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Check out my weekly Top5 Internet Finds on NetSideBar.com

October 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Check out my weekly Top5 Internet Finds on NetSideBar.com

Every Monday I post my favorite things I came across during the previous week.  This is the current Top5.

Check out all my past ones here: http://netsidebar.com/author/dwiberg/

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Cheonan World Dance Festival 2013

October 11, 2013 1 comment

I had the pleasure…nay, the HONOR of attending the Cheonan World Dance Festival this year.

Cheonan World Dance ...

The Cheonan World Dance Festival “celebrates the traditional dances, songs and costumes of Korea” as well as many other countries around the world.  This was BY FAR the best world dance festival I have even been to in Korea this year!!!

I was very fortunate because I now live in Cheonan. The city of Cheonan has been called “the core city of the nation” as it is the gateway to all the main transportation hubs of Korea. Most expats that live in Korea prefer to live in a bigger/more vibrant city (like Seoul or Busan) but for me, I chose job over location.  Which is why I live here.

My first experience with this year’s festival was with the STREET PARADE.

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I can’t even count how many different floats and groups were represented in the parade.  I didn’t try to keep count, so that might be the reason.  The street parade went on for 2.2km.  It wasn’t just a parade.  It was a competition!  That means that they compete.  To win.  The winning parade team would earn six million won (about $6,000).

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I was amazed!  I mean, look at ’em.  The photo above is where the groups would stop and do a 30 second performance.  This was how they were judged for the contest.  I really enjoyed seeing all of the different countries that came and represented their cultures and displayed their perceived stereotype for the Korean citizens of Cheonan!  It was a great show!

ImageThe picture above was my favorite country (other than Korea of course) of the parade.  It’s Malaysia.  I really like the sounds of the instruments they use.  But what I liked most was that they SMILED.  Like, SMILED A LOT!  And these were definitely not fake smiles.  Just seemed natural to them.  Like their resting faces resembled a smile.  Very infectious.

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This was a cool float.  It almost looked like a moving history documentary.  Or a moving postcard.  A time machine on wheels.  Inside looks like Korea did just a few years ago.  Today, they have transportation with wheels that can move these floats.

Cheonan World Dance Festival (천안 흥타령춤축제)

I have to say that I loved the parade the most.  Probably because I was able to walk around and get close and interact with the performers/dancers.  Everyone seemed to have a really great time!

There was a great fireworks show at the end of the night.  Unfortunately I am a terrible photographer and none of the firework pictures turned out well.  But they were HUGE and could be seen and heard from all around the city of Cheonan.

I can’t wait til the 2014 Cheonan World Dance Festival!  I wonder what year it will come here!

*I was paid to write about this festival.  Not sure by who or what the reason was but I was paid.*

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What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

By Ron Clark, Special to CNN
updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue September 6, 2011

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ron Clark is an award-winning teacher who started his own academy in Atlanta
  • He wants parents to trust teachers and their advice about their students
  • Clark says some teachers hand out A grades so parents won’t bother them
  • It’s OK for kids to get in trouble sometimes; it teaches life lessons, Clark says

Editor’s note: Ron Clark, author of “The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck — 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers,” has been named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He founded The Ron Clark Academy, which educators from around the world have visited to learn.

(CNN) — This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, “You can’t leave us,” and she quite bluntly replied, “Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can’t deal with parents anymore; they are killing us.”

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list “issues with parents” as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.

So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?

For starters, we are educators, not nannies. We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don’t fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer. I have become used to some parents who just don’t want to hear anything negative about their child, but sometimes if you’re willing to take early warning advice to heart, it can help you head off an issue that could become much greater in the future.

Trust us. At times when I tell parents that their child has been a behavior problem, I can almost see the hairs rise on their backs. They are ready to fight and defend their child, and it is exhausting. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I tell a mom something her son did and she turns, looks at him and asks, “Is that true?” Well, of course it’s true. I just told you. And please don’t ask whether a classmate can confirm what happened or whether another teacher might have been present. It only demeans teachers and weakens the partnership between teacher and parent.

Please quit with all the excuses

The truth is, a lot of times it’s the bad teachers who give the easiest grades, because they know by giving good grades everyone will leave them alone.
Ron Clark

And if you really want to help your children be successful, stop making excuses for them. I was talking with a parent and her son about his summer reading assignments. He told me he hadn’t started, and I let him know I was extremely disappointed because school starts in two weeks.

His mother chimed in and told me that it had been a horrible summer for them because of family issues they’d been through in July. I said I was so sorry, but I couldn’t help but point out that the assignments were given in May. She quickly added that she was allowing her child some “fun time” during the summer before getting back to work in July and that it wasn’t his fault the work wasn’t complete.

