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Things to Do in Seoul This Week (June 25 – July 1)

Things to Do in Seoul This Week: June 25- July 1, 2018

WRITTEN BY FABIENNE VALMOND | PUBLISHED ON June 25, 2018

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Recurring Events

2018 Namsangol Taekwondo Experience Program

Do you know Taekwondo? Foreign visitors to Namsangol Hanok Village can learn about the Korean spirit and culture through the national sport of Taekwondo. Wear a uniform, learn the basics, and break some boards in this 60 minute Taekwondo class!

This program is completely free, except you want to buy the uniform for 30000
Application Deadline: 3 Days before your desired participation date

2018 Namsangol Taekwondo Experience Program – Application Form
(Only foreigners are eligible to apply for this program.)

– Eligibility : Foreign nationals
– Duration : May 10th til October 2018. Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30-11:30
– Location : Namsangol Hanok Village, Cheonwoogak Stage
– Capacity : 15 participants (Selection will be based on order of application submission)
– Program Fee : Free (uniforms can be purchased at the venue for 30,000)
– Application Deadline : 3 days before your desired participation date
– Inquiries : +82-2-6674-4303, sugary2001@gmail.com

* Classes will be conducted in English.

*Please note, the date and time below are for the Taekwondo classes only. Taekwondo Performance in Namsangol” will run every Thursday to Sunday (Thurs 15:00 – 15:25 / Fri – Sun 13:00 – 13:25, 15:00 – 15:25) from May 4th, 2018 to October 2018 at Namsangol Hanok Village.

Photo courtesy of Visit Korea
  • Period-05.10.2018 ~ 10.25.2018
  • Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Location - Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Address - 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28 (필동2가)

The Opening and Closing of the Royal Palace Gates and Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies (수문장 교대의식)

The Royal Guard Changing Ceremonies at the various Royal Palace Gates in Seoul are a must see. These ceremonies have taken place since the ancient times, 1469 to be precise and the present reenactment follow the original ceremonies to the letters according to VisitKorea. The ceremonies take place everyday except Tuesdays at various times during the day, so plan your visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace accordingly so you do not miss this rare traditional ritual. 

Performance Times & Locations: 

Sumunjang (Royal Guard) Changing Ceremony
10:00, 14:00 / 20 minutes per ceremony
Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance
11:00, 13:00 / 10 minutes per ceremony
Sumungun (Gatekeeper) Military Training (outside Hyeopsaengmun Gate)
09:35, 13:35 / 15 minutes per ceremony

* No ceremonies and performances on Tuesdays.
* Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
* Event may be cancelled in case of rain.

Photo courtesy of Visit Korea

Deoksugung Fair Shop

The Deoksugung Fair Shop, an open marketplace at the Deoksugung Stone Wall Path located between Daehanmun Gate and the circular water fountain is currently open for business and will continue until November 3 of this year, excluding July and August, every week, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm .

The products for sale at the fair range from leather crafts, accessories, room fresheners and other handmade products, from art and design pieces to clothing apparel.

There will be various cultural performances and hands-on activities, including drawing, flowerpot making and arts and crafts. The cultural performances include Indie and senior bands, drum recitals, magic, mime shows and more. The shows will be on at 12:20pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 2:00pm for 40 minutes on Saturdays. For further performance details, please visit seoulbusking.com.

The Deoksugung Stone Wall Path will operate exclusively as a pedestrian walkway from 11am to 2pm on the weekdays and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays to promote the safety of market-goers.

  • Period -05.03.2018 ~ 11.3.2018 (Excluding July & August)
  • Time: 11:00am- 6:00pm
  • Address -04519 99 Sejongdaero, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Location -Deoksugung Stone Wall Path
Photo courtesy of i Seoul U

1890 Namsangol Night Market

The Foreign Flea Market held at Namsangol Hanok Village on Saturday May 26th was a success with vendors from many countries around the world, including Russia, the Philippines, Venezuela, and Kenya to name a few.

The Foreign Flea Market is part of a more permanent night market that runs from May 5th, 2018 to Oct. 27th, 2018. Entitled “1890 Namsangol Night Market”, this year is the second season of the market which is held in Namsangol Hanok Village every Saturday. Its name is derived from the similar marketplace that took place in the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th century. In addition to all the booths selling great products, there are a lot of exciting activities and events to experience. There are food trucks and food vendors so you can sample different types of food from all over the world.

