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Sung leto bin Yu n n

Blogger Spotlight Hallie Bradley discusses her 11-year Korean adventure

2018 PyeongChang Olympic 24

The Winter Olympics Lowdown Events to watch at PyeongChang 2018


Team Korea’s Best What will Team Korea serve up in PyeongChang?


Getting around the Olympics Need help with the Olympics? Groove has your back.


Ski resorts in Korea Top 6 ski resorts in Korea

December 2017 - January 2018

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Snow boarding

Scotty James, Ayumu Hirano, Chloe Kim



Team Eunjung Kim, Team Changmin Kim




Evgenia Medve Kaetlyn Osmond Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez

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Part 1 y ocke IcedenH, United States, Swe


Key People Meet Groove’s editorial team and a few of our talented contributors


What's on Festivals, concerts, happy hours, networking and events for every day of the month


What happened Past events from the previous month worth reviewing

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Track Short Skating d hee Speenjeong Choi, Suk Hwang Mi Daeheon Shim,

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Cover Whether this is your first time viewing the Winter Olympics or you are an avid aficionado, Groove wants you to be prepared. In this month’s issue, we’ve selected six sports essential to the PyeongChang games (as pictured on the cover) and will share the importance of each. Images provided by PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee

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dec 2017 - jan 2018 music 52

Being a bridge between worlds Jinbo, bridging expats and Korean music


Coming into her Own Han Min-joo debuts as soloist with new creative outlook: Idol singer turns a new leaf

food&drink 58

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Daniel Kim is a Korean American Filmmaker/photographer based in Seoul. Born and raised in New Mexico, he began Bboying (breakdancing) at the age of 16. At 19, he began traveling the world as a dancing missionary, performing and competing in over 25 countries. One day he felt a strong call to Korea. In 2008 with just enough money for a one way ticket, he packed up and moved to an unfamiliar country in a journey of self discovery where he found his passion for photography and filmmaking. He is now a full time director and producer specializing in Kpop music videos, adverts, and fashion.

Christopher Saint Germain

Emma Kalka started her journey into music reporting whilst slaving away as a copy-editor for an English-language news media outlet in Seoul way back in 2009. Now she is the music editor of Groove, and still slaving away as a copy-editor for a different English-language news outlet, though will soon leave the land of office jobs behind. If she’s not at the computer writing music articles, she’s out catching a live show in Hongdae, getting a glass of wine (or beer) with friends, filming music interviews for a YouTube channel, daydreaming about her next project or playing with the world’s most adorable pup, Morgan.

Hallie Bradley

came to Korea in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She works as a writer, editor and educator when she’s not out sightseeing, finding new eats and treats and writing about them on her site The Soul of Seoul. She hosts an annual scavenger hunt each spring in Seoul that is fun and fast paced. When she’s not planning fun events or working, she’s probably sipping craft beer and eating chicken with her rockstar husband.

served as a Photojournalist for the Washington National Guard and is a full time photographer here in Korea. He has lived in Korea for more than 13 years. His other passions besides photography are his family, travel and music. He is a Past Master for Lodge Harry S Truman in Pyeongtaek Korea and the Bass Player in the Bluetooth Blues Band. You can find him on Instagram @DaVinciPhoto or @ChristopherSaintGermain and on Facebook under the same name. His favorite photographic style is Travel Portraiture, and he is always in search of new and interesting people and places to add to his collection.All of these things describe him, but do they truly describe him? Yes, they do.

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PyeongChang Trout Festival

when December 22 – February 25 | where Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, and sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.

Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival Festival

when December 15 – January 14 | where Bosung-gun, Jeonnam

Lighting Festival @ The Garden of Morning Calm Festival

when December 8 – March 25 | where Sang-myeon, Gyeonggi-do

During night, the garden starts waking up slowly as lights are lit up.

The festival is held on the green tea plantation, one of the best tourist attractions in Korea. Light fixtures are installed on a large tree and along the roads around Butjae Tea House and Dahyanggak Observatory to allow visitors to see a variety of things. The lights embroider the sky at night in winter.

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Namsan Mountain and Inwangsan Mountain have made the list as they are easily accessible from Seoul since they are located within the city. Mountains found just around the city include Eungbongsan Mountain, Baebongsan Mountain, Gaeunsan Mountain, Ansan Mountain, Yongwangsan Mountain and Gaehwasan Mountain. Other mountains, such as Achasan Mountain, Yongmasan Mountain, Bukhansan Mountain, Dobongsan Mountain, Buramsan Mountain, Bongsan Mountain, Maebongsan Mountain, Hoamsan Mountain, Umyeonsan Mountain, Daemosan Mountain and Iljasan Mountain are located right outside of Seoul. Haneul Park and Olympic Park were selected as the best parks to view sunrise in Seoul.

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Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

when January 6 - 28 | where Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do

Awarded as a Premier Festivals by Korea Truism Organization 2017, the festival takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. Since 2003, the festival has been visited by a million people, making this festival more joyful. Varied festival programs include ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and participate in.


Alexander Girad, A Designer`s Universe

when December 22 – March 4 | where Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center

Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design, along with his close friends and colleagues George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames. The primary focus of his wide-ranging oeuvre was textile design: as head of the textile division at the Herman Miller Company, Girard created numerous textile patterns and products reflecting his love of festive colours, patterns and textures. He favoured abstract and geometric forms in a variety of different colour constellations, typically featuring a cheerful palette. Having originally studied architecture, Girard made a name for himself over his long career in the fields of furniture, exhibition and interior design as well as in the graphic arts. On his extensive travels, he avidly collected textiles from all over the world, which provided him with a rich source of inspiration and ideas.

Muse of Paris, `Marie Laurencin` Exhibition

when December 9 – March 11 where Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Center

A French painter, illustrator, and stage designer, Marie Laurencin was introduced by the picture dealer Clovis Sagot to Apollinaire, Picasso and their circle in 1907. For years, she lived with Apollinaire and she exhibited with the Cubists.

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Jonas Mekas: Again, again it all comes back to me in brief glimpses Exhibition

dec 2017 - jan 2018

Richard Hamilton: Serial Obsessions Exhibition

when November 3 – January 21 where National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Gwancheon)

Hamilton was fascinated both by the ubiquity of the mass-produced image in modern life and the way it operated to construct expectation, consumption, and desire. Hamilton immersed himself in this image world as a participant, while also keeping sufficient distance to be a critical observer. It could be argued that although there is no signature style to Hamilton's work, there is a signature approach, based on systematically working through the possibilities of a particular image: deconstruction, alteration, production, and repetition. This serial approach characterizes Hamilton's work as a picture-maker over six decades and is the focus of this exhibition. The exhibition also reveals how Hamilton consciously worked his way through the classic genres of painting, creating still lifes and landscapes in the era of advertising, portraits and history paintings in the age of television.


when November 8 – March 4 where National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)

The exhibition celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Jonas Mekas, one of the true pillars of avant-garde and independent cinema. This is the first retrospective of Mekas’s career that has ever been held in Asia. The substance of Mekas’s production is life itself, which continuously runs and revives at the rhythm of cinema. Hence, life becomes image, as occurs with the 768 film-stills that are printed on monumental panes of glass for In an Instant It All Came Back to Me (2015). “Images are real!” Mekas himself is heard to exclaim in Outtakes From The Life of a Happy Man (2012). Indeed, in this lifelong pursuit of paradise on earth, what could be more real than images? In conjunction with the exhibition, the Film and Video department of MMCA is also presenting an accompanying series of screenings of some of Mekas’s masterpieces, including Walden (1969), Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972), Lost Lost Lost (1975), As I Was Moving Ahead I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000), Sleepless Nights Stories (2011), and many more.

