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 7. For more information, call (02) 516-8847.
Offering a venue for specially-themed weekly events and world-class DJs, Club Volume is located in the Crown Hotel near Noksapyeong 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.
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 between the Hakdong intersection and the Galleria department stores in the posh district of Apgujeong-dong. For more information, call (02) 549-5490 or visit www.onceinabluemoon.co.kr.
Club Answer, chosen as one of the top five hottest clubs in Seoul by CNN, provides spacious interior and brilliant lighting systems, filling the stage by world’s renowned DJs. Club Answer is located in prosperous area of Cheongdam-dong, a district known to lead party culture of Seoul. Located exit 13 of Cheongdam Station on subway line 7. For more information, call (02) 514-4311 or visit www.clubanswer.co.kr.
One of the largest clubs in Asia and located under Hotel Ellui, world-class DJs such as Alex Kenji and Ferry Corsten feature in weekend lineups. Located near exit 13 of Cheongdam Station on subway line 7. For more information, call 1577-9669 or visit www.ellui.net.
Nestled in the heart of Itewon, Luv Superlounge offers a wide selection of drinks, a solid sound system with resident DJ Andi Numan from New Zealand. Located near exit 1 of Itaewon Station on subway line 6. For more information, call (02) 794-8898 or visit ko-kr.facebook.com/luvsuperlounge.
Club Double Eight
Opened in 2010, Club Double Eight takes clubbing to a whole new level. Located in Gangnam, Club Double Eight provides diverse hotel promotions and features weekend lineups with global DJs. Located near exit 1 of Sinsa Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 543-8803 or visit cafe.naver.com/doubleeight.
Club Mute is a boutique club with exquisitely designed decorations and a custom-tailored sound system. Located near exit 1 of Itaewon Station on subway line 6. For more information, call (02) 796-6853 or visit www.clubmute.com.
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 7. For more information, call (02) 3447-1191 or visit www.kunsthalle.com.
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.
‘The Little Black Jacket’
Fashion brand “Chanel” holds a photography exhibition, featuring hundreds of photos from German fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld’s recent book, “The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited.” Located near exit 9 of Cheongdam Station, subway line 7. Admission is Free. For more information, call (02) 3708-2001 or visit thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com.
Seoul Arts Center
Dec. 8 – March 31
Renaissance collections of the Vatican Museum will be on exhibit in Korea. The 73 works including paintings, decorative arts, and sculptures from the Early to High Renaissance will be on exhibition. Famous artwork from the High Renaissance period such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “St. Jerome in the Wilderness,” Raffaello Santi’s “Charity” and Michelangelo Buonarroti’s “Pieta” will be also on display. Tickets cost 6,000 won for preschoolers, 8,000 won for elementary students, 10,000 won for middle and high school students, and 15,000 won for adults. For more information, call 1544-8755 or visit www.museivaticani.co.kr.
Through Dec. 9
Installation artist Kim Seung-joo holds a solo exhibition under the title, “Odd Land.” Kim has worked with the motif of the ruler in diverse mediums. In his exhibition, 10 installations made of enlarged rulers and video works about ruler’s moving in virtual space are on display. Admission is Free. Located near exit 9 of Cheongdam Station, subway line 7. For more information, call (02) 3448-2112 or visit www.gallery2.co.kr.
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
PKM Trinity Gallery
Through Jan. 15, 2013
Swedish-born American pop sculptor Claes Oldenburg and his wife and collaborator Coosje van Bruggen have their first exhibition in Korea. Oldenburg is well known for “Spring,” a large scaled symbolic sculpture at Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul. Their collaborative works from 1971 until van Bruggen passed away in 2009 are on display. In this exhibition are rare drawings and prints, and large-scale indoor sculptures of instruments, and everyday objects. For more information, call (02) 734-9467 or visit www.pkmgallery.com.
Through Dec. 23
London-based Japanese artist Yuko Shiraishi is holding her first exhibition in Korea. Her paintings and installations including “Space Elevator Tea House,” which is a result of her combined cultural experiences from Japan and England, will be on display. For more information, call (02) 735-8449 or visit www. Kukjegallery.com.
Gallery Hyundai Gangnam
Painter Kim Dong-yoo is best known for paintings that are comprised of hundreds of smaller portraits of other works. In this exhibition, he presents reinterpreted versions of Michelangelo’s “Pieta” and Albrecht Durer’s “Praying Hands.” Admission is free. Located near exit 2 of Apgujeong Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 519-0800 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.
Sparkling Secrets ― Swarovski
Through Feb. 17, 2013
This exhibition brings together the diverse collections and stories of Swarovski’s jewelry. It includes art pieces that have been loved by numerous celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, and Lady Gaga; and dresses that collaborate with Giorgio Armani, Vera Wang, and Vivienne Westwood. Audiences can take a photo wearing Swarovski’s items in the experience room. Tickets cost from 2,000 to 5,000 won. Located near exit 3 of Gyeongbokgung Station on subway line 3. For more information, call (02) 720-0667 or visit www.daelimmuseum.org.
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art
Through Jan. 27, 2013
Installation artist Anish Kapoor’s first major museum show in East Asia is under way at the Leeum. Born in Mumbai, India in 1954, Kapoor started to showcase his works from the 1970’s in England. He is known for using a variety of materials in his work including paint, fiberglass, stone, PVC, stainless steel, wax and cement. In this exhibition, “Void,” large scale monochromatic works, and stainless-steel sculptures dominate. The exhibition is the first to occupy the museum’s entire exhibition space including the garden. For more information, call (02) 2014-6901 or visit leeum.samsungfoundation.org.
