SEOUL Weekly — March 6, 2012 11:54 pm

SEOUL Weekly — March 6, 2011 Issue No. 518


Written by Robert Koehler

March 6, 2012 / Issue No. 518
All You Need is Now Tour in Seoul
Duran Duran barely needs an introduction. Though the word “legendary” gets flung around with more frequency and irresponsibility than many antibiotics these days, Duran Duran is one of those groups that probably actually deserve it. If you have any self-respect as a music fan, you’ll understand the need to be present at their concert on March 12, when they visit Korea as part of the tour to mark the release of their 13th studio album, “All You Need Is Now.”
VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: Mar 12, 8pm
ADMISSION: Standing/R: 132,000 won, S: 99,000 won
MORE INFO: (02) 512-6706
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.
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.
Language skills alone are no passport to the Asian century, reports The Australian.
There’s more than one Hwaeomsa Temple, apparently.
Bobby McFerrin—Solo A Cappella
“There is something almost superhuman about the range and technique of Bobby McFerrin,” Newsweek once said. “He sounds, by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a small child, and bebop trumpet.” To hear for yourself what this actually means, make your way to the Olympic Hall at Seoul’s Olympic Park on March 8 and listen to the man in person. One thing’s for certain: he knows how to sing his way through the arpeggios of a Bach prelude with a tone that sounds almost like a bass flute. There aren’t many Martian blackbirds that can do that. This has been described as “a performance you have to see before you die,” so try and cling on to life for just a couple more months.

VENUE: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
DATE: Mar 8, 8pm
ADMISSION: R: 132,000 won, S: 110,000 won, A: 99,000 won, B: 88,000 won
ADMISSION: T. (02) 563-0595
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station, Line 5, Exit 3.

Ola Viola Sound’s B to B Concert

The renowned Korean viola ensemble Ola Viola Sound will present what promises to be a mesmerizing concert. Founded in 1999, Ola Viola Sound is an unrivaled viola ensemble in Korea, and it has been continuously expanding the range of classical music in Korea through its creative and characterful viola concerts. In 2011, supported by the Korea Foundation, Ola Viola Sound entered the prestigious ‘Nuits de Becetre’ and ‘Moise Moliere’ in France, introducing the excellence and the high standard of classical music in Korea to European audiences.
In this concert, the audiences will be able to appreciate the famous works of Bach, Shostakovich and Falla in the unique tones of the viola. They will also be able to enjoy “reconstructed” works of some famous pieces of music; a “jazzy” Beethoven and popular Beatles’ songs on the viola.

VENUE: The Korea Foundation Cultural Center
DATE: Mar 8, 7pm
ADMISSION: Make a reservation on the “Join the KFCC Events” board on KFCC website:
MORE INFO: (02) 2151-6520,
GETTING THERE: Mirae Asset CENTER 1: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Line 2, Exit 4. Turn left along Hana Bank. The bldg. is located behind SKT Tower.

Façade: Face

The two artists in this exhibit, Dong-Wook Kim and Ji-Won Lim, deal with the inter-relationship between the self perception of individuals and the response to the individuals from their surroundings. Although the two artists have contrasting backgrounds in terms of their path of artistic education, it is noticeable that their use of color and stroke style are quite comparable and their works harmonize with each other. So are the drawn countenances. One of the main issues in their work is to show how one’s trauma forms one’s character.

VENUE: space O’NewWall
PERIOD: Thru March 18
MORE INFO: 070-4401-6741
GETTING THERE: See this map.
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
Teahouse Insa-dong
Teahouse Insa-dong, one of the nicer teahouses of Insa-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).

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)
CultureShock Korea-A Cultural Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Penny Pinchers
New Books
Essential Korean – Speak Korean With Confidence
My First Book of Korean Words – An ABC Rhyming Book
Sky, Wind, Star, and Poetry
Holding Poop at Night
Grass Fight
New DVDs
The Surrogate Mother
The Strongest Chil Woo
Kim Jong Il : The Forbidden Biography
A Million
Protect the Boss
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