MMCA HYUNDAI MOTOR SERIES 2017: IM HEUNG SOON Things that do us part

when November 30 – April 8 | where National Museum dlagmdof Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul)

MMCA Hyundai Motor Series is an annual exhibition project that the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art conducts in partnership with the Hyundai Motor Company to support leading Korean artists. The artist selected for this year's iteration of the exhibition is the film director Lim Heung-soon (b. 1969), who won the Silver Lion Awards at 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. Lim seeks to reflect on the role of art, find different possibilities of vibrant art, and pose questions about the Korean society and individuals’roles and lives as its members through this project.

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The Soul Of Seoul: Hallie Bradley

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allie Bradley came to Korea in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. She works as a writer, editor and educator when she’s not out sightseeing, finding new eats and treats and writing about them on her site The Soul of Seoul. She hosts an annual scavenger hunt each spring in Seoul that is fun and fast paced. When she’s not planning fun events or working, she’s probably sipping craft beer and eating chicken with her rockstar husband. What brought you to Korea? What interests you the most about this country? I originally came to Korea back in the autumn of 2006. I wasn’t planning on staying here for 11 years, but I doubt most people that have been here this long planned it. I came to teach and then took the funds and traveled and then did that again…and again, until finally I settled down here. I’m married to a Korean citizen and we have a bilingual dual-citizen [child] that just turned three. I’m not sure if I can say what interests me most about Korea. I think I’ve seen more of Korea than most Koreans have at this

The natural beauty of the country is stunning and it seems not enough people take advantage of the natural surroundings. point. The natural beauty of the country is stunning and it seems not enough people take advantage of the natural surroundings. I think there’s still so much that foreigners don’t know about this country, which is not to say I know everything. But there are some things that people continually complain about that I shoot to set straight, and things that just get translated into confusing conjecture once it reaches Western audiences. Korea intrigues me and confounds me on an almost daily basis and I think that’s what most interests me. What got you into blogging? Did you start writing here or were you writing before? I started blogging a few years into my life in Korea as a way to keep myself inspired. It was about that four year hump when many

of the people I’d met my first year were deciding whether or not they wanted to stay or go. Some people had gotten miserable and were taking it out on others; I decided that, that was never going to be me. If I was going to stay in Korea, I wanted to push myself to continue finding the beauty and intrigue that this ever changing landscape has to offer, not just in terms of actual natural beauty, but also in the way of new events, cafes, delicious eats, and anything that just inspired me. Tell us about your blog. What inspired it? What was your proudest moment? The Soul of Seoul has grown immensely since it first started with just me and my mother reading it. It started as a way to inspire myself and allow my family to see that

I was (...) fine. More and more I hear how it has inspired others to get out and about. I’m proud every time I hear that someone found my blog useful. When I first came to Korea most of the blogs that were about the country had negative nancies writing them and the Korea Tourism Organization site needed a lot of help. We just had to get out and about to find places and things ourselves and of course, that meant there were a lot of hits and just as many misses. I have always wanted to share the hits and also how to make those misses fun in the end and I think I’ve done that. I’m not sure if I’ve had a proudest moment, but I am proud that The Soul of Seoul has grown as much as it has and has evolved. It started as just a blog and then became a platform for me to offer tours as well. That evolved into what I’m doing now which is

22 community planning events every few months with the goal of introducing my audience to local foreign entrepreneurs they may not know about as well as fun ways to experience Korea.

What does the future hold for you and/or your blog? The Soul of Seoul is always evolving and adapting with the life that I am leading. In the past few years, I’ve started planning

If I was going to stay in Korea, I wanted to push myself to continue finding the beauty and intrigue that this ever changing landscape has to offer... more and more events and introducing my audience to fun ways to learn about Korean culture or ways to introduce them to relevant “movers and shakers” in our

community. In October, I hosted an event with Vineworks that brought together some great vegan food makers like Spoon Me, Morococo Cafe, and Huggers to allow people to try some of their eats all in one place while the vendors also got to show off some new or different dishes. The vendors hadn’t worked together before, even though they have a niche audience and most of the attendees that came after hearing it via The Soul of Seoul had never tried their food before but loved it. It allowed people to commune and that’s what I enjoy. In the spring, I’ll be hosting the 4th annual The Soul of Seoul Scavenger Hunt which similarly aims to provide a space for people to commune, have fun, and (...) race around the city. This event has had between 70 and 80 attendees each year and I cannot wait to see who is “in it to win it” this year!

Hallie Bradley is a writer and entrepreneur who has lived in Korea since 2006. Check out her website for more articles on culture, Korean traditions, cool eats and treats in and around Seoul. Follow her on Instagram @thesoulofseoulblog to see what she’s up to right now!


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Story by Gil Coombe


Essentials Part 1



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The Winter Olympics Lowdown A survival guide for the flyby observer


kay, full disclosure: I hate snow. I hate ice. I hate sleet, hail, blizzards. In fact, I hate the cold in general. So when I was tasked with writing this guide to the three most popular events at the Winter Olympics, it felt a little bit like asking a mouse to write about the best breeds of cat, or a Cholla native to wax lyrical on the best Kyongsang has to offer (Korean regional stereotypes, amirite?). But desperate magazine editors call for desperate measures, and here I am, about to give you an overview of three sports I know nothing about and about which I previously cared even less. But then I thought: who is my audience here, really? Those who actually follow these sports will not be picking up Groove to get the inside running on form or to learn

more about tactics or the latest equipment or whatever it is that fans of these events look up. (If this sounds like you, I’m afraid to tell you that you have been horribly mislead and you should quickly move onto the next article and forget you were ever here. Go now.) Instead, I’m probably currently talking to someone whose phone died at a bus station or a friend/relative of one of the writers (Hi, Mum!) or an enthusiastic English learner who is sadly mistaken about the fundamental grammatical soundness of these pages. Whoever you are, you are probably not a winter sports expert. Picture this, though: you are in a bar with some mates deep in the bowels of winter, and they are showing something from the Olympics on the TV. Wouldn’t it be nice to pretend to your friends that you

are smart and knowledgeable about something for once (or if you really are smart--or if your friends are particularly dumb - to confirm your intelligence and/or their ignorance) by talking about whatever cold and weird thing is happening on the screen? But being knowledgeable is hard work and that’s where I come in. I’m going to do all the legwork for you, providing a nice, neat beginner’s guide to three popular winter sports so that you can wow the people around you with your understanding of the intricacies behind these winter mainstays, which are bizarrely enjoyed by millions around the world. I will reiterate: I’m not an expert on any of these sports. So any inaccuracies you find are the fault of whatever source I stole the information from, not me.

