in a scene of wacky-looking extra-terrestrials attacking 48 | 10 Magazine February 2013
Earth. Also worth seeing is Burton’s story of “The Giant Zlig,” which he created in high school as a submission piece for Walt Disney Studios. With a deep fondness for drawing and a dream to become an animator, Burton’s path eventually led him to study at the California Institute of Arts, a school founded by Walt Disney. In the second section, “Beautifying Burbank (1977-1984)”, the exhibit explores Burton’s artworks as a college student as well as an employee for Walt Disney Studios. A digital slideshow illustrates how Burton’s talent as an artist matured during this period of his life. Burton began developing a grotesque, humorous and unique style, as is apparent in his “Romeo and Juliet” piece. Also on display are the 200 concept designs that Burton contributed to the film Black Cauldron while working at Disney. To take a break, sit down and enjoy a fiveminute black and white stop-motion animation called “Vincent”. This short film, produced by Burton, is about an ordinary boy living in a chaotic world. The hardships and challenges encountered by the young boy are in fact reminiscent of Burton’s own childhood. Despite his wonder ful ar tworks, Burton is most celebrated for his work as a creative film director with the production of
movies like “Beetlejuice” (1988), “Batman” (1989) and “Edward Scissorhands” (1990). His distinctively dark and melancholy yet humorous style has earned him a name in the film industry. Thus, the final and most interesting part of the exhibit, “Beyond Burbank (1985-present)” is dedicated to his films. From his first film, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985) to his most recent “Frankenweenie” (2012), his most successful movies are highlighted. Visitors have the opportunity to view video clips, sketches, drawings, props, costumes, and even puppets from his various macabre film projects. One display showcases the intricate headgear and braces worn by Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005). Another huge exhibit features the elaborate cape worn by the headless horseman in “Sleepy Hollow” (1999). A definite highlight is the rare chance to see all 21 puppets from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993). As the final host of the Tim Burton exhibition tour, Seoul Museum of Art is providing the opportunity to appreciate the scope of Burton’s creativity both as an artist and film director. Previously unseen drawings, paintings, sculptural installation pieces, and videos will be showcased until April 14, 2013. The exhibition is open from 10 am – 8 pm on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 am – 7 pm on weekends and holidays. Visit www.sema.seoul.go.kr or call 02-2124-8800.
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Design & Fashion Through February 28th Korea Grand Sale 2013 The Korea Grand Sale is a nationwide shopping extravaganza designed to help you enjoy your Korea shopping experience to the fullest. As an overseas guest, you are eligible for special product discounts, free admission to leading attractions, and even free gifts! About 24,000 companies and organizations are participating, including many of your favorite brands. Seoul Metropolitan Area and major regional governments. Free. koreagrandsale.co.kr 02-6272-7300
Ongoing Ablade Glover A world-renowned scholar and artist, Ablade Glover is best known for his stunning oil paintings. He has won two coveted Flagstar arts honor awards from Ghana, and his work has gained him a place as a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Art in London. A selection of his work is currently on display at Africa Museum of Art near Anguk Stn. (line 3, exit 1). 10:30 am - 6:30 pm. Closed Tue. Adults W3,000, children W2,000. africarho.co.kr 02-730-2430 Spirit of Chun Kyung-ja See the works of one of Korea’s representative artists at this exhibition. Chun Kyung-ja is best known for her unique use of primary colors and clear forms. Catch a glimpse of Chun’s innermost dreams, thoughts and sorrows in the Chun Kyung-Ja Hall of the Seoul Museum of Art, located near Seoul City Hall Stn (line 2, exit 11 & 12). seoulmoa.seoul.go.kr 3D Black Art Exhibition Bring your camera when you go to visit this exciting new world. This exhibition focuses on the use of optical illusion: most spaces in the exhibition are dark, but you’ll be able to see a whole new world through the lens. You are permitted to take pictures at the museum. Art Center Y near the Children’s Grand Park Station (line 7, exit 2). 10 am - 7 pm. Adults W12,000, teens W10,000. 3dblackart.co.kr 02-2201-4568 Swarovski’s Sparkling Secrets Discover the secrets of the world’s most coveted crystals. More than just jewelry, Swarovski crystals have become an item of luxury and fascination all around the world. Through a display of famous crystal-adorned fashion as well as scientific explanations, understand the art behind 117 years of aesthetic history and culture. Daelim Museum near Gyeongbokgung Stn. (line 3, exit 4). 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W5,000, teens W3,000, children W3,000. daelimmuseum.org. 02-720-0667 Tibetan Legacy The religious paintings of Buddhist Tibet, also known as Thangka, depict historical Buddhist scenes, deities, and mandalas. This exhibition of Thangka, organized by one of Seoul’s premier Asian art museums, expands on an acclaimed 2003 exhibition on the same theme. Hwajeong Museum near Gyeonbokgung Stn. (line 3, exit 3). Adults W3,000, teens W2,000, children W1,000. hjmuseum.or.kr 02-2075-0114 Van Gogh in Paris: A Dialogue with Modernism This exhibit of 60 works of Vincent van Gogh—including 36 of his self-portraits, the largest number ever exhibited together—focuses on his development while in Paris from 1886 - 1888. These two years are considered the height of his creative period. The paintings demonstrate the
Transcending Vision: American Impressionism 1870-1940 Commemorating the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Korea and USA, this exhibition is the first ever to introduce American Impressionism in Korea on a large scale. In particular, this event will show the charm of American impressionism as differentiated from that of Europe. Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). 10 am - 7 pm. Closed every fourth Monday. Adult W12,000, teens W8,000, children W5,000. sac.or.kr 02-501-6976
master’s transformation from a realist to a modernist style. Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). 10 am - 7 pm. Closed every fourth Monday. Adults W15,000, teens W10,000, children W8,000. vangogh2.com 02-580-1300
Musei Vaticani For those who can’t make the trip to Europe to see the world’s great masterpieces, the Vatican has now brought them to Seoul for Asia’s first Vatican Museum exhibition. See the works of Renaissance masters like Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, including paintings, architectural models, sculpture, and ancient Roman molds. Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, ex. 5). 11 am - 7 pm. Closed every fourth Monday. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 I’m an Artist Over 100 works from 11 of the world’s most famous illustrators are displayed around the themes of “Coloring”, “Making”, and “Healing”. In particular, the displayed works focus around the inspiration of myth. Art Center Ida near Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station (Sinbundang line, exit 1).11 am - 6 pm. Adults W10,000, minors W15,000. artcenterida.com 1544-6399 Appreciation of Memories This retrospective will exhibit a selection of the best works displayed at Horim Museum since its opening in 1982. Split into sections on ceramics, archaeology, metal art and paintings, Horim Museum owns more than 10,000 pieces of Korean art. Horim Museum near Sillim Stn. (line 2, exit 5). 10 am - 5 pm. Closed weekends. Adults W4,000, teens W2,000. horimmuseum.org/museum 02-858-2500 Through February 3rd (Im)possible Landscape The Plateau museum aims to reinterpret modern art to make it easier for everyday viewers to understand. This exhibition centers around the accessible subject of “the landscape”. Works express familiar landscapes in a way that shows experiences based on reality. Plateau, 1F Samsung Life Insurance Building near City Hall Stn. 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W3,000, teens W1,000. plateau.or.kr 1577-7595 Through February 5th 19 Products Design Show Nineteen industrial design students from Konkuk University propose products for practical living, with each display intimately associated with real-life situations. Design Square at KT&G Sangsang Madang Gallery near Hongik University Stn. (line 2, exit 9). 7 pm. sangsangmadang.com 02-330-6223 Opening February 5th Art Across America This is the first exhibition in Korea to display all major categories of American art from the American Revolution to World War II. In the past, local museums have displayed collections of art from the USA to explore specific styles or time periods, but this exhibition is comprehensive. National Museum of Korea near Ichon Stn. (line 4,
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including the I Pretini (Little Priests) that made him famous. Museum of Photography near Mongchontoseong Station (line 8, exit 2). 10 am - 7 pm photomuseum.or.kr 02- 418- 1315
including Kim Da-hyun and Cho Ganghyun. Woori Finance Art Hall near Olympic Park Stn. (line 5, exit 1). Tue, Wed, Fri 8 pm, weekends 3 & 7 pm. W60,000 - W100,000 interpark.com 1544-1555
Through February 28th The Joseon Dynasty: Map Country This collection of maps from the Joseon Dynasty showcase cartographic interpretations of Seoul, Korea, and the rest of the world. The event also features an exhibition on ancient methods of producing maps. Seoul Museum of History near Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5, exit 7). Weekdays 9 am - 8 pm, weekends 9 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. www.museum.seoul.kr 02-724-0274~6
Swan Lake Doll Ballet Bring your children to this special reinterpretation of Swan Lake performed by professional ballet dancers dressed as dolls and animals. Enjoy the classic sounds of Tchaikovsky as your child’s imagination grows. Sejong M Theater near Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5, exit 1). Weekdays 2 pm, weekends 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm. No performance Mon. Children 48 months and above. W40,000 - W50,000. sejongpac.or.kr 02-399-1114 Assassins: The Musical Learn the stories of the men and women who attempted to assassinate the presidents of the United States (successfully or not) in this revue-style portrayal. Features music by Stephen Sondheim, with styles varying to reflect each age. Korean language. Doosan Art Center in Jongro. Tue - Fri 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 2 pm & 6 pm. No performance Mon. W40,000 - W80,000 ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
February 2nd - February 27th The World’s Star Get familiar with famous figures and celebrities with this exhibition. By showing the process of success and fame through paintings and drawings, artists express their feelings about stars on the world stage. Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, ex. 5). 11 am - 7 pm. Closed every fourth Monday. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300
Theater & Dance Ongoing Legally Blonde: The Musical Elle Woods is back! Since 2009, the beloved Korean version of the stage musical Legally Blonde has been regarded as a gateway for success for musical actors. This year’s team features many new K-pop stars, including Jessica from Girls Generation. Coex Artium near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 6). Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 2 pm & 6 pm. W60,000 - W100,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555 Rebecca: The Musical Rebecca is a German musical based on the novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The story follows the wife of the wealthy Maxim DeWinter as she struggles to fill the hole left by his previous wife, Rebecca, who died in an accident. Korean language. LG Arts Center near Yeoksam Stn. (line 2, exit 7). Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 2 pm & 6 pm. No performance Mon. W50,000 - W130,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
exit 2). Tue, Thu, Fri 9 am - 6 pm. Wed, Sat 9 am - 9 pm. Sun 9 am - 7 pm. museum.go.kr 02-2077-9000 Through February 12th Happy N Year: Illustration Exhibition at N Seoul Tower Artists with a love for N Seoul Tower have gotten together and drawn illustrations for N Tower’s New Year. The theme is Namsan, Natural and New! It’s a free exhibition that anyone can enjoy filled with creative works based on one theme: the letter N. Tower Lobby at N Seoul Tower. Take the bus or ride the cable car up near Myeongdong Stn. (line 4. exit 3) W3,000 - W8,000 for transportation. nseoultower.co.kr 02-3455-9277 Through February 17th Ancient Glass of Western Asia: A Three Thousand Year Story Glass was an invention first developed along the Mediterranean Sea, and Western Asia is still known for its specialty glass arts today. This exhibition introduces the ancient craft of glassmaking and explains
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how the art differs in material and style from country to country. National Museum of Korea near Ichon Stn. (line 4, ex. 2). Tue, Wed, Fri 9 am – 6 pm. Wed, Sat 9 am – 8 pm. Sun 9 am – 7 pm. Closed Mon. museum.go.kr 02-2077-9000
Grease: The Musical Set in 1959, the classic musical Grease follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of love, cars, and drive-ins. The sounds of early rock-androll now comes to Seoul in this Korean production. KEPCO Art Center near Yangjae Stn. (line 3, exit 1). Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 2 pm & 6 pm. No performance Mon. W33,000 - W77,000. cyber.kepco.co.kr/artcenter 02-2105-8133
Through February 24th, 2013 Wangsimni Goes On A special exhibition about how life used to be on Wangsimni Road. Known for its vegetable wells, Haejangguk restaurants, factories for molds and mother-of-pearl, tea houses and more, the Wangsimni area’s past is revealed in this display of photos and artwork. Cheonggyecheon Museum near Yongdu Stn. (line 2, ex. 5). Weekdays 9 am – 9 pm, weekends 9 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. Free. cgcm.go.kr 02-2286-3410
Arsene Lupin: The Musical A musical mystery about the gentleman thief of French writer Maurice Leblanc. In 1910, Marie Antoinette’s jewels have gone missing and the only evidence is a handful of blue roses left by Lupin. But Lupin is not the only thief with his eyes on the goods. Was he framed? Korean language. Blue Square Theater near Hangangjin Stn (line 6, exit 2). Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 2 pm. No performance Mon. W60,000 - W100,000. bluesquare.kr 1544-1591
Through February 24th Mario Giacomelli: The Black is Waiting for the White The first retrospective in Korea dedicated to the works of Mario Giacomelli. This Italian photographer’s stark black-and-white style was wellsuited for his post-WWII subjects,
Through February 3rd Rock of Ages: The Musical This Korean interpretation of the American jukebox rock musical, featuring songs by Bon Jovi, Journey and more, will be performed by a roster of top K-pop stars, actors, and musical performers
Through February 9th Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical This Korean version of the musical tragedy Jekyll & Hyde is one of the best-loved stage shows currently playing. In 2013, it will run at SAC for an even higher level of performance quality. Opera Theater of Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). No performance Mon. W50,000 - W130,000. sac.or.kr 1588-5212 Korea National Ballet Company Presents Romeo and Juliet This is not the Romeo and Juliet that you know from Shakespeare. In the Prokofiev ballet version of the story, the classic love tragedy has been reborn. It could even be said that all 30 performers who appear on stage are the heroes. Seoul Art Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, ex. 5). Thu - Fri 8 pm, Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm. W5,000 - W80,000. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 Through February 28th Aida: The Musical A Korean interpretation of the popular Elton John/ Tim Rice musical. The story tells the tale of true love during a dark period, when the countries surrounding ancient Egypt are colonized by the powerful empire. LG Arts Center near Yeoksam Stn. (line 2, exit 7). Tue, Thu, Fri 8 pm, Wed 3 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Sun 6:30 pm. No performance Mon. W60,000 - W120,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555 Through February 28th The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary The international cast of the world’s best-selling musical, Phantom of the Opera, comes to Seoul for an eight-week run celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show. The breathtaking scale of the stage and special effects along with 250 dramatically designed costumes will sweep you away to the Parisian opera stage. English language with Korean subtitles. Blue Square Musical Hall near Hangangjin St. (line 7, exit 2 & 3). W50,000 - W160,000. Weekdays 8 pm, weekends 2 & 7 pm ticket.interpark.com 1577-3363
