SEOUL Weekly — February 28, 2012 11:44 pm

SEOUL Weekly — Feb 28, 2011 Issue No. 517

Musical Seopyeonje

Written by Robert Koehler

Feb 28, 2012 / Issue No. 517
Musical Seopyeonje
You’ve read the novel and watched the film. Now see the musical

Originally a 1976 novel by writer Lee Cheong-joon and later a hit movie by legendary Korean film director Im Kwon-taek (like Duran Duran, he truly deserves the title legendary), Seopyeonje has enjoyed huge success as a Korean musical, too. Telling the story of a young boy and girl, raised by a harsh master of the Korean traditional pansori genre, the musical won armfuls of prizes at Korea’s Musical Awards last year. Check out what happens when two highly popular genres, one traditional and one modern, are combined.

VENUE: Universal Arts Center
PERIOD: Mar 2—Apr 22
ADMISSION: VIP: 90,000 won, R: 70,000 won, S: 50,000 won, A: 30,000 won
MORE INFO: 1666-8662, www.뮤지컬서편제.com
GETTING THERE: Achasan Station, Line 5, Exit 4. Walk 3 minutes.

Seoul Selection to Attend AAS Annual Conference
Seoul Selection CEO Hank Kim will be in Toronto on March 15–18 to attend the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference, where we will exhibit our wide range of publications on Korea.
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 Korean Culture Center in London has opened a “K-Pop Academy.
IAC: ‘The Nude Collection’

This collection of images of the unclothed human form by around 25 artists from over 10 countries will demonstrate the great variety of ways in which this most natural of subjects can be depicted. More info: or IAC on Facebook.

VENUE: Gallery Golmok, Itaewon
PERIOD: Mar 3—14
GETTING THERE: Exit 4, Itaewon Station, Line 6. Walk straight 300 m and turn into “Alley Market” just after Rottiboy Buns.

Il Divo—Live in Seoul

With a new show designed by Creative Director Brian Burke (Artistic Director of La Reve & Celine Dions five-year run of A New Day at Caesars Palace, both in Las Vegas), and performed with the Il Divo band and famed orchestras across each city, the 2012 tour promises to incorporate a stunning visual and musical mix of fan favourites as well as premiering songs from their eagerly anticipated new album Wicked Game.

VENUE: Jamsil Indoor Stadium, Jamsil Sports Complex
DATES: Mar 3, 7pm
ADMISSION: VIP: 220,000 won, VR: 180,000 won, R: 165,000 won, S: 130,000 won, A: 99,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 407-2589
GETTING THERE: Sports Complex Station, Line 2, Exit 6 or 7.

Steve Barakatt Concert

With hundreds of internationally acclaimed artistic projects to his credit, Canadian composer, pianist and singer Steve Barakatt has been working with the best musicians, singers, record labels and studios around the world.
His philosophy is to freely pursue his own eclectic and universal artistic vision.
A true artist-entrepreneur, Steve is both an inspired creator and an inspiration for others.

VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Mar 3, 7pm
ADMISSION: R: 100,000 won, S: 80,000 won, A: 50,000 won, B: 30,000 won
MORE INFO: 1577-5266,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exits 4 & 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Korea National Ballet—Giselle
Korea National Ballet (KNB) presents “Giselle” to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Choreographed by Patrice Bart, “Giselle” promises to be a ballet with French flare. Giselle, the archetypal masterpiece of the “ballet blanc”, saw the light of day on the stage of the Royal Academy of Music on June 28th 1841. The work marked the apogee of Romantic aesthetics which shook up the intellectual and artistic world from the beginning of the 19th century and which had found their first expression in dance ten years earlier in La Sylphide (1832).

VENUE: Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center
DATES: Mar 1 & 4, 3pm / Mar 2, 8pm / Mar 3, 3pm, 7:30pm
MORE INFO: VIP: 100,000 won, R: 70,000 won, S: 50,000 won, A: 30,000 won, B: 10,000 won, C: 5,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 587-6181,
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exits 4 & 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

Lisa Ono Concert

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lisa Ono spent her childhood in Brazil until she became 10 years old. She started singing and playing the guitar when she was 15 years old, and her debut as a professional Bossa Nova singer was in 1989. Her natural voice, rhythmic guitar playing, and her charming smile led her to a huge success and helped Bossa Nova to be popular in Japan. She has performed with many top musicians such as the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Jazz Samba giant Joao Donato, and has been performing enthusiastically in New York, Brazil and Asian countries.

VENUE: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center
DATE: Mar 4, 5pm
ADMISSION: R: 150,000 won, S: 100,000 won, A: 70,000 won, B: 40,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 599-5743
GETTING THERE: Nambu Bus Terminal Station, Line 3, Exits 4 & 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.

RAS: Seochon: Wandering Seoul’s Last “Untouched” Neighborhood

In this excursion, the RAS-KB—led by Dr. Robert J. Fouser—will explore the Seochon (West Village) neighborhood of Seoul that sits between Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Inwangsan. Composed of 13 small administrative districts called dong, the neighborhood is a showcase of the layers of 20th-century urban history. Korean-style houses (hanok) and winding alleys represent the 1930s-1950s, markets, commercial strips, and two-story houses the 1960s-1980s, concrete-tile residential buildings represent the 1990s-2000s, and new galleries and cafes represent the present.

VENUE: Seochon Neighborhood in Seoul
DATE: March 11
COST: 15,000 won for members, 20,000 won for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.

Everyday Koreans
Sunday Brunch
A lazy Sunday brunch at Retrona Pies in Samcheong-dong. 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.

(March 2012)
Hilmalaya Poems
War of the Arrows
New Books
Holding Poop at Night
Grass Fight
Fighting Roosters
Social Sustainability of Historical Districts: Seoul
CultureShock Korea-A Cultural Guide to Customs and Etiquette
New DVDs
Protect the Boss
Penny Pinchers
The Beast
Dancing Zoo
Winter Butterfly
Publisher: Hank Kim / Editor: Robert Koehler /
Website Manager: Ray Hong
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