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[Sports in Korea]


All games are at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise states. "At" refers to team batting in the bottom of the inning.

Friday, Sept. 27

Lotte Giants at Kia Tigers


Samsung Lions at Hanhwa Eagles


LG Twins at Hyundai Unicorns


Saturday, Sept. 28

Samsung Lions at Hanhwa Eagles

Daejeon, 2 p.m, 6:30 p.m. Doubleheader

Lotte Giants at Hyundai Unicorns

Suwon, 5 p.m.

SK Wyverns at Doosan Bears

Seoul Jamsil Stadium, 5 p.m.

LG Twins at Kia Tigers

Gwangju, 5 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 3

Korea vs. Malaysia

7 p.m.

Masan, South Gyeongsan province


Seoul Racecourse, Gwachon, Gyeonggi province

Subway line No. 4, Seoul RAce Course Station

(Parking limited; public transportation recommended)

Admission: 800 won

Rooms with a total of 230 seats are set aside on the 6th floor of the grandstand for foreign visitors. Guide service in English, Chinese and Japanese; English program available. ID card or passport required; one Korean guest can accompany each foreign visitor. The facility opens at 9:30 a.m. on race day; reservations recommended. Call (02) 509-1221 on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, or (02) 509-1217 on race days. Win, place, show, quinella, exacta bets available. Betting limit: 100,000 won per race.

Saturday, Sept. 28

First race post time: 11 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29

First race post time: 11 a.m.


[Theme Parks]


Yongin, Gyeonggi province

To Oct. 13, you can experience traditional German dance at 3:30, 5:30 p.m.; and music at 6, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The park presents its Magic Parade at 2 p.m. daily, Dance History 2002 show at noon and 4 p.m. daily, Moonlight Magic Parade at 8 p.m., and its laser-light Multimedia Show at 9 p.m. nightly.

Open daily; hours vary by season and day. Phone: (031) 320-5000. Web site:


Northern Seoul, Suyu Station (Line 4)

A day pass, providing access to most of the park's attractions, costs 16,000 won ($13) for adults, 14,000 won for teens and 12,000 won for children.

Open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.


Eastern Seoul, Jamsil Station (Line 2)

Friday to Sunday, an Art Flower Competition is held. Chrysanthemums are used to decorate various exhibits, such as large-scale towers and various animals. The works submitted to the competition will be displayed near the ice rink until Oct. 20.

Every Sunday at 4 p.m., a professional florist will teach how to make flower arrangements using chrysanthemums. And you can even take your work home.

Sunday to the end of the year, magicians perform at 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6 and 8 p.m. daily. The magic show costs 3,000 won for adults, 2,500 won for students and 2,000 won for children. It's free for day- and season-pass holders.

Opens 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Phone: (02) 411-2000


Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province

More than 100 items made out of paper -- from dinosaurs and insects to airplanes and cartoon characters -- are on display until Feb. 23. Even the backdrops for the exhibition are made from paper.

The exhibition features models of European cities and villages, as well as an artist's conception of a future underwater city, in its "Mini-Land" exhibition, which runs until December.

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. Closing times vary by season.

Phone: (02) 504-0011.


[Live Music]


Live jazz nightly by Korean and foreign musicians every day from 9 to 11 p.m. J.C. Clark Band plays Saturdays. (02) 795-5701.

BARAM, Hongdae

Live music by indie bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 7 and 8 p.m. Other performances by live bands sporadically throughout the week. For detailed information check out the Web site (02) 422-8211.


Live jazz Mondays through Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. (02) 312-7021.

BLUE MOON, Apgujeong-dong

Famous jazz artists play every night. Music starts at 7 p.m., Sundays at 8 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-midnight. (02) 549-5490.

BLUES & JAZZ, Itaewon

Live music every night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (02) 3785-1592.

BOBBY LONDON, Lotte Hotel, Jung-gu

British artists play pop music every hour from 8:40 p.m.-12:40 a.m. During happy hours (5-8 p.m.), you get 20 percent off whiskeys and 50 percent off beers. Open 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. (02) 317-7091.

CACTUS, Myeong-dong

Yata Jazz Band performs live on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:30-9 p.m. (02) 751-2111.


Live jazz nightly. Bands include Han Sang-won Band, Im In-geon Project, Taste of Jazz, Lee Jeong-sik Quartet, Wave, The Choi Se-jin Quintet, and Sin Gwan-ung Big Band. Three sessions are staged per day, every day: 6:50-8:30 p.m., 9-11:30 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. - 2 a.m. (02) 743-5555.

COMPASS ROSE, Westin-Chosun Hotel, Jung-gu

Live jazz music every day, except Sundays, from 8 p.m.-midnight. (02) 317-0365.

DRUG, Hongdae

Many famous indie bands, including Crying Nut and No Brain, got their start here. Bands such as Lazy Bone, 18 Cruk, Sinnaz, and Pastel play regularly. Live music every Friday and Saturday, 6:30-10 p.m. Cover is 5,000 won ($4). For more information, call (02) 326-3085, or check out J&R BLUES, Itaewon

Live rhythm and blues music played on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (02) 796-3475.

