July 18, 2012 / Issue No. 537
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Seoul Selection Guides Summer Sale
Buy ‘Korea’, Get ‘Seoul’ 50% Off
Summer is the season of vacations and travel, and to celebration this wonderful time of year, Seoul Selection is offering a sweat deal on its hit travel guidebooks. When you come to Seoul Selection bookshop and pick up a copy of our guidebook “Korea
,” you can pick up a copy of our best-selling guidebook “Seoul
” for 50% off!
With 760 pages of useful info and over 1,000 beautiful photos, “Korea” is the definitive guide to this wonderful nation. “Seoul,” meanwhile, is an in-depth exploration of Korea’s six-century old capital. With both in your bag, you’ll never have to wonder where to go on the weekend again.
Green Groove Festival 2012
Rudyard Kipling described the Limpopo River as “great grey-green [and] greasy,”—Boryeong Mud Festival, too, is without a doubt great, grey and possibly greasy. Now, though, it’s also partly green thanks to Green Groove Festival, an event that takes place from July 21—22 within the mud festival itself. Green Groove Festival began due to increasing interest in environmental, climate and energy issues, and aims to make us feel closer to nature and more aware of these issues. Take a short break from mud wrestling to check it out. Oh and it has music too. Featuring Akon, Infected Mushroom and many more.
VENUE: Mud Plaza, Daecheon Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
DATES: Jul 21—22
ADMISSION: 1-day pass: 33,000 won, 2-day pass: 55,000 won
MORE INFO: 070-4162-5968, www.greengroove.net
GETTING THERE: Take the bus toward Daecheon from Seoul Nambu Terminal (travel time: 2 hours, 10 minutes). The bus stops in front of Daecheon Station. From there, take a local bus to Daecheon Beach.
Heineken Presents Sensation
The world-renowned mega-event from Heineken that has been taking the world by storm since 2000 comes to Korea this July. More than just a gathering of some of the world’s top DJs, this massive indoor spectacle is a slow, eight-hour crescendo of socializing, special effects, acrobatics, fireworks, laser art and plenty more. The theme is an “Ocean of White,” and everyone attending will be dressed in that color—combined with an ocean of Heineken, this looks set to be a lot of fun.
DATE: Jul 21, 9pm
ADMISSION: Regular tickets: 125,000 won, Deluxe tickets: 180,000 won, VIP table: 1,500,000 won
MORE INFO: 1544-1555, www.heineken.com/kr, www.sensation.com/kr, www.facebook.com/heineken
GETTING THERE: Daehwa Station, Line 3, Exit 3. Transfer to shuttle bus.
16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan)
Head to this city just west of Seoul to experience 11 days of pure film fantasy. Now in its 16th year, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival is well established as part of Korea’s abundant annual film festival calendar. This year’s program is packed with tantalizing sections such as Puchon Choice, featuring innovative works by up-and-coming directors; World Fantastic Cinema; Strange Homage, featuring the works of some of the great masters of world cinema; Fantastic Short Films from around the world, Ani Fanta, with a selection of fantasy animations; and Forbidden Zone, which, the festival guarantees, will provide a “full tide of pleasure one hundred percent.” Now that’s worth going to Bucheon for.
VENUE: Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
PERIOD: Jul 19—29
ADMISSION: Depends on program
MORE INFO: (032) 327-6313, www.pifan.com
GETTING THERE: Songnae Station, Line 1, Exit 2. Use the PiFan express shuttle for free transportation.
RASKB TOUR: Naejangsan National Park
Mt. Naejangsan is famous for having some of the most spectacular scenery in Korea. At any time of year, this densely forested mountain area is worth a visit. The more northern of the park’s two sections is ringed by a horseshoe-shaped ridge, with the most dramatic rock outcrops in the area. In the valleys beneath this ridge lie the temple Naejang-sa, several hermitages, two waterfalls, a grotto cave, and a cable car leading to a lookout on the hillside, making Naejang-san a perfect place to ‘commune with nature’ at this or at any time of the year.
VENUE: Naejangsan, Jeollabuk-do
DATE: July 21
COST: 62,000 won for members, 74,000 won for non-members
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Dumul Bridge, Cheonggyecheon Stream
Photo by Robert Koehler.
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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 multimedia website, www.brendasunoo.com
. 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
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
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The Happiness of Korean Food
Hanji – Everything You Need to Know about Traditional Korean Paper
The Silla Annals of the Samguk Sagi
Kye Kim’s Simply Delicious – One Course Meals
The Sunshine Policy – In Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea
The Moon That Embraces the Sun
Dancing Queen (Blu-ray)
Historical Films about the Korean Empire
You are My Pet