Concerts Ongoing 1,000 Won Happiness Every month, the city of Seoul invites you to an opportunity to enjoy quality concerts for the price of W1,000! Sign up between the 5th and 7th of each month to win a seat. Sejong Center near Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5,
exit 8). happy1000.sejongpac.or.kr 02-399-1609 Korean Traditional Music and Dance Experience the beauty of traditional Korean music and dance every Saturday at 4 pm. Umyeondang at the National Gugak Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3). W10,000. gugak.go.kr 02-580-3300
Jazz and The City Part of Olleh Square’s new concert series, Jazz and The City presents top-notch concerts with proceeds benefitting the hearingimpaired. Donations will be sending to the “Finding Sound” movement to assist hearing-impaired members of the community. Olleh Square near Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5, exit 2). Thu - Fri 7:30 pm, weekends 5 pm. W1,000.. ticket.interpark.com.1544-1555
Huckleberry Finn Wednesday Acoustic Classic indie rock band Huckleberry Finn plays a live show on every Wednesday at the cozy Bar Sha in Hongdae. Enjoy the band’s atmospheric rock stylings during this semi-acoustic set featuring a different indie collaborator each week. Organized with the assistance of Ruby Records and Sha Label. Bar Sha near Sangsu Stn. (line 6, exit 1). 8:30 pm to 10 pm. cafe.naver.com/shabar 02-338-4649 Saturday Afternoon Chamber Music with KT Come out on Saturday afternoons to listen to live classical music. KT Chamber Hall near Omokgyo Stn. (line 5, ex. 2). W10,000. ktchamberhall.com 1577-4579 February 1st 3rd Line Butterfly: Dreamtalk Tour Last year, the introspective Korean post-modern rock band 3rd Line Butterfly released their third album “Dreamtalk” after an eight-year hiatus. It was nominated as album of the year by the media, and the band toured as far as the groundbreaking SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Now they will end their domestic tour in Hongdae, the home of indie rock. V-Hall near Hongik University Stn. (line 2, exit 9). 7:30 pm. W30,000. club.cyworld.com/v-hall 02-563-0595 February 2nd Yiruma Concert: “Staying in Memories” World-famous pianist and composer Yiruma, known for the compositions “First Love” and “River Flows in You”, is embarking on his first tour since 2009. His new tour will show a more personal side to the sensitive and popular artist. Seoul Arts Center. 7 pm. W33,000 - W99,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
February 2nd Patti Smith Live in Seoul Known by many names, from the Godmother of Punk to Rock Legend, Patti Smith is not only a musical artist but also a poet, painter, music critic, actress, and more. In this concert, she and her band will perform in Seoul for the first time. Uniqlo AX near Gwangnaru Stn. (line 5, exit 2). 7 pm. W110,000. ticket.interpark.com. 1544-1555
Healing Concert: Music Therapy Try your hand at playing Korean instruments during this participative “healing concert”, held under the theme of music therapy. Each member of the audience is given one of four traditional Korean percussion instruments, and each is taught to play along with the professionals on stage. Ilchi Art Hall near Gangnam-gu Office Stn. (line 7, exit 4). Wed 7:30 pm. W55,000. ilchiarthall.com 02-2016-3352
February 2nd United Cube in Seoul All of your favorite K-pop artists from the label Cube Entertainment will perform together for the first time at this concert. See fantastic stage performances from 4Minute, B2ST, G.NA, BtoB, No Ji Hoon and more. Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul. 5 pm. W66,000 - W88,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
February 2nd Live Wave from Tokyo Vol. 1: Special Others Sponsored by Tokyo FM, this concert series showcases artists from the Tokyo underground music scene. In the past, Live Wave has introduced superstars like Bump of Chicken, Asian Kung-fu Generation, Sakanaction and more. In this first Seoul-based show, Tokyo FM will bring four-piece jazz-based post-rock band Special Others. Hongdae V-Hall near Hongik University Stn. (line 2, exit 9). 7 pm. W55,000. shopping.naver.com 02-338-0958 February 2nd Monster’s Rock Show Vol. 4 Ring in the Year of the Snake! Get off your feet with this all-standing show of punk and rock acts like Yellow Monsters, Lee Seunghwan, and more. KT&G Sangsang Art Hall near Samsung Stn. (line 2, exit 2). 7 pm. W40,000. sangsangarthall.com 02-3404-4311 Rolling 18th Anniversary: Yoon Do Hyun Band Korea’s biggest rock act, Yoon Do Hyun Band (also known as “YB”) will hold a special smaller-scale concert in Hongdae this month in celebration of legendary indie venue Rolling Hall’s 18th anniversary. Rolling Hall near Sangsu Stn. (line 6, exit 1). 7 pm. W44,000. rollinghall.co.kr 02-325-6071 February 3rd My Bloody Valentine Live in Seoul Known as the creators of shoegaze, Irish alternative rock band My Bloody Valentine will visit Seoul for the first time. Uniqlo AX near Gwangnaru Stn. (line 5, exit 2). 7 pm. W110,00. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555 Lucia: First Concert With a voice sound like a gentle wind, Lucia has managed to make her mark on the indie and dreampop scene. Despite only releasing one album so far, Décalcomanie, she already has a collection of celebrity fans. Witness her talent at her very first large-scale solo concert. Interpark Art Center near Hapjeong Stn. (line 2, exit 1). 6 pm. W55,000. interparkartcenter.com 1544-1555 February 6th - 7th
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Lorin Maazel One of the first highlights in Korea’s classical music world in 2013 will be a concert by the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by maestro Lorin Maazel, the CSO will play Stravinsky’s “Divertimento”, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major,
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Grammies galore. See his first performance in Korea this month. Uniqlo AX near Gwangnaru Stn. (line 5, exit 2). 7 pm. 18 years and above. W119,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555 Steve Barakatt Concert Canadian composer, pianist, and singer Steve Barakatt is known for songs like “Rainbow Bridge” and “Whistle Song”. His romantic music is often referred to as “healing music”, with songs that are both spiritual and peaceful. For this particular concert, Barakatt and a full live band will be playing music specifically for couples. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Terminal St. (line 3, exit 5). 2 pm. W30,000 W100,000 sac.or.kr 02-580-1300
February 22rd KBS Symphony Orchestra Regular Concert The flagship orchestra of Korea’s national public service broadcaster KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) has been a leader in Korean musical life since its founding in 1956. In their 667th Regular Concert, they will play selections from A. Dvorak and B. Smetana. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). W20,000 - W60,000. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 February 23rd 10cm: Fine Thank You and You? Exploding onto the scene in 2010 with “Americano”, indie duo 10cm will, with this concert, become the first-ever indie band to hold a solo performance at Olympic Park. Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park near Olympic Park Stn. (line 5, ex. 3).7 pm. W 77,000-W 55,000. olympicpark.co.kr 02-410-1114
Mendolssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian” and more. The Grammy-winning orchestra is visiting Seoul for the first time. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Terminal St. (line 3, exit 5). 8 pm. W70,000 - W360,000. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 February 14th SAC 11 am Concert with Hanhwa Life: Season 9 An encounter with the great composer Beethoven. Marking its 9th concert since its opening in September, the “SAC 11 am Concert” series brings you a masterpiece performance at a reasonable price. Cellist Song YoungHoon kindly guides the beginner through the classics with his interesting and coherent narrative. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Terminal Stn. (line 3, exit 5). 11 am. W15,000 - W20,000. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 February 16th Sentimental Concert: Voice Avenue Younha, Urban Zakapa, and John Park have put together this “sentimental concert” full of emotion to move the audience. Listen to the rich sounds of these talented vocalists, who are performing under the theme “Only voice can save this wandering soul.” Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park near Olympic Park Stn. (line 5, ex. 3). Sat 7 pm, Sun 6 pm. W99,000 - W121,000. olympicpark.co.kr 02-410-1114 Toxic Code Rookie band Toxic gained fame and fans when they won first place on KBS reality show “Top Band”. Since their victory, they have reorganized and rethought their music to release a new album for 2013. Enjoy a new take on their fantastic music at this concert. Interpark Art Center near Hapjeong Stn. (line 2, exit 1 & 2). 7 pm. W55,000. interparkartcenter.com 1544-1555
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Baek Ji-young: Going Out After 7 Years One of the country’s biggest pop singers is performing her first solo concert in seven years. Enjoy pop songs, ballads, and dance music from one of Korea’s iconic voices. Jamsil Indoor Stadium near Sports Complex Stn. (line 2, ex. 6 & 7). 3 pm & 7:30 pm. W60,000 - W130,000 stadium.seoul.go.kr 1544-1555 Through February 17th 6th Sangsang Madang Label Market Since 2007, SangSang Madang Label Market has given a stage and presence for Hongdae’s indie music. Music is showcased through both visual means—a rotating exhibition of album art, illustrations, calligraphy, and comics—as well as auditory means, with multiple live concerts every week. KT&G Sangsang Madang Gallery near Hongik University Stn. (line 2, exit 9). 6 pm. sangsangmadang.com 02-330-6223 February 17th
Adam Lambert Concert Ever since his first taste of fame as a runner-up on American idol, Adam Lambert has cultivated a flamboyant, theatrical and androgynous performance style that has won him critical accolades and pop
February 23rd - 24th Rachael Yamagata Live in Seoul American singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata returns to Seoul after her first successful Korean concert in 2012. She is especially known for her songs in TV dramas, commercials, and movies including Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, In Her Shoes, Trust the Man and more. Ewha University Samsung Hall near Sinchon Stn. (line 2, exit 1). 7 pm. W88,000. interpark.com 1544-1555 February 24th Thee Oh Sees: First Live Show in Seoul With the release of their new album “Putrifiers 2”, hugely prolific American rock band Thee Oh Sees will hold their first concert in Korea. Their powerful and energetic stage presence has earned them praise from critics and fans as one of the best live bands playing today. Live Hall at KT&G Sangsang Madang Gallery near Hongik University Stn. (line 2, exit 9). 6:30 pm. W35,000 - W40,000. sangsangmadang.com 02-330-6223 February 27th Korean United College Orchestra with Gum Nanse: Sympathy The third in a series of concerts featuring student instrumentalists along with legendary conductor Gum Nanse. This time the set list will include J. Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture Op.80 and G. Mahler’s “Titan” in D Major from Symphony No.1. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, ex. 5). 8 pm. W20,000 - W50,000. sac.or.kr 02-580-1300 February 28th London Symphony Orchestra The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Since its formation in 1904, it has continuously attracted excellent players from all over the world, many of whom have flourishing solo, chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work. Performance will include selections from
Britten, Mozart, Beethoven, and Bruckner. Seoul Arts Center near Nambu Terminal St. (line 3, ex. 5). 8 pm. W70,000 W350,000. sac.or.kr 02- 580-1300
Film Ongoing Secret Workroom of a Poster Designer Steal a glance at a movie poster designer’s workroom in this unique and innovative exhibition. Uncover what goes on behind the scenes of film poster art. Korean Film Museum near Digital Media City Stn. (line 6, exit 2). Free. koreafilm.or.kr 02-3153-2031
Family & Community Ongoing Rolling Ball Museum This exhibit features steel balls, rails, and a whole lot of rolling. Exhibits by rolling ball artists Jeffrey Zachmann, Bruce Gray, and Didier Legros show you the artistic and scientific possibilities of this far-from-simple art. 2nd floor of the Kyunghyang Newspaper Building at Seodaemun Stn. (line 5, ex. 5). 11 am - 8 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W12,000, students W10,000 rollingball.co.kr 02-1544-3852 Wax Museum 70 hyper-realistic wax figures are exhibited at the wax museum in the 63 Building in Yeouido. 10 am - 10 pm. W14,000. 63waxmuseum.com 02-789-5663 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Bubble Experience Exhibition Combine play with education in this 90-minute experiential program. Kids can enter the magical world of Wonderland as they learn science by making cloud bread or building magic bubble castles. Become a part of a bubbly world as soon as you come to the entrance. Yongsan Art Hall near Noksapyeong Stn. (line 6). Children W15,000, adults W10,000. art.yongsan.go.kr 02-3141-3025 Staggeringly Pinocchio This experiential storybook exhibition has opened to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Pinocchio! Many curious activities await visiting children including pop up pictures, Pinocchio dress-up and more. Children can experience the Pinocchio story through all five senses. Traditional Culture Foundation’s Korea Artist Center near Omokgyo Stn. (line 5, exit 2). artscenter.or.kr 02-2655-3110 Light Fantasia Bring the whole family to this festival of lights and lanterns in Guro. Light Fantasia consists of life-size paper lanterns, light concerts, light games, and plenty of activities to stimulate growing kids’ minds. B1 of Guro 9th Avenue near Guro Stn. (line1, exit 1). 10 am - 6 pm. W12,000. lightfantasia.co.kr 1670-5907 Kidspacc Kidspacc is the biggest experiential kids’ exhibition in Seoul. With 77 different playing areas and experience stations, it’s guaranteed that your kids will be entertained for as long as they have energy. There are also attractions for parents, including Mommy’s Restroom and a nail art shop. B1 of Guro 9th Avenue near Guro Stn. (line 1, exit 1). 10:30 am - 7 pm. Children W18,000, middle school and above W9,000. cafe.naver.com/kidspacc 02-6678-8740~1 February 4th - 7th 23rd BeFe Baby Fair “Prepared pregnancy”, “happy childbirth”, and “enjoyable childcare”. Since the year 2000, BeFe Baby Fair has been held twice a year at Coex under these themes. Baby Fair
Openrun Nonverbal Performances Lack of Korean ability can be a big stumbling block for plays or musicals performed in the local language, but you will find none of those problems at the following shows. All ongoing, and all non-verbal, these performances are perfect for fans of dance, physical comedy, and exciting music, no matter which language you may speak. Karma This nonverbal musical tells a classic tale of fate, love and conspiracy among the gods. Karma Theatre near Chungcheongno Stn. (lines 2 & 5, ex. 7 & 8). Mon – Fri 8 pm, Sat 3 pm & 7 pm, Sun 3 pm. W44,000 – W77,000. thepatron.aboutmovie.com 02-336-1289 Korea House Performance Head over to the Korea House for two daily performances based on traditional Korean culture. Chungmuro Stn. (lines 3 & 4, ex. 3). Part 1: 6:30 - 7:30 pm, part 2: 8:30 - 9:30 pm. Dinner price starts at W68,200. Performance is W50,000 (30% discount with dinner). kangkoku.or.kr 02-2266-9101 The Marionette: B-Boy Musical This b-boy musical features b-boy team Expression Crew, which won the top prize in an international competition. Daehan Saengmyeong 63 Art Hall in the 63 Building, located in Yeouido near Yeouinaru Stn. (line 5, ex. 3). 8 pm. Closed Mon & 1st & 3rd Tue. 70 min. W40,000. 63.co.kr 1661-1063 Miso Chongdong Theater presents Miso, a story of one woman’s encounter with love told through traditional dance, percussion, and music. City Hall Stn. (lines 1 & 2, ex. 12). 4 & 8 pm. Closed Mon. 80 min. W40,000 – W50,000. miso.chongdong.com 02-751-1500
Nanta This kitchen percussion extravaganza is the stage show that nearly everyone sees at least once. Three Seoul locations and performances almost daily. W40,000 – W60,000. To find out how to get a big discount on your tickets, see p. 15. nanta.co.kr 02-739-8288 Pan This performance, produced by artistic director Duk-soo Kim, combines a variety of exciting Korean folk songs, dances, and games. Held at the Gwang-hwamun Art Hall near Gyeongbokgung Palace Stn. (line 3, ex.