Ice Hockey Yes, I know enough to know that North Americans will be perturbed that I use the term “ice hockey” rather than just plain old “hockey,” but to me, “hockey” has always been and always will be “field hockey,” and this is just something North Americans will have to live with for however long it takes them to finish this article and forget I exist. What is it? Well, from an outsider looking in, ice hockey often seems to resemble what would happen if the members of Fight Club got drunk and tried to invent a sport, but my co-worker, who is a massive Boston Bruins fan, has managed to convince me that there are in fact tactics and intricacies to the play that make it an exciting sport to follow. That is not to say I have any idea what those might be (this is a beginner’s guide, after all), but I doubt he sits in front of his computer shouting various hockey related terminology (Boarding! Icing! Major penalty! Ah, the Bruins suck!) just to mess with me. But here are the basics. Two teams of six--a goaltender and (typically, though not mandatory) two defencemen and three forwards--attempt to put the puck into the opposition goal. A quick look at Wikipedia will tell you there are a lot of rules to be aware of (as with most North American sports, the idea seems to be to take a simple sport and then regulate the hell out of it). But the following four are most pertinent: (a) players are allowed to bodycheck opposition players into the boards, within reason, (b) penalties require the guilty player to leave the ice for a certain period of time and his team to play short-handed during the resulting power play, (c) players are not allowed to shoot the puck all the way across the centerline and their opponents goal line without it being touched in between--this is called icing, and it results in the play stopping and a faceoff in the offending team’s zone (icing is allowed for teams that are playing shorthanded, however), and (d) substitutions are allowed to be made during play, meaning you will

often see two or three players skate off and be replaced while the puck is still zipping around somewhere. Ice hockey has been in the Olympics for almost 100 years (since 1920) and has taken on greater prominence since NHL players started being allowed to take part in 1998. Coincidentally, 1998 was also the year that women’s ice hockey made its debut in the Olympic arena. Who should I bet on? On the men’s side of the draw, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Norway, and South Korea as the host country have all qualified for the Olympics. Sweden are the reigning IIHF World Championship Champions after beating Canada in the final earlier this year. So they would have seemed like your two safest bets. However, a complicating factor is that the NHL has actually refused to allow their players to participate this time because of a disagreement with the IOC over who would pay for travel, insurance and lodging, and both of these teams (and of course the U.S.) will be heavily affected. This may have opened the door for Russia, which has probably the second strongest domestic league, to dominate the competition. But then the IOC went and banned Russia from these Games for doping, and now things are even more hazy, with the Russian hockey league considering pulling its players (Russian or otherwise) out of the games. For the women, things are a little more clear cut. Given that the U.S. and Canada have squared off in the final of every single IIHF World Championship since 1998

(Canada hold a 10-8 lead), toss a coin and pick your winner from one of those two. The other teams are ultimately making up the numbers. Though Finland, as third place getters in the 2017 IIHF World Championship, will be determined to prove that this is not the case. Is there an underdog I can support? In both the men’s and women’s competition, the underdog to support has to be the Korean national sides, who are ranked 21st and 22nd in the world, respectively. This is the first time they have qualified for the Olympics and as such are going to do well to just remain competitive. The men’s team have never even played any of the top sides before, and the only nations that they have played more than 10 times and have a winning record against are Australia and Spain, two countries not especially well-known for snow. They even have a losing record against North Korea. Underdogs don’t get much more underdog than that. Where and when can I watch it at Pyeongchang? The ice hockey is split between the Gangneung Hockey Centre and Kwandong Hockey Centre in Pyeongchang. The women’s competition starts on Feb 10, with the final on Feb 22 at 1:10 pm, and the men’s competition starts on Feb 14, with the final on Feb 25 at 1:10 pm. Recommended homework Watch the Kurt Russell true story Miracle, because without its NHL players, the U.S. is going to need it.

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Snowboarding In other words, sliding and falling with style. To be fair, almost all of the people I know who are into snowboarding are the chillest, most approachable people in the world (skiers on the other hand…). So I often pretend to care about this discipline more than I actually do because I don’t want to disappoint them with my cynicism and lack of interest in walking up a hill just to fall down it again. What is it? There are five separate events for snowboarding, each with men’s and women’s competitions: (1) slopestyle = obstacle course scored on tricks and height of jumps, (2) halfpipe = sliding from one side of a half-circle to the other, again being scored on tricks, (3) snowboard cross (also known as boardercross) = straight race between four to six snowboarders to the bottom of the same course, (4) parallel giant slalom = head-to-head race between two snowboarders on side-by-side courses, and (5) big air = a big ramp, a big jump, and big points for tricks. They are all pretty evenly spread out through the Games, so you’ll almost always have some snowboarding thrills to look forward to each day. Who should I bet on? If I may play my Southern Hemisphere solidarity card for a second, allow me to direct your attention to Scotty James. The 23-year-old Australian is currently the reigning champion of three of the four biggest halfpipe competitions--and he will be gunning to add the fourth at the Olym-

pics. He didn’t have the best of times at the Winter Games in 2014, so he is hoping to make amends this time out. Also, look out for Japan’s Ayumu Hirano; the 19-year-old finished runner-up at the Sochi Games in the halfpipe, so he’ll be looking to go one better in Pyeongchang. Of more interest to the home crowd will be Chloe Kim, the American snowboarder of Korean parents who will come to Pyeongchang as the “Future of Women’s Snowboarding” and who just may well be the favorite to take out the halfpipe crown. Kim was too young for the previous Winter Games, but having turned 17 this year (yes, we are old and the relentless march of time will continue to grind us down, make no mistake), she will be aiming to further a career that has seen her become the only woman to ever land back-to-back 1080s and score a perfect 100 at an X Games (at which she has three golds already, the first person under the age of 16 ever to do so). Is there an underdog I can support? Check out Mark McMorris from Canada. He broke his rib 12 days prior to the Sochi Games, powered through, and won a bronze in the big air competition. Then he broke his right femur in 2016 in a big air crash. Hazard of the trade, you say, no big

deal. He’ll have to do more than that to earn my sentimental support. Fast forward to March 2017: goes backcountry snowboarding, comes back with a broken jaw and left arm, ruptured spleen, pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung. If he makes it to Pyeongchang (who knows what else fate has in store for him; it seems fate is holding a grudge), this man deserves your support, by God! Where and when can I watch it at Pyeongchang? Phoenix Snow Park hosts the following events: Feb 11 Men’s slopestyle finals (10 a.m.) Feb 12 Women’s slopestyle finals (10 a.m.) Feb 13 Women’s halfpipe finals (10 a.m.) Feb 14 Men’s halfpipe finals (10:30 a.m.) Feb 15 Men’s snowboard cross finals (1:30 p.m.) Feb 16 Women’s snowboard cross finals (12:15 p.m.) Feb 24 Women’s and men’s parallel giant slalom finals (12:00 p.m.) The Aplensia Ski Jumping Centre has the women’s big air finals on Feb 23 at 9:30 a.m. and the men’s on Feb 24 at 10 a.m. Recommended homework Go snowboarding yourself, ya lazy bum!

