Posted : 2013-05-23 21:35
Updated : 2013-05-23 21:35

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Classical Concerts

Phillip Herreweghe with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees

LG Arts Center*

June 1-2

Belgian conductor Phillip Herreweghe and his orchestra company will perform in Korea for the first time in seven years. While Herreweghe is best known for his interpretation of Bach, he will be performing Mozart's work thi s time, including Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" in C Major and "Requiem" in D Minor with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees. Soprano Im Sun-hae will also perform. Tickets cost 40,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2005-0114 or visit

Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music 2013

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center,

Through May 26

The 8th annual music festival will feature 50 acclaimed artists from both classical and traditional Korean music circles. Musicians will perform in each of the 13 days under 13 different themes. Garnering most attention is the Tokyo String Quartet's performance scheduled for May 23 at the Seoul Arts Center. The quartet is planning to retire at the end of this year and this will be one of the last opportunities for their fans to enjoy their music. For more information, call (02) 712-4879 or visit

Big Tickets

Cho Yong-pil

Olympic Gymnastic Arena, Olympic Park

May 31-June 2

Singer Cho Yong-pil will perform in southern Seoul. Cho, who's been an iconic figure in Korean music community for 45 years, recently released his 19th studio album, his first new work in 10 years. At the concert, Cho will sing his new songs and old hits, including "Let's Go on a Trip," "Come Back to Busan Port," "A Leopard of Mt. Kilimanjaro" and "Short Hair." The Seoul performance will kick off a nationwide tour that will stop off at Daejoen, Uijeongbu, Jinju and Daegu. Located near exit 3 of Olympic Park Station, subway line 5. Tickets cost 77,000 to 154,000 won. For more information, call (02) 541-7110 or visit


‘Xiongnu, the Great Empire of the Steppes -Mongolian Archeological Excavation Result Exhibition'

National Museum of Korea

Through June 19

The National Museum of Korea will hold a special exhibition on the artifacts of the Huns, the group of nomadic people that roamed Europe and central Asia more than a thousand years ago. Since 1997, the museum has been collaborating with the Mongolian government to investigate the history and heritage of the Huns, who mainly resided in present day Mongolia. The exhibition will display 100 artifacts, highlighted by an exquisite jade disk that was buried in the massive tomb Duurlig Nars, Mongolia. Located near exit 4 of Ichon Station, subway line 4 and the Jungang Line. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit

‘Opulence: Treasures of Korean Traditional Craft'

Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Through June 2

The museum in central Seoul shows some of the treasures of traditional Korean craftwork. A total of 65 items, on loan from Korean museums and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are on display, including a 7th century pure-gold Buddha Statue that is designated a national treasure. Tickets cost 6,000 to 10,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2014-6900 or visit

Pop & Jazz

Youn Ha

Blue Square

June 21-23

Singer Youn Ha, who has a large following in both Korea and Japan, will hold a concert in Seoul. Debuting professionally in Japan in 2004, Yoon enjoyed huge commercial success with her first Korean album, ''Good Day for Saying I Love You,'' in 2008, and has remained one of the top attractions of the local music scene. In the concert, Yoon will sing her past hits and songs from her new album, ''Just Listen,'' which was released in early May. She will perform in Busan on June 29. Located near exit 2 and 3 of Hanganjin Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 77,000 to 88,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit

Sung Si-kyung

Amphitheater, Yonsei University

May 25-26

Singer Sung Si-kyung will perform at Yonsei University's open-air theater. Since his debut in 2000, Sung has been one of the country's most popular ballad singers and his list of hits include "The Road to Me," "You Touched My Heart," "Hui Jae," "On the Street," and "You Are My Spring." To get to the venue, take mini bus no. 3 or 4 from the exit 2 or 3 of Sinchon Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 77,000 to 121,000 won. For more information, call (02) 540-4550 or visit

Kim Hyun-joong

Hwajeong Stadium, Korea University

June 8

K-pop heartthrob Kim Hyun-joong will hold a concert next month at Korea University. Located near exit 2 of Anam Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 66,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3473-3363 or visit

Laura Fygi

Guri Art Hall

June 29

Jazz virtuoso Laura Fygi will perform at the Guri Art Hall, Guri, Gyeonggi Province. She will sing famous jazz numbers including "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons," "Let There Be Love," and "Dream A Little Dream," a song particularly beloved in Korea. Take a no.6 mini bus at exit 2 of Guri Station, Jungang Line, and get off in front of the art hall. Tickets cost 55,000 to 77,000 won. A wheelchair seat costs 33,000 won. For more information, call (031) 550-8800 or visit

Yoon Jong-shin

Baekyang Hall, Yonsei University

May 31-June 1

Pop musician Yoon Jong-shin will perform at his alma mater. Yoon debuted in 1990 as a vocalist for the pop band 015B and went on to enjoy a prolific career as a solo singer and songwriter. At this concert, he will sing some of its biggest hits,"May You Please," "One Day Long Ago," "Rebirth" and "Your Wedding Day.''To get to the venue, take mini bus no. 3 or 4 from the exit 2 or 3 of Sinchon Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 55,000 to 77,000 won. For more information, call (02) 549-5520 or visit

