Clubs; Art Exhibitons; Traditkional; Kids; Sports; Horseracing
Hongdae or Hongik University Area
This is the local club of a hip Japanese chain that also has a branch in Shanghai, located in the famous clubbing area Hongdae. Located near the main entrance of Hongik University. Call (02) 325-5715 or visit www.underlounge.kr.
Boutique Club 52
Once called Function inside Macaroni Market, Club 52 boasts a chic and modern interior with the DJ spinning the beats for the hippest crowd from the center of the dance floor. Featuring top DJs from both home and abroad, two bars inside the club serving the coolest cocktails including some made with Hendrick’s gin, and a high-class interior, Club 52 is always the place for good times.
Located in the Crown Hotel near Noksapyeong Station, Club Volume offers the finest venue for specially themed weekly events. Club Volume was listed by TIME magazine among the “10 things to do in 24 hours in Seoul.” Call 1544-2635 for more information.
Le Nuit Blanche
Formerly Club Answer, Le Nuit Blanche is a posh restaurant, theater and club. Located in front of the Hotel Prima in Cheongdam-dong, Le Nuit Blanche offers Cirque du Soleil-type performances. World-class DJs from all over the world perform at the club. Call (02) 514-4311 for more information.
This cafe has a rich ethnic interior that mixes inspirations from such places as Morocco and France. Its menu is limited, but features desserts. It is located at the edge of Dosan Park. 650-9 Park View Building, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam, near the Cine City Theater in Apgujeongdong. Call (02) 3444-6069.
Berlin Cafe & Lounge
Almost hidden atop a hill at the mouth of Itaewon, this terrace with a view offers deliciously themed dinner platters, strong cocktails and DJs on the weekends. The kitchen is open late and the waitstaff is attentive. The modern decor, floral touches and artistic ambiance add to the dining experience. Call (02) 749-0903 for reservations.
Once in a Blue Moon
Once in a Blue Moon is one of the best known jazz clubs in the city. It features live jazz sets from two different bands every night, usually starting at 7:30 p.m. It is located on the street between the Hakdong intersection and the Galleria intersection in Apgujeong-dong. Call (02) 549-5490 or visit www.onceinabluemoon.co.kr for more information.
Platoon Kunsthalle is a cultural space where visitors can enjoy various facilities, including an event hall, library lounge, art studios, and a bar and restaurant. Open from Monday to Saturday from 11 to 12 a.m. DJ nights on Thursday and Friday from 10 p.m. Located near exit 10 of Hakdong Station on subway line 7. Visit www.kunsthalle.com or www.platoon.org.
Salsa enthusiasts can dance the night away here. To get to Gachi, get off at Apgujeong Line 3 and get out at Exit 5. After walking past six streets, look for the Matilda Club and Bar on the seventh street, turn left and look for Gachi’s red-and-white sign. Gachi is open from Mondays to Fridays 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Call (02) 540-7087.
This hip-hop club often has special parties and performances. There are many Korean homies here with do-rags, dreads and baseball caps turned sideways. Visit st102.cyworld.com. 360-18 Seogyo-dong, Hongdae, or call (02) 335-7166.
A wine bar and restaurant with a design so stunning that it was featured in several interior design magazines before its doors even opened to the public. Its location across from Namsan Park gives it a wonderful, cool atmosphere. Visit www.naosnova.com. 448-120 Huam-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul or call (02) 754-2202.
With a stark, modern interior and unique menu options with tofu-based ingredients, this restaurant and sake lounge offers a hip dining experience. Call (02) 749-1488 for reservations.
Access to Life
Seoul Arts Center*
Through March 4
This photography exhibition is coordinated by Magnum Photos, a world-renowned group of photographers. Currently, there are 70 photographers working in Magnum. This exhibition at Seoul Arts Center features photos that focus on global efforts to help people with AIDS. Tickets cost 5,000 to 10,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2277-2438.