Figure Skating

Rhythm gymnastics. Synchronized swimming. Diving. Tomatoes. What do these have in common? That’s right: this is a list of things that aren’t sports. Another item that belongs on this list is figure skating, but I’m going to pretend that this isn’t the case because it is popular enough that feigning knowledge about it may be to your benefit somehow. To be fair, figure skating is the oldest event at the Winter Olympics, having first been introduced at London in 1908, so who am I to argue tradition? What is it? There are five separate events at the Games: (1) women’s single free skating, (2) men’s single free skating, (3) pairs free skating, (4) ice dance, and (5) the team event which combines the previous three disciplines. I guess the only real question that arises here is what the difference between free skating and ice dance is. Well, fear not, the internet has the answer, and I have transcribed that answer onto this page in the interests of furthering your education. (Though I guess you could have just googled it yourself. I mean, why didn’t you google it yourself?). Ice dance is a pairs event that consists of a short dance and a free dance and the two skaters cannot be apart from each other for more than five seconds. Free skating requires more acrobatic manoeuvres like jumps and lifts and spins and the like. Another difference is that ice dance requires movement to the beat of the accompanying music, whereas free skating tends to follow the melody of the music. So there you go. Who should I bet on? On the women’s side of the draw, the obvious standout is 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva from Russia. She is the reigning world champion and has won the World Championships, European Championships, and Grand Prix Finals twice each. She is a clear gold medal favorite…but the thing is, she might not even be coming. Yes, it is that pesky doping ban again. Individual Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as neutrals if they want to take part in the games, but Russia is contemplating whether to completely boycott the Games and thus prevent its athletes from making the trip, neutral or not. By the time you read this, a decision probably will have already been made. If Medvedeva stays at home, then take a look at possibly Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada, who was runner up to Medvedeva

at this year’s World Championships. For the men, the stand out at the moment is Yuzuru Hanyu, the 2014 Olympic champion and current World Champion from Japan. However, he injured himself in early November after falling at practice, so he may be somewhat rusty come the big event. In that case, don’t look past fellow countryman Shoma Uno, runner-up to Hanyu at the World Championships and winner at the Asian Winter Games this year. Another option is Javier Fernandez from Spain, World Champion in 2015 and 2016. I didn’t even know Spain did anything else other than play soccer. Is there an underdog I can support? Scratching around figure skating websites, there are so many choices for potential underdogs (and it is all complicated by the fact that a lot of countries haven’t even selected who is going to compete yet) that I was all a little bit lost. So I’m going to suggest Carolina Kostner from Italy and Wakaba Higuchi from Japan, simply because Kostner is 30, ancient by figure skating standards, and Higuchi is 16 and just starting out. I like symmetry. Where and when can I watch it at Pyeongchang? The figure skating competitions are held in the Gangneung Ice Arena on the following dates: Feb 12 Team event (10 a.m.) Feb 15 Pairs free skating (10:30 a.m.) Feb 17 Men’s single free skating (10 a.m.) Feb 20 Ice dance free dance (10 a.m.) Feb 23 Women’s single free skating (10 a.m.) In addition to the competitions, there is a figure skating gala exhibition on Feb 25 at 9:30 a.m. Recommended homework Keep on the lookout for the movie I, Tonya, which tells the true story of the one time figure skating got interesting. Or go to YouTube and watch old school figure skating from Katarina Witt or Torvill and Dean.

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Team Korea’s Best

What will Team Korea serve up in PyeongChang?

Story by Zev D. Blumenfeld


an you feel that energy? The winter is finally here and Seoul has turned into a magical, winter wonderland. (I mean, look at all this glistening snow--it’s everywhere. If I close my eyes hard enough, I can almost see the heaping piles.) And everywhere you go Koreans are giddy with anticipation for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games this February. Well, “giddy” is a strong word, let’s say “aware.” Koreans are aware of the Winter Games...oh, and there isn’t any snow on the ground. It might be due to the remnants of the political fallout and lingering ties that former president Park Guen-hye had to the PyeongChang games. Or, it could be from the controversy surrounding beloved figure skater, idol and--in the eyes of many--goddess, Kim Yuna being cheated out of a gold medal at Sochi in 2014 and her subsequent retirement. Or, maybe the lack of enthusiasm is because PyeongChang organizers signed off on destroying a 500-year-old, sacred forest on Mount Gariwang--(just kidding, that’s not the reason. You think people really care about the environment? Hah, no.) But whatever it is, any buzz that is going around is definitely not about the Olympic sports themselves. As of early November, only 20.7 percent of the 750,000 tickets available to the South Korean public had been sold. Ticket sales are on track to set a record low (though, the limited edition olympic coats were off the shelves like TVs on Black Friday). Regardless of the electric atmosphere (or, lack thereof), Team Korea has some athletes poised to take home the gold whether thousands are in attendance or no one at all. The most important meal of the day: Curling Annie’s Yogurt, Sunny, Pancake, and Steak may sound like a breakfast menu from your local Butterfinger Pancakes joint (Mr. Butterfinger, if you’re reading this, just know I can drop your name in here more. All I’m asking for are a couple flapjacks and some syrup. C’mon, buddy.

You know I’m good for it.) But before you run out the door to place your order, know that these are the nicknames of Team Eunjung Kim—the Korean Women’s Curling team. The girls hail from Uiseong—a county of about 70,000 people that is located approximately two hours north of Daegu by train. In 2015, the team began their battle to PyeongChang by winning locally at the Uiseong International Curling Tour. After their triumph at home, they took their skills to the international stage, taking gold at the Shorty Jenkins Classic in Ontario, Canada and the 2015 Canad Inns Women’s Classic in Manitoba, Canada. But while 2015 was a busy year for the Breakfast Club, they disappeared from the spotlight for most of 2016. They reemerged in the 2017 Pacific-Asian Curling Championship in Australia. Team Kim crushed Japan in the final round, 11-6, and brought home the gold medal. While they’ve been largely successful, Team Kim currently ranks eighth in the world behind the United States. This February, the men’s curling team will be represented by another group from Uiseong led by skip, ChangMin Kim. They are coming off a nail-biting win against a dominant Team China at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships and hope to slide to another victory in PyeongChang. Korea came back from trailing five points in the sixth end (period) to being down by just one at the beginning of the tenth and final end. Under pressure, ChangMin Kim, forced China’s stone out past Korea’s

second stone in the ring. This added two points to Korea’s score and secured a 9-8 win over their Chinese adversaries. It was a come-from-behind victory over a better ranked opponent. (China’s men’s team is currently ranked seventh). At the time of publication, the team was ranked 16th in the World Curling Federation Rankings. Both the women’s and men’s teams will need to fend off the higher ranked Japanese Team, something that hasn’t happened since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Team Korea’s bread and butter: Short Track Speed Skating Unsurprising to anybody who has followed Korea in recent Olympic years--and by recent, I mean any time since 1967--is their prowess in short track speed skating. Korea currently holds the most Olympic medals of any country when it comes to short track speed skating with 42. The next closest country is China with 30, followed by Canada and the United States. When the 2014 Winter Olympics concluded in Sochi, Russia, Team Korea left with

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three gold medals. Two of these were won in the short track speed skating event. Skater, Park Seung-hi sped to victory in the 1000m race and helped the team skate to the gold in the 3000m relay. However in PyeongChang, Park has decided to forgo the short track events in favor of long track. Will this be a problem? Most likely not. The ladies short track team is a powerhouse. 19-year-old protege, Choi Min-Jeong has filled the vacancy left by Park. As of publication, Choi ranks first in the world in the Ladies’ 500m, 1000m, and 1500m races. In just two years, she’s grabbed seven gold medals in World Championship races.To make things even sweeter, Korea is leading the way in the Ladies’ 3000m relay, which means the country has the ability to sweep the entire Ladies’ short track event. And there’s more. Skater Shim Suk-hee currently holds second place in the 1500m standings and third place in the 1000m standings. Meanwhile, the men’s team, lead by Hwang Dae-heon, have plenty of opportunity to secure medals

in PyeongChang. In November, Hwang sped to second place at a World Cup event in Seoul, finishing behind Charles Hamelin of Canada. Currently, Hwang leads in the men’s 1500m ranking and Team Korea is ranked at number two behind Canada in the Men’s Relay. There are four short track speed skating races for both the men and women in the Olympics, all of which will take place at the Gangneung Ice Arena. A side of... Skeleton? The “Goddess of Figure Skating,” Kim Yuna has retired after an impressive run--winning gold in 2010 in Vancouver Olympic games in the Women’s singles figure skating and silver in 2014 while competing at Sochi. She been given the nickname “Face of PyeongChang,” for her instrumental role in garnering support to bring the Olympics to Korea. But after her performance in Sochi, Yuna retired and Korea has fallen out of the spotlight in figure skating. Instead, audience attention may shift to the Skeleton event where, as of early December, Yun Sung-bin maintains a lead in the rankings of the men’s International Bobsleigh and

