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[Sports in Korea]


Saturday, Oct. 26

Jeonnam Dragons vs. Busan Icons

Gwangyang, 3 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Daejeon Citizen vs. Pohang Steelers

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Suwon Blue Wings vs. Jeonbuk Motors

Suwon World Cup Stadium, 3 p.m.

Bucheon SK vs. Ulsan Tigers

Bucheon, 3 p.m.

Anyang Cheetahs vs. Seongnam Cheonma

Anyang, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Daejeon Citizen vs. Seongnam Cheonma

Daejeon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Suwon Blue Wings vs. Bucheon SK

Suwon World Cup Stadium, 7:30 p.m.



"At" refers to the team batting in the bottom of an inning.

Saturday, Oct. 26

LG Twins at Kia Tigers


Sunday, Oct. 27

LG Twins at Kia Tigers


Tuesday, Oct. 29

Kia Tigers at LG Twins

Site to be determined

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Kia Tigers at LG Twins (if necessary)

Site to be determined


Seoul Racecourse, Gwachon, Gyeonggi province

Subway line No. 4, Seoul Race Course Station

(Parking limited; public transportation recommended)

Admission: 800 won

Rooms on the sixth floor of the grandstand are reserved for foreigners. Translation service is available in English, Chinese and Japanese; English programs are available. An ID card or passport is required for entry; one Korean guest can accompany each foreign visitor. The facility opens at 9:30 a.m. on race day; reservations are 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 each race.

Saturday, Oct. 26

First race post time: 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27

First race post time: 11 a.m.


[Theme Parks]


Northern Seoul, Suyu Station (Line 4)

There is a seal show from 1 to 5 p.m. on the hour. A separate fee is required: 3,500 won ($2.50) for adults and 2,500 won for children.

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

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

(02) 982-6800


Eastern Seoul, Jamsil Station (Line 2)

There is a "World Carnival Parade"with singing and dancing until Dec. 31.

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 is free for day- and season-pass holders.

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


Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province

To Nov. 3. At the "119 Fire Department Festival" you can see the country's various models of fire engines, videos of fire fighters in action and computer games related to their work. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, fire fighters will demonstrate how they rescue people by helicopter.

To Nov. 10, there is a "Chrysanthemum Exhibit"featuring the tall, colorful flowers, offset by the autumn's leaves.

A paper craft exhibit, featuring more than 100 artistic and creative works made out of paper -- from dinosaurs and insects to airplanes and cartoon characters -- is on display until Feb. 23. Even the backdrops are made from paper.

Models of European cities and villages, as well as an artist's conception of a future underwater city, are in the "Mini-Land" exhibition, running to December.

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


Yongin, Gyeonggi province

Chrysanthemums and the red, yellow and orange autumnal leaves in the Four Seasons Garden create a beautiful environment for taking walks throughout the fall.

Open daily; hours vary depending on the day of the week. To Thursday, the park closes at 10 p.m.

(031) 320-5000


[Live Music]

THE LOUNGE, Lotte Hotel, Jung-gu

There are four themes according to the time of the day. The Lounge plays New Age, sound tracks, and pop music from 7 a.m. to noon. The Tea Lounge features classical music on harp and flute from noon to 5 p.m. The Sophisticated Lounge has piano and saxophone from 5-8:30 p.m. The Jazz Lounge features fusion, modern and crossover music by the jazz quartet Birds.

(02) 317-7131

MAESTRO, Amiga Hotel, Gangnam

A cocktail bar with a Filipino singer every night from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

(02) 3440-8000


Live jazz from Monday to Saturday, 9-11 p.m.

(02) 324-5105

THE PARIS BAR, Grand Hyatt Seoul, Hannam-dong

Piano bar. Live piano music from 7 to 10 p.m.

(02) 799-8161


Live rock music every night except on Mondays from 7:50 p.m. Open for business 1 p.m.-midnight.

(02) 325-6071

SCHEONBRUNN BAR, Lotte Hotel, Jung-gu

Live piano in the 35th floor bar every night, except on Sundays and national holidays, from 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.

(02) 371-7185


A hole in the wall that is trying to make its name as a punk club. Shows are a little irregular, but held most Fridays and Saturdays, beginning around 7:30 p.m.

SLUG.ER, Hongdae

Mostly hardcore, for a younger crowd.