Josef Schulz ‘The Glory of Nature’
Through Jan. 8
Josef Schula, born in Poland of 1966, is a creative artist taught by Bernd & Hilla Becher who gave rise to revolutionary changes in German photographic history from striaght-shooting photography to experimental one. Schulz’s edited with both analog and digital methods. Tickets cost 5,000 won. Located near exit 7 of Gwanghwamun Station on subway line 5. For more information, call (02) 517-2134.
Where’s My Friend’s Home
Nam Seoul Museum of Art
Through Feb. 19
The exhibition, designed to give young audiences an opportunity to appreciate art in an easy and entertaining way during the winter vacation, aims to excite their curiosity towards the museum itself by turning into an imaginary space. The program consists of four parts: “Entering,” “Lingering,” “Being Lost” and “Meeting.” Located near exit 6 of Sadang Station on subway lines 2 and 4. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 2124-8800 or 8924.
Eric Carle English Art Studio
Yoondang Art Hall
Through Sept. 9
Eric Carle is a famous children’s picture book author and illustrator who was born in New York. He is most famous for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” published in 1969. Carle will exhibit his drawings at the Yoongdang Art Hall through Sept. 9. Moreover, he will open up an English Art Studio, which will be open for wishful participants. There is also an English storytelling time. Located near exit 2 of Apgujeong Station on subway line 3. Tickets cost 10,000 to 13,000 won. For those who want to take part in premium art classes, it will cost an extra 27,000 won. Closed on Mondays. For more information, call 1577-2046.
Zadok Ben-David ‘Blackfield’
Through Feb. 10
Israeli artist Zadok Ben-David has tried to visualize what he has observed in the world with careful consideration of nature and life, using his simple and unique methods. The artist tries to symbolize peace and humanism through his pieces contrasting between life and death. Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Seocho Station on subway line 2. For more information, call (02) 584-5044.
Tutankhamen: His Tomb and His Treasures
Gwacheon National Science Museum
Through Feb. 26
A great chance to see ancient remains from Egypt is here. Excavated by English archaeologist and Egyptologist, Howard Carter, King Tut’s mummy will be on display in Korea. Over 1,300 relics have been restored. Visitors can see Tutankhamen’s tomb and many treasures. Tickets cost 12,000 won. Closed on Mondays. Located near exit 5 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4. For more information, call (02) 3677-1435.
Memory My Mom
Through Feb. 22
The exhibition “Memory My Mom” expresses life in the ’50s and ’60s in Korea with dolls. Children can experience traditional activities such as making egg baskets. There is also a story telling session. Tickets cost 6,000 to 10,000 won. Located near exit 4 of Hwajeong Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 512-2088.
Through Jan. 20
Designer Joris Laarman, born in the Netherlands in 1979, will hold a solo exhibition in Korea for the first time. The artist is known for exquisite furniture design, such as the “Bone Chair” and the “Starlings table,” crafted in harmony with restrained lines and unprecedented shapes. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 735-8449.
It’s My Home: Earth from Above
Seoul Museum of Art
Through March 15
World’s famous aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand exhibits images of the Earth. He records the current situation and wants to tell the importance of preserving our land. The exhibition also shows moving images of the DMZ in Korea. Tickets cost 6,000 to 10,000 won. Located near exit 2 of City Hall Station on subway line number 2. Closed on every Monday. For more information, call (02) 3789-8696.
Karl Lagerfeld Photo Exhibition
Through March 18
Working as head fashion designer and creative director for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has expressed his artistic spirit in various sectors from photography to publishing and film. This exhibition will be a good opportunity to see his ability as a photographer covering a wide range of genres from portraits to architecture and scenery. Tickets cost 5,000 won. Located near exit 3 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 720-0667.
