Seoul events

Taste the Peninsula's Best Brews at the Great Korean Beer Festival 2016

Craft beer has been on the rise in the food scene for several years now here in South Korea. These tasty brews, which boast distinct, individual characteristics, are slowly replacing their watery counterparts (cough Hite, cough Cass) that have dominated the beer market over the past few decades.

In the past, one had to go all the way to Itaewon and its surrounding areas to get a taste of craft brews (which may or may not be one of the reasons I moved there), but fortunately, as craft beer has become more mainstream, even general supermarkets keep certain varieties in stock.

Jewelry Fair Korea 2016 is "RE-BORN" at COEX

It’s no secret that South Korea has an ever-growing taste for the finer things in life. Just pop into any department store, or take a stroll through one of Seoul’s shopping districts to witness first-hand the nation’s obsession with luxury.

Unsurprisingly, the country is also one of the world’s fastest-growing jewelry and watch markets, which is why the Korea International Jewelry and Watch Fair (aka Jewelry Fair Korea) has had much success since its establishment.

Coffee Expo Seoul 2016 to Serve Up a Fun and Tasty Caffeine Fix

There’s no doubt about it. Koreans love their coffee.

So much so that it’s impossible to walk a single block in this country without crossing a packed coffee shop franchise, posters of celebrities advertising overly sweet mix coffee, or a cleverly designed theme cafe.

As such, it’s no surprise that one of the country’s biggest food-related exhibitions is dedicated to the caffeinated beverage.

Free Gugak Concert to Mark tbs eFM Anniversary

South Korea's English and Chinese radio station tbs eFM (101.3Mhz) will hold an annual concert on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to mark its seventh anniversary. This year’s concert theme will be gugak, traditional Korean music, and will be performed under the title "Seven Colors of Gugak."

The concert is slated to be held at the National Gugak Center near Bangbae Station at 7:30pm. Featured artists include the Court Music Orchestra of National Gugak Center, the Dance Theater of National Gugak Center, pansori singer Park Ae Ri, 4innori and The NEQ, a Korean-jazz fusion group. Additionally, there will be special performances by Kim JoHan, Punita Bajaj, and the Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center.

Seoul, Korea Calendar of Events, February 2015

There's plenty going on this month in Seoul and around the peninsula. Below are the events and exhibits that seem particularly interesting. Check them out!

Art

Linda McCartney Retrospective

Venue: Daelim Museum, 21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10AM - 6PM / Saturday 10AM-8PM / Closed Mondays - Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing
Admission: Adults W5,000 / Sudents W3,000 / Children under 7 W2,000

Giving is Winning: Liberty in North Korea Fundraiser

So I know you are all just itching to find out how to win the awesome gifts featured in my previous post. And now I'm here to tell you how.

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I have decided to change things up a bit and challenge all of you to participate in a fundraising campaign I've started with LiNK, or Liberty in North Korea. After all, 'tis the season for giving.

And while many people around the world need our help, North Korean refugees are a noteworthy group. Lacking basic human rights and needs, thousands of citizens attempt to flee the country each year only to be captured and killed, tortured or sent to labor camps. Those that do manage to escape are often captured by Chinese nationals, and are exploited, abused, or sold into the sex trade along the 3,000-mile journey to a safer country.

Seoul's Salsa Scene in Full Swing

The excitement is palpable, as it always is just before any dance competition.  Upbeat Latin tunes echo through a hall of dressing rooms that buzz with giddy conversations in a number of languages. Inside, flamboyantly dressed men ensure that every tassel of their costumes are in place while their female partners apply thick eyeliner and bright lipstick.  Nearby, nervous teams rehearse choreographed moves a final time before the show begins.

It is a scene one might expect to see in Bogota, Havana, or even New York City.  But this is Seoul, South Korea, an unexpected locale for a salsa competition.  Yet, Latin dance fever has taken over one of Asia's biggest cities and this year's Asia Latin Music & Salsa Festival proves it.

Dancers from all corners of the globe have flocked to Seoul to compete for the $11,000 first prize and refuse to return to their home countries without bringing their best to the stage.

Cosplay and Cartoons at Seoul Comic World


There's no doubt that cartoons are loved all around the world.  Comic books and animated television shows conjure up images of childhood, Saturday mornings, and spent allowances.  Yet, there are few places where cartoon culture is as prevalent as Eastern Asia.  In Korea, comics are taken to a whole new extreme.


Flies That Tweet and Computer Operated Artists

I won't try to pretend that I'm an art enthusiast.  I'm not.  Sure, I enjoy going to museums and looking at paintings and sculptures and photographs, but I've always been the type of person that is entertained by these types of art rather than moved or inspired by them.  I wish I could say that a splatter of paint is enough to make me contemplate the complexities of life, but it isn't.  Which is why I was incredibly surprised to find myself deep in thought at the Spell On You exhibit at the Seoul Museum of Art this past weekend.


Pungnyu at the Palace

Korea wasn't always an incredibly modern, high tech, "bbali, bbali" ("hurry, hurry") country. In fact, back in the day before it was a nation of Samsung and skyscrapers, its residents preferred a simpler, slower paced lifestyle.

I remember when this fact was first brought to my attention last year. I was walking with a Korean friend amongst the trees on Namsan Mountain. The leaves were beginning to change colors and an early autumn wind blew up the trail on which we were walking. We sat down on a traditional wooden gazebo like the ones that are commonly found in parks and outdoor resting places throughout Korea. As I was taking in the scenery, my friend informed me that gazebos like the one we were resting on were originally used by the royal and noble classes of the former dynasties. There, they would recite poetry, drink tea (and alcohol, I'm sure), play music, and dance all the while having a 360 degree view of the environment surrounding them.

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