The last wednesday of every month is Culture Day, created to offer free or discounted admission to many of Korea’s cultural attractions. We say that the easiest way to tap into this cornucopia of opportunity is a good ol’ trip to the movies. CGV, Lotte Cinema and Megabox offer discounted tickets at a fixed price of 5,000 won to movies starting between 5pm and 9pm.
However, the biggest deals are as follows: Seoul Arts Center hosts Artist Lounge, a classical music program open to all, from 11am at IBK Chamber Hall. Free concerts are held at Daehan Empire Historical Museum, part of the Deoksugung Palace complex, at 7pm. Be sure to sign up a week in advance on the palace website. Kumho Asiana presents the free Spring Lobby Concert, featuring talented young artists supported by the company (former beneficiaries include pianist Yeol Eum Son and Seong-Jin Cho), from around 6:15pm (02-6303-1922). Finally, painters, musicians, writers and other artists are invited every Wednesday night to the Korean Film Archive to give talks about their fields of expertise. Last month’s guest was Kim Haewon from musical duo Kim Sawol X Kim Haewon. For more information and events, please visit the Culture Day website.