SEOUL Weekly — February 1, 2012 12:10 am

SEOUL Weekly — Jan 31, 2011 Issue No. 513

Baekdu Daegan Photo Exhibit

Written by Robert Koehler

Jan 31, 2012 / Issue No. 513
Baekdu Daegan Photo Exhibit
Stunning photographs by ‘Baekdu-daegan Trail’ author Roger Shepherd
The Korea Forest Service has sponsored 70 images of mountains of the Baekdu Daegan from both North and South Korea, taken by hiker and photographer Roger Shepherd, to be exhibited at the Gyeongbokgung Station Gallery, Line 3 from Feb 17 to Feb 22. Anyone can come to the opening ceremony (3 pm, Feb 17), admission free. Twenty-five pieces will travel to New Zealand to be exhibited there for one month, too.
Roger Shepherd has spent the last six years studying the Baekdu Daegan, Korea’s mountainous spine. He is also the author of “Baekdu-daegan Trail: Hiking Korea’s Mountain Spine” (Seoul Selection, 2010), the definitive guide to hiking the Baekdu Daegan trail. Be sure to check out his draw-dropping photographs here.

VENUE: Gyeongbokgung Station Gallery, Line 3
PERIOD: Feb 17—22
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3

Film Cast and Crew Wanted
Canadian film producer Michael Arnold is looking for a small cast and crew for a a short dramatic film, Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. See here for more information.
Bukchon Walking Tour
Every Saturday, 2:30pm
Seoul Selection conducts weekly guided walking tours of Seoul’s historic Bukchon neighborhood every Saturday, 2:30pm to 5pm, rain or shine. See HERE for more information and sign-up details.
Around the Web
A miscellany of high-quality hyperlinks from the week, courtesy of SEOUL editor-in-chief Robert Koehler.
The Huffington Post looks at Korea’s mountains.
Bukchon guesthouses are nice, but there’s another side to them, too.
Judas Priest—Farewell Concert in Korea
There are plenty of priests residing permanently in Korea, but it’s not every day that Judas Priest, one of the world’s most legendary heavy metal groups, enters the country. They might be priests, but to many metal fans they’re more like God. Widely suspected to have been born wearing dark glasses, these Englishmen (or deities) are living proof that Birmingham still exports something. Their long decades of global popularity have seen them sell 40 million records, win a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, influence countless other top heavy metal bands and have their music featured on a variety of computer games, TV shows and feature films. Now, as part of their final world tour, they make their final visit to Korea. If you miss them now, who knows how far you’ll have to travel to see them again?

VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: Feb 4, 7pm
ADMISSION: Standing: 99,000 won, R: 121,000 won, S: 99,000 won, A: 77,000 won
MORE INFO: T. (02) 332-3277
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Concert
Maestro Noh Tae Cheol will be directing pianist Evgheny Brakhman and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Concert in an evening of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3 in d minor Op. 30, also known as the “Rach 3,” is regarded as one of the most technically challenging pieces for piano—it is also well known from the acclaimed 1996 film “Shine.” Founded in 1943, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Concert performed many of the premieres of great 20th century Russian composers like Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Myaskovsky and Gliere.

VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Feb 4, 7pm
ADMISSION: VIP: 150,000 won, R: 120,000 won, S: 100,000 won, A: 70,000 won, B: 50,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 581-5404
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exits 4 & 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Hello Kitty Castle
If you love Hello Kitty—and come on, you know you do—Hello Kitty Castle is the biggest Hello Kitty event in Korea. You’ll find all sorts of Hello Kitty-related games, crafts and cultural content. If you’ve got kids, they’ll love it.
DATE: Thru Feb 9
ADMISSION: 15,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 568-9516,
GETTING THERE: Daehwa Station, Line 3, Exit 3. Transfer to shuttle bus.
RASKB Lecture: Diasporic Art and Why it Matters in Korea

