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Saturday, Nov. 9

Dongyang Orions at LG Sakers


SK Bigs at Samsung Thunders


SK Knights at Korea Tenders


Mobis Automons at SBS Stars


TG X-ers at KCC Egis


Sunday, Nov. 10

KCC Egis at Dongyang Orions


LG Sakers at SK Bigs


Samsung Thunders at SK Knights


SBS Stars at Korea Tenders


Mobis Automons at TG X-ers


Tuesday, Nov. 12

Samsung Thunders at Korea Tenders


Wednesday, Nov. 13

TG X-ers at SBS Stars


SK Knights at LG Sakers


KCC Egis at Mobis Automons


Thursday, Nov. 14

Dongyang Orions at SK Bigs



Weekend games begin at 3 p.m. and weekday games begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise specified.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Pohang Steelers vs. Jeonbuk Motors


Sunday, Nov. 10

Seongnam Cheonma vs. Busan Icons


Bucheon SK vs. Daejeon Citizen


Anyang Cheetahs vs. Jeonnam Dragons


Wednesday, Nov. 13

Busan Icons vs. Pohang Steelers


Jeonnam Dragons vs. Bucheon SK


Jeonbuk Motors vs. Ulsan Tigers

Jeonju World Cup Stadium

Suwon Blue Wings vs. Anyang Cheetahs

Suwon World Cup Stadium


Seoul Racecourse, Gwacheon, 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, Nov. 9

First race post time: 11 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 10

First race post time: 11 a.m.


Theme Parks


Northern Seoul, Suyu Station (Line 4)

A seal show runs from 1 to 5 p.m. every hour, on the hour. An additional 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


Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province

The Christmas extravaganza, "Santa Fantasia," runs from Saturday to Dec. 25. On the bill are musical performances, parades and the opportunity to make your own Christmas tree.

Open daily from 9:30 a.m.

(02) 504-0011.


Eastern Seoul, Jamsil Station (Line 2)

Halloween runs through Nov. 15 at Lotte World. Dracula, ghosts, witches and skeletons are lurking in the shadows.

Pottery lessons for adults and children are conducted once a week at the Folk Museum.

Each session runs three hours. Cost: 60,000 won for four sessions, including materials.

A "World Carnival Parade" runs 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.

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


Yongin, Gyeonggi province

Everland's Christmas Party begins this Saturday and runs until Dec. 25. The program includes a daily Christmas Magic Parade at 2 p.m., a Santa Parade at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., along with a variety of concerts and other performances. A fireworks show is scheduled for weekends at 8 p.m. until Dec. 20. Kids and adults can have their photos taken with Santa.

Open weekdays 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and weekends 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

(031) 320-5000


Live Music

JAZ, near Konkuk University

Traditional jazz club with live music every day, 8:30-11 p.m. Open 12 p.m.- 2 a.m.

(02) 498-6934

JAZZ STORY, Samcheong-dong, near Gyeongbok Palace

Every night, live guitar at 6:30 p.m. and jazz at 7:30-10:30 p.m. Open 11 a.m.-midnight.

(02) 725-6537


Blues Band, Intercross, and Aeroplane Band's live performances 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

MAESTRO, Amiga Hotel, Gangnam

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

(02) 3440-8000


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

(02) 749-0906


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

(02) 324-5105

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, Apgujeong-dong

Live jazz and R&B. Music bar and restaurant. The Yoo Seonghui Trio plays Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-8 p.m. The main stage features live music Mondays to Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., and on Sundays until 11 p.m. The J.C. Clark Band plays Fridays. The Shin Dongjin Quartet performs Saturdays. The Lee Jung-sik band plays Sundays. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

(02) 549-5490

THE PARIS BAR, Grand Hyatt Seoul, Hannam-dong

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

(02) 799-8161

PLAY THE BLUES, Cheongdam-dong

Live blues music from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

(02) 518-9991



JOKER RED, Hongdae

A spacious house music club that has been around for years.


MACONDO, Hongdae

Salsa and merengue music at the oldest Latin-music bar in Hongdae.

MATMATA, Hongdae

Funky interior and house music all night long, but 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


A techno dance club that is most busy at late, late hours, especially after 2 a.m.


NB, Hongdae

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


SAAB, Hongdae

A variety of pop, hip-hop and house in this long-time Hongdae club.

(02) 324-6929

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

STOMPERS, Itaewon and Hongdae

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. One of the few Hongdae clubs that still allows American soldiers to enter.

(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.



Saturday to Sunday. This tour goes to two of Korea's three most-treasured Buddhist temples, both in South Gyeongsang province. Tongdosa (which means "Transmission of the Way") is unusual in that it doesn't have any statue of the Buddha, but it is believed to have some remains of the Buddha. Haeinsa, also a treasured temple compound, has been destroyed seven times since it was founded in 802. It still is active today, with 11 hermitages and retreat areas.

Bring a picnic lunch on Saturday or buy food at a rest stop. Depart: 8 a.m. Return: 8 p.m. Cost: 154,800 won ($120, includes transportation, entrance fees, three meals and Korean-style accommodation)

(02) 763-9483


Two trips offered. The first operates Sundays. Visit a temple and practice zen meditation and eat a vegetarian lunch; finish the tour in Itaewon. Depart: noon. Return: 5:30 p.m. Cost: 70,000 won (minimum 2 persons)

The second trip is offered daily. Experience Buddhist ceremonies, traditional folk music and dance. Have a vegetarian dinner at the popular and well-known Sanchon restaurant. Depart: 4:30 p.m. Return: 9:30 p.m. Cost: 95,000 won (minimum 2 persons).

(02) 332-8946


Monday to Friday. Dahn Hak teaches about gi (chi, qi, whatever you want to call it) energy and how to utilize it for improving the harmony between your mind and body. Depart: 1 p.m. Return: 5 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




MOTHER OF PEARL by Melinda Haynes, Pocket, 11,630 won

THE X-FILES: SKIN by Ben Mezrick, Harper, 9,700 won

GANGSTER by Lorenzo Carcaterra, Ballantine, 11,790 won

DARK STAR by Alan Furst, Random House, 19,120 won

RED GOLD by Alan Furst, Random House, 17,640 won


VIDEO & DVD GUIDE 2003 by Mick Martin, Ballantine, 29,450 won


EGYPT by Lynn Meskell, Princeton, 42,630 won

THE FEDERALIST PAPERTS by Hamilton, Mentor, 11,500 won

THE SOONG DYNASTY by Sterling Seagrave, Harper, 28,510 won

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