1). Weekdays 8 pm, weekends and holidays 2 pm. Closed Mon and Tue. 90 min. W30,000 - W50,000. ghmarthall.com 02-722-3416 Performances at National Folk Museum Every weekend, the National Folk Museum presents traditional Korean performances for visitors. Anguk Stn (line 3, ex. 1) Gwanghwamun Stn (line 5, ex. 2). Sat 3 pm. Free. nfm.go.kr 02-3704-3114 Sa-Choom The story of three friends’ coming of age is told through dance. Performance held in Insadong near Jongno 3-ga Stn. (lines 1, 3, & 5, ex. 5). Mon - Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 & 7:30 pm, Sun & holidays 4 pm. 80 min. W25,000 - W50,000. lovedance.co.kr 02-3676-7616
Samcheonggak Concert and Performance Dine on a premium meal of Korean food with traditional tea as you enjoy traditional Korean music, dance and vocal performances. Samcheonggak in Seongbuk-gu. Free shuttle bus available outside of Euljiro Stn. (line 2, ex. 1). W50,000 – W70,000. samcheonggak.or.kr 02-765-3700 World Beat Vinari After touring over 50 countries, Vinari prays for world happiness through its own Korean beat. With an active concoction of 3D media art, a live show, and exciting Korean percussion, it will be sure to succeed. Hall 2 at Cine Core Jongno near Jonggak Stn. (line 1, ex. 4). Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat - Sun 4 pm. Closed Mon. W40,000 - W60,000. worldbeatvinari.com 02-744-6800
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Ballerina Who Loves a B-Boy A would-be ballerina falls for a b-boy street dancer in this mash-up of break dance and ballet. Lotte World Art Hall at Jamsil Stn. (line 2). Wed – Fri 8 pm, Sat – Sun 3 & 6 pm. Closed Mon & Tue. W50,000. showbboy.com 02-2266-3727 B-Boy City in Seoul: Kung B-boy ensemble Gorilla Crew uses breakdance to tell a gripping story. B-Boy Theater Samjin B/D B1 in Hongdae. Wed - Fri 8 pm, Sat 6 pm, Sun and holidays 2 pm. 90 min. Closed Mon & Tue. W55,000. sjbboys.com 02-323-5233 Bibap Bibap depicts one of Korea’s representative dishes, bibimbap (비빔 밥) through beatboxing and dance. Hanhwa Sonbo Cecil Theater near Deoksu Palace, City Hall Stn. (line 1 ex. 3 & line 2 ex. 12). Mon 8 pm, Tue - Sat 5 & 8 pm, Sun & holidays 3 & 6 pm. W40,000 – W60,000. ceciltheater.com 02-766-0815 Action Drawing Hero Art exhibit or performance? The drawing show is as fun to watch as it is hard to classify. Myungbo Art Hall near Euljiro 3-ga Stn. (lines 2 & 3, ex. 8). Weekdays 8 pm, Sat 4 & 7 pm, Sun & holidays 3 & 6 pm. W40,000 - W50,000. drawingtheater.com 02-766-7848 Drum Cat This prize-winning, all-female percussion ensemble works rock, jazz, techno, and Latin rhythms into their powerful performance. Myungbo Art Hall in Junggu. Mon & Tue 8 pm, Wed – Sat 4 & 8 pm, Sun 3 & 6 pm, holidays 4 pm. 90 min. W40,000 - W50,000. drumcat.co.kr 02-586-8489 Fanta-stick This show mixes physical comedy with traditional Korean music for lots of laughs. The performers jump down into the audience to interact with members, making for an even more “fanta-stick” performance. Kyunghyang Newspaper Building near Seodaemun Stn. (line 5, ex. 5). Daily at 8 pm. 80 min. W40,000 – W50,000. fanta-stick.co.kr 02-6401-5959 Jump First performed in 2003, this show combines a comic story with martial arts moves and impressive visuals. Seoul Cinema (Seoul theater 5F) Jongno 3-ga Stn. (lines 1, 3, 5 ex. 14) & Euljiro 3-ga Stn. (line 2, ex 4). Mon 8 pm, Tue – Sat 4 & 8 pm, Sun 3 & 6 pm. W40,000 – W60,000. hijump.co.kr 02-722-3995
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provides information to nursing mothers on baby-related products. Participating companies are also provided with extensive networking opportunities with their customer base. Coex Convention Center near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 5 & 6). 10 pm - 6 pm. befe.co.kr 02-556-2236 Through February 11th Asian Wedding Culture Exhibition The National Folk Museum will reproduce different traditional weddings from countries around Asia in this special limited-time exhibition. National Folk Museum near Anguk Stn. (line 3, exit 1). 9 am - 5 pm. Closed Tue. Free. nfm.go.kr 02-3704-3114 Through February 11th Monkey School and Natural Historical Museum Kids love animals. They love one animal in particular—the monkey. This smart, cute and naughty creature will be helping to educate kids about natural history as part of Monkey School, organized by the Monkey School Natural History Museum. Learn about nature with
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the guidance of real live monkeys rather than in the stuffy confines of a classroom. aT Center in Gangnam near Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Stn. (Sinbundang line). www.hibull.co.kr 063-584-0708 February 21st - 24th Baby Expo 2013 This expo reassures future mothers with information on pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. Special presentation booths offer attendees the latest information on new products as presented by their creators. SETEC (Seoul Trade Exhibition Center) near Hagyeoul Stn. (line 3, ex. 1). 10 am - 6 pm. setec.or.kr 02-2222-3811 Through February 25th Start of the Year of the Snake Eastern astrology dictates that on this coming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dragon will end and the Year of the Snake will begin. The National Folk Museum has prepared a special exhibition about snakes and their special years in preparation for Lunar New Year’s Day on February 10th. National Folk Museum
Lunar New Year’s Celebrations Nationwide On February 10th, the entire nation will gather with their families to celebrate the new Lunar Year. Whether you’re with your own family or going it alone, these events will provide all the fun you need for Korea’s biggest celebration. National Museum of Korea, Seoul
Shamans and Music at Seollal Hanmadang, February 10th
To bring luck during the new year, the National Museum of Korea will hold an enormous gut ceremony (reflecting Korea’s traditional shamanistic religion) as well as a free hands-on class in playing Korean music. Visitors will also be able to play yutnori and take pictures with famous artifacts. www.museum.go.kr 02-2077-9000 National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts
Special Tea Concert at National Gukak Center, February 10th & 11th at 4 pm
Seolnal is a day of thanks, and tea is one way of expressing it. Following this theme, the National Gukak Center will hold a special tea performance combining music, singing, dance, and painting. During the show, members of the audience will be invited onto the stage to learn traditional tea serving and drinking. gugak.go.kr 02-580-3300 Wolmi Park, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do
Lunar New Year Madang, February 10th
Enjoy a free traditional musical concert as you make four types of crafts: New Year’s kites, bamboo arrows, magic balloons, and bokjori, a type of decorative straw ladle that signifies good fortune. Daejeon Expo Science Park, Chungcheong-do
Crafts and Games on February 10th at Expo Park Main Square
Beat a gigantic traditional drum, make rice cakes and straw handicrafts, and learn to play traditional children’s games like Korean seesawing, plate spinning, and jegichagi (hacky-sack). www.expopark.co.kr 042-866-5114 Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeollabuk-do
A Sampling of Everything for the New Year, February 10th
The nation’s most famous traditional village has organized a series of Lunar New Year’s events based on the different sections of the village itself. hanok.jeonju.go.kr 063-281-5000 • Jeonju Sori Culture Center: learning pansori (Korean solo opera), playing traditional games, making fans • Jeonju Traditional Wine Museum: fortune telling, family movie screenings, writing new year’s cards, brewing and drinking makgeolli • Outside event: family jump rope competition Listings are subject to change. Please call to check before attending. Wor ds by J I N-eu i yi
February 23rd Charity galas are a huge way that expats here in Korea create community while raising money for local charities. February will see the opening of one of 2013’s biggest galas, with the energetic ladies of the American Women’s Club putting on Mardi Gras 2013 at Renaissance Hotel in Gangnam. Mardi Gras literally means “fat Tuesday” and it marks the final day of feasting and revelry before the fasting, prayer and moderation of Lent. So, in its most basic form, Mardi Gras is all about overindulging while you still can. New Orleans began celebrating Mardi Gras in the 1730’s. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Parades are an integral part of Mardi Gras and are held in the two weeks prior to the grand finale: Fat Tuesday. “Krewes” or social organizations each have their own parades during these two weeks, meaning that today there are 37 different Mardi Gras parades held in the city of New Orleans each year. On the night of February 23rd, the Universal Room at the Renaissance will be transformed into a New Orleans Mardi Gras Carnival with live music, entertainment, dancers, traditional south Louisiana food, and Hurricane Cocktails. There will also be a silent auction and prize raffle draw, with all proceeds donated to charity. The top prize is two Business Class tickets to anywhere in the United States served by United Airlines. There is a strict dress code of black tie or cocktail attire. Masks are essential, but you can purchase them at the event. The ball runs from 7:30 pm until 2:30 am. Tickets for AWC members and their partners are W160,000; non-members are W180,000. Check out the big discounts on tables of 10 at only W1.4 million regardless of membership status. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. www.awckorea-seoul.org near Anguk Stn. (line 3, exit 1). Weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, weekends 9 am - 7 pm. Closed Tue. Free nfm.go.kr 02-3704-3114
Education & Conferences Ongoing Insect & Reptile Exhibition This exhibition includes an insectarium, amphibian house, reptile house and mini zoo. Insect & Reptile Exhibition Center near Sindang Stn. (lines 2 & 6, exit 10). 10 am - 6 pm. W10,000. bugsfestival.com 02-1588-2019 Trick Eye Museum This interactive museum features optical illusions sure to make for hilarious photo ops. Trick Eye Museum near Hongik University Stn. (line
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2, exit 9) 10 am - 9 pm. W13,000. trickeye.com 02-3144-6300 World Animals Great Exploration Exhibition This incredible animal exhibition uses the most detailed restoration techniques and skills to bring wild animals alive. Experience a zoo without the fences and help your child learn about the world’s animal kingdoms. Yongsan War Memorial near Samgagji Stn. (line 6, exit 12). 10 am - 6 pm. W12,000 - W15,000. hianimal.com 1577-4356 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Scientific Journey Into Sound Watch, touch, and hear scientific principles of sound through this special performance of The Wizard of Oz. Children can help the cowardly lion roar or make the Tin Man’s
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new heart beat all while learning how sound works. The Korea Children’s Center in Neung-dong near Children’s Grand Park Station (line 7, exit 2). 9:30 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. W12,000. blog.naver. com/ozsteam 02-455-4531 Hello Madagascar You don’t have to fly all the way to Madagascar to see some of the world’s rarest beasts and plants. Endangered species like lemurs, chameleons, and baobab trees will be introduced in this special exhibition on Madagascar’s incredible wildlife. At the second gallery hall, take pictures with Madagascar’s animals in a special experience zone. NEMO at Blue Square near Hangangjin Stn. (line 6, exit 2). 10:30 am - 7 pm. Adults W15,000, teens W12,000. nemo. bluesquare.kr 02-6399-7403 Myeongdong Story: Seoul Half a Century Collection Looking over history of Myeongdong as a hub of commerce, understand the history and alteration of Seoul over the last fifty years. Seoul Museum of History near Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5, exit 7). Weekdays 9 am - 8 pm, weekends 9 am - 6 pm. Closed Mon. museum.seoul.kr 02-724-0274~6
Canada Ball Hockey Korea Korea’s premiere ball hockey club is kicking off its 10th season. Sign up before February 23rd to join in the fun! Canada Ball Hockey Korea is set to kick off its 10th season on the weekend of February 23rd and 24th. The league, one of Seoul’s biggest and most well-organized expat groups, is seeking new players to join its community. The CBHK runs spring and fall seasons with games on Sundays at Jamsil Sports Complex’s outdoor rink. Players of all skill levels are welcome and experience playing hockey is not necessary. Fees are W160,000 before February 1st and W170,000 after. Fees include a 14-week regular season and up to three weeks of playoffs; free beer at the draft party; a season ending banquet with food and drinks, and a team shirt. All new players must attend at least one pickup session or rookie evaluation session to be eligible. The final rookie session is February 23rd from 12 – 2 pm. Later that evening is the league draft party at JR Pub in Itaewon. Team captains make their selections at a mystery location and the results are announced in real time at the draft party. The season begins the following day. For more information or to sign up, visit www.cbhk.org. Wor ds by Mat t F l e m m i ng , shots by A n dr e i C h e rw i n ski
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Through February 1st SEMICON Korea The international industry conference SEMICON Korea 2013 will be a great chance to see the present and future of the semiconductor industry, one of Korea’s key export industries. Explore not only existing products but also emerging technologies including MEMS, printed electronics and more. 3F & 4F of Coex Convention Center near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 5). 10 am - 6 pm semiconkorea.org/en 02-531-7806 February 14th - 17th The 18th Seoul Int’l Building Material + Decoration Fair An overseas export fair that aims to take Korea’s building culture and construction materials industries abroad. Overseas trade representative meetings, co-organized with KOTRA, provide certified overseas buyers an opportunity to discuss expansion with domestic building industry experts. Coex Convention Center near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 5). 10 pm - 6 pm. homdex.com 02-6309-1001 8th Housing Brand Fair 2013 A housing brand fair only open to a rigid selection of high-quality building materials companies, making it of a higher professional quality than other architectural fairs. See the latest in housing trends. Hall A of Coex Convention Center near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 5). 10 pm - 6 pm. leadexpo.co.kr 02-6309-1001 Through February 28th Finding Treasure Underground: Mineral Resources in Korea Korea is home to over 40 underground mineral resources. The country also contributes to the development of other nations’ mineral industries. This exhibition will teach children and families about minerals and what are they used for. A great chance to introduce your children to earth science. Seodaemun Museum of Natural History near Sinchon Stn. (line 2, exit 1 & 3). Adults W3,000, youths W2,000, children W1,000. namu.sdm.go.kr 02330-8899