Van Gogh in Paris: A Dialogue with Modernism
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center*
Through March 24, 2013
Post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh’s works will go on show in Seoul. This exhibition focuses on the painter’s time in Paris (March 1886-February 1888) where he changed his style from realist to modernist. Most of the masterpieces are from the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands including one of the museum’s finest pieces, “Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat” (1887). Tickets cost 15,000 won. For more information, call (02) 724-2900 or visit vangogh2.com.
‘Jeong-dong in 1900’
Seoul Museum of History
Through Jan. 20
Seoul Museum of History will exhibit 300 historical relics from late 19th to early 20th century found in Jeong-dong to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum’s opening. The exhibition comprises two parts; “A Strange Coexistence in Jeong-dong,” and “The Universal Exposition of Paris in 1900.” Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 724-0275 or visit www.museum.seoul.kr.
‘Photographs of the Daehan Imperial Family’
Deoksugung Museum of the National Museum of Contemporary Art
Through Jan. 13
The National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Photography, Seoul are co-hosting the exhibition of photos of King Gojong and royal family members. In particular, two rare photos of King Gojong and his son King Sunjong from the Smithsonian Museum are on display. Tickets cost 4,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2022-0600 or visit www.moca.go.kr.
Kinetic artist Choe U-ram holds his solo exhibition at Gallery Hyundai in Sagan-dong, central Seoul. In this exhibition, some 50 of Choe’s sketches and eight moving sculptures including the latest are on display. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 2287-3500 or visit www.galleryhyundai.com.
Philippe Pasqua: Carnal Universe
Gallery Hyundai Gangnam
Parisian painter Philippe Pasqua holds a solo exhibition at southern Seoul. A self-taught artist, he paints nudes and portraits on large canvases. Twenty of his paintings are on exhibit under the theme “Carnal Universe.” Located near exit 2 of Apgujeong Station on subway line 3. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 519-0800 or visit galleryhyundai.com.
The Bull’s Eye: Folkert De Jong
Arario Gallery Seoul Samcheong
Through Dec. 9
Folkert De Jong is a sculptor and installation artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He expresses problems of humanity ― ranging from environmental problems and abuse of science to war and natural disaster ― using polystyrene and polyurethane. In his first exhibition in Korea, he will show 12 pieces including four new works. Admission is free. For more information, call (02) 723-6190 or visit www.arariogallery.com.
‘Janghwa and Hongryeon’
National Theater of Korea
The National Changgeuk Company of Korea (NCCK) will perform a “pansori” (Korean narrative song) opera “Janghwa and Hongryeon” in Seoul. The NCCK recreated a tragic story of how the two sisters suffered from their mean stepmother as a traditional opera version. Located near exit 2 of Dongguk University Station, subway line 3. Tickets cost 20,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2280-4114 or visit www.ntok.go.kr.
KBS Traditional Music Orchestra
Korean Broadcasting System Traditional Music Orchestra (KBS TMO) will have the 209th oncert. Under the lead of chief conductor Lee Jun-ho, KBS TMO will perform “Soaring,” “Binari,” “Longevity,” “A Boatman’s Song,” and “Become Lighthearted” with Lee Kwang-soo Samulnori group, Korean traditional percussion group. Located near exit 4 of National Assembly Station, subway line 9. Tickets cost 10,000 to 25,000 won. For more information, call (02) 781-2244 or visit kbstmo.kbs.co.kr.
Korea House regularly holds a series of traditional performances featuring dance, “pansori” (Korean traditional narrative song) and more. Tickets cost 50,000 won. Located near exit 3 of Chungmuro Station, subway lines 3 and 4. For more informtation, call (02) 2266-9101, or visit www.koreahouse.or.kr.
‘I Am an Artist’
Art Center Ida
Through March 31
In this exhibition, 11 renowned artists’ original pictures and about hundred works for children’s books are on display. Three ateliers, which are classified thematically, are opened to the audience. Tickets cost 10,000 won for adults and 15,000 won for kids and teenagers. Located near exit 1 of Yangjae Citizen’s Forest Station, subway Sinbundang line. For more information, call (02) 3143-4360 or visit www.artcenterida.com.
Rolling Ball Children’s Museum
Anyang Kidsmom Center
In Rolling Ball Children’s Museum, children can play with “rolling balls,” a kind of kinetic arts, using a variety of tools. Located near exit 8 of Indeogwon Station, subway line 4. Tickets cost free for 9,000 won and free for under 24 months. For more information, call 1544-9986 or visit www.rollingballkids.co.kr.
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
Cocomong Eco Park
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 24 months to 13 years old, free for under 24 months, and 10,000 won for all ages over 13. Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. For more information, call 1661-0568 or visit www.cocomongecopark.com.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Incheon Utd vs. Gangwon FC
Gangneung Sports Complex at 2 p.m.
Chunnam Dragons vs. Gwangju FC
Gwangju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m.
Daegu FC vs. Daejeon Citizen
Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m.
Seongnam FC vs. Sangju FC
Sangju Civil Stadium at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Jeju FC vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC
Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m.
Gyeongnam FC vs. Ulsan Hyundai FC
Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium at 2 p.m.
Busan IPark vs. FC Seoul
Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m.
Suwon FC vs. Pohang Steelers
Pohang Steelyard 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 Race course Station, subway line 4, exit 3. For more information, call (02) 509-1114 or visit www.kra.co.kr.