Skeleton Federation. In 2014, Sung-bin finished sixteenth overall. However in late November of this year, Yun Sung-bin won his second World Cup of the season in Canada, making him the first Asian to win consecutive Skeleton World Cup gold medals. Yun won the silver medal at the IBSF World Cup in New York and his first gold medal in Park City, Utah. One of Yun’s biggest rivals, Alexander Tretyakov of Russia received a lifetime ban from competing in the Olympics due to being found guilty of doping in Sochi. Consequently, this leaves only one other serious contender for the top spot in the Men’s Skeleton event at PyeongChang--reigning champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia. While the atmosphere surrounding the Olympics still seems rather relaxed, the athletes participating on Team Korea might be able to provide the spark the country needs.

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Getting around the Olympics Logistics of getting to, staying around the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games


Story by Emma Kalka Photos By PyeongChang Olympic Planning Committee

he 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games are nearly upon us. With just over a month left until the Opening Ceremonies, many inside and outside Korea are rushing to book lodging, transportation and tickets to events. Those floundering are in a bit of luck. Despite recent difficulties with accommodations, local governments have been stepping up efforts to help open up more lodgings at affordable prices as well as providing special rail passes for the event specifically for foreign visitors. Groove Korea has provided some information for those still looking to take part in the biggest sporting event in the world.

Transportation There are new KTX lines open allowing travel from Incheon and Seoul down to PyeongChang and Gangneung. In honor of the Olympics, KORAIL is offering a special pass for foreign visitors from February 1 to March 25. Available through pre-booking on the KORAIL website, the PyeongChang Rail Pass is available for five- and seven-day passes. The passes are only available for foreigners. Five-day rail passes are 168,000 won for adults, 84,000 won for children age 4-12, 134,000 won for youth aged 13-25 or students with and International Student Identity Cards, and 151,000 won for a Saver Pass which can be purchased for groups of two to five people with the same itinerary. Seven-day rail passes are 195,000 won for adults, 97,000 won for children, 156,000 won for youth and 176,000 won for Saver Passes. PyeongChang Rail Passes are only available for purchase until January 31, but passes

purchased by January 10 come with a prepaid reloadable transportation cards that can be used on the subway and buses. The passes are available for the KTX, KTXSancheon, ITX-Saemaeul, ITX-Cheongchun, Samaeul, Mugunghwa, Nuriro, commuter trains and the five tourist belt trains. It cannot be used for the SRT lines, subways or sightseeing trains. To purchase the passes, visit www. to book the tickets then bring the printed ticket to the station. Seat reservations are possible. The commemorative cards can be picked up at the Airport Railroad Travel Center, Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, Cheongnyangni Station and Busan Station. For those wishing to travel by car, two major expressways will go to the Olympic area – Yeongdong Expressway and Yeongdong II Expressway. Also, during the Olympics, national roads will be used as bypasses for expressways and the routes that connect

the KTX train stations and venues. National Road No. 6, which connects Dunnae, Mui, Jangpyeong and Ganpyeong and Regional Road. No. 456 will bypass Dunnae Interchange and Daegwallyeong Interchange. National Road No. 59 will connect Jinbu Interchange and Jeongseon. Once arriving in PyeongChang or Gangneung, event ticket holders can reach the venues by using the spectator shuttle bus. Cars and other transportation by individuals will not be allowed access around the venues, so a Park & Ride system will be incorporated. There are four centers at Bokwang, PyeongChang, Jeongseon and Gangneung. Ticketholders can park at the lots or use public buses to get to the lots and then use the free shuttle system to go to the venues. More detailed information on transportation in PyeongChang and Gangneung during the Games is available under the Transportation Information page on the official PyeongChang Winter Games website.

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Accommodation While a number of hotels and pensions in the area have already been booked for the Games, a number of places are still available with affordable prices. After complaints that some lodgings had been raising prices more than three times higher than usual peak prices, according to Yonhap News on November 27, the Gangwon Provincial Government released a set of measures to increase the number of rooms available and to encourage local accommodation owners to offer reasonable prices. They will also run a call center that will connect foreigners to local business owners. The city of Gangneung currently has a website – GNStay - to help foreign visitors find accommodations during the Games. A simple search offers various accommodations from resorts to homestays with a variety of prices in the city. Gangneung will play host to ice sports during the Olympics. To view availabilities, check out the site at Other accommodation websites have listings for various cities around the region, including Airbnb, and Hotel Search with varying price ranges and locations, depending on where visitors would like to stay. However, it is advised to book as early as possible.

Tickets With ticket sales lagging a bit, there are still plenty available for the Olympics. The official website has reservations available and tickets can be purchased offline as well at Seoul City Hall, Gangneung City Hall, Gangwon Provincial Office, Incheon International Airport, Gimpo Airport and 19 KTX stations. For those who are not located in Korea, the official PyeongChang website – www. - has an official reseller website checker. Tickets purchased outside of the country can only be purchased through official resellers. Also on the website is a new feature called Fan-to-Fan, where individuals may resell tickets that they do not wish to keep. It is a fairly simple process to register tickets for resell as well as to purchase the tickets available.

For those wanting a bit more of an experience for the Olympics, the committee has teamed up with Jet Set Sports to offer three tiers of packages that include tickets to the Olympics as well as special extras. The New Horizons Bronze package focuses on ice and/or snow events and offers the best section of seats and includes access to the exclusive New Horizons hospitality lounge in Gangneung Olympic Park. It comes with one or two Category A event tickets and an afternoon or evening hospitality passes. The Silver package comes with one or two tickets to events with better seating that the Bronze package, as well as an afternoon or evening in the special hospitality lounge. Guests can also add other services from Jet Set Sports, such as additional event tickets, accommodations in well located four- and five-star hotels, accredited ground transportation, in-venue staff assistance, opportunities to dine at local fine-dining restaurants and full pre-Olympic and Game-time management of their visit. The Gold package includes VIP Category A event tickets and hospitality passes to the New Horizons lounges. Guests can also add other services from the Silver package. On top of that, they can get unlimited event tickets with prime seating as well. Packages can be purchased at newhorizons.

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Ski resorts in Korea

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ith the Pyeongchang Games approaching quickly, no doubt many of you will be hoping to perhaps try out some of your own skills on the slopes around Korea. Skiing and snowboarding has not always been a popular pastime in Korea, but it certainly is now, with around 6.5 million visitors to Korean ski fields every year, which often means long waits at the ski lifts with the avalanche of Seoulites looking for a fun getaway if you decide to head out on the weekend during the winter peak. So the question then becomes are the ski fields and resorts of Korea worth the trip and the inevitable crowds? You would think that a country with so many hills and mountains would be positively covered in ski fields, but actually Korea does not have

much in the way of natural snowfall, at least in comparison to internationally renowned skiing areas, and the natural slopes tend towards the tame or the unworkable. However, Korea is nothing if not ready to develop the hell out of something to make it useful for something, and thus there are close to 20 ski resorts scattered throughout the northern half of the country, each with their own pros and cons depending on what you are looking to do. During a ski season that runs from December to March (though many of the resorts are open year-round), most resorts will offer gear rental and lessons for beginners, in addition to food and entertainment. Below is a list of the six most well-known ski resorts in Korea for you to consider for your slipping and sliding needs.