Namsangol Hanok Village itself is a must-see sight in Seoul. This traditional village is in the downtown district near the popular shopping quarter, Myeong-dong. The  village which is at the foot of Namsan mountain offers an unobstructed view of the mountain and Namsan Tower which is always a pleasant sight especially in the evening. The village ground is an urban oasis with traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, traditional garden and a small stream with gentle meditative sounds.

  • Period-05.05.2018 ~ 10.27.2018
  • Time: 2:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location - Namsangol Hanok Village
  • Address - 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 퇴계로34길 28 (필동2가)
Photo taken by i Art Seoul

A Midsummer Night’s Dream // 한여름 밤의 꿈

Once upon a time, I used to be an avid Shakespeare reader. I have read most of Shakespeare’s plays in both English and French. Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite comedy as Othello is my favorite tragedy. In high school, I played Cassio. I enjoyed the duel scene most (a girl dressed as a soldier in a sword fight, what not to like?) I like Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’s play within a play sequence which makes it confusing but fun nonetheless. I like the imagery or the forest and costumes. I have been to Shakespeare’s Globe in London and frequented the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC often. Well, you get the gist, I really love Shakespeare and I am really happy that I can continue to experience the Shakespeare world here in Seoul:

The Eurasia Shakespeare Theatre Company in Seoul is running this Midsummer’s Night Dream production until June, every day except for Mondays and Twice on Saturdays! 

Their website direct you to purchase tickets on interpark but this play is not listed on interpark. Contact the Eurasia Shakespeare Theatre company directly on facebook or through their website to inquire about tickets directly. I will update this with better information on how to obtain tickets when I have successfully done so myself.

  • Period-0 5.04.2018 ~ 6.10.2018
  • Location-Cultural Space Ellim Hall 엘림홀
  • Address-195-6 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu Seoul, 동숭동 195-6, Seoul, Korea
  • Tuesday- Friday: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 3:00 - 5:30pm , 7:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 3:00 - 5:30pm
Photo courtesy of Eurasia Shakespeare Theatre Company

Korean Baseball

Baseball season has officially kicked off in Korea. Baseball is a hallmark of Korean culture so if you live here, you should go even if you are not a sports fan.  Just like everything else in Korea, baseball games are very affordable – Tickets start at 7,000 won. Depending on seating, regular tickets range from 7,000 to 40,000 won for adults, 5,000 won, (6,000 won on weekends) for  students and free to 4,000 won for children.

There are three teams in seoul (LG Twins, Doosan Bears, Nexen Heroes) and you should pick one to  cheer at the games. Go Doosan (I don’t know!) 

There are three Stadiums in Seoul. There may be a game playing at the different stadiums at the same time on the same day, so if you don’t have a team preference and are just going for the ride, pick the stadium nearest you. 

How to buy tickets:

Getting tickets for the game online is not very straightforward as the ticket site is only in Korean.  You can buy tickets on English sites like stub hub but they do not seem to offer the very affordable seats.  If you can read Korean or have a Korean Chingu, you can buy tickets from this site: http://ticket.interpark.com/Contents/Sports. You can can sign up for an account using your Kakao Talk  login information. You will see the Kakao Talk logo, click on it and it will take you to a screen where you set up an account. After you set up the accounts, you should go back to the main page of inter park and navigate to the sports tab again. Click on the game you want to go to and you will be redirected to page with three options, use the first options to sign in with your phone number or the third option to sign up with your Alien Registration card. Depending on the browser that you’re using you can right to translate the page or you can copy and paste sections of the page into Google Translate. The other, easiest option, would be to buy tickets at the stadium.

 

  • Tuesday- Friday: 6:30pm
  • Saturday: 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 2:00pm

Jamsil Baseball Stadium

  • 25 Olympic-ro, Jamsil 7(chil)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul

Gocheok Sky Dome

  • 430 Gyeongin-ro, Gocheok-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul

Mokdong Baseball Stadium

  • 939 Annyangcheon-ro, Mok 1(il)-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul

Monday, June 25th

GDPR Impact on Korea

6:00pm-8:00pm, Google Campus, Free

Your inbox was probably inundated by all the privacy policy update emails sent last month in the wake of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which became effective May 25, 2018. If you are running a website, you probably received an email from your web host advising you to update your own privacy policy. But  what is the GDPR? That is the question!