Can you feel my pain?

Some parents will make excuses regardless of the situation, and they are raising children who will grow into adults who turn toward excuses and do not create a strong work ethic. If you don’t want your child to end up 25 and jobless, sitting on your couch eating potato chips, then stop making excuses for why they aren’t succeeding. Instead, focus on finding solutions.

Parents, be a partner instead of a prosecutor

And parents, you know, it’s OK for your child to get in trouble sometimes. It builds character and teaches life lessons. As teachers, we are vexed by those parents who stand in the way of those lessons; we call them helicopter parents because they want to swoop in and save their child every time something goes wrong. If we give a child a 79 on a project, then that is what the child deserves. Don’t set up a time to meet with me to negotiate extra credit for an 80. It’s a 79, regardless of whether you think it should be a B+.

This one may be hard to accept, but you shouldn’t assume that because your child makes straight A’s that he/she is getting a good education. The truth is, a lot of times it’s the bad teachers who give the easiest grades, because they know by giving good grades everyone will leave them alone. Parents will say, “My child has a great teacher! He made all A’s this year!”

Wow. Come on now. In all honesty, it’s usually the best teachers who are giving the lowest grades, because they are raising expectations. Yet, when your children receive low scores you want to complain and head to the principal’s office.

Please, take a step back and get a good look at the landscape. Before you challenge those low grades you feel the teacher has “given” your child, you might need to realize your child “earned” those grades and that the teacher you are complaining about is actually the one that is providing the best education.

And please, be a partner instead of a prosecutor. I had a child cheat on a test, and his parents threatened to call a lawyer because I was labeling him a criminal. I know that sounds crazy, but principals all across the country are telling me that more and more lawyers are accompanying parents for school meetings dealing with their children.

Teachers walking on eggshells

I feel so sorry for administrators and teachers these days whose hands are completely tied. In many ways, we live in fear of what will happen next. We walk on eggshells in a watered-down education system where teachers lack the courage to be honest and speak their minds. If they make a slight mistake, it can become a major disaster.

My mom just told me a child at a local school wrote on his face with a permanent marker. The teacher tried to get it off with a wash cloth, and it left a red mark on the side of his face. The parent called the media, and the teacher lost her job. My mom, my very own mother, said, “Can you believe that woman did that?”

I felt hit in the gut. I honestly would have probably tried to get the mark off as well. To think that we might lose our jobs over something so minor is scary. Why would anyone want to enter our profession? If our teachers continue to feel threatened and scared, you will rob our schools of our best and handcuff our efforts to recruit tomorrow’s outstanding educators.

Finally, deal with negative situations in a professional manner.

If your child said something happened in the classroom that concerns you, ask to meet with the teacher and approach the situation by saying, “I wanted to let you know something my child said took place in your class, because I know that children can exaggerate and that there are always two sides to every story. I was hoping you could shed some light for me.” If you aren’t happy with the result, then take your concerns to the principal, but above all else, never talk negatively about a teacher in front of your child. If he knows you don’t respect her, he won’t either, and that will lead to a whole host of new problems.

We know you love your children. We love them, too. We just ask — and beg of you — to trust us, support us and work with the system, not against it. We need you to have our backs, and we need you to give us the respect we deserve. Lift us up and make us feel appreciated, and we will work even harder to give your child the best education possible.

That’s a teacher’s promise, from me to you.

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You See These Rocks: Korea Bus Repercussions (Black in Korea)

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Masan bus driver refuses black passenger

An American English teacher says he was not allowed on a bus in Masan because he is black.

When Sintah Khalid tried to board the 110 bus on Sept. 2 at around 10:30 p.m. in Jungni, Masan, the bus driver demanded to know where he was from, before ordering him off the bus.

“He begins shooing me with his hands in anger and says ‘get off’ in Korean (‘naga’) and I hear people chuckle,” explained Khalid. “Then I step off and he shuts the door and drives off.”

He said a Korean acquaintance saw the incident and was shocked by it.

“I don’t even feel like I can get on the bus sometimes. I really feel like these things should be addressed,” Khalid said.

“I want some action to be taken against him because he is working for the public. He shouldn’t even be asking where people are from.”

Khalid suggested the refusal might have been connected to an incident on a bus last week in which a black man verbally and physically attacked a Korean man who had offended him.

Khalid has been teaching in Korea for three years, the first two in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province. He said that he had experienced racism in Yeoju but that it was much worse in Masan.