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Phoenix g n a h C g n o e y P Resort Year of Opening 1995 Number of ski slopes 12 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Panorama / 2,400m 9.23° / 14° Price per Type Morning-pass 53,000won, Afternoon-pass 53,000won, Night-pass 53,000won Rental fee 30,000won Other facilities Waterpark, Snow sled, Spa directions Shuttle buses to Phoenix leaves from Jamsil, Dongdaemun, Gangnam station, Sinchon, Yeoido, Nowon. Last shuttle bus to Seoul leaves at 5:00pm 15,000won Reservation for shuttle buses on the website is required. 2H ADD 174 Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do TEL 1577-0069 WEBSITE More Phoenix PyeongChang, the official venue for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, is a main venue where 18 gold medalists in a total of 9 events will be announced. Its Snowpark, accomodations, Phoenix Country golf club, and the water park ‘Phoenix Blue Canyon’, located 700 above sea level will surely present a dynamic and exciting leisure experience.


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High 1 Resort Year of Opening 2008 Number of ski slopes 18 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Zeus / 1,340m Price per Type Morning-pass 62,000/78,000won, Afternoon-pass 62,000won, Night-pass 6pm-1am 90,000won Other facilities Casino, Golf How to get there from Seoul By train Cheongnyangni station-Gohan 3H40M By bus Seoul East Bus Terminal 2H40M Seoul Nambu (South) Bus Terminal Muju 13,400w (one way) First bus to Muju leaves at 7:40am Last bus to Seoul leaves at 5:45pm ADD 424 Highone-gil, Gohan eup, Jungsun-gum, Gangwon-do TEL 1588-7789 WEBSITE html.high1 More Nearby sightseeing attractions is one of many merits of the resort. Gangreung, Yangyang and Sokcho are only an hour distance and famous for their local foods.


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Vivaldi park Resort Year of Opening 1993 Number of ski slopes 12 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Jazz / 900m / 13Ëš Price per Type Morning-pass 8:30am-1pm 58,000won,10:30am-3pm 61,000won, Afternoon-pass 12:30pm5pm 63,000won, Night-pass 6:30pm4am 54,000/61,000won Rental fee 26,000won Other facilities Ocean World(Waterpark), Snowyland(Snow Theme park), Spa directions Free Shuttle bus *HongDae - MyeongDong - City Airport Terminal (COEX)- VIVALDI PARK 2H ADD 262 Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do TEL 1588-4888 WEBSITE www.daemyungresort. com/skiworld More Just an hour distance by car and probably the nearest ski resort from Seoul among the major ski resorts in Korea.

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Yong Pyeong Resort Year of Opening 1975 Number of ski slopes 28 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Rainbow / 5,600m / 26° Price per Type Morning-pass 59,000won,10:30am-3pm 61,000won, Afternoon-pass 54,000/59,000won, Night-pass 9pm-12:30am 38,000won Rental fee 24,000/35,000won Other facilities Water Park, Golf, Snow sled directions Express buses from Dong (East) Seoul Terminal and Nambu (South) Terminal to the nearest bus terminal to the resorts For English information ADD 715 Olympic-ro, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do TEL 033-335-5757 WEBSITE More Just an hour distance by car and probably the nearest ski resort from Seoul among the major ski resorts in Korea.

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Welli Hilli Park Resort Year of Opening 2012 (Opened in 1995 as Hyundai Sungwoo ski resort and renamed Welli Hilli Park in 2012) Number of ski slopes 20 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Star Express / 2,600m / 3.3° / 11.7° Price per Type Morning-pass 60,000won, Afternoon-pass 63,000won, Night-pass 6:30pm-3am 45,000/61,000won Rental fee 17,000/27,000won Other facilities Golf, Swimming pool, Snow sled directions Shuttle buses to Welli Hilli Park leaves from Hannam,, Banpo, Dongdaemun, Wangsibni, Sinchon, Bangbae, Gyodae, Nowon, Cheongnyangni, Konkuk Univ., and more stops in Seoul. 7,500/13,000won Reservation for shuttle buses on the website is required. 2H ADD 451 Gowon-ro, Dunnae-myeon, Heongsung-gun, Gangwon-do TEL 1544-8833 WEBSITE More 160 meters long, and 17 meters wide (lip to lip), 6 meters tall with 16.5 degrees, the resort’s half-pipe is recognized with an international scale. it is easily approachable and a pipe-exclusive boardwalk has been installed for safe movement and careful service. 

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Muju Deogyusan Resort Year of Opening 1990 Number of ski slopes 23 Length and maximum percent of the longest slope and its name Silkroad / 6,100m / 14.6 Price per Type Morning-pass 6:30am-12:30am 37,000/68,000won, Afternoon-pass 12:30pm-4:30pm 60,000/88,000won, Night-pass 6:30pm12:00am 30,000/85,000won Rental fee 20,000/38,000won Other facilities Snow sled directions Seoul Nambu (South) Bus Terminal – Muju 13,400w (one way) First bus to Muju leaves at 7:40am Last bus to Seoul leaves at 5:45pm 2H30M ADD 185 Mansun-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Mugu-gun, Jeonbuk TEL 063-322-9000 WEBSITE More One of the most well-known and popular ski resorts outside Gangwon-do. Its location is conveniently accessible for Daegu, Daejeon, and Busan locals.

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Being a bridge between worlds

Jinbo hopes label SuperFreak Records can bridge expats and locals, young and old

close-mindedness… Korean culture wasn’t supporting the idea of being misfits and aliens and freaks. And just being different,” he said. He continued that indie labels today have transformed themselves into more formless institutions – having less strict outlines – in order to survive. It’s more than just going digital in distribution, he said. It’s about becoming “bodiless.” “So just like SuperFreak Records, we just let them do whatever they want to do. Our artists do whatever they want to do. They can not be signed as well, but they can still be under SuperFreak. They can collab with any record label, any music parties,” he said. He said that once an indie label has strict business lines, when it breaks, the whole house is broken. However if you don’t have a body, you can’t lose the body. He says he’s ambiguous for a reason.

I think my ultimate goal, just my faith is to be a bridge between two different cultures. Two different worlds



uperfreak Records is not like many labels. Rather than forcing its artists to adhere to strict contracts, owner Jinbo has instead chosen to allow them the freedom to work with whoever they choose and basically do what they want. At first, he hoped to just create a collective of artists, and SuperFreak became a record label because he wanted to put out his own album. His previous company, Woolim, wouldn’t allow him to release it, so he felt “creatively stuck.” But his desire to create a collective led to the current incarnation of the label. “I just wanted to make a collective where all the freaks can join and just be themselves. Especially because Korea – it’s getting better – but back then when I was a teenager… I experience so much

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“Being ambiguous is one way to survive in this digital era,” he said. Though this is just one way the music industry – and the world – has changed. And it’s still changing. Thanks to advances in technology, all it takes is a laptop with the right studio quality equipment to be a musician. “A 12-year-old kid can make it,” he said. In fact, he often checks out sites such as SoundCloud to discover new artists. He said it’s crazy how he can find really talented artists any day that way. And he continued that there are many things to be learned from younger artists and the younger audience. For it’s younger people who are setting the trends and changing the culture. Even Jinbo admitted he has had to change the way he views artists.

