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Friday, Oct. 4

12:30 p.m., KBS-TV

Women's Beach Volleyball - Finals

Swimming - Preliminaries

Men's Wrestling - Finals

Men's Gymnastics - Finals

Men's Ice Hockey - South Korea vs. India

1:30 p.m., KBS2-TV

Women's Volleyball - South Korea vs. Kazakhstan - Preliminaries

Men's Gymnastics - Finals

5 p.m., KBS-TV

Women's Table Tennis - Finals

Men's Wrestling - Finals

Women's Soccer - South Korea vs. Taiwan

7:15 p.m., KBS2-TV

Women's Soccer - North Korea vs. China

Saturday, Oct. 5

2 p.m., KBS-TV

Men's and Women's Shooting - Finals

Men's and Women's Cycling - Finals

Men's Gymnastics - Finals

Women's Team Tennis - Finals

6 p.m., KBS-TV

Women's Gymnastics - Finals

6:50 p.m., KBS2-TV

Men's Soccer - North Korea vs. Kuwait

Sunday, Oct. 6

2 p.m., KBS-TV

Men's and Women's Shooting - Finals

Men's and Women's Cycling - Finals

Men's Basketball - Quarterfinals

4 p.m., KBS2-TV

Women's Basketball - South Korea vs. Japan

5 p.m., KBS-TV

Men's Baseball - South Korea vs. Japan


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, quiniela, exacta bets available. Betting limit: 100,000 won per race.

Saturday, Oct. 5

First race post time: 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 6

First race post time: 11 a.m.


< Theme Parks >


Yongin, Gyeonggi province

Saturday. JK Kim Dong-wook and Ann will perform their R&B songs on Everland's Grand Stage at 6:30 p.m.

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

Oct 27. The Maple Half Marathon will be held at the Speedway. You can apply until Oct. 13 if you want to take part.

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


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)

The results of a flower art competition will be on display until Oct. 20, featuring large towers and various animals made of chrysanthemums and other flowers.

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.

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (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.

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

Open daily from 9:30 a.m. Closing times vary by season. (02) 504-0011.


< Live Music >


Live rock, pop, folk music from Friday to Sunday at 7:30-10 p.m. (02) 362-1089.


Sunday jam sessions 7:30-11 p.m., Dear Monday on Mondays. (02) 3141-0626.

DRUG, Hongdae

Korea's famous indie bands like Crying Nut and No Brain began by playing here. Punk bands such as Lazy Bone, 18 Cruk, and SINNA.Z continue the tradition. Live music at every Friday or Saturday at 6:30-10 p.m. Special performances are announced on the Web site. There is a 5,000 won entrance fee, and there's nothing inside but loud music and a place to stand. (02) 326-3085.


Underground bands play everything from punk to modern rock and jazz every day except on Mondays. There are three performances per day, at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m. On Sundays, more famous bands play, and they charge different fees accordingly. (02) 323-5651.

FREE BIRD, Hongdae

Nightly live performances by amateurs, usually hardcore, rock and heavy metal. 8-10 p.m. (02) 333-2701.

GRAND A BAR, Grand Hilton Seoul, Jung-gu district

The Filipino band Bang at Work plays Korean and American pop songs Mondays to Fridays, 8:40 p.m.-1:20 a.m. (02) 2287-8367.


Listen to live jazz and fusion music from 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. (02) 332-2171.

HUNTER'S TAVERN, Grand Inter-Continental Hotel, Gangnam district

The six-piece band Manila Connection plays pop and show tunes Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 p.m.-midnight. Business hours 7 p.m.-2 a.m. (02) 559-7619.

HWASUMOK, Cheongdam-dong

Live stage from Monday to Friday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. (02) 548-5429.

JAMMERS, Hongdae

Variety of live music including modern rock, rock'n'roll, and hardcore from 8-10 p.m. Everyday except on Mondays. (02) 325-3914.

J&B BLUES, Itaewon

Live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to midnight. You can also make requests. Business hours 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 musicians have made their debut on this stage over the years. (02) 546-9774.

JAZ, near Konkuk University

Traditional jazz club with live music every day by famous Korean jazz artists from 8:30-11 p.m. Business hours 12 p.m.- 2 a.m. (02) 498-6934.


< Clubs >

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.

G, Itaewon

The most fun club in Itaewon these days, catering especially to the gay clientele, although all are welcome.


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.

(02) 325-6218.

NB, Hongdae

Hip-hop and funk music keep this club packed and jumping Wednesday through Sunday nights.


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.

S BAR, Cheongdam-dong

A too-hip-for-you kind of bar that features mellow techno music, expensive drinks and the kind of people who don't care how expensive their drinks are. (02) 546-2713.

STOMPERS, Hongdae, Itaewon

The granddaddy of Itaewon clubs has opened a branch in Hongdae. Both are typically full-to-bursting on Saturday nights, with the Hongdae branch being perhaps a little less rowdy.

(02) 797-6847 (Itaewon branch).


< 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: 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. Beginner's courses in taekwondo offered between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cost: 65,000 won. Call: (02) 569-8114.


To Oct. 31. Experience the reverent life at Incheon's Jeondeungsa temple, and observe how monks print sutras using time-honored methods. Guests can also practice calligraphy and meditation and visit a natural history museum. 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.

USO: Panmunjeom (DMZ)

Oct. 15. DMZ tours tend to sell out quickly; payment should be made a week in advance or bookings may be canceled. Strict dress code applies. Korean citizens not allowed. Bring identification. Depart: 7:30 a.m., return 1:30 p.m. Cost: $30.

Call: 02-795-3028.


Saturday and Oct.19. Dine and cruise with a 60-minute excursion on the Han River. Dinner 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.


< Books >

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


THE SMOKE JUMPER by Nicholas Evans, Dell, 11,580 won ($10)

FALLING ANGELS by Tracy Chevalier, Plume, 11,530 won

THE MAMMOTH HUNTERS by Jean M. Auel, Bantam, 11,630 won

THE SUMMERHOUSE by Jude Derveraux, Pocket, 11,500

AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman, Harper, 11,620 won



THE NEXT 50 YEARS: SCIENCE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE 21ST CENTURY by John Brockman, Vintage, 20,370 won

SECRETS OF POWER NEGOTIATING by R. Dawson, Career Press, 23,270 won

THE BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan, Random House, 20,680 won
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