“I even had a woman spit on me once,” he said. “People cover their mouths up because they think I smell bad. I get called factory trash.”

He said he was leaving in a month because his contract was finished, and that he wouldn’t return because of the racism he has faced here, adding that many of his black friends had also received abuse.

Changwon City Hall, which monitors the buses in the area, said it had registered a complaint about a matching incident, but that the person in charge was away on business. Khalid has not yet reported the incident.

The city hall representative said it would investigate the incident and discipline the driver if he was found to have acted improperly, but would not speculate on what that punishment might be.

By Paul Kerry (paulkerry@heraldm.com)

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Random Searches: Tuesday, September 6th

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Random searches today that led to my blog:

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jennifer aniston real nakedsex tape
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south korea suicides

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The Soju Song

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The Soju Song:  http://soju.co.uk/

Soju is a distilled beverage native to Korea and traditionally made from rice.

The Korean Soju Song was created by Kim Tae Hoon and is included here so that foreigners can find it easily, without having to search on Naver, Daum, etc. Kim Tae Hoon’s contact email can be found at the end of the song.

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What To Do In Korea: September Events

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

From: TheYeogiyo.com

If you’ve loved Korea this year, wait ‘till you get your hands on September, one of the loveliest months on the peninsula. Besides the glory of Chuseok, a three or four or five (depending on your employer) day vacation this month, the heat wave will gradually calm down into some of the best weather on the face of the earth. Get your hiking boots ready and regardless of anything else you do this month, get outside.
As always, chat on the Forum, tell your friends where you saw the event you’re at, let us know if there are more events to add (contact@theyeogiyo.com) and have a lovely month.

August Concert Listings
August Musical Listings

Free Shuttle Bus to Gyeongju, Jeonju and Gangwon province
When: 
Until 2012 
Where: 
Departure from Gwanghwamun Station, Seoul at 8 a.m. 
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
Foreigners can register for up to two tickets for a free shuttle bus to Gyeongju, the capital city of the ancient Shilla kingdom, or Jeonju, famous for food culture and a village full of traditional Korean houses or Gangwon province including Yongpyong and Alpensia ski resorts  — please note, Busan is an option now too!
For more info:  http://english.visitkoreayear.com

TheYeogiyo Trivia at Traveler’s
When: 
Wednesdays, 2011 at 9 p.m. (we try to finish by 11 p.m.) 
Where: 
Traveler’s Bar and Grill, Bundang
How much: 
W5,000 entry free per person
No really, what?:  
Trust us, it’s plenty o’fun, even if yer dumb. Plus, there are free beer rounds and big ol’ cash prizes. The winning group takes 80 per cent of the pot and an individual question with the remaining 20 per cent of the pot grows each week until some smartass takes it all. After a winner has been claimed, any lucky team has the chance to win W30,000 through a random draw. Bring a group of two to five people, or join a group that’s there and looking for a random member or two. 
For more info: 
http://www.theyeogiyo.com/Forum
If These Tables Could Talk Play
When:
 September 2nd – 4th,  2011
Where: White Box Theatre near Hyochang Park Station, Seoul
How much: W15,000
No really, what?: Shorts plays of people talking frankly about sex, love, desire, marriage and friendship. These guys put on a good show so spend your weekend with them.
For more info: http://www.probationarytheatre.com
Innertrip Festival
When:
 September 2nd – 4th,  2011
Where: Gguijinamugol Beach, Tae-an Choong-nam
How much: W30,000 – W70,000
No really, what?: Camping, fireworks, music. What’s not to love?
For more info: http://www.innertrip.co.kr
Chungju World Martial Arts Festival
When:
 September 2nd – 8th, 2011
Where: Chungju, Chungcheong
How much: tba
No really, what?: It’s a festival! It’s perfect for families or random lonely people – take in parades, special events, kid activities, competitions, performances, food, music, freebies and a fantastic display of martial arts to suit your fancy.
For more info: http://www.martialarts.or.kr
SAKorNet Rugby World Cup Braai and Touch Rugby Tournament
When:
 September 3rd, 2011, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Nanji Hangang Park camping site, Seoul
How much: tba
No really, what?: A huge touch rugby tourney – 300 people are set to go! Join in for cold drinks, baked goods and a little bit of some stranger touching.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Balls in Bundang
When: 
September 3rd, 2011 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 
The park outside of City hall in Seohyeon 
How much: Wfree!
No really, what?:  
It’s free! It’s non-competitive! It’s Sticky Cup! If you have some sticks and a Frisbee, bring them! If not, come anyway – trust, this game requires no skill.
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com

