Clubs, art exhibitions and sports games
This club recently opened near the New Hilltop Hotel in Nonhyeon-dong. The venue offers a club stage, lounge bar and dining area. Leave via exit 4 of Hakdong Station on subway line 7. Call (02) 516-8847 for more information.
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. For more information, call (02) 325-5715 or visit www.underlounge.kr.
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.” 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. 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 performances
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. Located near exit 5 of Seodaemun Station, subway line 5. For more information and reservations, 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. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 722-3416.
Suh Do-ho: Home Within Home
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
March 22-June 3
Suh Do-ho has been an active artist since the early 1990s. A graduate of Seoul National University, he studied painting and sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. Suh has held exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Serpentine Gallery. This year from March 22 to June 3, Suh will have an exhibition at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Tickets cost 6,000 to 10,000 won. Located near exit 1 of Hangangjin Station on subway line 6. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 2014-6901
and (02) 2014-6900, or visit www.leeum.org.
Debbie Han ‘Being 1985-2011’
Sungkok Art Museum
Through March 18
Korean-American artist Debbie Han, who is active in Korea and America, is displaying 60 pieces of her artwork including a Venus sculpture. Her works show consideration between Eastern and Western values of art. This year’s exhibition is divided into four parts: from 1985 to 1997, from 1998 to 2000, from 2001 to 2003, and from 2004 to present. Closed every Monday. Opens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost 4,000 to 5,000 won. Located near exit 7 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 7. For more information, call (02) 737-7650.
Beautiful Encounter: The Gifts of Collection
National Museum of Contemporary Art
Through March 18
The exhibition “Beautiful Encounter: The Gifts of Collection” aims to revitalize a donation culture in the arts and cultural fields. It features donated art works to provide an opportunity for the general public to enjoy art. An estimated 270 works are on display. Free Admission. Located near exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4. For more information, please call (02) 2188-6000.
Arario Gallery SEOUL Cheongdam
Through April 22
Lee Jin-yong, a native of Busan, will hold the exhibition “Time Collected” at Arario Gallery SEOUL, Cheongdam-dong. This exhibition aims to show traditional Korean pottery that Lee has collected since he was 20 years old. Through the showcase, Lee sheds light on the beauty of Korean pottery. Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Located near exit 8 of Cheongdam Station on subway line 7. For more information, call (02) 541-5701.
Eva Hesse: Spectres and Studiowork
Through April 7
Eva Hesse is one of the 20th century’s most critically celebrated and influential artists. Kukje Gallery introduces her artworks from recent retrospective exhibitions held abroad. Divided into two parts, the first examines Hesse’s earlier painting works after her graduation from Yale University. The second includes a group of small sculptures that are being presented in Korea for the first time. This unique exhibition traces the progression of her artwork and is coordinated by Briony Fer and E. Luanne McKinnon. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station or exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information, please call (02) 735-8449.
Michael Craig-Martin’s “World, Image, Desire”
Through April 29
Gallery Hyundai presents a series of British artists’ exhibitions to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic. To start, Michael Craig-Martin will visit Korea under the title “World, Image, Desire.” Maestro Craig-Martin has been regarded as a developer of modern British arts. This exhibition shows images of daily objects with abstract vocabularies. Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station or exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 2287-3500 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.
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 displayed 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, call (02) 2188-6000.
Arario Gallery Cheonan
Through March 25
An exhibition titled “EORUM SANAI” (literally a cold-hearted person) comes from a novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Through “EORUM SANAI,” the exhibition sheds light on the artistic romance of modern art. Artists from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland present 30 works at Arario Gallery Cheonan. Tickets cost 2,000 to 3,000 won. Closed on Mondays. Located near exit 1 of Dujeong Station on subway line 1. For more information, call (041) 640-6251.
Rehab: Tribute to Marcel Duchamp
Through March 18
Dedicated to Marcel Duchamp, the exhibition “Rehab” is on through March 18 at Opera Gallery. Many contemporary artists were affected by Marcel Duchamp. Participating artists are Arman, David Mach, Nam-june Paik and Damien Hirst. The exhibition sheds light on modern arts from Surrealism to Post Modernism. Admission is free. Located near exit 9 of Cheongdam Station on subway line 7. For more information, please call (02) 3446-0070.
Dutch Magical Realism: Past Toward Contemporary
Seoul National University Museum of Art
Through April 12
Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and the Netherlands, the Seoul National University Museum of Art presents “Dutch Magical Realism: Past Toward Contemporary.” It is the first exhibition of Netherland’s “Magical Realism,” which is about human life such as aging, loneliness, stillness and fear. It is sponsored by ING Bank and the Dutch Embassy in Korea. Tickets cost 2,000 to 3,000 won. Located near exit 3 of Seoul National University Station on subway line 2 then take a bus to the campus. For more information, call (02) 880-9508.
The Triumph in Daily Life
Arario Gallery Seoul Samcheong
March 22-April 29
Arario Gallery SEOUL Samcheong presents Kim Hanna’s exhibition from March 22 to April 29. The exhibition “Triumph in the Daily Lives” highlights on the so-called “88 generation,” those who barely survive on 880,000 won a month from irregular jobs. The artist intends to encourage the younger generation through her artwork. Admission is free. Open from Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 723-6190.
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.
Dansaekhwa: Korean Monochrome Painting
National Museum of Contemporary Art
March 17-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” from March 17 to May 13. A total of 31 artists are participating in this exhibition. Admission is free. Located near exit 1, 2, or 3 of Seoul Grand Park Station on subway line 4. For more information, call (02) 2188-6000.
Paik Nam-june Art Center
Through July 1
This exhibition explores the rediscovery of sound through 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 subway Bundang line. Free parking available. For more information, call (031) 201-8512.
Through April 1
Born in Hwaseong in Gyeonggi Province, Lee Wal-chong has been working on Jeju Island since 1990. Attracted by the island’s scenery, Lee focuses on people’s lives on Jeju. This exhibition specifically concentrates on moderation, which is based on a philosophical concept. The artist shows an imaginative world through the harmonious nature on the island. Closed on Mondays. Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Apgujeong Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 519-0800.
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 to enter. 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.
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. 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. For more information, 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 Samsung Station on subway line 2. For more information, please call 1588-5212.
Saturday, March 17
Suwon Bluewings vs. Gangwon FC
Suwon World Cup Stadium at 3 p.m.
Gyeongnam FC vs. Sangju Sangmu
Changwon Football Center at 3 p.m.
Jeonbuk Motors vs. Chunnam Dragons
Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 3 p.m.
Pohang Steelers vs. Busan I’Park
Pohang Steelyard at 5 p.m.