2008. 8.14 Event CalendarSEOUL MUSEUM OF HISTORY
To Aug. 31: “60th Anniversary Exhibition.” The National Archives of Korea is shining the spotlight on rare documents of the early Korean republic from its foundation 60 years ago. Over 90 original state documents bearing the signatures of Korean presidents and photographs of significant moments in modern Korean history will be shown.
Korea’s first Constitution and other documents that built the foundation of modern Korea are on display, including details of sea boundaries in which the first president of Korea, Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), outlined Korea’s sovereignty over the Dokdo islets.
You can also see the signature of the late President Park Chung Hee (1917-1979), on economic development plans and on orders dispatching Korean troops to Vietnam. The sports archives showcase the joy that Koreans experienced in hosting the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
Photographs from the collection of United Nations headquarters also reflect the sea change this country has experienced, from the UN-supported war-ravaged Korea in the 1950s to present-day Korea’s Ban Ki-moon becoming secretary general of the United Nations in 2007.
The Seoul Museum of History is located in front of Gyeonghui Palace in central Seoul.
Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7 or Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 4
(02) 724-0114, www.museum.seoul.kr
GANA ART CENTER BUSAN
To Aug. 24: “Now and New of Modern Photos.” This exhibition displays about 30 photographic works created by 11 international photographers.
Featured artists are Baek Seung-woo, Im Sang-bin, Yu Hyun-mi, Nicholas Hughes, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff, Nobuyoshi Araki, Miao Xiaochun, Cui Xiuwen, Liu Ren and Cang Xin. They come from Britain, Germany, China, Japan and South Korea.
The exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to experience various aspects of modern photography, reflecting the differing forms of expression of photographers from the five participating countries.
Admission ranges from 5,000 won ($4.81) to 6,000 won.
(051) 744-2020, www.ganaart.com
MOKDONG ICE RINK
Wednesday to Sept. 15: “2008 Bolshoi on Ice.” The legendary Bolshoi Ice Theater’s “Bolshoi on Ice” is back. With some of the best figure skaters and acrobats, most of whom are Olympic medalists, the troupe has enjoyed worldwide acclaim for its combination of ice ballet and dynamic figure skating.
The show, which started 16 years ago, is now regarded as the ultimate ice show. In this year’s performance, familiar repertoires include “Notre Dame de Paris,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Phantom of the Opera” and fairy-tales such as “Snow White” and “Cinderella”.
For classical music lovers, it will be a great opportunity to enjoy the works of Tchaikovsky, Bach and other composers in the “We Love Classics” segment of the shows on weekdays.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 77,000 won.
The show begins at 7:30 on weekdays (except for Mondays), 4 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 and 5:30 on Sundays and holidays.
Omokgyo Station, line No. 5, exit 2
(02) 1644-0109, www.ice-show.com
SOOKMYUNG ART CENTER, THEATER S
From Aug. 21: “The New Musical Hamlet - World Version.” The time-honored tale of Hamlet has been reborn as “The New Musical Hamlet” in a powerful rock opera style.
The product of a collaboration between three production companies based on Broadway, in Prague and in Seoul, the story is based on the original Shakespeare work, yet is presented in modern form to stimulate 21st century audiences.
Korean actors Lim Tae-kyung, Park Geon-hyung, Lee Ji-hoon, Yoon Hyung-ryeol have been cast in the leading roles.
Tickets range from 44,000 won to 77,000 won.
The show is staged at 8 p.m. on weekdays (except Mondays), 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Sookmyung Women’s University Station, line No. 4, exit 10
(02) 715-6358, www.musicalhamlet.com
OLYMPIC PARK, OLYMPIC HALL
Aug. 22 to 31: “Disney Live! - Three Classic Fairy Tales” The original team of Disney Live is visiting Korea. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck for an exciting family performance.
The Disney Live show covers three classic fairy tales, “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The musical begins with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald accidentally stumbling on a magical storybook. When Mickey starts to read the book, the stories jump to life right before their eyes.
The shows will be performed with Korean dubbing, except for the English-language performances on Friday, Aug. 22; Saturday, Aug. 23; and Thursday, Aug. 28. Friday’s show will start at 7 p.m., with the other two shows beginning at 11 a.m.
Tickets range from 22,000 won to 55,000 won.
Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 5
(02) 563-0595, www.disneylive.co.kr
SEOUL CITY HALL PLAZA
Tonight: Free Concert. To celebrate both the 63rd anniversary of Korean independence and the 60th anniversary of the Republic of Korea, a concert will be held at Seoul City Hall Plaza featuring the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
The SPO will perform pieces from Dvorak, Tchai-kovsky and Verdi as well as pieces from prominent Korean composers. They will be joined by famous sopranos and members of the Seoul Metropolitan Chorus and Grand Opera Chorus.
Seating for this free event is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be a small fireworks display at the concert’s conclusion.
The concert will start at 8 p.m.
City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 5
(02) 3290-7060, www.hiseoulfest.org
Tonight: “Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Club Concert.” The legendary American hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is holding their first Korean concert in Apgujeong, southern Seoul tonight.
Known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals, the group was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Performance in 1997 for the song “Tha Crossroads.” Last year the group released their sixth album, “Strength and Loyalty,” and showed that they still have a strong following among their fans.
