This club recently opened near the New Hilltop Hotel in Nonhyeon-dong. The venue offers a club stage, lounge bar and dining area in a hip and modern setting. Leave via exit 4 of Hakdong Station on subway line 7. Call (02) 516-8847 for more information.
Located in the Crown Hotel near Noksapyeong Station, Club Volume offers the finest venue for specially themed weekly events and world-class DJs. Club Volume was listed by TIME magazine among the “10 things to do in 24 hours in Seoul.” For more information, call 1544-2635.
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. For more information, call (02) 514-4311.
This cafe reinterprets traditional Korean desserts. The menu not only offers American-style coffee but also sweet potato, sweet bean latte, a “hoddeok” pancake set, multi-grain lattes and more. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on subway line 3. For more information, visit www.westneast.co.kr or call (02) 739-0919.
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.
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. For more information, call (02) 549-5490.
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. For more information, visit www.naosnova.com. 448-120 Huam-dong Yongsan-gu, Seoul or call (02) 754-2202.
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. For more information, visit www.kunsthalle.com.
Salsa enthusiasts can dance the night away here. To get to Gachi, get off at Apgujeong Station 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. For more information, call (02) 540-7087.
With a stark, modern interior and unique menu options with tofu-based ingredients, this restaurant and sake lounge offers a hip dining experience. For more information and reservations about Kyotofu, call (02) 749-1488.
Korea House regularly holds a series of traditional performances featuring dance, “pansori” (Korean opera) and more. Tickets cost 50,000 won. Located near exit 3 of Chungmuro Station, subway lines 3 and 4. For more information, call (02) 2266-9101.
This Korean musical tells the romantic story of a young couple in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) 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. For more, 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. Tickets cost 30,000 to 50,000 won. Located near exit 1 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. Call (02) 722-3416.
The Civilization of Turkey: Emperors in Istanbul
National Museum of Korea
May 1- Sept 2
Turkey is a nation where the civilizations of the East and the West coexist, as a variety of religions and cultures have settled and flourished there. The exhibition will display relics from the 3000 B.C. Anatolian civilization to the 19th century Ottoman Empire. Tickets cost 12,000 won. Located near exit 2 of Ichon Station on subway line 4. For more information (02)2077-9000 or visit www.istanbul2012.co.kr.
Changdong Art Studio
Through May 17
Artists from various countries including Germany, Austria, India, Bangladesh, Japan and Mexico are showing their take on Korean scenery. Participating artists include Andreas Zingerle, Kate Tesse Lee, Matthias Scholten, Yoko Shimizu and Chinmoyi Patel. Docent and children’s work book programs are available. Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Changdong Station on subway line 1 or exit 1 of Suyu Station on subway line 4. Take green bus 1157, 1127, or 1138 then get off at Korea Exchange Bank, Changdong branch. For more information, call (02) 995-0995.
Suh Do-ho: Home Within Home
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
Through June 3
An active artist since the early 1990s, Suh Do-ho has held exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Serpentine Gallery. The graduate of Seoul National University, will have a solo exhibition featuring 43 installations, sculptures, drawings and videos. In the past Suh studied at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design. Tickets cost 6,000 to 10,000 won. Located near exit 1 of Hangangjin Station on subway line 6. For more information, call (02) 2014-6901 or visit following website, www.leeum.org.
Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Through May 13
Monochrome painting has been an important genre in Korean contemporary art since the mid-1970s. Thus, the National Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting” through May 13. Artwork by 31 artists can be viewed in this exhibition. Tickets cost 2,400 to 4,000 won. Located near exit 1, 2 or 3 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4. For more information, call (02) 2188-6000 or visit www.moca.go.kr.
Seoul Arts Space
Through May 17
Seven artists from various countries from Mexico to France have visited Seoul for four months to discover Korea in their distinctive cultural light. The unique yet similar perceptions of Korea will be displayed in forms of videos and pictures. The theme “Play Panopticon” means to investigate the surroundings objectively, and the exhibition will bring out their theme to the audience. Admission is free. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located near exit 2 of Sangwangshimni Station on subway line 2. For more information, call (02)807-4800 or visit www.seoulartspace.or.kr.
Goyang Art Studio
Through May 31
This art exhibition at the Goyang Art Studio through May 31 features 21 artists. Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Gupabal Station on subway line 3 then take bus 9709, 9710, 760, 30, 31, or 909. For more information, call (031) 962-0070 or visit website, www.moca.go.kr.
A Story of Northern European Furnitures: Finn Juhl 100 Year Exhibition
Daelim Museum is exhibiting designs of Finn Juhl, a Scandinavian furniture master. The exhibition will be from collections of Oda Noritsugu, who is a world’s renowned chair collector. Juhl’s most famous desk, chair, cabinets, and other furniture designs will be displayed differently every month, providing an opportunity for the audience to experience Scandinavian designs in greater depth. Admission is free. Located near exit 3 of Gyeongbokgung station subway line 3. For more information, call (02)720-0667 or visit www.daelimmuseum.org.