EU Comply, a Seoul based organization plans to address that question at the GDPR Impact on Korea forum taking place at Google Campus on Monday June 25th!

If you are running a website, then this regulation definitely concerns you and if you are not sure what “this European Regulation” is and how it applies to the website that you are running in “Korea” then I highly recommend attending this event.

Events at the Google Campus are always great networking opportunities so go learn something new and network!

Photo courtesy of EU Comply

Tuesday, June 26th

Korean Calligraphy

2 pm – 3 pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

Do you know how to write your name in Korean? How about in Korean Calligraphy? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Calligraphy as an artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering. The Korean tradition of artistic handwriting derived from Chinese calligraphy. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Koreans have used the Chinese characters as the official script since the 2nd or 3rd century ce until the 19th century,  even after the invention of Hangul in 1447. Modern Korean calligraphy using hangul is known as Seoye (Hangul: 서예).  If not to acquire a new artistic skill, go to make new friends. This event is restricted to foreign residents in Korea only. The center ask that you bring your Alien Registration Card (or Passport with SOFA stamp for SOFA Members, or diplomat ID for Diplomats). Grab your friends and go learn how to write your name in Korean Calligraphy!

*Only apply this class who can join for all courses(4-week).

Photo by Seoul Global Cultural Center

Mask Dance Class

2:00pm – 5:00pm, National Folk Museum of KoreaFree

Have you heard of the traditional mask dance?  The traditional Korean mask dance, or talchum (탈춤), is an art performance featuring the wearing of masks, singing, and dancing. The masks portray different characters; sometimes gender-benders take place in this dance. 

There will be a Mask Dance Class at the traditional Culture Center of National Folk Museum of Korea. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this traditional experience. 

Apply by sending your name, nationality, and phone number to annykor@gangnam.go.kr or call 02-3453-9038

Sattva Yoga Vinyasa Flow (English)

7:30- 8:30pm, Sattva Yoga, ₩15,000

Are you looking for an affordable Yoga class. Sattva Yoga in Apgujeong offers an English Vinyaa Flow yoga on Tuesdays. This class typically explores some pranayama (breathwork), lots of dynamic movement with one or two challenging postures and some longer releases towards the end of class. Expect to build some heat and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. All Levels are welcomed!

About the teacher: Eithne is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. She underwent her first yoga training in Goa, India in 2015 where she specialised in Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. She enjoys sharing her passion with everyone who practices together with her.

Photo by Farsai C. on Unsplash

Wednesday, June 20th

Urban Gardening

2pm – 3:30pm, Seorae Global Village Center, Recurring Event (See all), Free

Do you have a green thumb? Go plant herbs with the Seorae Global Village Center every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. You will be working on the village rooftop garden and Yongsan family park. The herbs and DIY products made from them are sold at local markets and the proceed redistributed to charities in Korea. Go learn how to garden while also contributing to the community.

Hanji Craft Class

2:00pm – 3:30pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

Hanji is the name of traditional handmade paper from Korea. Hanji is made from the inner bark of Paper Mulberry, a tree native to Korea. Learn how to make a beautiful hand mirror at the next Hanji Craft Class at the Seoul Global Cultural Center.  The great thing about the Hanji classes is that you get to make something with functionality. Last week I made my own cardholder which I now use for business cards. This class is completely free of charge due to the generosity of the Seoul Global Cultural Center. The only caveat is that the event is limited to foreigners living in Korea. The center is strict about this requirement and ask  that you bring your Alien Registration Card (or Passport with SOFA stamp for SOFA Members, or diplomat ID for Diplomats) to verify your status. You have to register for an account with the Seoul Global Cultural Center before you can RSVP to attend any of their many events. Follow the link to their site to register and RSVP. The events fill up fast so register soon. Please contact the center directly with questions about this specific event but feel free to leave a comment after about how much fun you had. Learn a new skill and make new friends!