Sports & Fitness Ongoing Namsan Bongsudae Traditional Martial Arts Performance Every day at 3 pm at the Bongsudae Beacon Tower near Namsan Octagonal Pavilion (Palgakcheong), you can see an exhibition of various Korean martial arts. Famous martial art experts visit Palgakcheong to demonstrate their abilities. From bare hand martial arts to swordsmanship, experience the fighting techniques of the Orient. Namsan Park at 11-1 Munhak-gil, Yejang-dong, Jung-gu. parks.seoul.go.kr 02-3783-5900 Through February 17th Garden 5 Ice Rink You don’t need to leave Seoul to enjoy the perfect ice skating conditions. Garden5 Ice Rink has just opened this year, and they’re offering skating classes for beginners. Garden5 near Jangji Stn. (line 8, exit 3). Weekdays 10 am - 9 pm, weekends 10 am - 10 pm. Children W1,000, teens W1,500, adults W2,000 g5culture.or.kr 02-2157-8770 February 21st - 24th Seoul International Sports and Leisure Industry Show (SPOEX) 2013 Split into an Outdoor/Camping Show, Bike Show, and KUSPO Water Sports Show, SPOEX offers a comprehensive look at Korea’s leisure sports industries for vendors and hobbyists alike. Hall A of Coex Convention Center near Samseong Stn. (line 2, exit 5). 10 pm - 6 pm. spoex.com 02-6309-1001 Through February 24th Children’s Hall Sledge Parks With the winter here, sledge parks are opening one after another. However, this sledge park offers something a bit more special. Children’s Hall Sledge Parks at Children’s Grand Park has not only sledging but also winter fishing, and air bounce houses, and more all with the same affordable admission ticket. The Korea Children’s Center in Neung-dong near Children’s Grand Park Station (line 7, exit 2). 9:30 am - 5 pm. Closed every Mon. Weekdays W8,000, weekends W9,000. sselmeajang.com 02-444-6377~8
Dine & Drink Ongoing Homemade Italian Luncheons Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine in a relaxing environment with Club Italia Seoul. Located at the Franciscan Foreign Kindergarten (franciscanfk.com) next to the Italian Embassy between Hannam Stn. (line 6) and Hangangjin Stn. (line 3). RSVP required. Sunday 1 pm. W15,000. Facebook: Club Italia Seoul. email@example.com Looking for Valentine’s dinners? Check our Hotel & Resort News on p. 30 for the classiest in Valentine’s foodie events!
Nightlife Ongoing Quiz Night at Craftworks Every Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Great prizes including W50,000 bar tab for 1st place and prizes from sponsors. Craftworks Taphouse is located near Noksapyeong Stn. (line 6, ex. 2). craftworkstaphouse.com 02-794-2537 Stand Up Seoul Comedy Night Korea’s finest English-speaking comedians deliver monologues and rants about expat life and other topics. New acts are welcome! Starts at 9 pm the first Thursday of each month at the Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon. Facebook: Stand Up Seoul firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ideal Wellness Center Are you ready to upgrade your health? Get the help of US Board Certified Chiropractor, Dr. William Choi, sports trainer and massage specialist at this comfortable chiropractic clinic. idealwellness.co.kr 02-790-7246 Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine Are you suffering from back or neck pain? Visit the non-surgical spinal specialists. jaseng.net 02-3218-2167 Korea HIV/AIDS Prevention & Support Center khap.org 02-927-4322
Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance Automobile and motorcycle insurance provided by one of Korea’s most reliable conglomerates. Also available; Life/ Annuities, Business/Fire, Supplemental Medical, Travel Insurance. 010-3232-0625 Health
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New York Wholistic Care Dr. Vincent Jong, an experienced New York chiropractor, uses pilates/yoga and body balancing therapy to help you reenergize your mind and achieve optimal health. F2, 736-21 Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu. nywc.co.kr 02-792-2296 Ra Dental Clinic
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Hotels/Accommodations KoreaHotel.com Korea’s version of Expedia. koreahotel.com 4-5 Star Hotels Astoria 02-2268-7111 COEX InterContinental 02-3452-2500 Courtyard 02-2638-3000 Grand InterContinental 02-555-5656 JW Marriott 02-6282-6262 Millenium Hilton 02-753-7788 Renaissance 02-555-0501 Ritz-Carlton 02-3451-8000 Hostels Guest House Baenang Yongsan 010-9071-4641 Guesthouse Korea Jongno guesthouseinkorea.com 02-3675-2205 Bebop Guesthouse Hongdae bebop-guesthouse.com, 070-8261-4835 Kim’s Guesthouse Hongdae kimsguesthouse.com 02-337-9894 Namu Guesthouse Hongdae namugh.co.kr 070-8291-4878 Oasis Guesthouse Indie Rock? Dance Club? Tango Millonga? Salsa Bar?Everything what do you want in Hongdae is within reach of Oasis.336-9 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul. facebook.com/oasisguest 019-291-0945 Olympic Parktel Jamsil parktel.co.kr 02-410-2114 Seoul Backpackers Myeongdong seoulbackpackers.com 02-3672-1972
WY Dentistry Gangnam Better than your dentist back home. Dr. Yoo is a UStrained and licensed dentist with over 20 years of clinical dental experience serving the expat community since 1996. wydent.com 02-511-1234
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J.J. Mahoney’s The drinks don’t come cheap, but this nightclub at the Grand Hyatt is a favorite with the over-30s crowd. 747-7 Hannam 2-dong. seoul.grand.hyatt.com 02-797-1234 Koobar @Blue Spirit Apgujeong Hip music for a classy crowd. 664-11 Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu. 02-518-5115
Ballet Stretching Itaewon Dance your days away with a diverse selection of classes available: child ballet, yoga, tae bo, yoga for pregnant women, pilates, diet dance, and even salsa classes. Private training available. Mon–Fri open 9 am–10 pm. 124-7 Itaewon-dong, yongsan-gu. 010-9309-9021
Mystik Itaewon DJ Yeonjun and DJ Crew team up with international artists to bring you some off-the-hook parties with minimal, techno, and tech house. 010-3440-9474 NB Hongdae, Gangnam Supposedly the first hip-hop club in Korea, it has one bar, two stages, and a packed crowd. clubnb.com 02-326-1716 Volume Itaewon A true “music lovers” club, Volume is found in the basement of Crown Hotel. Fri and Sat 9 pm - 6 am. W15,000 - W30,000. Crown Hotel B1 clubvolume.com 1544-2635 Woo Bar Check out the split-level lobby lounge for cool music and exclusive parties. No cover charge. 21 Gwangjang-dong wseoul.com 02-465-2222 02-3142-4233
Massage Healing Hands Massage Studio Itaewon Free hot stone massage with body massage on weekdays. healinghands.co.kr 010-3158-5572
Dulwich College Seoul Banpo The curriculum from Toddler to Year 9 (ages 18 months to 14 years) follows the best practice of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and English National Curriculum, enhanced for an international setting. 5-1, Banpo2-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Kore 02-3015-8500 Jai Center for Yoga and Health jaicenter.co.kr 02-3443-9642 Sanirang Alpine Networks This climbing service offers lessons, clinics, and guided tours. sanirang.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Counseling Services Conscious Living Looking for change? Or did change find you? Would you like to shift the places you’re stuck and have more ease and joy in life? Licensed facilitator, Mary-Jane, offers personal/ staff/relationship counselling and life coaching. Group workshops also available. conscious-living.asia 010-3996-9429 Korea Counseling Psychological Association krcpa.or.kr 02-498-8293
Clubs America Latina Itaewon opens at 8 pm Wednesdays to Sundays and offers Salsa classes. Check Facebook group: Club America Latina in Seoul. Answer Cheongdam-dong After a short-lived stint as gala restaurant Le Nuit Blanche, the club we all know and love is back. clubanswer.co.kr 02-514-4311 Eden Gangnam Mega club with top DJs, sizzling sound, and model nights. 602 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Ritz Carlton Hotel. eden-club.co.kr 010-9913-3919 Function Itaewon The boutique club hidden in the fancy Macaroni Market restaurant. Tue, Wed, Thu 6 pm – 2:30 am; Fri and Sat 6 pm-3:30 am. 737-50 Hannnam1-dong Yongsan-gu. 02-749-9181 Heaven Gangnam The newest member of Seoul’s club scene combines top-notch technology with divine DJs spinning house and electro beats. W30,000 general admission, W40,000 for after club hours. Near Yeoksam St. clubheaven.co.kr 02-3444-4997
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Art Classes at Jankura Artspace Itaewon Learn to draw or paint with English instruction. Weekly life drawing sessions too! email@example.com, mstewartprintmaker.com/class.htm Bikram Yoga Gangnam Feel the 105°F heat of the original Bikram Yoga with 90-minute classes taught by passionate instructors. Behind the Kyobo Tower building, Sinnonhyeon Stn. (line 9, ex. 7). bikramyogakorea.co.kr 02-532-2101 Bellydance Lessons with Eshe Morning, afternoon, and evening classes, plus Sunday classes at the Well Being Studio. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Art Ongoing Life in Pictures Take one step beyond your ordinary photo exhibition by interacting with its medium: photography itself. The audience is provided with cameras supplied by event sponsors (or you can also bring your own). Via the themed photo studio, visitors can also become the heroes of the displayed artworks. At Exhibition Hall 9B of KINTEX near Daehwa Stn. (line 3, exit 2). 10:30 am - 7:30 pm. W6,000 - W15,000 kintex.com 031-810-8156 President Meets Comics Last year, the whole country was caught up in the drama of selecting a new leader. The Presidential election was the hottest issue of 2012. This exhibition shows the presidential election through the eyes of artists. Through sculptures, caricatures, and comics about the present and future, cartoon artists show the importance of picking a president. Gyujanggak Cartoon Museum in Bucheon. 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Mon. W5,000. komacon.kr/museum 032-310-3090 Dream Walking in the Magical Reality A special thematic exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection, this show presents 65 works by 52 artists that transcend the limitations of physical space and time, covering various concepts and forms that traverse the boundaries of “reality” and “non-reality”, and dreams and the real. Circular Gallery 1 of National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon near Seoul Grand Park Station (line 4, ex. 4). 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Mon. Free moca.go.kr 02-2188-6000 Through February 24th Choong Sup Lim: Luna, and Her Thousand Reflections Choong Sup Lim is a senior master of art whose four-decade career has been built up outside of Korea, especially in New York where he moved in the early 1970’s.This exhibition will show you the life through the vast oeuvre he created from the end of the 1960s until the present. Gallery 2 of National Museum of Contemporary Art in Gwacheon near Seoul Grand Park Station (line 4, ex. 4). W3,000 moca.go.kr 02-2188-6114
Performance February 23rd Full Moon Concert Full Moon Day, also known as Jeongweol Daeboreum, celebrates the first and biggest full moon of the lunar year. One of Korea’s traditional dances, Ganggang Sulle, has been performed during this season since the Goryeo dynasty. In celebration of the Year of the Snake, Gunpo Art Center has prepared a special Ganggang Sulle concert. Gunpo Culture and Art Center. 7 pm. W10,000 gunpoart.net 031-390-350
Education & Conferences Through February 3rd 2013 Megashow Spring A paradise for homemakers will be opening this season. The Megashow exhibition will feature all the latest trendy products in the categories of houseware, premium furniture, home deco, home cafe, hobby DIY, beauty, health, and more. Register online for free admission. KINTEX in Goyang near Daehwa St. (line 3, ex. 2 ). megashow.co.kr 031-810-8114
to make it a reality. One of the biggest housing and construction fairs in Korea, Kyunghyang focuses on private home construction and personal architecture. KINTEX in Goyang near Daehwa St. (line 3, ex. 2). khfair.com 031-810-8114
February 21st - 24th Goods Fair Speaking of houses: nothing good can come from a house that’s empty. Right next to Kyunghyang Housing Fair, the Goods Fair will showcase kitchenware and appliances, closet ware, bathware, cleaning appliances, interior design accessories, and more. Stop by one show after you’re done with the other. KINTEX in Goyang (Ilsan), Daehwa St. (line 3, ex. 2 ). goodsfair.com 031-810-8114
Family & Community Ongoing Kids Park The only indoor sledding and kids’ park in Gyeonggi! This is fourth winter kids’ park in Songdo. A 45m safe rail tube sledding course for kids ensures that parents don’t have to worry about cold or injuries. The park also has an inflatable air bounce and slide along with pedal boats, a fishing playground, a mini train, squirrel games, and animal cars! Songdo Convensia in Incheon near Incheon University Stn. (Incheon line 1). songdoconvensia.com 032-210-1114 Fun Science Museum Winter Event: Funny Bicycling Center Gwacheon National Science Museum presents this special outdoor bicycling exhibition and racetrack, featuring different types of bikes for all different types of riders. Learn the science and fun behind biking. Plus, enjoy Korean games and crafts like bow and arrow making and kite-flying. Gwacheon National Science Museum near Seoul Grand Park Stn. (line 4, exit 5). scientorium.go.kr 02-3677-1500 Color of Light, Science Play Exhibition At this exhibition, learn when light began, who was the first scientist to discover the nature of light, and what they found about the light’s existence. Through this study, your child will learn the science of colors, lasers, holograms, sand art, and a scientific magic show. Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon. ggac.or.kr 031-230-3200 Through February 13th Angry Birds World You no longer have to stare into the abyss that is your smartphone in order to play with the everpopular Angry Birds. Become a real-life Angry Bird by participating in the carnival Angry Birds World. As soon as you step foot inside the event, you’ll become engaged in looking for golden eggs, climbing cliffs, and racing with other birds. Exhibition Hall 1A at KINTEX near Daehwa Stn. (line 3, exit 2). 10 am - 7 pm. W15,000 -W18,000 angrybirds-world.com 070-7580-8548 Through February 24th Spongebob’s Happy World Travel to Bikini Bottom with Spongebob and participate in many fun activities, including super indoor sledding, magic tricks, games and cooking. Presents will be handed out to attending children in several special events. Exhibition Hall 10 at KINTEX near Daehwa Stn. (line 3, exit 2). 10 am - 6 pm. W12,000 - W16,000. happyworld1. co.kr 031-995-8179
