Now that the weather’s warmed up a bit, it’s time for all the hibernating hermits to crawl out of their shells! Spring is here and that means brings luscious blooming flowers and great events to enjoy with your friends, coworkers and family. And, better yet, these events below require not cash flow at all, they’re all free!
Having begun last year, the Bamdokkaebi Night Market is back in full force. From spring to fall, this night market supplies handmade accessories and decorative items, along with food trucks and performances all for the sake of letting Seoulites have some fun as the cool evening sets in. This year's market will begin on March 24th in 4 different locations around Seoul. Every Fridays and Saturdays, the ones at Yeouido Hangang Park Floating Stage and Banpo Bridge Hangang Park Moonlight Square will open at 6pm, while DDP will be hosting the vendors from 7pm. Cheonggyecheon’s night markets are set to be held every Saturday and Sunday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Each destination will have their own theme. At Yeouido Floating Stage’s ‘World Night Market’, you will be able to enjoy food and dance performances from different parts of the world. DDP will host the ‘Youth Runway and Dance Night’, a place for you to experience fashion shows and DJ performances while shopping from young artisans. Cheonggyecheon’s ‘Time Sleep Market’ and Banpo Bridge Moonlight Square’s ‘Romantic Moonlight Market’, which will showcase interesting art performances. Note that the Cheonggyecheon night market is seasonal, meaning it will only open on the following dates: May 19-21, August 18-20, September 15-17 and lastly October 13-15. All other night markets will continue to open until October 29th. For more information, visit http://www.bamdokkaebi.org/language/intro_eng.php.
Gogung Concert, also known as the Royal Palace Concert, is a series of traditional Korean musical performances happening inside the confinements of two of the main Palaces of Seoul. At Gyeongbokgung, the series of concerts will take place two times, once during the day (3.30pm – 4.10pm) at Jagyeongjeon’s Flower Wall (residence of the Queen Mother) and once at night (8.00pm – 8.50pm) at Sujeongjeon Hall (former royal research institute in the 15th century). At Changgyeonggung Palace, evening concerts will be hosted by Tongmyeongjeon Hall (the King’s bedroom). The palatial mise en scene will be fantastically lit up, adding a dramatic effect you won’t be able to experience anywhere else in the world. The shows will be a treat for your eyes years.
Gyeongbokgung Day Concert: Mar 20-Jun 30, Sep 1-Oct 30 (3.30pm-4.10pm) Gyeongbokgung Night Concert: Apr 16-27, Jul 16-Jul 29, Aug 20-Sep 2, Sep 17, Sep 18 (8pm-8.50pm) Changgyeonggung Night Concert: Apr 16-30, May 1-2, May 31-Jun 3, Jun 18-Jul 1, Jul 16-Jul 28 (8pm-8.50pm)
The Baek In-je House is a glamorous mansion with an unforgiving past. Built in 1913, the house was constructed by a pro-Japanese business tycoon with the intention of utilizing the mansion for political purposes. Japanese housing elements such as Tanami rooms, a middle corridor, and black pine can be found, all used as a method of proving his allegiance to the Japan. The house was later bought by one of Korea’s first generation journalist and later to Baek In-je, an independence activist and renowned surgeon. Baek’s wife was the last resident of the house, where she died in 2011 at the age of 103. The Seoul Metropolitan Government purchased the house in 2009 from the last resident, Baek’s wife who passed away in 2011 at the age of 103. Now a converted into a museum, the historic Baek In-je house is open from 10am to 5pm everyday (except Jan. 1 and Mondays) and admission is free. Guided tours run four times and day and reservations can be made at yeyak.seoul.go.kr.