Koreans living abroad are often said to live “in diaspora,” a term originally used to refer to the Jewish communities scattered across Europe and the Middle East. Today’s lecture will explore ways in which overseas Koreans use artistic activities to express their sense of selfhood and configure their identity. The speaker will especially discuss a number of exhibitions, including the 2002 Gwangju Bienniale’s There Project and the 2004 Korean Diaspora and Art Symposium held in Tokyo. The There exhibition brought together twenty-four artists from Brazil, China, Japan, Kazakhstan, and the U.S. while the exhibition in Tokyo presented artwork, performance, and multi-media installations by thirteen artists; the Tokyo event was in part organized as a response to the dissatisfaction with There. The two showcased a scale of identities and tensions produced in the attempt to understand the Korean diaspora, especially in relation to the historical understanding that views Korean migrants and migration history as hierarchical in nature, with ethnic oneness and pure-blood relations.

VENUE: Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
DATE: Feb 14
ADMISSION: 5,000 won (non-members); free for members
MORE INFO: Click here.
GETTING THERE: See link above.

Everyday Koreans
Snow falls in Bukchon on Tuesday. Photo by Robert Koehler.
*Click the photo to see a full-size version at our website.
NOTE: If you have a photo you would like to see in our Everyday Koreans section, please sent it to Photos should be AT LEAST 950px wide. Send a one-line bio, too.
Looking for Overseas Partners – Seoul Selection is looking for overseas publishing/ advertisement partners for its travel and culture monthly SEOUL. See this link for more information. Those interested are advised to contact Hank at
Brenda Paik Sunoo’s New Website – Writer and photographer Brenda Paik Sunoo, author of “Seaweed and Shamans,” “Vietnam Moment” and “Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea,” has opened a new multimedia website, Go over and check it out now.
Shinhan Bank’s Seoul Global Center – Shinhan Bank has launched its own Seoul Global Center on the first floor of Gwanghwamun’s Seoul Finance Center. This is a branch specially made for foreigners, with financial consulting services for foreigners (individual/group), financial counsellings at your place of work (even for one person) and commemorative events such as special rates on currency exchange and interest rates. For more information, contact Deputy General Manager Jeon at (02) 773-3149 or 010-7275-9006.
Learn Korean Traditional Dance – Chumsae Dance School is offering lessons on Korean traditional dance. Morning (10:00—11:30, Tue Thu), afternoon (4:00—5:30, Mon Wed) and evening classes (7:30—9:00 Tue Thu) available. Classes are limited to 10 persons each. Tuition is 200,000 won a month. For more information, call (02- 762-7731).

Korean Language Classes – The Korea Foundation Cultural Center Offers free Korean language classes for foreigners residing in Korea. The classes, led by Korea Foundation volunteer teachers, are held at 7:00-9:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (two classes at 4:00 and 7:00 on Wednesdays). Anyone interested in learning Korean language and willing to participate in the language class is welcome to join. For more information, click here.

Send Your Event Info – If you would like to advertise any upcoming events you are organizing, please send us the press release material to by the preceding Friday in order to appear in the following Tuesday’s issue.

Freelance Contributors Wanted – SEOUL magazine needs writers who are fluent in both Korean and English. Writers should be able to interview Koreans and also have a strong interest in Korean culture. Send your resume and writing samples to

We Buy & Sell Used Books – Seoul Selection buys and sells used books in English. Unlike our regular selection of publications that specialize in Korea-related topics, our Used Book Section carries books on all subjects. It’s all part of our effort to make life easier for the English-speaking community.

(February 2012)
The New Korea – An Inside Look At South Koreas Economic Rise
Dooman River
New Books
Hilmalaya Poems
Every Mans Korea Conversation (with CD)
Making the High-Speed Train Fly – Korean Global STI Stragedy
Empowering Korea with New Innovations
Acta Koreana: Vol.14 Number 2 December 2011
New DVDs
The Last Blossom (1 Disc)
Gye Baek Vol. 1
Gey Baek Vol. 2
Cool and Cold
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler /
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