February 20th - 24th Kyunghyang Housing Fair If your dream house is still just a dream, visit this exhibition
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Termeden Spa If you’re tired of waiting for spring, warm up this February at Termeden Spa & Resort, the first German-style spa in Asia. With its gigantic proportions, the 30,000 sqm indoor and outdoor spa can accommodate up to 3,500 heat-seeking visitors. Termeden’s central feature is its multi-sectioned “bade” pool, which features hydro jets that simulate the effect of a body massage. While the typical Japanese-influenced hot baths throughout South Korea focus on healing the body through heat, Western-style spas such as Termeden emphasize the relieving effect of water pressure. That’s not to say that Termeden has eliminated the opportunity for an intense, steaming soak in natural hot spring water. There are therapeutic tubs available to immerse yourself in, each filled with a choice of natural supplements akin to what you might find in an Insadong tea shop: lemon, green tea, rooibos, and jasmine included. For an extra cost, there is even a Dr. Fish pool at the complex where you can treat your feet to a pedicure from the infamous skin-nibbling fish. The name “termeden” is created from the words “terme” and “eden” meaning spa and paradise, respectively. From its title, Termeden may seem more like a haven exclusively for stressedout adults—but the complex is in fact very family-friendly, with a designated children’s pool space to allow your little ones to swim and an outdoor mountain-themed slide to encourage them to play. Extra facilities targeted towards adults include a food court, fitness center and a juice bar. Set in the middle of the forested mountains of the Gyeonggido city of Icheon, a place known more for its pottery, Termeden may not be as accessible as your local jimjilbang. However, it is certainly worth the visit for an unwinding escape in an outdoor sweat bath—tiled with ceramic sourced from the nearby area— while enjoying the surrounding view. Termeden Spa & Resort is located at 372-7 Singal-ri, Moga-myeon, Icheon. Admission W22,000 - W36,000. termeden.com/english 031-645-2000 Wor ds by L or e n C o t t e r
Pottery and Makguksu with your own two hands
Yanggu Porcelain Museum White Pottery Classes Since the Goryeo Dynasty, the county of Yanggu has been known for its white pottery, which was used by even the royal family of Korea. The quality of the clay and dirt found in Yanggu is the basis for its pottery prowess. To showcase Yanggu’s pottery, Bangsan Museum is offering Korea’s most comprehensive pottery class. From getting down on your hands and knees to harvest clay from the dirt all the way up to decorating and firing your first piece, this class teaches you the art of pottery from A to Z. Especially unique is the instruction on clay and dirt composition, which forms a basis for understanding how and why pottery exists. 60 | 10 Magazine February 2013
Courses run from W9,000 to W1 million, depending on length. Short day classes are also available. Bangsan Porcelain Museum in Yanggu-gun. 9 am – 5 pm. Closed Mon. bangsanm.or.kr 033-480-2664
Seokbong Pottery-Making Class If you’d rather focus on clay drawing, Seokbong Museum offers a class on Goryeo-style celadon decoration that explains the philosophy and meaning behind Korea’s famous blue-green patterned ceramics. Classes in this unique art form are rare today, so take advantage of this one while you can. After learning and decorating your own celadon, your new art piece will be shipped to you within 46 hours. Seokbong Ceramic Museum in Sokcho. Closed Mon. 9 am - 6 pm. W15,000 dogong.net 033-638-7711
Art Ongoing All About Minhwa Korean folk painting, known in Korean as minhwa, reflects the emotions and identities of the Korean people. Styles range from the scrolls of the king’s palace to humble drawings based on the national sentiment of a populace. See classic minhwa paintings or try your hand at creating minhwa folding fans and engravings as part of the exhibit. Chosun Minhwa Museum. 432-10 Kimsasgat-ro, Kimsatgat-myun, Yeongwol-gun. 10 am – 5 pm minhwa.co.kr 033-375-6100
Moduljari Healing Experience Village This healing-themed resort offers different packages each season. For winter, enjoy sledding, winter ziplining, a luxury jimjilbang sauna, ice skating, ice fishing, and more. All activities are made with reservations and packages can be customized according to your group’s preferences. Sit back, relax, and take advantage of the beautiful natural views. Moduljari Healing Experience Village near Hongcheon County. W40,000 - W600,000 moduljari.co.kr 033-436-6113 Temple Stay at Baekdamsa At this ancient Buddhist temple, choose from several different program focuses, including experiencing the life of a Buddhist monk, meditation, or a serene and relaxing nature study. Find peace and thanks in this revered Buddhist retreat, first built by the monk Jajang in the 7th century. Baekdamsa Temple on Naeseorak near Inje. W50,000 W70,000 baekdamsa.org 033-462-5035 Through February 3rd
Through February 26th The Diddle Diddle Picnic In a series of picture book style paintings, artist Kim Min-kyoung tells us the story of her relationship with the sun, and its relationship with people. Birch Forest Art Museum in Hoengseong-gun. jjsoup.com 033-342-6833
Makguksu Making Class One of Gangwon’s most famous dishes is the delightful makguksu, a buckwheat noodle-based cold soup with an oft-improvised set of ingredients that always includes sweet sauce and lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables. Gangwon’s capital city of Chuncheon is so famous for its delicious makguksu that it actually has a museum dedicated to it—with the best part being the in-house class on learning to make makguksu yourself. Join in for instruction on key ingredients, proper sauce preparation, noodle creation and cooking methods, thereby demystifying yourself of the difficulties of making makguksu. After the class, you’ll be ready to tackle your own custom makguksu recipes at home. Chuncheon Makguksu Museum. Every day 10 am – 5 pm (excluding 1-hour break for lunch). 40 minutes per class. W4,000. makguksumuseum.com 033-243-8268 Wor ds by J e e-h y e C ho
Through February 6th Puppet Play: Cat and Dog Bring your children to this puppet performance telling the tale of a cute little cat and dog. The surrounding venue and museum attest to the art and expressionism of puppet performance. Chuncheon Puppet Theater. Fri - Sun. W5,000 presale, W7,000 at the door. theatre.cocobau.com 033-242-8450 Through February 9th Friday Night Party See famous bands and acts from big audition shows this season at Vivaldi Park. With Daemyung’s all-night slopes, you can ski or board while enjoying a concert at the same time. February’s performers include Romantic Punch and 10cm. Every Fri 8 pm. Outdoor slope at Daemyung Vivaldi Park. daemyungresort.com/vp 1588-4888 Ride-ing Concert Embrace the boarding lifestyle with this concert series featuring Korea’s hottest rappers and hip-hop artists. With live acts every Saturday, you might not even want to get on the lift! February’s performers include Defconn and Jerry.k. Every Saturday 8 pm. Outdoor slope at Daemyeong Vivaldi Park. daemyungresort.com/vp 1588-4888
Family & Community Ongoing Experiencing the Culture of North Korea Spend the night in a traditional North Korean house and gain some insight into the lives of those living north of the DMZ. Sokcho Museum and Displaced Citizens Folk Village. W50,000 W80,000. sokchomuse.go.kr 033-639-2977
6th Pyeongchang Trout Festival In ancient times, Koreans’ ancestors had to break winter’s ice to catch fish in the frozen waters of rivers and lakes. This made a typical winter meal. The Pyeongchang Trout Festival remembers the past by recreating this experience. W15,000 - W30,000. Odaecheon Stream, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun. festival700.or.kr 033-336-4000 Through February 12th 2013 Baro Paro Winter Festival Thanks to the cold weather, Hwacheon’s famous reservoir Paro Lake has been perfectly frozen. Enjoy ice fishing, snow sledding, ice soccer and ice trekking on natural ice with no fear of breakage. Times for each event vary, so check the website if you’re looking for something specific. Paro Lake in Hwacheon-gun. baro85.co.kr 033-441-8555
Education & Conferences Through Feburary 24th Tongsinsa: Hallyu of the Joseon Dynasty During the Joseon dynasty, special diplomatic missions to Japan were called Tongsinsa. These envoys were the age’s agents of cultural exchange and influence, and were some of the most famous Koreans in Japan. The Tongsinsa shared poetry, writing, painting and more with the Japanese, which were treasured at the time. In this exhibition, learn more about the Tongsinsa’s work and art. Chuncheon National Museum. Weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends 9 am – 7 pm. Free. chuncheon.museum.go.kr 033-260-1500
Dine & Drink Ongoing Institute of Traditional Korean Cooking The facilities here include traditional Korean lodgings, a traditional Korean culinary museum, a traditional gallery, a traditional restaurant, and even a traditional pond. Are you getting the picture? The institute was established to preserve Korean traditional cuisine and to share it with others. ktfce.com 033-333-1012
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African Batik Art Exhibition Celebrating this museum’s third anniversary, a collection of African Batik Art curated by Kim Usuk, a former ambassador of the Korean embassy in Uganda, will be on display. African Art Museum. 230-821 Jinbyeol-ri, Kim Satgatmyeon, Yeongwol-gun. 10 am – 5 pm aamy.kr 033-372-3229
Art Ongoing Drawing Do-an Recently, a Goryeo-era building was discovered in the area of Sangdaedong. Now, an entire city is being sketched and excavated in the area. See the ancient city, named “Do-an”, through an archaeologist’s eye as they sketch the outline of what used to exist. Also witness buildings and artifacts that have been discovered outside of Sangdaedong. Daejeon History Museum. 9 am – 6 pm. Closed Mon. museum.daejeon.go.kr 042-826-2814
Father’s Steak House
A brief two-minute walk from Daejeon’s City Hall subway station leads straight to a small, family-run steakhouse in the heart of the city. Father’s Steak House serves up a variety of cuts from tenderloin and porterhouse to rib eye and New York strip. Steak sizes range from 150g to 250g, and an easy-to-navigate menu helps bridge the gap for non-Korean speakers. The steaks are great quality and put those on offer at Outback Steakhouse to shame. There are plenty of side dishes too, including wedges, pilafs and soups. The atmosphere is jovial and the steady stream of customers ordering takeout vouches for the popularity of the place. Take exit 8 from City Hall Station and walk one block. Father’s Steak House is on this road to your left. 1417 Doonsan-dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon. 042-484-0191 Wor ds by A l e x Su tc l iff e
Happy Winter Festival Season 4: Kids Park Happy Winter Festival is back for its fourth year running as Daejeon’s giant indoor exhibition center is transformed into a winter wonderland full of toys, activities and games. This joyous indoor playground runs until the 17th of February and is the go-to destination for preschool and elementary-aged kids during the colder months. This kids’ park has more bouncy castles, peddle boats, electric trains, obstacle courses and other playground paraphernalia than anywhere else in the province. Parents who are feeling cooped up during the school vacation period can take the kids to visit between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm. Buy your tickets from ticketlink.co.kr and head over to the KOTREX exhibition center. Adults W12,000, kids W15,000. hfestival.co.kr 1588-9285 Kids Park is also running at convention centers in Gumi, Daegu, Changwon, Songdo, and Gwangju. Check the official website for other venues’ information. Wor ds by A l e x Su tc l iff e 62 | 10 Magazine February 2013
New Acquisitions Meeting a new collection for first time is an exciting moment. Be the first to see the latest trends in art and new media, as well as the first to appreciate up-and-coming artists in this exhibition of new acquisitions by the Daejeon Museum of Art in 2012. Daejeon Museum of Art in Expo Park. 10 am – 6 pm (Fri til 9 pm). Closed Mon. Adults W500, minors W300. dmma.metro.daejeon.kr 042-602-3200 Alive Gallery Education + information technology + entertainment = a living art exhibition! See classic and modern works of art come alive at this edutainmentthemed event. Alive Art Gallery is a brand-new concept made in Korea. Now, it’s coming to the Asia Museum for a limited time. Asia Museum in Daejeon. 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 1 – 6 pm. Closed Mon. asiamuseum.asia 042-863-0055 Jeongwung Ha Collection and Donation Special Exhibition Meet artists who represent 20th century art, including Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese sculptor and artist who creates art from dots. Due to a condition, Kusama sees and expresses everything in dot form. Daejeon Museum of Art. 10 am – 6 pm. Fri till 9 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W500, minors W300. dmma.metro.daejeon.kr 042-602-3200 Through February 24th Excess & Surplus This exhibition will show the interaction between society and art with a display of works themed around “interlocalism”. Expressing the suffering of those who have illnesses stemming from industry and factory work, these works show the negative side of social surplus. Artists are from the “big 4” cities: Seoul, Daegu, Busan, and Daejeon. Daejeon Museum of Art. 10 am – 6 pm. Fri till 9 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W500, minors W300. dmma. metro.daejeon.kr 042-6023200
Performances February 1st 2013 New Year’s Music Concert Open the New Year with Jang Saik and W Philharmonic Orchestra. Seosan’s only New Year’s orchestra performance will feature an orchestral performance accompanied by Korean musical legend Jang Saik’s unique vocal blending of traditional Korean harmony with jazz and blues. Seosan Culture Center. W10,000 – W20,000 culture.seosan.
