Posted : 2012-10-11 15:35
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The Octagon

Near the New Hilltop Hotel in Nonhyeon-dong this club is notable for its stylish interior and elite clientele. The venue offers a club stage, lounge bar and dining area to satisfy any night out after work or on the weekend. Near exit 4 of Hakdong Station on subway line No. 7. For more information, call (02) 516-8847.

Club Volume

Offering the finest venue for specially-themed weekly events and world-class DJs, Club Volume is located in the Crown Hotel near Noksapyeong subway station. Club Volume was listed by TIME magazine among the “10 things to do in 24 hours in Seoul.” For more information, call 1544-2635.


Work hard, play hard, sleep later! Lying underground Noxa in the thriving Kyoungridan neighborhood, Dojo is the latest edition to the clubbing nightlife in Seoul. Popular local DJs offer nonstop tunes for energetic dancing until dawn with weekday drink specials and enthusiastic crowds of longtime expats. For more information, call (02) 790-1334.

W.E. Listen

This cafe reinterprets traditional Korean desserts. The menu not only offers American-style coffee but also sweet potato, sweet bean latte, a “hotteok” pancake set, multi-grain lattes and more. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on subway line No. 3. For more information, visit 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 waiting staff is attentive. The modern decor, floral touches and artistic ambience add to the dining experience. For more information, call (02) 749-0903.

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon is one of the best known and well established 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 department stores in the posh district of Apgujeong-dong. For more information, call (02) 549-5490.

Naos Nova

A wine bar and restaurant spread out on three floors called, Hell, Heaven and Earth with high ceilings and unique lighting, Naos Nova offers a “new sanctuary” of respite from hectic daily life in a hip and stylish setting. The owner speaks both French and English. Located in Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. For more information, visit or call (02) 754-2202.

Platoon Kunsthalle

Platoon Kunsthalle is a cultural space offering various facilities, including a large, open hall, library lounge, art studios, and a bar and restaurant for multi-purpose events. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m to 1 a.m. and DJ nights are on Thursday and Friday from 10 p.m. Located near exit 10 of Hakdong Station on subway line No. 7. For more information, visit


Salsa enthusiasts can dance the night away here. To get to Gachi, get off at Apgujeong Station line No. 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 made from tofu-based ingredients, this restaurant and sake lounge offers a casual dining experience. Fancy cocktails and delectable desserts are plentiful. For more information, call (02) 749-1488.


Cultural shows
Korea House
Open run

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 No. 3 and 4. For more information, call (02) 2266-9101.

Kim Duk-soo’s Traditional Yeonhui Performance ’Pan’
Gwanghwamun Art Hall
Open run

“Pan,” which opened in May 2008, is a traditional Korean performance showing 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 No. 3. For more information, call (02) 722-3416.

Art Exhibitions

Sang Nam Lee Light + Right
PKM Trinity Gallery
Through Oct. 12

PKM Trinity Gallery presents a solo exhibition of artist Lee Sang-nam. The exhibition displays about 40 paintings and 40 drawings, which all convey geometric icons and marks layered on the panels that represent modern society in many shapes and colors. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 734-9467 or visit

Erwin Olaf
Gallery Kong
Through Oct. 21

Erwin Olaf, one of the most famous photographers of the 21st century, took pictures for such international companies as Levi’s, Microsoft and Nokia. His art works have been displayed worldwide. His solo exhibition, which is held for the first time in Korea, features his most recent works including “The Keyholes” and “Dawn & Dusk.” Admission is free. Located near exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line No. 3. For more information, call (02) 738-7776 or visit

Peter Schreyer — Inside Out
Gallery Hyundai, Gangnam
Through Nov. 2

Peter Schreyer is an automobile designer, who designed the “Audi TT,” one of the most influential automotive designs in recent times. Schreyer’s creation of art is distinctive, as he draws his memories into his work. He is holding his first solo exhibition in Korea. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 519- 0800 or visit

Ham Jin: Planet
PKM Gallery Bartleby Bickle & Meursault
Through Oct. 26

“Planet” is a solo exhibition featuring large scale sculptures by Ham Jin, one of the most accomplished young sculptors in Korea. Known as a miniature sculpting artist, he explores a new area in sculpting involving larger dimensions and greater depth. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on line No. 3. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 734- 9467.

