LISTINGSKorea basketball league
Saturday, Nov. 23
Korea Tenders vs. LG Sakers
KCC Egis vs. SK Knights
Samsung Thunders vs. Dongyang Orions
Mobis Automons vs. SK Bigs
TG X-ers vs. SBS Stars
Sunday, Nov. 24
SK Bigs vs. KCC Egis
Dongyang Orions vs. TG X-ers
SK Knights vs. LG Sakers
SBS Stars vs. Samsung Thunders
Korea Tenders vs. Mobis Automons
Tuesday, Nov. 26
TG X-ers vs. Korea Tenders
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Samsung Thunders vs. SK Knights
SK Bigs vs. SBS Stars
Dongyang Orions vs. Mobis Automons
Thursday, Nov. 28
KCC Egis vs. LG Sakers
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. 23
First race post time: 11 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24
First race post time: 11 a.m.
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.
Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province
The Christmas extravaganza, "Santa Fantasia," runs daily until 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.
Eastern Seoul, Jamsil Station (Line 2)
Pottery lessons for adults and children are conducted once a week at the Folk Museum.
Each session runs at three hours. Cost: 60,000 won for four sessions, materials included.
A "World Carnival Parade" runs daily 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 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. Photos with Santa are available.
Open weekdays to 7 p.m., weekends to 9 p.m.
ALL THAT JAZZ, Itaewon
Live jazz nightly by Korean and foreign musicians every day from 9 to 11 p.m. J.C. Clark Band plays on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Live music by indie bands on every Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning around 7 p.m.
BIG ELECTRIC CAT, Itaewon
Rock on Friday nights, mixed on Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
BOBBY LONDON, Lotte Hotel, Jung-gu
British performers play live 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 for whiskeys and 50 percent off beer. Business hours 5 p.m.- 2 a.m.
CHUNNYUN DONGANDO, Daehangno
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. There are three sessions a night, every night, at 6:50, 9 and 11:50.
CLUB BBANG, Sinchon
Live rock, pop, folk music from Friday to Sunday at 7:30-10 p.m.
J.J. 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.
JAZ, near Konkuk University
Traditional jazz club with live music every day, 8:30-11 p.m. Business hours 12 p.m.- 2 a.m.
JUST BLUES, Itaewon
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. Others play Monday to Thursday, 8:30-9:30 p.m., 10:30-11:30 p.m.
MAESTRO, Amiga Hotel, Gangnam
A cocktail bar featuring a singer from the Philippines every night from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Live jazz Monday to Saturday, 9-11 p.m.
L.R.D. plays Mondays to Thursdays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m.-3 a.m. It's open mike or jam sessions on Sundays.
Salsa music, 6 p.m.-midnight.
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. On Fridays and Saturdays, Roller Coaster's Jinu spins freestyle from midnight until 1:30 a.m.
This is one of the most fun clubs in Sinchon, catering to a largely gay clientele, although all are welcome.
HODGE PODGE, Hongdae
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.
Salsa and merengue music at the oldest Latin-music bar in Hongdae.
Funky interior and house music all night long, although it really gets going after midnight.
The oldest electronic music club, featuring house, trance and jungle techno.
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.
A techno dance club that is most busy at the latest and late hours, especially after 2 a.m.
Co-owned by one of the Seo Taiji Boys and almost always crowded from Wednesdays to Sundays. Featuring hip-hop music, and sometimes more alternative trance and house dance music in the side room.
A variety of pop, hip-hop and house in this long-time Hongdae club. DJ Smood and DJ Noa spin hip-hop. DJ Superfly plays house.
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.
BUKCHON CULTURAL DAY:
Nov. 23. Experience the cultural riches nestled between the Gyeongbok and Changgdeok complexes. Tour traditional dwellings, visit craftsmen at work on folk paintings and bamboo art, try your hand at traditional dyeing. Culminates with musical performances and a village party with buffet-style meal.
Begins: 2 p.m. Ends: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free for the first 30 people who
register in advance
STAR TRAVEL: NORTH-KOREA THIRD
TUNNEL AND DMZ OBSERVATION
Two tours daily, except Mondays. Learn about the division of the Korean peninsula and the tragedy of families separated in the North and South.
Depart: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. Return: 1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Cost: 50.000 won (minimum 2 persons).
STAR TRAVEL: EVERLAND FANTASY TOUR
Daily. A guided tour of one of Korea's largest amusement parks.
Depart: 9 a.m. Return: 5 p.m.
Cost: 75,000 won (minimum 2 persons).
GRACE TRAVEL: SAMULNORI
Monday to Friday. Experience the traditional music played with four percussion instruments.
Depart: 3 p.m. Return: 7 p.m.
Cost: 65,000 won (minimum 2 persons).
Here are some new English-language titles available at downtown Seoul's Kyobo Book Center. (02) 397-3507
REAP THE WIND by Iris Johansen,
Bantam, 10,920 won
ISLE OF DOGS by Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, 11,630 won
THE DARK HIGHLANDER by Karen Marue Moning, Dell, 10,180 won
TAPESTRY by Lynn Kurland, Jove, 11,630 won
NARCISSUS IN CHAINS by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jove, 11,630 won
RED DRAGON by Thomas Harris, Dell, 11,630 won
ECSTASY by Nicole Jordan, Ivy,
THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY by Alexander McCall Smith, Anchor, 17,400 won
FIND ME by Rosie O'Donnell, Warner, 36,730 won
AT THE END OF AN AGE by John Lukacs, Yale, 34,270 won
FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis, Vintage, 20,820 won
PEACE IS EVERY STEP by Thich Nhat Hanh, Bantam, 20,310 won
E-MAIL ETIQUETTE by Samantha Miller, Warner, 19,940 won