A lot of people use the cold winters as an excuse to take a break from working out. Well, now that spring is on the way, it’ll be a good time to start your routine workouts, and running could be one of the best ways to get you energized (runner's high, anyone?). Starting on February 13th, anyone who wants a good run in the outdoors can join a group of motivated runners every Monday. The group will meet at around 7:45pm at a designated area (usually around Seoul Forest). The run will last around an hour a half. All you have to do is inform the group through their Facebook/Instagram page (the admins will contact you for the time and location). It won't cost a dime, and you'll get to meet new people while getting your body back into shape!
If you’ve been fortunate enough to get your hands on one of the tickets for the palatial night tours, you’ll know what a fantastical, almost transcending experience it is. Although it may not be a palace, the Namsangol Hanok Village is opening its doors for a wonderful 1890’s themed night market. Get to know how the commoners of the Chosun dynasty spent their nights before heading home to bed. The market will be filled with traditional games and performances, along with food trucks lined up serving delicious re-interpreted foods of the past. Entrance and performances will be free. The 1890 Namsangol Night Market is set to open on every Saturday until the end of July, while the market will open every Friday and Saturday from August to October (5pm to 10pm). Namsangol has been hosting a variety of successful events like a Halloween party and even a silent disco, and now the night market is not one to miss.
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.
A special movie theatre has been set up inside of the Seoul Museum of History. On every fourth Saturday of each month from March to December, ‘Barrier-free Films’ will be screened on a movie theatre with special consideration for visual and auditory impaired people. The films will include screen explanation that describes the scenes by voice and Korean subtitles. Starting 2pm, there is a total of 224 seats available, including 8 wheelchair seats. March 25th: The Great Gilly Hopkins (2016, US, 97 minutes, for all ages) April 22nd: We Can Do That (2008, Italy, 111 minutes, for 15 and older) May 27th: Our Family (2014, Japan, 117 minutes, for 12 and older) June 24th: How to Steal A Dog (2014, Korea, 109 minutes, for all ages) July 22nd: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006, Japan, 97 minutes, animation, for all ages)
Amid all the hype of minimalism seen right here in Korea (which encompasses lifestyle philosophies to aesthetics presented in varying levels of commercialization), Todd Selby’s first solo exhibition opened at Daelim Museum. The show is appropriately titled The Selby House, as the exterior walls of the museum are covered with the artist’s illustrations while displayed inside is a re-creation of the artist’s very own bedroom. The self-proclaimed embracer of maximalism comes as a fresh contrast to the dominant trend that’s been sweeping the local scene for several years. The mammoth showcase of photographer, illustrator and creative journalist Todd Selby is, especially in this particular context, one that offers refreshing inspiration. Selby mentioned: “Minimalism to me is quite boring. When I started shooting people and their spaces in the early 2000’s, that super-clean look was the dominant aesthetic. What I did was embracing maximalism and real life and messiness. It was a slap in the face to that whole thing.” The artist's unapologetically disruptive attitude is fully apparent in the first section of the exhibit, Selby the Photographer, in which ‘documentarian’ photographs portray people in their natural habitat—with whichever kind of lighting that was available and no props whatsoever. In a rather paradoxical manner however, this unique ‘Selby’ process questions how real a photograph can be, as the unconstructed images seem so professional and iconically Selby. As you pro