Nam June Paik Art Center
Through July 1
This exhibition explores the rediscovery of sound through the artworks of the late Paik Nam-june and John Cage who greatly influenced him. In 1960, John Cage opened a new era of music by not playing the piano during the concert. “X_Sound” offers not only installation pieces but also sound performances. Tickets cost 2,000 to 4,000 won. Located near exit 5 of Giheung Station on the Bundang subway line. Free parking available. For more information, call (031) 201-8512.
SeMA Young 2012: 12 Events for 12 Rooms
Seoul Museum of Art
Through May 17
Seoul Museum of Art introduces new rising artists through this exhibition. The exhibition aims to show an artistic stream in society. Twelve aspiring local artists are participating and the wide ranging works include paintings, videos, photographs and audio tracks. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays. Located near exit 10, 11 or 12 of City Hall Station on subway line 1 or 2. For more information and reservations, call (02) 2124-8938 or visit seoulmoa.seoul.go.kr.
Art Folly 2012: Cubrick
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Through June 30
The National Museum of Contemporary Art has opened an exhibition “Art Folly 2012: Cubrick,” which is composed of works by architect Kim Chan-joong. The exhibition is outdoors. The work was created by stacking 42 cubes made of fiber-reinforced plastic. This is a new type of public art presented by the museum. Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4, then take the free shuttle bus or walk about 15 to 20 minutes. For more information and reservations, call (02) 2188-6000 or visit www.moca.go.kr.
Kim Jong-hak, “Mt. Seorak’s artist,” is holding an exhibition in May. The exhibition offers drawings of Mt. Seorak and letters he wrote to his daughter. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station or exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 2287-3591.
Seoul in Rosseti’s Eyes
Seoul Museum of History
Through July 1
Carlo Rosseti was an Italian diplomat who came to Korea 110 ago at the age of twenty six. Despite his short stay of only 200 days, he has left a number of footprints in Seoul. The exhibition will display numerous photographs of Rossetti in Korea and with Koreans. Take the opportunity to perceive Korea through Rosseti’s lens. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 724-0274 or visit www.museum.seoul.kr.
May 11-June 3
To celebrate 2012 London Olympic Games, Gallery Hyundai presents a Billy Childish exhibition. The English artist, painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist is known for his explicit and prolific work. During this exhibition, Billy Childish interpreted Hans Fallada and Robert Walser’s literature in his art work. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station or exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 2287-3500 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.
Paul McCarthy: Nine Dwarves
Through May 12
One of America’s most influential and challenging artists working today, Paul McCarthy has been using a range of themes from psychoanalysis to popular culture. This exhibition shows Paul McCarthy’s lens on Disney’s animation “Snow White.” Particularly, the exhibition “Nine Dwarves” focuses on the symbolic meaning of Disney culture and the impact of mass media. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station or exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information and reservations, call (02) 735-8449 or visit www.kukjegallery.com.
This children’s exhibition allows attendees to play with flour. The exhibition includes baking bread, a flour massage, playing flour instruments, making dough, drawing pictures using flour and more. Closed on Mondays and only children over 24 months are allowed. Tickets cost 17,000 to 23,000 won. Discounts are also available. Located near exit 5 or 6 of Samsung Station on subway line 2. For more information, call (02) 738-8289 or visit www.coex.co.kr.
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 Yoondang Art Hall through Sept. 9. Located near exit 2 of Apgujeong Station on subway line 3. For more information and reservations, please call 1577-2046.
COEX Art Hall
Through June 16
Based on a children’s best-seller story book, the musical “Cloud Bread” will be performed at the COEX Art Hall. The musical is offered in English. No performance on Mondays. Tickets cost 25,000 won. Located near exit 5 of Samseong Station on subway line 2. For more information and reservations, please call 1588-5212 or visit www.coex.co.kr.
Saturday, May 5
Gwangju FC vs. Daegu FC
Gwangju World Cup Stadium at 3 p.m.
FC Seoul vs. Pohang Steelers
Seoul World Cup Stadium at 3 p.m.
Incheon Utd. vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai
Incheon Football Stadium at 3 p.m.
Gangwon FC vs. Sangjoo Phoenix
Gangbeung Stadium at 3 p.m.
Busan I’Park vs. Geongnam FC
Busan Asiad Main Stadium at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 5
Lotte Giants vs. SK Wyverns
Munhak Baseball Stadium at 1:50 p.m.
Hanwha Eagles vs. Samsung Lions
Daegu Baseball Stadium at 2 p.m.
Nexen Heroes vs. Kia Tigers
Gwangju Baseball Stadium at 2 p.m.
Doosan Bears vs. LG Tigers
Jamsil Baseball Stadium at 2 p.m.