2012 Korea Artist Prize
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Through Nov. 11

Without a definite theme, “2012 Korea Artist Prize” presents art works of four artists — Gim Hong-sok, Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho as a team, Lim Min-ouk and Yee Soo-kyung. Because the artists were asked to present any works they were able to manifest, the exhibition introduces works of four distinct themes. Located near exit 2 of Seoul Grand Park Station on line No. 4. Tickets cost 5,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2188-6114 or visit

Remember Me
Gallery Hyundai
Through Oct. 14

“Remember Me” is the largest group exhibition presented by Gallery Hyundai, and involves six internationally well-known artists such as Chung Seo-young, Ai Weiwei, and Simon Dybbroe Moller. The exhibition introduces a variety of art styles, including video, paintings, and much more. Admission is free. Located near exit 1 of Anguk Station on line No. 3. For more information, call (02) 734-6111 or visit

Testing Testing 1.2.3: Selections from the SongEun Collection
SongEun Art Space
Through Dec.11
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Samtan, SongEun Art Space presents an exhibition solely devoted to acknowledging work by artists old and new. With two divisions in the exhibition, one is a selected collection of young Korean artists who were supported by SongEun in the past. The other consists of work by recognized and pivotal international artists from many genres in art. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 3448-0100 or visit

Modern Masterpieces from the Museum Collection: Poetry and Dreams
National Museum of Art, Deoksugung
Through Dec. 2

The 1950s to the early 20th century was a period of extreme difficulty in Korea that was followed by massive improvements and transformation. The National Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on works by Korean artists who drew inspiration, hope and changes during this era of Korean adversities. The exhibition present s around 100 works by more than 50 artists. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 2188-6114 or visit

Deoksugung Project
National Museum of Art, Deoksugung
Through Oct. 28

In order to solidify the historical significance of Deoksu Palace, artwork by contemporary Korean artists is to be installed there. A total of nine various pieces, ranging from sculpture to visual art, portray different perspectives on how the artists perceive history. Tickets cost 3,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2188-6114 or visit

Life: A User’s Manual
Culture Station Seoul 284
Through Nov. 4

“How does art create and change our life?” The French author Georges Perec’s “La Vie Mode d‘Employ,” discusses the importance of design and life. The exhibition features more than 70 pieces of design, art, and architecture in relation to human life. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 3407-3500 or visit

Donghee Koo: Residency Artist
Doosan Gallery
Through Nov.8

Doosan Gallery presents Koo Dong-hee’s solo exhibition, which invites the audience to her perception of uncertainty. Her works display contradictions and absurdities in her ordinary life, expressing her thoughts on art. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 708- 5050 or visit www.

Thinking About Rene Magritte
KT&G SangSang Madang
Through Oct. 31

Renowned photographer Kim Jung-man holds an exhibition expressing surrealism paintings through photography. As the title “Thinking About Rene Magritte” indicates, Kim pays homage to the surrealist by reenacting his paintings such as “This is not a Pipe” in 23 photographic works. A short documentary featuring Kim’s working process is also on display at the exhibit. Located near exit 9 of Hongik University Station on line No. 2. For more, visit or call (02) 330-6200.


Garuya Garuya
COEX Artium
Open run

This children’s exhibition allows visitors to play with flour. Activities include baking bread, playing with utensils used for flour, 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. For more information, call (02) 738-8289.

Cocomong Eco Park
Open run

The Cocomong Eco Park focuses on the importance of developing children’s senses so they can pay more attention to the world around them. Tickets cost 18,000 won. For more information, call 1661-0568.

Sports Games

Saturday, Oct. 13
No Game

Friday, Oct. 12
Doosan Bears vs. Lotte Giants
Sajik Baseball Stadium at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13
No Game

Sunday, Oct. 14
Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears
Jamsil Baseball Stadium at 2 p.m.


Gwacheon Seoul Race Track The Gwacheon Seoul Race Track holds races from 10:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday. Get off at Seoul Racecourse Station, subway line 4, exit 3. For more information, call (02)509-1114 or visit
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