The Court Painters of Joseon Kingdom
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
Through Jan. 29
Focusing on the historical pieces of “Hwawon,” court-designated painters of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), the exhibition aims to introduce the artists involved. The exhibition is divided into two sections: “The Court Painter’s Brush: Forming Royal Authority” and “The Court Painter’s Brush: Painting Joseon.” Tickets cost 7,000 won. An English translation service will be provided at 2 p.m. every weekend. Located near exit 1 of Hangangjin Station on subway line 6. For more information, call (02) 2014-6901.
Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Through Feb. 19
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Australia, this exhibition was designed in cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Setting 1976 as the starting point for the exchange of artistic values between the two countries as four Korean artists participated in the 2nd Sydney Biennale and video artist Paik Nam-june visited Australia that year, the exhibition highlights the astonishing moments of modern art in either nation from then to today. Over 130 pieces created by 47 Korean and Australian artists are on display. Tickets cost 5,000 won. Located near exit 4 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4. For more information, call (02) 2188-6000.
Nam June Paik Art Center
Through Jan. 24
Considering the rapid changes in the media environment with the termination of analog broadcasting in 2012, this exhibition introduces works showing the influence of television in our lives and the concept of “interaction” that TV has been holding.” Including historical works by famous video artist Paik Nam-june (1932-2006), those of his contemporaries such as Dara Birnbaum and David Cronenberg will also be on display. Tickets cost 4,000 won. Located near exit 6 of Sinnonhyeon Station on subway line 9 (taking bus number 5001, 5003). For more information, call (031) 201-8500.
Korea House performances
Korea House regularly holds a series of traditional performances featuring dance, “pansori” (Korean opera) and more. Tickets cost 50,000 won. The venue offers various hands-on activities such as making kimchi. Located near Exit 3 of Chungmuro Station, subway lines 3 and 4. For more information,visit www.koreahouse.or.kr or call (02) 2266-9101.
This Korean musical tells the romantic story of a young couple in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1897) falling in love with each other, describing the transformation of love as chronicling the four seasons and using Korean musical instruments and dance. The musical was created in 2008, and the second version has been running since 2010. Tickets cost 30,000 to 50,000 won. Located near exit 5 of Seodaemun Station, subway line 5. For more information, call (02) 751-1500.
Kim Duk-soo’s Traditional Yeonhui Performance ‘Pan’
Gwanghwamun Art Hall
“Pan,” which opened in May 2008, is a traditional Korean performance expressing on stage a Korean clown’s joyful and pleasant emotions in harmony with traditional instruments, drama and circus acts. Since its first performance in 2008, the theater has prepared a new version of the show and opened it to the public in 2009. Located near exit 1 of Gyeongbokgung Station, subway line 3. Tickets cost 30,000 to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 722-3416.
Chocolate The Exhibition
V Gallery, Seoul Arts Center*
Through March 3
Targeting family audiences, the exhibition, reconstituted on the basis of the content of the Field Museum in Chicago, tries to deliver educational messages on everything about chocolate from its history to the production process and chocolatiers’ artistic works. Tickets cost 10,000 won. For more information, call (02) 585-9991.
Live Park 4D World Tour
Through March 4
KINTEX will present blockbuster art “Live Park 4D World Tour,” a new genre of entertainment show. Audiences will be allowed to experience 4D imaginative world. The park consists of seven attractions including a 360 degree screen and hologram images. Tickets cost 12,000 to 23,000 won. For more information, call 1566-1369.
Guess How Much I Love You
Dong-yang Art Hall
Jan 6 Through Feb. 26
The family musical “Guess How Much I Love You” is based on Sam McBratney’s famous storybook. Tickets cost 30,000 won. Located near exit 2 of Sinsa Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 6711-1400.
Ulsan Mobis Phoebus vs. Goyang Orions
Ulsan Dongcheon Gymnasium at 3 p.m.
Jeonju KCC Egis vs. Dongbu Promy
Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium at 3 p.m.
Seoul Samsung Thunders vs. Incheon Electronic Land Elephants
Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium at 5 p.m.