K-Pop Dance Class

4:00pm – 5:30pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

Have you ever wanted to move like Psy? You know, Gangnam Style! I have two left foot but that will not stop me from trying. Let’s learn how to dance K-Pop at the Seoul Global Cultural Center. Make sure to arrive 5 minutes before the class and prepare comfortable clothing, shoes and a bottle of water! This class is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Multicultural Division of Seoul Metropolitan Government  This event is restricted to foreign residents in Korea only. The center ask that you bring your Alien Registration Card (or Passport with SOFA stamp for SOFA Members, or diplomat ID for Diplomats). Follow the link to their site to register and RSVP. Please contact the center directly with questions about this specific event but feel free to leave a comment after about how much fun you had.

Thursday June 21st

Flying Yoga Class

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Sky Yoga Kula, Recurring Event (See all), ₩60,000 (6 sessions)

The Itaewon Global Village Center has arranged for a 6 days yoga course at Sky Yoga Kula for just 10,000 won per session. This course looks challenging but fun! Go check it out and let us know how you like it!

Note from the Organizer:

On May 24th~ June 28th every Thursday (total six days) at 2:30pm-4:30pm, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Flying Yoga Course.” Participants will have a chance to learn about Flying Yoga. It will take place at Skyyogakula which is just beside Hapjeong station(Line 9/Line2).

Flying Yoga is also called Anti-gravity yoga or Aerial yoga. It combines the traditional yoga poses, pilates and dance with the use of a special kind of hammock which can support up to 300 kilos of weight. You don’t need to be an acrobat to learn. The instructor will teach the basic steps, so do not worry even though you are beginner.

The facility includes a large flying yoga classroom, a shower room, a fitting room, a lounge, a powder room, lockers, Inbody test machine and so on. Towels and shower products will be also provided. Free parking is available for participants.

The participation fee is 60,000 won (per person/including the whole session/Cash Only). You can sign up in person or by email only.

Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Korean Folk Painting

2pm – 3:30pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

Do you see that painting of the Phoenix down there? I created that masterpiece, and so can you! Join the Korean folk painting class at the Seoul Global Cultural Center and you will be guided through a step-by-step process of how to paint beautiful creatures like that by the most patient instructors. Since this is a folk painting class, the animals or objects painted are symbolic in korean culture. You will also learn what each painting represents in  Korean folklore. The next painting will be the Il-wol-do.  This event is restricted to foreign residents in Korea only. The center ask that you bring your Alien Registration Card (or Passport with SOFA stamp for SOFA Members, or diplomat ID for Diplomats). These classes fill up fast so sign up quickly or sign up early for the next class. All levels are welcome. This course and all of the other courses are free of charge through the generousness of the Seoul Global Cultural Center. Please contact them directly with specific questions about any events. Leave us a comment to tell how you like the events and send us a picture to feature on our site or social media.

Korean Movie Screening with English Subtitles

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

The Seoul Global Cultural Center is hosting a special Korean film screening on Saturday June 16th. Please attend to show our interest in more events like this.

Details about the film:

Movie title: Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (태극기 휘날리며; Taegukgi Hwinallimyeo)

Directed by Kang Je-gyu, Taegukgi Hwinallimyeo is a 2004 South Korean war film starring Gang Dong-gun and Won Bin. It tells the story of two brothers who are forcibly drafted into the South Korean Army at the beginning of the Korean war.

There will be a quick introduction about the film and the history surrounding the film before it starts and a quiz and discussion session at the end of the screening. The film is free of charge courtesy of the Seoul Global Cultural Center. Go enjoy the movie and learn something about Korean recent history.

Friday, June 29th

Urban Gardening

10:00am – 11:30am, Seorae Global Village Center, Free

Do you have a green thumb? Go plant herbs with the Seorae Global Village Center every Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. You will be working on the village rooftop garden and Yongsan family park. The herbs and DIY products made from them are sold at local markets and the proceed redistributed to charities in Korea. Go learn how to garden while also contributing to the community.

Vegan Foodie Tour

2:00pm – 4:00pm, Itaewon Global Village Center, Free

The Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a Vegan Foodie Tour of the Itaewon/HBC (Haebangchon) area. Try the best in vegan food that Seoul has to offer!

Joining the event is free, but you will have to pay for the food you sample on the tour.

The organizers ask that you sign up for the event either in person at the Itaewon Global Village Center or by email (Send name, nationality, and phone number to  yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr ).