I just wanted to make a collective where all the freaks can join and just be themselves From his perspective, the way he views things such as stage presence has had to change. While he had to dance while performing, many new artists just walk around and sing. But at the same time, younger audiences aren’t asking for dancing and the same presence on stage. Beyond that, he praises younger artists’ grasp of social media and confesses it’s something even he can’t keep up with. “I want to have my social media game like them, but it’s not easy,” he said. “They’re amazing. They push the boundaries of the culture and they change the culture. They sometimes lead the culture.”

Beyond the younger audience, Jinbo said he hopes to reach out to the expat community in Seoul. He said that the music that he and his artists at SuperFreak records release is more international than regular K-pop and he hopes more international listeners pay attention to what they do. He hopes to see more expats at their shows and parties – they often host them at Cakeshop in Itaewon – and to see them commenting on the artists’ music on SoundCloud. “I had a glimpse into the expat life and they, amazingly – I mean, they had some Korean friends – but still, their culture was really expat culture. They were not getting the most out of Seoul,” he said. He added that he felt there was much that both locals and expats could learn from each other. “I think my ultimate goal, just my faith is to be a bridge between two different cultures. Two different worlds.” He commented that when he goes to places like Bali or Copenhagen, he sees the foreigners and locals blending and exchanging culture more seamlessly. That the expats there “color themselves” in the local culture. “Seoul needs more of that flavor,” he said. “I think foreigners and expats will have a good impact on local culture. And they will have a lot to contribute. And once Seoul soaks that up, they can give it back to the foreigners and expats.” Jinbo counts Danny Arens from Used Cassettes as a close friend and said their friendship is based on not the fact that they can both communicate in English and Korean, but how they live their lives. They both have a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s lives and that is the most important thing in their friendship. “I think, really, local people here and foreigners, they just have to find a way to be comfortable with each other without really trying to speak each other’s language,” he said. He added that he wants what he sees in his friendship with Arens to expand on a larger scale. And that is why he name his label SuperFreak. “Cause we need more freaks. And you gotta be a little crazy to go outside of your own bubble. I want to see more freaks,” he said with a laugh. “So come to our shows and make more contact culturally, spiritually or whatever.” Jinbo himself has two singles to be released in December and January. Another artist on his label, Beautiful Disco, will be releasing an album called “Heavy Rotation” soon under an L.A.-based label. Another artist, Sailli has teamed up with a trumpet player to form the band Coconut Flavor and will be releasing an album soon.

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Coming into her Own

Han Min-joo makes the transition from idol to singer-songwriter

It’s more a feeling of finding self and individuality and finding my own color. Before it was very systemrelated with the company. But now it’s more about finding what’s right for me. However, even though she struggles, she said that she has her own ways of cheering herself up. “Whenever I am rundown or down, I listen to my favorite artist and it inspires me to overcome. And I speak with my family and I’m able to overcome. My parents cheer me on to continue,” she said. And just who is this favorite artist? “Justin Bieber,” she admits with a laugh. “I love Justin Bieber. I like his voice – not his looks.” She confessed that if she had the chance, she’d also love to collaborate with the singer. She said the decision to leave her previous company came naturally. She was just studying music and happened to

produce a song that she was happy with and felt she had expressed herself through. From there, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make the change. “I’m very happy about it. My mental stability is the most important thing,” she said. The singer said she relies on her own experiences when it comes to her music. On the album, the song “Fantasy Land” was written after she had visited the amusement park Everland. She said she was really happy after the trip – the weather was perfect and she didn’t have to wait in lines to ride all the rides. Just that experience made her want to create a song that exuded the happiness she felt. The entire album exudes this happiness. It’s lighthearted and playful, much like the singer herself, who seems to have a perpetual smile on her face, often breaking out into giggles or laughter. The title track is “나만 없어 고양이” which roughly translates to “I Only Have Cats” and has an upbeat almost jazzy groove to it. While the interlude to “Fantasy Land” features the singer performing the song accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. The full track that follows is more fast-paced, using a piano melody set against an electronic backdrop. It’s the perfect theme song for a bright, sunny day spent out with friends. Han said as a musician she wants to be sometimes a friend, sometimes a lover and sometimes family. “Just all around - that kind of artist. An artist for the people that can give laughter and joy and happiness,” she said. She admits she wants to be the country’s friend. There is already Korea’s sweetheart, Korea’s first love and Korea’s little sister. “There isn’t a friend, so I want to be the friend,” she said, smiling. She said she also just hopes that everyone will listen to her music and talk about it – whether it’s good or bad. She only wants to share her music with everyone. “You know how people have to eat every day? As long as they are eating delicious food, it doesn’t get boring. It doesn’t get tiresome. I wish people will take that approach to my music. Where you can listen to it every day and not get tired of it because it’s good music,” she said. “Even if I wasn’t doing music, it would be the same where you’re always surrounded by music… Even when you are little or traveling or anything, there’s always music with you… The type of artist I want to be is not the type that people get sick of, but you keep coming back and looking for more.” Han released “제 이름은 한민주 입니다” on Dec. 8. It is available on all music streaming sites in Korea.



or singer-songwriter Han Min-joo, her newest album “제 이름은 한민주 입니 다(I am Han Min-joo)” is a new start. She originally debuted as part of an idol group, signed with a big company. But as a singer, it wasn’t quite right for her. She said there was no individuality there. “It focused less on the individual and was more focused on the group,” she said one afternoon in a studio at her new company AMP Media. She continued that now as a solo artist at a smaller company, she’s able to express herself more and find her own true color as a musician. “It’s more a feeling of finding self and individuality and finding my own color. Before it was very system-related with the company. But now it’s more about finding what’s right for me.” While she said it was relatively easy to leave her previous company, the transition from idol group member to solo artist hasn’t been all fun and games. The biggest obstacle for her at the moment is dealing with the loneliness. She has to overcome everything on her own and lives far from her family, not to mention she worries about her future.

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African Vacation in Itaewon A Variety of Flavors for Every Palate

Story by Christopher Saint Germain Photos by Anuj Madan and Daniel Kim


n a cold Korean winter evening, walking the alleys of Seoul, it is easy for your mind to drift off to warmer climates. You start dreaming of the desert and how the sunbleached sand and consistent heat from our neighboring star could finally warm the marrow of your wind chilled bones. Then hints of spices, cardamom and curry, wafting through the air wakes you from your reverie. You drift in anticipation down the alley to a small modest restaurant that hints at being able to read your mind, and deliver you from the brutal cold. This winter, Groove Magazine has visited three African restaurants to help you escape the cold winter months. The beauty of Africa is that its expansive land mass is reflected in the variety of flavors that has inspired African Cuisine. From hardy barbecued meats to French delicacies, you will find flavors to please even the most complicated palate. Take a local vacation with us and find your brief reprieve from the brutal Korean weather.


