March 2010 events

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Plenty of festivals and fun stuff happening this month – will be updated as new fun stuff comes in!

March 1-28: ‘From Monet to Picasso’ – Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Hangaram Art Museum (Seoul Arts Center). Check out this post for directions and a review.

March 3-14: ‘Riverdance’ – yes, the Irish tap dancing sensation is still alive and well. Expect the locals to be wowed by the precise nature of the dance, and to be wowed yourself by the sound. 50,000 – 150,000 won, at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. For details, call (02) 541-6253 or visit Sejong Center’s English-language page on the event.

Plenty of festivals and fun stuff happening this month – will be updated as new fun stuff comes in!

March 1-28: ‘From Monet to Picasso’ – Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Hangaram Art Museum (Seoul Arts Center). Check out this post for directions and a review.

March 3-14: ‘Riverdance’ – yes, the Irish tap dancing sensation is still alive and well. Expect the locals to be wowed by the precise nature of the dance, and to be wowed yourself by the sound. 50,000 – 150,000 won, at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. For details, call (02) 541-6253 or visit Sejong Center’s English-language page on the event.

March 3-6: ROBOTIS – No, that’s not a techno band – it’s supposedly Seoul’s biggest event for Robot Technology. COEX mall, Halls A & B. Here’s some more information about the geekiest event of the year.

March 6 – BUKCHON MUSEUM TOUR AND KITE-MAKING (Michael Spavor)
On this day tour, we will visit a number of the museums/palaces in the Bukchon area. This tour is open to both families and adults. After lunch, we will visit a traditional home (hanok) and learn from a living national treasure how to make our own traditional Korean kites. Fee includes cost of kite-making workshop. (W35,000 for RAS members).

March 6 – A Night of Shakespeare, presented by Actors Without Borders and Seoul Players. See scenes and speeches from 12 of the Bard’s plays – some famous, some not. The show will be in English, but parts will also be performed in French and Korean. Admission: 10,000 won, Roofers in Itaewon, show starts at 8pm but GET THERE AT 7pm when the house opens to get a good seat. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

March 6 – KOTESOL conference in Daegu – the main speaker will be speaking on “Mutuality and Motivation in EFL: Non-Violent Comminucation in the Classroom. Goes from 3 – 5:30pm. Plenty more at the korea4expats page about the event, or at kotesol.org.

March 7: KTX EXPRESS TRAIN TOUR TO BUSAN
This trip takes us to Yongdusan, then the famously dynamic Jagalchi Fish Market, Taejondae, UN Memorial Cemetery, the city museum and the bay of Haeundae, one of the most famous beaches of Korea. (W136,000 for RAS members)

March 12 – March 19: International Drawing Exhibitionsponsored by the Seoul Arts Center. Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul.

March 13: A Night of Shakespeare, presented by Actors Without Borders and Seoul Players. See scenes and speeches from 12 of the Bard’s plays – some famous, some not. The show will be in English, but parts will also be performed in French and Korean. Admission: 10,000 won, Roofers in Itaewon, show starts at 8pm but GET THERE AT 7pm when the house opens to get a good seat. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

March 14: KOREAN WOMEN’S LIVES MUSEUM

Following on International Women’s Day, we will look into aspects of women’s lives in Korea through a visit to the Woman Life Museum where the daily accessories and tools used by previous generations of Korean women are on display. We will also participate in some of the learning experiences offered at the museum. We will also visit the home of Queen Min, or the Last Empress as she has come to be known. Cost includes admissions fees and experience workshop. (W54,000 for RAS members)

March 14: Happy White Day! Boys, be sure to get some candy, chocolate, or other extra special gift for the girl that gave you something during Valentine’s Day.

March 16-28: “Forever Tango” – featuring seven couples dancing the tango, twenty ‘episodes’ about love, and a live orchestra, this is probably the best event of the year to take a date. It’s entirely by coincidence that it’s just after White Day, I bet. 50,000 – 90,000 won for tickets; see this page on the Chungmu Art Hall website for more details, or call 02-2230-6624.