Seal Making

2:00pm – 4:00pm, Seoul Global Cultural Center, Free

Have you visited the National Museum of Korea? Well, this is your  chance. The Seoul Global Cultural Center is organizing a Korean Seal making session at  the Education Center of the Museum.  If you are looking to start a business in Korea, a seal is an essential tool to have and normally cost some money to obtain. You can make your own seal to use in business in Korea or in personal bureaucratic transactions. This is fee of charge due to the generosity of the SGCC and the National Museum of Korea. Please note, this is only available to  foreign residents in Korea. Please bring your Alien Registration Card (or Passport with SOFA stamp for SOFA Members, or diplomat ID for Diplomats).

Directions:

*Exit 2 of Ichon Station, Subway line no.4 or the Jungang Line (Munsan-Yongmun)
*Please arrive at the Museum at least 5min in advance of event time.

Saturday, June 30th

Henna workshops

11:00am – 1:00pm Chungmuro Station, ₩50,000

Join a one day henna workshop this upcoming Saturday. Material will be provided: Organic henna, paste, sheets, acrylic, pins. You will learn how to roll your own henna cones.You will learn various designs and all basic patterns.  Class duration is 2.30-3 hours.  

Meet on the 2nd floor of the Popeyes off of exit 1 of Chungmuro station.

1890 Namsangol Night Market

2:00pm – 9:00pm, Namsangol Hanok VillageRecurring Event (See all), Free

The Foreign Flea Market held at Namsangol Hanok Village on Saturday May

The Foreign Flea Market is part of a more permanent night market that runs from May 5th, 2018 to Oct. 27th, 2018. Entitled “1890 Namsangol Night Market”, this year is the second season of the market which is held in Namsangol Hanok Village every Saturday. Its name is derived from the similar marketplace that took place in the Joseon Dynasty in the 19th century. In addition to all the booths selling great products, there are a lot of exciting activities and events to experience. There are many food trucks and food vendors so you can sample different types of food from all over the world.

Namsangol Hanok Village itself is a must-see sight in Seoul. This traditional village is in the downtown district near the popular shopping quarter, Myeong-dong. The village which is at the foot of Namsan mountain offers an unobstructed view of the mountain and Namsan Tower which is always a pleasant sight especially in the evening. The village ground is an urban oasis with traditional Korean houses, a pavilion, traditional garden and a small stream with gentle meditative sounds.

Rooftop BBQ/KIX48 Screening/Awards Show

6:00pm – 10:00pm, EMU Artspace, ₩15,000

Join the Korea International Expat Film Festival for the unveiling of 12 short films as part of the KIX48 Film Challenge. The films which will be shown in 2 screenings will be preceded by a Rooftop BBQ party. The BBQ party where you can purchase delicious sausages and drinks kicks off at 6pm and the first film screening is at 7:15pm, followed by the 2nd screening at 8:30pm. Don’t miss the chance to support the arts and have a great time at the rooftop party! 

 

Bunker Bash: June 2018

6:00pm – 12:00am, The Alley Bunker, ₩5000

Five performances for 5,000₩! This concert of 40-minute performances runs from 6 to 10:40 featuring:

6:00 – 6:40: Dansik Clown (단식광대)
7:00 – 7:40: Jonah Saifer
8:00 – 8:40: Brett Elliott Solo Works
9:00 – 9:40: MaxMandu (맥스만두)
10:00 – 10:40: A Collective Effort

Then from 11 to midnight, enjoy buy-one-get-one-free house cocktails and house beer!

The venue states that 100% of the 5,000₩ cover charge goes to the bands.

Changgyeonggung Palace : Nighttime Viewing 2018

7:30pm – 10:00pm, Changgyeonggung Palace, ₩1000

At daytime the Changgyeonggung Palace is a sight to see. On a typical Saturday, this ancient palace which dates back to the the Joseon Dynasty (r.1418-1450), is usually fill with visitors (tourists and locals alike) dressed in the Korean traditional dress, Hanbok walking through the many palace gates and homes (hanok) previously occupied by Korea’s royalty.

From April 28th, 2018 to November 3rd, 2018, the palace will be open for a special nighttime viewing every Saturday. For a 1,000₩ admission fee, enjoy the lantern-lit evening atmosphere of Changgyeonggung Palace and pond.

Note that the palace is closed on Mondays and last entry is 1 hour before close time. Please check the website below as nighttime viewing might not be available on some days.

Sunday, July 1st