go.kr 041-660-2566 February 19th Full Moon Special Concert Daejeon Yeonjeong Municipal Orchestra of Korean Music is hosting a special one-day concert in celebration of the first full moon of the lunar year, which is also the biggest full moon. On the 15th of the first lunar month, the group will re-create the ancient traditional dance and song that used to be performed during a full moon ceremony called “Ganggang Sulle”. Yeonjung Gugak Culture Center in Daejeon. koreamusic.go.kr 042-220-0314 February 21st - 24th Mamma Mia: The Musical The Korean adaptation of Mamma Mia! is coming to Daejeon! Filled with the upbeat songs of ABBA, this musical tells the story of a bride-to-be’s search for her father, and her mother’s past loves. This show has traveled to 23 cities and has been performed over 200 times. Daejeon Culture and Arts Center. W60,000 – W120,000 djac.or.kr 042-610-2222 February 24th – 28th Piano 3 Color Recital Korea’s three most powerful women pianists will play in a series of concerts from the 24th – 28th. Kim Seonghee, the “red piano” will play warm emotions and passion. Han Gijeong, the “violet piano”, will play sophisticated music on a huge scale. Last but not least, Heo Wonsuk, the “blue piano”, will play music that expresses a beauty like that of literature. Daejeon Culture and Arts Center. W10,000 – W20,000 djac.or.kr 042-610-2222
Family & Community Ongoing Meet Science in Sport: Special Science Exhibition Feel the science behind your movements! Teach your child about the science of sports with this exhibition. Kids try out different sports activities on-site as they learn about the scientific concepts that drive them. National Science Museum at 481 Daedeokdaero, Yuseonggu, Daejeon. 9:30 am - 5:50 pm. W6,000 science.go.kr 042-601-7910 Story of a Thousand Years There is a famous story about Hanam, a 20thcentury Buddhist leader. After Korea was released from Japan in the 1940’s, the ongoing wars caused a huge fire in Sangwon temple. The monk Hanam used soy sauce, the temple’s only food, to extinguish the fire near the bell. This is an exhibition about the bell which now has stood for over 1,000 years. Learn the stories and history behind the bell, and the reasons that it has survived for so long. Jincheon Bell Museum in Jincheongun. 9 am – 6 pm. Closed Mon. Adults W1,500, students W1,000, children W500. jincheonbell.net 043-539-3847 Through February 11th Ice Fountain Festival in Alps Village The winter resort Alps Village hosts this ice-themed festival every year. See ice architecture and carved ice fountains, or try out bobsleighing and even cow-pulled sleds. This is the one of biggest ice festivals in Korea. W2,000 - W3,000. Alps Village, 164-1 Cheonjang-li, Cheongyang-gun, Chungnam-do. alpsvill.com 041-942-0797 Through February 24th Truc Art Season 2 Truc is French word means Trick. Truc art refers to art manipulated to come out into the real world for the perfect photo opportunities. As Season 1 of Daejeon’s Truc Art was so successful, Truc Art Season 2 has been opened to be even more realistic and more fun. See and touch classic art with these semi-realistic works. 7F of DreamPlus Department Store, Gagyeongdong, Chung-gu, Daejeon. W10,000 W12,000 ticket.interpark.com 1566-6373
Art Ongoing Gwangju Alive Gallery Exhibition Education + information technology + entertainment = a living art exhibition! See classic and modern works of art come alive at this edutainment-themed event. Alive Art Gallery is a brand-new concept straight from Korea. Gwangju Culture & Art Center. 10 am - 7 pm. Adults W13,000, children W11,000. alive-gallery.com 062-613-8340 Letters of the Ancient People An ancient form of letter-writing called Ganchal is the one of the best existing literary windows into lives of the ancestors. Used during the 16c - 19c, it was at the time the only form of long-distance communication available. This exhibition’s letters are donated by Hwang Byeonggeun, the son of the revered teacher Hwang Uk. Jeonju National Museum. 9 am – 6 pm (7 pm on weekends and national holidays). Closed Mon. Free. jeonju.museum.go.kr 063-223-5651 Through February 10th Fun Imagination: Wacky Friends As a hands-on exhibition, the works in this show offer both children and adults the chance to see the creative ideas behind the talents of four Korean artists—Kim Hyeong-jin, Nam Hyeong-don, Pak Seongbae, and Cho Dae-won. Through hyperrealistically stylized images of nature, rocks, dragons, and animals, lead your child into the development of the imagination. Children’s Gallery at Gwangju Museum of Art. 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Mondays. Adults W500, teenagers W300, children W200. artmuse.gwangju.go.kr 062-510-0149
Performances Ongoing Gugak Saturday Performance The South Jeolla Provincial Gugak Troupe has held more than 1,300 Korean classical music performances since 1986. Combining various instruments and dancing, the troupe displays traditional and fusion Korean music. Every Sat 5 pm. Mokpo Citizen’s Culture and Athletic Center. W5,000. art.mokpo.go.kr 061-270-8375 February 7th Wizard of Oz: The Musical This Koreanlanguage musical tells the story of Dorothy, who is blown away by a tornado into the magical Land of Oz. This is considered the epitome of the family musical, so bring kids of any age to enjoy the show. Gwangju Culture and Art Center. Three showings: 10:50 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm. W20,000 gjart.net 062-510-9251 February 18th Love Is Red: New Year’s Concert It is a harsh world we live in when we’re too busy to love each other. However, Baritone Donggyu Kim and Yeongnam Cho haven’t forgotten our tendency to be kind. With this concert held to benefit families in need, enjoy classical music for a good cause. Grand Theater at Gwangju Culture and Art Center. 7:30 pm. W30,000 – W100,000 gjart.net 062-510-9251
February 23rd Art Stage Sori Episode 12: Casker This concert series presents uniquelystyled and artistic musicians who have less public support, covering genres from around the world including modern rock, folk, indie, and jazz. This 12th episode will feature the indie pop duo Casker, whose music is highlighted by the use of electronic bossa nova. Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do in Jeonju. 7 pm. W20,000 sori21.co.kr 063-270-8000
Family & Community Through February 24th Knocking on a Magic Door Magic Knock gives you the chance of not simply watching magic but trying it out yourself. Forget about seeing a monotonous magic show and instead bring the kids to Magician Village to learn to be real magicians. Kim Daejung Convention Center. 10 am - 6 pm. W13,000. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
JEOLLA PROVINCE Foreigner Assistance Gwangju International Center gic.or.kr 062-226-2733 Gwangju Blog gwangjublog.com The Jeonju Hub thejeonjuhub.com
Religious Services Antioch Presbyterian Church Jeonju andiok.kr 063-274-3228 Iri Joongang Church Iksan 063-851-4311 Musang Temple Muan-gun 042-841-6084
Restaurants/Supermarkets First Nepal Restaurant Gwangju firstnepal.com 062-225-8771 Tequilaz Gwangju’s first Mexican cantina serves up your south-of-the-border favorites with magical margaritas and, of course, killer tequilas. tequilaz.com Underground Grocers Gwangju This foreigner-run food shop has those hardto-find cheeses, taco shells and other delicacies you crave. 062-232-2626
Live Music Venues Bars/Lounges/Pubs Art & Travel Cafe Jeonju Open mic nights every Wednesday from 9 pm. Facebook group, 011-9437-0208 Deepin Jeonju Catch a sports game or get a card game going with a draft brew and their old school CD library of Western tunes. 010-5001-9695 Led Zeppelin Art Space Jeonju Hosts underground bands both expat and Korean. cafe.daum.net/k250073 018607-6321 Radio Star Jeonju Under the 7-11 in Junghwasan-dong. 011-9444-9609 Speakeasy Gwangju The fun never stops at this fantastic bar owned and operated by honest Irishman Derrek Hannon. speakeasygwangju.com 010-4713-3825 San Antonio Latin Bistro Suncheon Suncheon surprises with this Latinthemed restaurant and bar. Facebook group, firstname.lastname@example.org 061-724-2234
Betty Crocker’ing it up in Jeonju Making lesson plans might be one way the expatriate community in Jeonju gets creative, but that may not be as fun as, say… making your own cake. That’s where Dan Hana Cake Making (단하나 케이크 만들기) comes in, a place where customers can design their very own cake—and eat it too. The quaint little shop is located on the second level in the heart of downtown Jeonju, an area commonly referred to by locals as “Gaeksa”. To kick off, a friendly staff member will help you choose your desired cake shape, size, batter flavor, frosting flavor and frosting shape. For the latter, there are different skill levels for different frosting shapes, so choose wisely or ask the staff to recommend one for you. Make yourself comfortable at a table with your pre-baked cake and get started with your frosting. It may not be perfect at first, but after the first few tries you’ll be frosting that cake up like a champ. Head over to the toppings rack for a large variety of fresh fruit, candy, chocolate, syrups, powdered sugars and more to garnish your cake. Need some inspiration? Look through the several albums of past cakes for ideas of how to sculpt your own masterpiece. Alert the staff ahead of time of any nut allergies so they can steer you away nut toppings. Remember, it’s your own cake and everything at your disposal will taste delicious, so feel free to go wild! Just keep in mind that the final price will depend on the type and quantity of decorations you choose. Ready for a second round? Try your hand at cupcakes next time. A great afternoon activity for couples, families or even those looking to make a gift for a loved one, Dan Hana gives you an experience to satisfy your creative side without prices that might kill your money-miser side. G e tt i n g T h e r e Find Dan Hana Gaeksa Jeonju at 2F 95-1 Gosa-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si. Other chain locations can be found at www. cakedan.com. Cakes start at W20,000 and go up depending on flavor and toppings. Wor ds and shots by Baru n Sarkar 10 Magazine February 2013 | 63
Through February 17th Exhibition of World Art Masters - My Chagall, Your Picasso Celebrating “Visit Jeonbuk Year”, Jeonbuk Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of works by world art masters. A total of 99 pieces by painters who left a significant mark in art history including Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Edouard Manet, Piet Mondrian and Paul Cezanne will be on display. Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Wanju County. 10 am - 6 pm (6 hourly shows). Closed Mondays. W5,000 W10,000. jma.go.kr 063-290-6873
The 37th Joyful Cultural Recharge: W1,000 Romance Can you believe that a top-notch concert series sells tickets for only W1,000? Held in Gwangju, the even more amazing part about this series is that there is no price gap between the VIP and regular sections. Every seat is W1,000. Enjoy the high quality sounds of musicals and operas no matter what your budget. Gwangju Culture and Art Center. 7:30 pm. W1,000 gjart.net 062-510-9251
Shots courtesy of Ulsan Culture & Tourism
The First Light
Seollal Sunrise at Korea’s Most Easterly Point What are your plans for New Year’s Eve in 4346? How about observing our nearest star on Words by Ben Cowles its hazy morning rise, and bathing in the first rays of the year?
