June 2010 events

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May 29- June 13: Time for a musical, Seoul Players style. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to Roofers in Itaewon – 10,000 won cover. For more information, check out the Seoul Players website.


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May 29- June 13: Time for a musical, Seoul Players style. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee comes to Roofers in Itaewon – 10,000 won cover. For more information, check out the Seoul Players website.

June 2: Korea elects
plenty of important elections coming up. It’s ok, don’t panic – you’re not eligible to vote unless you’ve received your F-5 and actually know who’s worth voting for. Just try to ignore the signs, trucks, and silly children’s songs they use to get into office. Bonus: you may get the day off of work, whether you can vote or not.

June 3 – 6: The 23rd Korea World Travel Fair.
Get some travel information for places to see across the world, or rub shoulders with any number of travel professionals in the area. The English-language website is good, and the location (COEX, 3rd floor – Samseong station in Seoul, line 2) is easy enough to get to.

June 4: The Great Canadian Backyard BBQ (5:30-9pm). The Canadian Women’s Club is raising money for a couple humanitarian missions – but you’ll be going to meet up with fellow Canadians and chow down on hamburgers and hot dogs. Since space is limited, reserve your tickets ASAP – [email protected]. 10,000 won gets you two burgers or hot dogs, salad, live entertainment, and that warm fuzzy feeling of supporting good causes. Schofield Hall of the Embassy of Canada. All nationalities welcome, by the way – Canadians are wonderfully accepting people like that.

June 4 – 5: Time to Rock Festival – a 2 day Rock Festival at Nanji camping ground – Hangang Park. Expect to see YB, No Brain, Dr. Core 911, NEXT, Galaxy Express, Cherry Filter, Windy City and many more over the two-day festival.

June 4 – 7: The Haeundae Sand Festivalthis was a lot of fun in 2009. See some huge sand sculptures, or enter a contest to make your own. Haeundae Beach, Busan.

June 4 – 8: After you finish with the aforementioned Sand Festival, check out the Busan International Dance Festival. Dancers will come from China, Estonia, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Russia, United States, and Venezuela to participate. For more information, check out the English-language website.

June 4 – 13: One highlight of the month: a Korean interpretation / adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. From the information provided:

At major international festivals and throughout Korea Cho-In Theatre’s original plays “The Train” and “The Angel and the Woodcutter” and their Korean-language version of Lavonne Mueller’s “Hotel Splendid” have provoked audiences to tears and wonder.

Now Cho-In brings a new interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic play to Seoul. Taking the original as a jumping off point, this adaptation combines the basic story of Macbeth with Cho-In’s unique blend of traditional and contempory [sic] movement styles to explore universal themes of greed, ambition, and war.

Shows are on Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. National Theater of Korea (Hangangjin Station, line 6, exit 2, then transfer to yellow bus #3); 30,000 won admission; e-mail [email protected] or head to www.ntok.go.kr/english for more information.

June 5: KEB Finance Seminar for Expats (11am – 1pm) – regulations, investing, and money management may go over most of our heads, but if you’re interested in learning more, this seminar will offer plenty of information from a great bank. Seongbuk Multicultural Village Center, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. RSVP ASAP to: Ms. Kim, Seon-hyeong Tel: 02-920-3463 Email: [email protected]

June 10: Speed dating, anyone? The Lady and Red and I won’t be attending, but certainly the Seoul Sisters Rugby Football Club is finding a lot of cuties to chat with. Scrooge Pub, Itaewon, behind the Hamilton Hotel, starts at 7:30pm. RSVP or more information: [email protected]

June 11 – 13: Another reason to head to Busan – Busan Gwangnalli Eobang Festival. A combination of individual raw fish, beach, and cherry blossom festivals, it claims to be “one of the largest and most famous festivals in Busan”. Check out Visit Korea’s page for more.

June 11 – 13: The Seoul International Jazz Festival – Nakseongdae Park and Seoul Forest. Plenty of free shows at both locations. For more information, check out this post by the Seoul City Blog, or visit the official website (Korean only).

June 12: Homebrew Korea SMaSH-Off – try some homebrew beers or learn how to brew your own. It might sound a little geeky, but tell your friends you made it yourself and they’ll come back for more. Geckos Jukjeon in Bundang. More information at http://www.homebrewkorea.com/

June 12: The Korea Queer Culture Festival – an excellent show of solidarity amidst the GLBT community. It was a lot of fun last year, and a great reason to hang out in downtown Seoul. The parade starts at 12:30pm in the Cheonggyecheon area in Seoul (start from line 1 or 2’s City Hall or line 5’s Gwanghwamun station and walk down until you see the rainbows), and the celebration continues to Club EF in Itaewon, starting at 8pm. For more information, check out their website (look for the English button in the upper-right corner).

June 12: South Korea’s first World Cup game – vs. Greece. It’ll be 8:30pm Korean time – if you can’t find a bar or restaurant showing it, you’re in North Korea. Downtown promises to be a huge crowd, if you’re into that sort of thing. More information available from ESPN.

June 12 – 19: The Gangneung Danoje Festival – a great chance to take in a unique traditional aspect of Korea. It’s been designated as an ‘Intangible Cultural Asset’ by UNESCO. While there, try some traditional folk games played on Dano while sampling traditional Dano cuisine. Gangneung city in Gangwon-do. More information available from Visit Korea.

June 12 – 20: The Muju Firefly Festival – yes, fireflies. Those little bugs that light up gather by the thousands and light up the night. Their existence is in some doubt, however – I trust Brian in Jeollanam-do’s review a bit more than the official information. Decide for yourself before making the journey.

June 13: A fun-sounding Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) tour: Naejang-san National Park. The all-day trip will include a cable car ride and lots of sights to take in. For more information, korea4expats.com has an excellent write-up; to register, call 02-763-9483 or e-mail [email protected] DEADLINE: June 4.

June 17: South Korea’s second World Cup game – vs. Argentina. Game starts at 8:30pm Korean time; expect parties to start long before. More information available from ESPN.

June 19 – 20: Another excellent RAS trip: time to explore the southern coast of Korea! Geoje-do, Haegeumgang, Oe-do, Miruk-do, and Chungnyeol-sa – all in one weekend. The more detailed version of this itinerary can be found at korea4expats.com – Call 02-763-9483 or e-mail [email protected]. DEADLINE: June 10.

June 19 (2pm and 7pm) – 20 (3pm): Camarata Music Company presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ – Seoul National University of Education. This is the same company that put on the Messiah last December and promise the same classy performance this time around as well. In case the musical doesn’t ring a bell, look up Wikipedia for a decent summary. Contact goesslry AT gmail.com for advance tickets; tickets at the door may be available as well if it doesn’t sell out. For more information, check out Camarata’s website.

June 20 – Actors without Barders will be recreating Julius Caesar at 6pm in the large amphitheatre near Sindorim station in Seoul (lines 1 or 2, exit 2). If you saw the show at Roofers in March or at Haebangchon fest, this’ll be the same thing; if not, this is probably your last chance to see them perform. For more information, check out this Facebook page.

June 23 (morning) South Korea’s third World Cup game – vs. Nigeria. Whether you stay up until 3:30am Korean time to watch the game start or not, it may be hard to sleep that night. I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few places had some open hours or special hours due to this game.

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