60food&drink Cairo BBQ

ADD 732-152 Hannam-Dong, Yongsan-gu tel 010-3440-0061

Strolling past the Mosque in Seoul can overwhelm your senses. The white and blue decor is alluring, like a blue light to a mosquito, it draws you in. Music usually pours from the speakers, inviting you to face Mecca and fall to your knees. You imagine a different world with mesmerizing architecture and stoic paiety. In the staggering beauty of this world enveloped by the crush of Seoul, it is possible that you will miss the modest eatery that is the Cairo BBQ. Sitting cater-cornered to the mosque, the glass portico of the Cairo BBQ opens to an interior that is as modest and humble as the owner, Ahmed Eid Mohamed. The decor in the restaurant is simple and unpretentious. Beige and gold tables match the off-white walls and metal water ewers. There is a small television hanging on the wall, showing videos that match the music pouring in from outside. If you could imagine a 50s diner in Cairo, then you have a pretty good idea of how this location presents itself. Through a small window that leads into the kitchen, a large fully bearded man leans out and softly greets you. This is Mohamed. Through all its modesty, you might not be prepared for the delights that this simple bistro has to bestow upon you. Oven Roasted Chicken is served hot and fast! The meat is so tender, it is literally falling from the bone. Soft flaky brown rice accompanies the poultry and is sprinkled with hints of clove and cardamom. Marinated eggplant, served cold, tastes of rich olive

oil and refreshes the palate after the spice from the chicken. There are crisp cucumbers in light vinegar, carrot salad with fresh tomatoes and peppers, all seasoned in olive oil with a strong citrus flavor. The Tahina is made with ground sesame, cumin and garlic. If you are fond of guacamole, you will certainly enjoy this sauce. Mohamed takes special pride in the lemons, marinated in olive oil and spices. He has them imported from Cairo and they certainly add a unique touch to the meal. Like all of his dishes, this is a recipe that he learned from cooking with his family. “I love the flavor of BBQ because it is very different from Korean style,” said Mohamed. “It takes three days to make the sauce, which is a combination of olive oil, yogurt, onion, garlic, and black pepper.” Cairo BBQ has been at this location for 2 years. Mohamed has been laboring in a kitchen since he was 14 years old and it is truly a labor of love. Prior to opening the restaurant, Mohamed taught Arabic Cooking at the Hyundai Hotel. He was classically trained as a butcher and still makes his own cuts for the restaurant. Every day the restaurant offers a different special and you get to experience what they are creating for that day. This ensures a simple menu and extremely fast service. Still, Mohamed recommends making reservations for the weekend, as this friendly oasis can fill up quite rapidly.

This is our culture. Come try it and see.


62 food&drink Africanport

ADD 63-46 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu (located just off the main drag of Itaewon, near the TAPE club.) tel 010-6373-9214

Not everyone has the time to take a vacation to Africa to escape the cold winter months, but a visit to Africaport is nearly as good! The warm leather and wood interior already starts to seep through your winter clothes. The music coming through the speakers sings of a simpler place where your cares can float away. The owner of the restaurant, Jeff Anoh, will greet you cheerfully at the door, if he is not busy in the kitchen. “We try to marinate all of our foods with the traditional spices of Cameroon,” said Anoh. “Guests who are more traveled and have experienced African foods will be very comfortable with the foods here.” Eru is a traditional wild vegetable that Anoh imports from Cameroon. It is mixed with spinach and oxtail and has a hardy deep flavor. Achu Soup is a traditional chicken curry with a hint of spice that will sneak up on you and builds in strength as you dine. Tradi-

tionally served with cocoyams, here it is served with rice and naan for familiarity and it has a sweet warm finish.

We try to marinate all of our foods with the traditional spices of Cameroon If you are not as adventurous in your tastes, the Jerk Chicken or Grilled Fish will more than suit your needs. The Africanport Restaurant has only been open since April, but Anoh has been in Seoul for more than 16 years, and his experience has already led to a strong following here.

“We highly recommend reservations for large groups,” said Anoh. “The grilled food needs time to marinate, so if you prefer quick service, reservations are very important.” But you will be in no hurry to leave the warm comfortable interior of Africanport Grill. Finish your meal with a glass of wine, and the warm spices and rich food will keep you comfortable and satisfied well after you get back home.


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Happy Home

ADD 2F, 64-15 Itaewon-dong,Youngsan-gu tel 02-797-3185

Anambra State, in southeastern Nigeria is the anglicized version of the original Oma Mbala, the Igbo name of the Anambra River. According to the Anambra State government website, Anambra possesses a history that stretches back to the 9th century AD, as revealed by archaeological excavations at Igbo-Ukwu and Ezira. Great works of art in iron, bronze, copper, and pottery belonging to the ancient Kingdom of Nri, revealed a sophisticated divine Kingship administrative system which held sway in the area of Anambra from c. 948 AD to 1911. From this historical African domain also came the owner of Happy Home restaurant in Itaewon, Korea, Mr. “Bamboo” Martins. Martins relocated from Anambra to open a boutique in Itaewon, but growing up with a grandmother who was a chef at a college dorm in Africa gave Martins the passion to cook. He now creates every recipe at the Happy Home restaurant from his family recipes. “West African Cuisine is new to Korea,” Martin said. “I hope it will grow as time goes on.” One of the poplar dishes, Cowleg, is similar to Korean Kamja Tang, using a crosscut of leg rather than the traditional Oxtail. The stew is spicy, red and mildly saucy. Pumpkin Seed Soup should also please a local palate. It is made with Korean Dried Fish and spinach, but the fish flavor is not

overpowering. It is more akin to a smoked oyster flavor with spice that will warm the edges of your mouth and linger like a kiss. The Tomato Stew also has some nice heat to it, but is also salty and sweet. African Spice adds flavor and heat to every dish. “Locals like the tomato stew,” said Martin. “It has a natural, traditional taste.” The interior of the restaurant is not going to draw your attention from the food. You could be at a soup kitchen in New York, or any other large city around the world. The only indication that you are in an African restaurant is the music drowning out the city noises and the customer reviews hanging from one white wall from several Ambassadors and African Expatriates who reassure you the the food from Happy Home truly made them feel at home. There are refrigerators in the dining area filled with a selection of cold drinks and beer. The tops of the coolers are covered in various bottles of alcoholic spirits that threaten to ignite or promise to quench the fire inside of you. Martins said that Africans don’t prefer to go out in the cold. Nonetheless, the restaurant offers gatherings for Christmas. Easter and Birthdays are also popular in the spacious restaurant. “We are new and ready to take Nigerian Food to a new level.” Martins said. “This is our culture. Come try it and see.”

Through all its modesty, you might not be prepared for the delights that this simple bistro has to bestow upon you


66what happened


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Sunchang International Sauce Expo

dec 2017 - jan 2018


ith increasing intere st in and awareness of healthy eating and digestion, there has been a corresponding inc rease in the number of events around Korea designe d to promote local foo ds. Sunchang, the cit y best known for its gochuja ng (Korean red pepp er paste), recently soug ht to showcase both its signature food and var ious other sauces fro m different countries at the Sunchang Intern ational Sauce Expo. Go chujang’s strong flav or and color may hinde r its acceptance by the global market. To ov ercome this, the Ex po looked to moderate gochujang’s direct ass au lt on the taste buds for the global market by mixing it with the other sauces and creating so me interesting new culina ry combinations. Th e Expo showcased 1,0 00+ sauces from all over the world, including dre ssings, oils, and syrup s. Professionals chefs, food companies, and researchers all made the ir way to the Expo, joi ning over 30 0,0 00 vis itors over the three da ys. Renowned chefs Kyun gNae Yeo, Yehwan Ba e, Seungdal Sohn, Hyun gjin Choi, Giovanni Ma uro Seu, Jisun Jung, an d Gunho Lee shared their ideas and cooked for the visitors using ne w recipes and sauces. A particular highlight wa s the gochujang ddeokb okki.

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