(02) 3142-0643

TISKETCH, near SookMyung Women's University, Yongsan district

Live guitar performances, sometimes by the owner, 8-11:30 p.m. Business hours 5 p.m.-midnight.

(02) 704-6550

W.A.S.P., Hongdae

Various types of live music, mainly rock. Weekdays at 8 p.m. and weekends at 7 p.m. Bands like Dead Point and Dokkebi play death metal.

(02) 325-6267


A band plays pop music from Monday to Saturday at 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

(02) 593-1400



BAHIA, Hongdae

Salsa music, 6 p.m.-midnight.

(02) 335-1512


Mostly mainstream hip-hop music and cheap tequila shots.

CLUB ARCHE, Sillim-dong

Techno music comes to the neighborhood near Seoul National University. Far from the usual (and usually maddening) crowd.

CLUB TOOL, Hongdae

House music and hip-hop. Fridays and Saturdays, Roller Coaster's Jinu spins freestyle from midnight to 1:30 a.m.

(02) 3141-0748

G, Itaewon

This is one of the most fun clubs in Sinchon, catering to a largely gay clientele, although all are welcome.


A busy -- some Saturdays packed-solid -- dance-pop scene. Three resident deejays, Yang-in, Bin and Gyeong-jib, play hip-hop, pop-rock and hardcore to 4 a.m.



Dance pop and big hair at his crowded, popular joint. Rhymes with "feet, park it."

JOKER RED, Hongdae

A spacious house music club that's been around for years.


MACONDO, Hongdae

Salsa and merengue music at the oldest Latin-music bar in Hongdae, if not Korea.

MATMATA, Hongdae

Funky interior and house music all night long. The scene really gets going after midnight.


MI, Hongdae

The oldest electronic music club, featuring house, trance and jungle techno.

(02) 3141-2046


Three floors decorated in three different styles at this quirky, groovy bar. The downstairs features dance and techno; the upstairs is more mellow, with art on the walls and cushions on the floor.

(02) 325-6218

NB, Hongdae

Co-owned by one of the Seo Taiji Boys and almost always crowded from Wednesdays to Sundays. Featuring hip-hop music, with trance and house dance music in the side room.

S BAR, Cheongdam-dong

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

(02) 546-2713


[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.



Nov. 2, 3. A two-day tour of a celebrated cultural sites. Included is the tomb of General Kim Yu-sin, the military leader who played an important part in unifying the kingdom during the Silla period, and the famous Cheonmachong (Heavenly Horse Tomb). The second morning includes the sunrise and a visit to Seokguram. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring a packed lunch or buy food the first day at a rest stop. Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 8:30 p.m. Cost: 178,000 won ($150, includes all transportation, accommodation, entrance fees and three meals).

(02) 763-9483


Daily. This tour goes to the Gyeongdong Herbal Medicine Market, which has has scores of shops selling traditional medicines. Also on the tour is the Bugak Skyway, Deoksu Palace and an amethyst factory. Depart: 1 p.m. Return: 5 p.m. Cost: 45,000 won (minimum 2 persons).

(02) 332-8946


Daily. Visit the Hwaseong Fortress and experience traditional archery sport. Depart: 9 p.m. Return: 1 p.m. Cost: 55,000 won (minimum 2 persons).

(02) 332-8946


Daily. Learn magic from professional magicians. Depart: 3 p.m. Return: 7 p.m. Cost: 65,000 won (minimum 2 persons).

(02) 332-8946



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


DIE ANOTHER DAY by Raymond Benson, Berkley, 10,660 won

GANGSTER by Lorenzo Carcaterra, Ballantine, 11,790 won

EVERYONE HAS A LIMIT ENOUGH by H.B. Gilmour, Pocket, 10,060 won

TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben, Dell, 11,230 won

DANCING AT MIDNIGHT by Julia Quinn, Avon, 10,320 won


AT THE END OF AN AGE by John Lukacs, Yale, 34,720 won

THE WOUNDED HEALER by Henri J.M. Nouwen, Bantam, 17,510 won

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien, Bantam, 20,080 won

THE THINGS THAT IS: A NATURAL HISTORY OF ZERO by Robert Kaplan, Oxford, 16,350 won


HEART ADVICE FOR DIFFICULT TIMES by Pema Chodron, Random House, 18,850 won
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