JANUS, Cheongdam-dong

Live jazz twice a day, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Monthly concert on first Sunday of the month from 5 p.m. Some of Korea's most famous musicans debuted on this stage. (02) 546-9774.

JAZ, near Konkuk University

Traditional jazz club with live music everyday by famous Korean jazz artists, 8:30-11 p.m. Open noon to 2 a.m. (02) 498-6934.


Blues Band, Intercross, and Aeroplane Band play live on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. Open 4 p.m.-midnight. (02) 332-3450.

JJ MAHONEY'S, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Itaewon

New Zealand's Ultra Band plays Mondays to Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m., and Sundays until 1 a.m. (02) 797-1234.


Live music by R&B musicians. The Chae So-young Band performs Fridays and Saturdays, 9-11 p.m., 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Other bands play Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m., 10:30-11:30 p.m. (02) 749-0906.



CLUB TOOL, Hongdae

DJ Rood and DJ Moon spin house and hip-hop weeknights. Fridays and Saturday nights, RollerCoaster's Jinu spins freestyle from midnight until 1:30 a.m. (02) 3141-0748.


A busy -- some Saturdays packed-solid -- dance-pop scene. Three resident DJs, Yang-in, Bin and Gyeong-jib, play a mixture of hip-hop, pop-rock and hardcore until 4 a.m. 016-259-2302.

JOKER RED, Hongdae

Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Sunshine spins tribal house from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. DJ Robby mans the turntables, playing progressive house 2-3 a.m. DJ Penguin Deluxe spins house 3-4 a.m. 016-773-9196.

MATMATA, Hongdae

Funky interior and house music all night long. Saturday, DJ YaongII spins 9-10:30 p.m., DJ WooA plays 10:30 p.m.-midnight, DJ Bandi spins midnight-1:30 a.m. and 3-4 a.m., and DJ Yeongjun spins 1:30-3 a.m. and 4 a.m. to close. 016-394-6220.

MI, Hongdae

Fridays and Saturdays, DJ Unkle spins techno, trance, house and jungle 1-3 a.m. DJ Dodo plays trance and house, DJs Kuma, Tak and Gojii spin house. (02) 3141-2046.


Three floors, three different styles at this quirky bar. Downstairs is dance and techno, upstairs is more mellow, with art on the walls and cushions on the floor for sitting down and lounging.


An after-after-hours place. Thursdays to Sundays. DJ Kyu spins funky house and deep house 4 a.m.-closing. DJ Devil spins tribal house after midnight, Dave Benz spins progressive house after midnight. 017-7332-9026.

NB, Hongdae

Hip-hop and funk keep this club packed Wednesday through Sunday nights. 011-716-1716.

SAAB, Hongdae

A variety of pop, hip-hop and house in this long-time Hongdae club. DJ Smood and DJ Noa spin hip-hop, and DJ Superfly plays house. (02) 324-6929.


[Tours and Events]

Many tours sell out quickly. Others that are undersubscribed may be canceled. We suggest that you call as early as possible to inquire about availability.


Daily, except Sundays. Traditional dinner followed by traditional performances. Choose a buffet or full-course meal, or just watch the show. Minimum two persons. Depart: 6:30 p.m. Return: 10 p.m. Cost for two persons: 95,000 won ($80) for buffet, 105,000 won for a full-course meal, 55,000 won for the show only.

Call: (02) 569-8114.


Daily. Agency offers a three-hour beginner's course in taekwondo. Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cost: 65,000 won. Call: (02) 569-8114.


To Oct. 31. Experience the quiet, reverent life at Incheon's Jeondeungsa temple, and observe how the monks there make salt and print sutras using time-honored, traditional methods. Guests can also practice calligraphy and meditation, and can visit a natural history museum nearby. Transportation must be arranged independently. Cost: 50,000 won ($40) for 1 day, 2 nights; 75,000 won for 2 days, 3 nights.

Call: (02) 732-9925.


Saturday. Dine and cruise with a relaxing 60-minute excursion on the Han River. Dinner is at the 63 Building followed by a tour of Namsan Tower. Depart: 4:40 p.m. Return 10 p.m. Cost: $45.

Call: (02) 795-3028.


Saturday. Dinner and show at the Sheration Walker Hill. Depart: 3 p.m. Return: 10:30 p.m. Cost: $54.



Here are some new English-language titles available at downtown Seoul's Kyobo Book Center. (02) 397-3507.


MINORITY REPORT by Philip K. Dick,

Random House, 19,120 won ($16)

POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt, Vintage,

11,790 won

VERTICAL LIMIT: A NOVELIZATION by Mel Odom, Harper Collins, 10,320 won

THE SYNDROME by John Case,

Ballantine, 10,320 won

MR. MAYBE by Jane Green, Broadway,

17,640 won


FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS by James Bradley, Bantam, 19,390 won


THE AGE OF ACCESS by Jeremy Rifkin,

Putnam, 20,130 won


Moser-Wellman, Penguin, 18,760 won

THE WOMAN WARRIOR: MEMOIRS OF A GIRLHOOD BEHIND GHOSTS by Maxine Hong Kingston, Vintage, 17,460 won
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