For their Seoul concert, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be creating a party-like event for both hip-hop fans and all concertgoers to enjoy.
Tickets cost 50,000 won at the door.
The concert begins at 9:30 p.m.
Gangnam-gu Office Station, line No. 7, exit 4
(010) 3125-9755, www.interpark.co.kr
To Aug. 24: “Hot Summer Night ? Veil Concert.” Following their successful May concert, Veil is back with a new album, “Lesson Completed.” Headed by vocalist Kim Won-jun, the band doesn’t aim to be trendy, but relies on the passion and emotion for music that the five members possess. The group prefers live concerts as the best way to communicate with their fans.
Tickets cost 40,000 won for all seats.
The show is staged at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
(02) 745-5570, www.veil.co.kr
Aug. 23 to 24: “FT Island Concert - Colorful Sensibility.” One of Korea’s newest soft rock bands, who had their breakthrough last year, is holding a concert to celebrate the release of its second album, titled “Colorful Sensibility.”
FT Island, for “Five Treasure Island,” debuted in 2007 and gained popularity both on- and off-line. After their first album, the members flew to Japan to study music and now they are back with a more mature and powerful sound.
As can be gleaned from the album title, this concert offers the opportunity for fans to see the different colors that each member offers.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Gwangnaru Station Line No. 5 exit 2
(02) 517-5426, www.ax-korea.com
GANGJIN CELADON CULTURAL FESTIVAL, Gangjin, South Jeolla
To Sunday: The 13th Gangjin Celadon Cultural Festival showcases the excellence and uniqueness of Goryeo celadon pottery.
The area in and around Gangjin was a central production site of blue celadon for more than 500 years during the Goryeo Dynasty. Most of the nation’s celadon used to be made in Gangjin. Moreover, almost all Korean celadon pieces that are considered masterpieces around the world were produced in the Gangjin area, which benefited from advanced sea transport, optimal clay resources, plentiful fuel, good-quality water and a suitable climate.
From the Express Bus Terminal in southern Seoul, take a bus for Gangjin. The trip takes four hours and 50 minutes.
Express Bus Terminal Station, line No.3
(061) 1688-1305, www.gangjinfes.or.kr
ETP URBAN ROCK FESTIVAL
Today and Friday: Marilyn Manson, Death Cab for Cutie and Dragon Ash are some of the big international acts performing at this weekend’s ETP FEST 2008, alongside a legend in Korea’s modern music scene, Seo Taiji.
At the Jamsil Sports Complex in southern Seoul, two stages will play host to a total of 21 bands. Highlights for music lovers will be seeing the alternative/metal star Marilyn Manson, known for his outrageous stage persona, American indie rock group Death Cab for Cutie and Japanese rock band Dragon Ash performing on the big stage in the baseball stadium.
Other popular bands aiming to steal a piece of the limelight include the Korean electronica group Clazziquai, Japanese rock group Maximum the Hormone, Crying Nut, Daishi Dance, Dr. Core 911, Epik High, Schizo, Sugar Donut, Sunday Brunch, Swimmin Fish and Transfixion. Other acts will include Diablo, Pia, Vanilla Unity and Yamaarshi.
Seo Taiji’s entertainment company is co-hosting the event with Yedang, Access Entertainment and Japan’s IMX Seoul Agency.
Admission for the festival costs 132,00 won.
Jamsil Baseball Stadium.
Sports Complex Station, line No. 2, exit 5 or 6
(02) 1577-8888, www.etpfest.com
HI SEOUL SUMMER FESTIVAL
To Sunday: For the last four days of the Hi Seoul Summer Festival, the “Mix It Up! Dance D.J.” event is taking place on the Side Stage of the Han River in Yeouido.
Take this chance to dance to the music of D.J. Rainman from Australia and Korea’s top D.J.s, D.J. Gazaebal and V.J. Park Sang-hyeon.
They will offer a stage brimming with youth and passion through a combination of fashion, dynamic dance and acrobatics against a backdrop of brilliant interactive images
Yeouinaru Sation, line No. 5, exit 2 or 3
(02) 3290-7060, www.hiseoulfest.org
NANGYE TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, Yeongdong, North Chungcheong
Aug. 22 to 26: The Nangye Traditional Music Festival is being held in Yeongdong this month.
Yeongdong is famous for being the hometown of Nangye Park-yeon, one of the great masters of traditional music during the Joseon Dynasty.
In Yeongdong, the Museum of Traditional Music, the Traditional Musical Instrument Manufacturing Village, the Traditional Music Instrument Experience and Heritage Hall are all located near one another.
The exhibitions and hands-on programs are the main events of the festival, especially the National Traditional Music Contest and the Traditional Music Academic Conference.
Members of the Nangye Traditional Music Troupe will help teach visitors how to play the instruments.
Participants can also enjoy a variety of cultural experiences, including having their photos taken wearing the Nangye group’s costumes.
From Seoul Station, take a train to Yeongdong Station. The trip takes two hours and 30 minutes. The festival will be held at the sports complex and Yongdu Park, near Yeongdong Station.
(043) 740-3221, http://nangye.yd21.go.kr