old on a minute! Why make such absurd plans? Surely, anyone currently present on Earth shall have unraveled from their mortal coils by then. Well, no actually. For you see, according to Korea’s Lunar Calendar, this Seollal on February 10th marks the 4346th year since the birth of the nation’s mythical founder, Dangun. Though to be honest, pretty much everyone in Korea uses the Gregorian calendar these days and rarely, if ever, even remembers the old traditional date. As the moon waxes by on February 9th, the night before Lunar New Year, so begins a three-day national holiday here in Korea, which unfavorably falls over a weekend this year! The year of the Dragon ends and so begins the turn of the Snake. A sort of exodus ensues at this time of year as millions head to their ancestral homes. Unlike the West’s tradition of bellowing along to the general tune of Auld Lang Syne, many in Korea usher in their traditional New Year with more grace and sobriety: by viewing the sunrise from atop one of their many mountains or along the vast stretches of Eastern coastline. For anyone sojourning away in Gyeongsang Province this Seollal, one such place to observe this celestial wonder is Ganjeolgot Cape, a beautiful park tucked away near the southeast city of Ulsan. A peninsular in miniature, the headland is Korea’s most easterly point and as such, is the first place on the Korean mainland to be awash with the light of the New Lunar Year. 64 | 10 Magazine February 2013
Accompanied by family and friends, denizens of Gyeongsang province feast on generous portions of rice cakes, soju and all manner of side dishes under the gaze of the full moon. No doubt you’ll be invited to dine with the reveling ajummas and ajeossis as they wait for the breaking of dawn. What to See
Jangseung, which are traditional Korean totem p o les ere c te d to ward of f ev il demons, are some of the first to welcome the sunrise on Ganjeolgot Cape. Close by the totems is the largest post box in Korea (and quite possibly the world). A shameless tourist trap it might be, but the enormity of the thing is endearing nonetheless. Be prepared to have your camera on standby. However the infinitely more photogenic Ganjeolgot Lighthouse perches on the hill behind the shoreline. Originally constructed in the 1920s in a bid to guide ships safely around the cape’s choppy waters and bitter rocks, the lighthouse’s main purpose today is to add to the overall quaintness of the park, which it does admirably.
After the Sun Rises
The sunrise here could not be any more picturesque and, as luck would have it, is available for your viewing pleasure on any of the other 364 days a year. So if you miss it, you needn’t wait for next Seollal—and besides, there’s plenty of other stuff to see. Depending on the weather (or your tolerance of it) the very close-by Jinha Beach may be worth a visit. Hailed as a summer paradise by Korea’s tourist board, the lengthy beach certainly is beautiful and is also much more serene out of season. There’s also Ulsan City itself. Though probably best known for its industrial prowess, the city has a surprising amount of scenic spots… according to the tourism board, 12 to be precise, with Ganjeolgot Cape being one of them. After you’re done with the Cape, check out the other 11—trekking up the forested inclines of Mount Gaji, frolicking in the river waters alongside Jakgwaechon Temple when the weather allows, or wading through the reed fields of Mount Sinbul are among the highlights. Getting There
The super speeds of the KTX train make reaching Ganjeolgot a laid-back af fair indeed. Be sure to book any train/bus tickets well in advance of Seollal, as the entirety of Korea vacates too (and avoid the thronged slow trains at all costs!). From Ulsan Intercity Bus Station, you’ll need to catch bus 715 to get to the cape. Coming from Busan, catch the intercity bus from Haeundae Bus Station; it passes right by Ganjeolgot.
Art Ongoing Busan Alive Art Gallery Education + information technology + entertainment = a living art exhibition! See classic and modern works of art come alive at this edutainment-themed event. BEXCO near Centum City Stn. (Busan line 2, exit 1). 10 am - 7 pm. Adults W13,000, teens W11,000. alive-gallery.com 1544-0412 Artsonje Museum Collection: The Vision of Contemporary Art This is an exhibition that displays a collection of contemporary art. Today, art is more than just a form of beauty. It is a form of expression that makes the audience think about their culture and their values. Art Sonje Museum in Gyeongju. artsonje.org/kyongju
around poetry, tea and Zen, in order to express Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Daegu Art Museum. 10 am - 7 pm. Closed Monday. Daegu Grand Park Stn. (Line 2, ex. 5) Shuttle bus every 30 minutes. daeguartmuseum.org 053-790-3000
Valentine’s Day. His music is often referred to as “healing music”, with songs that are both spiritual and peaceful. For this particular concert, he will be playing with a full band. Busan Cultural Center. culture.busan.go.kr 051-120
Prism This exhibition features works by seven artists expressing their thoughts on cultural values and everyday life in countless different colors reflected by prisms. This is a great exhibition to assess where your values are in your life. Clayarch Gimhae Museum. 10 am – 6 pm. Adults W2,000, students W1,000, children W500. clayarch.org
February 24th Yiruma Concert: “Staying in Memories” Yiruma is a composer and a pianist, best known for songs like “First Love” and “River Flows in You.” Join us as he shares the songs and stories of his life. Busan Cultural Center. 7:30 pm. W44,000 - W77,000. culture.busan.go.kr 051-120
Through February 21st The Origin: Photography Exhibition During its relatively short history, photography has stood out as a new form of art. However, digital technology for the past 20 years has resulted in a flood of artificial images. This exhibition aims to go back, displaying authentic photography and explaining its roots as a form of documentation of reality rather than artificiality. Goeun Museum of Photography. 10 am – 7 pm. Closed Mon. goeunmuseum.org 051-746-0055
Theater & Dance National Geographic: The Beautiful Days First displayed in Seoul in 2012, The Beautiful Days tells a story through photographs of the Earth as a place where all live together in harmony, rather than as property belonging only to mankind. Over 180 photos will be exhibited to remind us of the disappearing beauties on our planet. The exhibition is themed around five sections: Winged Animals, Walking Animals, Underwater Creatures, EyeOpening Sights, and People in Nature. Wolsuk Art Center. 10 am – 7 pm. Adults W12,000, teens W9,000, children W7,000. knnart.com 1577-7600
Traditional Folk Performances in Busan On the second and fourth Sunday of each month, there are traditional Korean folk performances at the Folk Art Hall at Geumgang Park. 10 am - 1 pm. pusanminsok.or.kr 051-555-0092 February 2nd - 3rd Magic Show: Sherlock Holmes 2 Choi Hyun-woo, one of Korea’s most talented and well-known magicians, will be telling the story of Sherlock Holmes through a diverse set of live tricks and performance art. Bring the whole family to this all-ages show. W44,000 - W66,000. Seongsan Art Hall in Changwon. sungsanart.or.kr 055-268-7900
February 5th – March 10th Special Exhibition: The Year of the Snake In honor of the new Lunar Year of the Snake, National Gyeongju Museum will host this special exhibition dedicated to snakes in folklore and fairytales. Displays include art and relics from the Shilla Dynasty to today. Gyeongju National Museum. Closed Mon. gyeongju.museum. go.kr 054-740-7500
February 1st Galaxy Express Tour Korean rock band Galaxy Express is celebrating the release of their third album. This three-piece group has toured around the globe, and has been highlighted as one of the most engaging and entertaining bands in the Korean music industry. Live Concert Hall Oz in Seomyeon, Busan. ticket.interpark.com 051-808-0204
Through February 11th Discover Busan The series “Discover Busan” hosts new works by artists who represent the city of Busan, giving local artists a chance to show off their freshest creations. In this special edition show, the sculptures, paintings, and woodwork of four active Busan-based artists over the age of 60 will be on display. Busan Museum of Art near Museum of Art Station (line 2, exit 5). 10 am – 6 pm. Adults W700, students W300. art.busan.go.kr 051-740-4241
February 14th Valentine’s Day Concert Are you hoping for a musical date this Valentine’s Day? Daegu National Orchestra will be playing concertos and famous classical pieces to make your night a delight. Bring that special person to the concert to enjoy some great music. All the seats are W10,000 regardless of location. Daegu Culture and Arts Center. 10 am – 8 pm. Closed Mon. artcenter.daegu.go.kr 053-606-6114
Through February 17th Kwak Hoon: Poem, Tea and Zen This installment by Kwak Hoon, one of Korea’s leading modern artists, revolves
Sweet Valentine: A Steve Barakatt Concert This is a concert you don’t want to miss. Canadian composer and pianist Steve Barakatt will be playing in Busan this
Free Market in Busan Buy handmade products directly from artists themselves. Enjoy cultural performances and the weekly fountain show. Free Market at Culture Square Stn. in Busan. Fridays 2 - 9 pm. busan.go.kr Cheongdo Provence Love Light Festival At night, the view of the Cheongdo Provence resort is even more beautiful than it is during the day. It has therefore been nicknamed “Photo Land” due to its photogenic qualities. Attend this festival to experience the beautiful scenery, and take pictures to capture precious moments in the streets of Cheongdo. Cheongdo Provence Photo Land. cheongdo-provence.co.kr 054-0372-5050 Gyeongju: 1,000 Years of Love Light Festival Gyeongju is a city with 1,000 years of history and culture. The exhibition is based on the myths of Gyeongju, its history, and the theme of love. Experience a night of beautiful lighting displays and music as you take pictures to capture the moments with your family and friends. Gyeongju Chosun Spa Hotel, Gyeongju. lightfestival.co.kr 054-773-1400 Cocomong’s Green Playground Play as much as you want with the lovable monkey Cocomong this year! This “green” playground encourages eco-friendliness with fun activities and games for kids that help them learn about environmental issues. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a day of learning and taking pictures. Gimhae Arts and Sports Center. 10 am - 6 pm. gasc.co.kr 055-320-1234 Through February 3rd Geumwon Mountain Winter Festival Geumwon Mountain is one of Gyeongsang’s most-visited mountains. Each year during this winter, this festival showcases art pieces made out of ice and snow. See and experience ice tigers, snow castles, ice dragons and more. Geumwon Mountain. greencamp.go.kr 055-211-6781 Through February 17th Matisse and Dancing Paper The artist Henri Matisse was known for using a variety of colors and textures. Bring your kids and learn about Matisse’s art compositions and color schemes. Your kids can enjoy education about his thought process and his work, then create art themselves using the techniques and methods that Matisse used. Seongsan Art Hall in Changwon. sungsanart.or.kr 055-268-7900
France Tour in Storybooks The artistic paintings and trends of French storybooks will be displayed through this exhibition of the works of 20 French storybook artists. See the multimedia system through which storybook illustrations are created and bring the kids to get hands-on with programs like a passport-stamping travel book, magnet shaping game and storybook readings in the library. 10 am - 7 pm. W5,000. Suseong Artpia in Daegu. ssartpia.or.kr 053-666-3300
Gyeongsang Foreigner Assistance Busan Foundation for Int’l Activities bfia.or.kr 051-668-7900 Geoje Foreign Resident Association gfra.net 055-687-9332 Ulsan Global Center 052-229-2810 Ulsan Online ulsanonline.com
Restaurants Busan Gecko’s Western Perched on lovely Haeundae Beach at the Pale de CZ, you can get all of that authentic Western food you’re used to back home, and you’ll find bartenders who know how to mix a real margarita. 051-747-3069 Il Sole Italian Quality food with a great view of Haeundae Beach. 051-747-4253 Samarkand Russian Uzbeki restaurant serving kebabs, soups and stews. Busan Station. 051-581-4050 Daegu Berkeley Italian 053-421-8577 Buy the Book Western This bookstore and café is your source for free yoga, theater, and parties. Downtown Daegu. Open weekends. email@example.com Café Francesco Italian Near Rodeo Street. 053-252-9625 Dijon French Up-market French and Mediterranean cuisine. 053-422-2426 Hami Mami’s American One of Daegu’s best brunches. 50m from the US base. 8 am – 10 pm. 053-475-5242
Religious Services Baekangro Church Busan 051-898-3740 Bujeon Church bujeon.org 051-807-3331 Catholic Center Busan bccenter.or.kr 051-441-6403 Hongbeopsa Temple 051-508-3470 Busan busanbuddhism.com/hannarae Hosanna Church Busan hosanna21.com 051-209-0191 Podowon Church Busan 051-333-3736 Shipyungro Church Busan spr.or.kr 051-220-0200 Sooyeongno Church Busan 051-740-4500 Pusan University of Foreign Studies Busan 051-640-3445 Islamic Mosque Busan busanislam.or.kr 051-518-9991 Okpo Joonang Presbyterian Geoje Island 010-2586-7520, 010-3873-1652 Sumgim Presbyterian Church Geoje Island sumgim.org 010-4577-3096
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Through February 3rd Korea’s Precious Cultural Property During the Goryeo Dynasty, there was a very famous painting of Buddha that was known all across Asia. As generations went by, the painting was lost. It was not until 700 years later that a Buddhist follower found the damaged pieces of the painting and reassembled it. This exhibition centers around this authentic painting and other hwabul religious artworks, proudly presenting some of the greatest religious art in the history of Korea. Daegu Culture and Arts Center. 10 am – 8 pm. Closed Mon. artcenter.daegu.go.kr 053-606-6114
Ongoing Miso II: Silla, The Land of the Gods This performance illustrates a thousandyear history of Silla. By demonstrating the traditional Korean folk dance and music, you will learn about the Silla Dynasty and the culture of that time. Expo Cultural Center of the Gyeongju World Culture Expo. Tue - Sun 7 pm. Closed Monday. W20,000 – W50,000. sillamiso.chongdong.com 054-740-3800