Lee Moon-sae

Olympic Stadium

June 1

Veteran singer Lee Moon-sae will hold a concert in southern Seoul. Lee has been one of the country's most influential pop singers over the past 30 years, releasing 14 studio albums since his first in 1984. His partnership with late composer Lee Yong-hoon was particularly productive, creating popular ballads like "Gwanghwamun Sonata," "Old Love" and "I Don't Know Yet." Located near exit 6 or 7 of Sports Complex Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 40,000 to 150,000 won. For more information, call (02) 747-1252 or visit


Olympic Hall, Olympic Park*

June 1

Veteran Japanese band Anzenchitai will perform in southern Seoul in June. Along with other bands of the time such as X-Japan, Anzenchitai garnered large popularity here in the 1990s, despite the government strictly restricting the import of Japanese cultural products during the time. Comprised of Koji Tamaki on vocals, Yutaka Takezawa and Wataru Yahagi on guitars, Haruyoshi Rokudo on bass and keyboards, and Yuji Tanaka on drums, Anzenchitai released 13 albums through a career that spans close to three decades and have sold more than 5 million copies. Korea's Generation Xers who listened to Anzenchitai through illegally copied CDs finally have the opportunity to see them live. Tickets cost 99,000 to 121,000 won. For more information, visit


Interpark Art Center Hall

May 24-25

Pop duo UV, comprised of funnyman Yoo Se-yun and rapper Muzie, will perform in Seoul. UV has gained huge popularity with their catchy beats and humorous lyrics in songs like "Itaewon Freedom," "No Cool I'm Sorry" and "Who Am I?" The concert venue is located near exit 9 of Hapjeong Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 66,000 won. For more information, call 1544-1555 or visit

Plays & Musicals

‘Jack the Ripper'

Seongnam Art Hall*

May 29-June 30

The Korean production of the Czech musical ''Jack the Ripper'' will be staged at the performing arts hall in Seongnam, south of Seoul. Set in London in 1888, the story revolves around Anderson, a detective chasing an unidentified serial killer, dubbed as "Jack the Ripper," and Daniel, a young American doctor who asserts that he knows the identity of the killer. Rock singers Shin Sung-woo and Jung Dong-ha and musical veteran Lee Gun-myung highlight the cast. Tickets cost 40,000 to 120,000 won. For more information, call (02) 764-7858 or visit

‘Les Miserables'

Blue Square

Through July 7

A high-profile list of Korean actors will stage the iconic musical at the theater near Itaewon. Comedian-turned-musical actor Jung Sung-hwa will play Jean Valjean, who is imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread; Cho Jung-eun will be Fantine, a tragic woman who leads a difficult life of a factory worker, and Javert, a policeman who chases Valjean, will be played by Moon Jong-won. The venue is connected to Hangangjin Station, subway line 6. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call (02) 547-5694 or visit


Baekam Art Hall

June 8-Sept. 8

The musical ''Hedwig'' will be staged for Korean theatergoers again, as they bought more than 350,000 tickets for it when it was first performed here in 2005. Cho Seung-woo, the popular television and movie actor, will return as Hedwig, the struggling, transsexual rocker from East Germany. Located near exit 8 of Samseong Station, subway line 2. Tickets cost 50,000 to 66,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3485-8700 or visit

‘Jesus Christ Superstar'

Charlotte Theater

Through June 9

The Korean production of the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be staged in southern Seoul. Along with "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Cats," "Superstar" is one of the most popular Andrew Lloyd Webber works among Korean theatergoers, who are supporting one of Asia's largest and fast-growing musical markets. Korean American actor Michael K. Lee and Park Eun-tae will alternate as Jesus and rock singers Yoon Do-hyun, Han Ji-sang and Kim Sini have been cast as Judas Iscariot. Located near exit 3 of Jamsil Station, subway line 2 and 8. Tickets cost 50,000 to 130,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363 or visit

‘The Days'

Daehangno Musical Center

Through June 30

"The Days," a musical featuring with songs of late folk rock singer Kim Gwang-seok, is on stage at the Daehangno Musical Center in Seoul. However, the story has no particular relation to Kim's lyrics because it revolves around the adventures of bodyguards stationed at Cheong Wa Dae. Yu Joon-sang, Oh Man-seok and Kang Tae-eul lead a cast heavy with star power. Located near exit 1 of Hyehwa Station, subway line 4. Tickets cost 55,000 to 99,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363 or visit


"Dear, Nongae"

National Theater of Korea

June 13-16

The National Dance Company of Korea will stage a dance performance about the folklore of Nongae, a famous courtesan in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul. Located near exit 6 of Dongguk University Station on subway line 3. Tickets cost 20,000 to 70,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2280-4114 or visit

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