March 20: KILN TOUR IN ICHEON CITY
One of our best “practical” tours! This is a trip to ceramic kilns in the Icheon area to watch the masters create masterpieces from clay such as beautiful celadon pieces like you may have seen in museums. If time permits we will visit an onggi (kimchi jar) workshop on our way back. (W31,500 for RAS members)

March 20: St. Patrick’s Day comes to town – don’t knock it because they saved the festivities for the weekend. Cheonggyecheon will host a parade, several zones of activity, and an Irish rock band, there’s enough to keep you busy all day courtesy of the Irish Association of Korea. No times are mentioned, so show up early. HT to Dan at Seoul Eats.

March 20: Jeff Beck, live in concert. Olympic Hall, Olympic Park. Call 02)563-0595 or e-mail [email protected] for tickets. The show starts at 7pm. Link

March 21: BUGAKSAN FORTRESS WALL HIKING TOUR IN SEOUL
Join the RAS for one of the most classic and historical views you will ever see—right at the heart of Seoul! Seoul was the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years and is unique in the way of being surrounded by 4 mountains, 4 big gates and 4 small gates. We climb up Bukaksan and walk along the ancient and restored fortress wall. (W20,000 for RAS members)

March 21 – 8am – The Seoul Marathon – start at Gwanghwamun and run, jog, walk, or crawl your way to the Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium. Get more information at the official website, or just look at the course map here. Expect some traffic delays along the way as roads are closed for the runners.

March 25 – 28: The Iksan Jewelry Expo, Spring style. Just because it’s in Jeollabuk-do doesn’t make it any less cool. The English-language page has some helpful information.

March 25 – 29: The Seoul Living Design Fair – expect lots of pretty things to see. The Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Hall in COEX. The website is in English, but currently out of date.

March 26 – April 1: The Seoul Fashion Week – the twice-a-year show presenting fashions for the upcoming seasons. Expect runways and plenty of fashion for this upcoming fall and winter. SETEC Halls 1-3, seoulfashionweek.org

March 27: BUYEO AND GONGJU, ANCIENT CAPITALS OF THE BAEKJE KINGDOM TOUR A “Cultural tour” which will take us back for a survey of the Baekje Kingdom. Highlights include historic temples and a ferry ride down the White Horse River. (W53,000 for RAS members).

March 27: The Seoul KOTESOL Conference – or, The Complete Teacher. Six speakers and six workshops will create an all-day ‘learn how to be a better teacher’. Starts at 10:30am, free for members who register before the conference, and 10,000 won for non-members. For more information, check out KOTESOL’s official page about the conference.

March 27-28: Auditions for the Seoul Players first musicalThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Although the show isn’t until May and June, auditions come early to find the best people for the roles. 5 men and 4 women are needed on stage, as well as plenty of people to help with behind-the-stage stuff as well. Experienced with props, lights, tech, etc., or just want to get into the local theater scene? E-mail [email protected] to get in contact. If interested in auditioning, prepare a short acapella song and look over the show’s outline / synopsis. A more detailed character breakdown can also be found at korea4expats.com.

March 27 – 28: International Kite Flying Contest – it’s a good excuse to head down to Dadaepo Beach in Busan, if only for the sights. For more information, call 051-888-3475.

March 27 – April 7: The Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival (AKA the Jinhae Guhang Festival) – the annual cherry blossom festival that’s been running since 1963 comes around yet again. The entire town gets involved, and walking down the streets and up the mountains are just two of the ways to see the sights. If interested in traveling with a group on April 3rd-4th, check out the Seoulite Meetup group. 55,000 won pays for your chartered bus ride down and a night’s hotel stay. For more information about the trip, contact bredalund AT gmail DOT com. For more information about the festival, check out one official tourist webpage.

March 28: WALKING TOUR OF JOSEON DYNASTY SEOUL – Peter Bartholemew
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. walking through Seoul’s past and examining the cultural and historical background of the Seoul palaces and Jeoson landmarks, as well as some rare and recently excavated royal treasures. (W20,000 for RAS members)

March 28: Rhythm and Booze art show. No, this isn’t a contradiction in terms – the best foreigner bar in Bucheon is trying out an art gallery with a jazz performance in the evening. Sure, you could go to any art gallery around Insa-dong – why not check out one at a bar? For more information, take a look at the event’s Facebook page.

March 31: Bob Dylan. Olympic Park. One legendary performer. Ticket price: through the roof – cheapest seats cost 66,000 won and go up to 198,000 won – but probably worth it. Call Interpark at 1544-1555 or visit ticket.interpark.com for details.

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Chris in South Korea does not receive any money or special favors for posting about any of the above events.



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