Family & Community Ongoing D’Art Museum This exhibition will feature world-renowned masterpieces da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Sunflowers like you’ve never seen them before. Try on a pair of 3D glasses and experience the modern art on a different level. The museum includes six different exhibitions, from A to F, and a gift shop for souvenirs. W12,000 - W20,000. Exhibition Room 4 at Haeundae Grand Hotel room. ticket.interpark.com 1544-1555
Through February 24th Kids Park in Daegu The only indoor sledding and kids’ park in Gyeongsang! This is fourth winter kids’ park in Daegu. A 45m safe rail tube sledding course for kids ensures that parents don’t have to worry about cold or injuries. The park also has an inflatable air bounce and slide along with pedal boats, a fishing playground, a mini train, squirrel games, and animal cars! EXCO (Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center). excodaegu.co.kr 053-601-5000
exciting rhythms. Featured bands change each week so you’ll never get bored. Outdoor Poolside at Shilla Hotel Jeju. 2 2:30 pm, 8:30 - 9:30 pm every day. shilla.net/kr/jeju 1588-1142
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Jeju Glass Castle This theme park features unique glass pieces by artists from all over the world. Highlights include a magic mirror room, glass lake, and giant pyrex beanstalk. Jeju-si. Mon - Sun 9 am - 7 pm. Children W7,000, teens W8,000, adults W9,000. jejuglasscastle.com 064-772-7777
Become Part of the Art Get out of the cold and into the art at one of Jeju’s trick art museums. Winter is always a good time to find indoor activities. Luckily, Jeju has a wide variety of museums to make you forget all about your winter blues. But educational exhibitions aren’t always for everyone… Sometimes, you just want to have fun. If you don’t find joy in museums where you have to be quiet and not touch anything, Jeju’s trick art museums are just what you need. A refreshing spin on art museums, the Trick Art Museum located near Seongeup Folk Village and the Alive Museum in Jungmun allow you to become a part of the artistic displays located both indoors and out. By strategically placing yourself in front of or within the art, you can create some fantastic and dumbfounding photographs to show your friends and family. Lying on the ground creates a picture that makes it look like you’re dangling from a skyscraper. Sitting in a corner makes you the next meal for a scary creature. You can ride Santa’s sleigh or dance with a pretty girl. At these museums, almost anything you can imagine, you can do. While both the Trick Art and Alive museums are full of trick art displays, there is very little overlap between the two. Optical illusions, props, and 3-D sets are used to create the scenes, and yet, each museum’s individual paintings and display types are unique. It takes three hours or so to go through each museum at a leisurely pace, taking pictures at most if not all of the displays. After you’ve had your fun, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack at the cafés located at the end of each museum. Trick Art Museum near Seongeup Folk Village: Take the 97 highway towards Pyoseon from Jeju City. The museum is located just off the 1119 on the righthand side. trickart.co.kr Alive Museum in Jungmun: Take the 1136 from Jeju City to the 1132 and follow to Jungmun Resort Complex. The museum is located within the resort complex approximately 400m from the entrance. alivemuseum.co.kr
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Revealing the Secret of Da Vinci’s Notes This exhibition of children’s artwork based on the notes of Leonardo da Vinci is coorganized by the Jeju Da Vinci X-File children’s academy. Students created works of art based on the science and theories of Da Vinci, showing a different perspective on the historic works. Jeju Museum of Art. 9 am – 6 pm. jmoa.jeju.go.kr 061-710-4300
Ongoing Jeju Folk Village Museum Get handson experience with Jeju Island’s unique culture in this village of 100 traditional houses and thousands of artifacts. Mon - Sun 8:30 am - 6 pm. Seniors & children W4,000, teens W5,500, adults W8,000. Seogwipo. jejufolk.com 064-787-4501 Jeju Ice Museum This indoor museum and theme park combines the concepts of ice sculpture and arboretum. Enjoy the “Ice Country” gallery alongside the Bucket List Art interactive exhibition and 5D films. Open late for extra fun. 9 am - 10 pm. Ice Country & Bucket List Art: seniors & children W8,000, teens W10,000, adults W12,000. Ice sculpture experience: W7,000. 5D films: W5,000. 1320 Yeon-dong, Jeju-si. jejuicemuseum.com 064-742-3700
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Unfolding: Exhibition of Works Since 2009, Jeju Museum of Art has collected an entirely new group of artworks. Now they will unfold this secret collection to visitors. Understand art through the themes of people and everything that surrounds them. Jeju Museum of Art. 9 am – 6 pm. jmoa.jeju.go.kr 061-710-4300
O’Sulloc Tea Museum A must for island visitors. Learn the history of Korean tea while enjoying it freshly roasted with ice cream or baked goods. Namjeju-gun. Mon - Sun 9 am - 6 pm. Free. osullocmall.com 064-794-5312
February 23rd - 28th Samda Story While Jeju is loved by visitors for its beautiful natural environment, that same environment makes it hard for residents to live. It is said that the island is abundant in three things: rocks, wind, and women. This exhibition focuses on culture and art related to wind, and through it, the relationship between people and the environment. Jeju Culture and Art Center. jejuculture.or.kr 064-710-7605
Making Jeju Tangerine Muffin & Cookies Bring the whole family to learn to make muffins and cookies out of Jeju tangerines! Get hands-on cooking experience during this special time and enjoy sweet, citrusy muffins and cookies after the class. This popular class is often full, be sure to make reservations. Seogwipo Citrus Museum. Weekdays only. 10 - 10:30 am or 2 to 4 pm. W3,000 per team. citrusmuseum.com 064-767-3010
Performances Ongoing Jump Currently in its second decade, this popular martial arts comic performance shows no simic beats. Jeju Media Center in Jeju City. Sun 8 pm, Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 & 8 pm. W40,000 - W50,000. nanta.i-pmc.co.kr 064-723-8878
JEJU ISLAND Theme Park
Nanta This very popular non-verbal performance (first staged more than a decade ago) is a feast for both the eyes and ears, turning ordinary kitchen pots and pans into rhythmic beats. Jeju Media Center in Jeju City. Sun 8 pm, Tue - Fri 8 pm, Sat 4 & 8 pm. W40,000 - W50,000. nanta.i-pmc.co.kr 064-723-8878
Concerts Ongoing 2013 Brazil and Cuba Music Festival If you want to enjoy the heat of Cuba or Brazil this winter, don’t miss this music festival featuring talented Latino musicians playing dynamic percussion sounds and
Kimnyoung Maze Park The challenge is the thrill of the search and the reward is the taste of success in ringing the bell! San 16, Kimnyoung-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jejudo. jejumaze.com 064-782-9266
E d i t e d b y S o ni a H e nsl e y
Guests and refreshments at 10 Media’s “10 on the 10th” January networking event, Frescobaldi Wine Night. Shots by Lee Geon-gu of Shindong Wine.
Saturday, February 2nd Burns Supper with St. Andrews Society of Seoul Join in the annual celebration of the life of the Scottish Bard. Savor traditional culinary delights and enjoy recalling the qualities of Rabbie, and his love for the lassies. An evening rich in prose, poetry and song is assured. Black tie dress required. Namsan Room of Grand Hyatt Hotel. Cocktails from 7 pm for 7:30 start. W120,000 or W1,200,000 for a table of 10. Contact email@example.com for reservations. standrewssocietyofseoul.weebly.com 010-3047-3125 Tuesday, February 12th SIWA Newcomers’ Meeting If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, you are encouraged to join the Newcomers’ meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about this organization and the city of Seoul. 5th floor of Myeongdong M Plaza near Myeong-dong Stn. (line 4, ex. 6). 10:30 am. W10,000 siwapage.com
Saturday, February 16th AMCHAM Inaugural Ball 2013: Diamond Anniversary Celebrate the beginning of a prosperous new year and welcome the newlyelected Board of Governors with AMCHAM members and their guests. Black tie dress. RSVP required. 6:30 pm. Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Seoul. W275,000 per seat, W2.75 million per table. amchamkorea.org 6201-2200
Tuesday, February 19th ASKC Ambassador Series: Italy and Korea Join ASKC for this special address from H.E. Sergio Mercuri, Ambassador, Embassy of Italy. The talk will cover the upcoming Italian election, European debt crisis, and the future of Korean and Italian relations. Peacock Suite on 36F of Lotte Hotel Seoul. 12 pm. Members W30,000, non-members W50,000, embassy/press W20,000. asiasociety.org/korea Saturday, February 23rd AWC Mardi Gras Masquerade Charity Ball Celebrate Fat Tuesday in grand New Orleans tradition with this masquerade charity ball. Enjoy drinks, dinner, entertainment, live music, a silent auction, and a raffle for prizes including two business-class tickets to any city in the USA. A mask is essential at this black-tie event! Space is limited, so send your RSVP to pam.awc@gmail. com. Renaissance Hotel, Gangnam. 7:30 pm - 2:30 am. Members W160,000, non-members W180,000, table of 10 W1.4 million. awckorea-seoul.org See p. 55 for details. Tuesday, February 26th BASS Monthly Meeting: Boot Camp This month, BASS’s monthly get-together will welcome Ian Matthews of BAFIK Boot Camps to talk about health and fitness as a foil to last month’s holiday excesses. The Seoul Club, Hallasan
Room. Members W10,000, non-members W15,000. 10 am - 12 am. britishseoul.com
Wednesday, February 27th BIWA Coffee Morning Come and join BIWA’s monthly coffee morning held on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Upstairs at the Starbucks, Pale d’CZ Building (next to Paradise Hotel), Haeundae Beach area, Busan. 9:30 am - 12 pm biwa-korea.com Wednesday, February 27th SIWA Working Women’s Network This evening get-together is planned every month for professional women who can’t make midday networking events. Held the final Wednesday of every month. Contact workingwomensnetwork@ siwapage.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details on this month’s event. siwapage.com AMCHAM American Chamber of Commerce ANZA Australia and New Zealand Association, Korea ASKC Asia Society Korea Center AWC American Women’s Club of Seoul BASS British Association of Seoul SIWA Seoul International Women’s Association FKCCI French Chamber of Commerce and Industry Korea BIWA Busan International Women’s Association
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Thursday, February 14th FKCCI Cafe du Commerce Join and network at the Café du Commerce in an informal and French atmosphere. Price includes a buffet of traditional French food. Lobby at Novotel Ambassador Gangnam. 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm. W26,000 fkcci.com 02-531-6868
Tuesday, February 19th ANZA February Global Cafe The beautiful Bobbi Brown makeup range will be presented in this exclusive Global Cafe. Get ready for the ANZA Charity Ball 2013 with the latest makeup tips and tricks. Sign up early as spaces are limited. Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel. 10 am - 12 pm. W20,000. anzakorea.com
A Guide to Korean Insects Words by Andrew Barbour , Illustration by Pat Volz
Anopheles sinensis (모기; Mosquito). A. sinensis are spontaneously generated in threes when you close a screen window, plug in an electric mosquito repellent, or kill one. They thrive at temperatures between cold enough to kill you and hot enough to kill you. They enjoy feeding upon my daughter’s face, and I enjoy feeding them death with the palm of my hand. Scolopendra mutilans (왕지네; Chinese Red-Headed Centipede). S. mutilans—ahem, *mutilans*—can reproduce the shrieking noises of its terrified victims. It begins its hunt by telepathically haunting the dreams of its prey. The prey, waking from its nightmare in a cold sweat, then typically wanders outside for some fresh air where S. mutilans lays in wait. Its venom is a neurotoxin chemically identical to despair, and symptoms of toxicity include crying out your actual soul. Antivenom is extremely difficult to obtain because few people are comfortable milking tears from refugee orphans. Sphinx ligustri (박각시나방; Sphinx Moth). Produces one of Korea’s largest caterpil68 | 10 Magazine February 2013
lars. The caterpillar is about 10 cm long, bright green, and has thin, white diagonal stripes along the side of its body. It also has a scary-ass 1.5 cm black thorn on its tail end, which it uses to warn predators as well as me, because I’m sure as hell not touching that thing directly. I mean, I’ll pick it up with a stick because that’s a cool bug, but you do not want caterpillar venom in you. My wife’s sister got stung by a S. ligustri caterpillar near Daegu and all the bones in her left hand dissolved, so now it looks like a squid or something. She doesn’t even go to her children’s piano recitals anymore because, you know, there’s a lot of pressure to clap. Vespa mandarinia (장수말벌; Asian Giant Hornet). If you see one outside the top-secret North Korean military lab where they are engineered, you should just evacuate your bowels now and make a run for it. I don’t even think they’re venomous; they’re just like one of those Kung Fu guys that turns and uses his powers for evil. Upon killing you, it then proceeds to kill you again, after which it will use your ID to track down your parents and taunt them with news of its exploits. V. manda-
rinia are booby-trapped and highly flammable. Don’t even try to grab your wife or kids first, because they’re just going to slow you down. Oncotympanafuscata (참매미; Dusky Cicada). O. fuscata ty pically begin their loud chirping (in excess of 100dB) in early July and continue this nonsense through mid- to late September. Ca lling the police on them does nothing to shut them up because they just clam up when approached, telling the police it was the cicadas in the next tree over making all the racket. From October through June they are presumably passed out drunk somewhere.
Andrew Barbour is a Connecticut attorney working in-house in Seoul. Pat Volz is a former Las Vegas caricaturist and current Seoul English teacher. His artwork has appeared in online and print publications from Austin to Australia, and a few places in between.