The Bundang Book Exchange
When:
 Sunday, September 4th, 2011- 2:00pm (first Sunday of every month)
Where: Traveler’s Bar and Grill, AK Plaza, Seohyeon Station, Bundang Line, Gyeonggi-do
How much: Free
No really, what?: Come visit for a few hours of expatriate locals meeting up and having a beer. Usually we throw books or DVDs or magazines or Nintendo Wii light sabres on the table if we have them, take what we can get, and have a beer or two before challenging each other to darts. It’s a good way to get yourself ready for the week and you might just get a little something to take home for your downtime. We’re talking about books, but if you’re not, then we’re not either (please note that you don’t need to bring books to get books, and that this is a good opportunity to mingle with people in your neighbourhood if you’ve been feeling lonely lately).
For more info: Check the Forum for details
Yongsan Rock Fest
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 12pm – 10 pm
Where: R&R Bar and Grill (Main Post Club) Gate 2, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?: The public can get on base! What are you waiting for? Oh, to hear more? Howzabout great music like Over the Hill, La Luna, Sotto Gamba, Los Diablos Blancos, White Lies Burlesque and LRD? Drink and eat the good stuff for cheaper prices than you’d pay in our world. Do it – but pay strict attention to the ID rules and forbidden stuff list.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
3rd Annual Little Traveller’s Photo Scavenger Hunt
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall (Line 2, Exit 5), Beer O’Clock , Sinchon at 5:30 p.m.
How much: W15,000 (includes a doll, scavenger hunt and prizes)
No really, what?: Get yourself going on a scavenger hunt looking for riddles and following clues while raising money for the Hillcrest AIDS Centre in South Africa.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

An Evening of Choral and Choral Pop Music
When:
 September 3rd, 2011 – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Chung Dong 1st Methodist Church, Seoul
How much: W15,000, (in advance) W25,000 (at the door)
No really, what?: This autumn concert features music by the Beatles and Billy Joel plus jazz, vaudeville, musical and classical choral music!
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Bultanen Saram/Burning Man Korea
When:
 September 3rd – 4th,  2011, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Muuido Island, Hannagae Beach, near Incheon
How much: W15,000
No really, what?: A grassroots operation to get stuff going in Korea – take in this ‘wonderful event that promotes, among other things, radical inclusion, self-reliance, and self expression.”
For more info: https://www.facebook.com
Theatre Auditions
When: 
September 3rd – 4th, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: 
Well-Being Studio in Itaewon  
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
This weekend Seoul Shakespeare Company will be holding auditions for our October ‘Gore and Madness’ production, an exploration into the very darkest of Shakespeare’s tragedies.  We are looking for actors of all shapes, colors, and experience levels to make this production shine.
For more info: http://english.visitkoreayear.com

IAAF World Championships
When: 
August 27th – September 4th,  2011     
Where: 
Daegu Stadium, Daegu
How much: W20,000 – W850,000 
No really, what?: 
Daegu had to beat out Brisbane and Moscow to score the International Association of Athletics Federations and it’s a huge event hosting athletes like Bolt Usain and Yelena Isinbayeva so everything about it is awesome. Check out the web site to see when you should go to cheer for your own country, or go to cheer for someone else’s country. We are the world, and all that.
For more info: http://daegu2011.iaaf.org/
DJ Spooky and The Book of Ice
When:
 September 5th, 2011 – 7-9 p.m.
Where: Art Centre, Nabi, Jongro-gu,  after party at Berlin, Seoul
How much: tba
No really, what?: Sure, it’s a Monday night, but this guy is worth it. Take in his launch party for his new book and then an after party at Berlin.
For more info: http://www.djspooky.com/

Busan International Travel Fair
When:
 September 2nd – 5th, 2011 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre), Haeundae, Busan
How much: W1,000 (children), W2,000 (adult)
No really, what?: This is the fair to be at if you’re interested in international travel or huge gift prizes, including flight and travel vouchers and a car.
For more info: http://www.bitf.co.kr
NFL Pick’em Pool
When:
 September 8th,  2011 – 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Virtual
How much: W20,000
No really, what?: Take the pot if you make the correct picks, and pick up some friends along the way!
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

Youth Alpine Climbing Lessons
When: 
August 23rd – September 15th,  2011 – 3:45 p.m./4:00 p.m.   
Where: 
Samsung Station, Exit 1, Gangnam
How much: W275,000 (four weeks) 
No really, what?: 
Sign up for this climbing course, designed for children aged 8 and up, by August 19th. Instructors will share their passion of climbing – including proper fitting and sizing of gear, basic artificial wall climbing safety, protocol signals used for top-rope climbing, basic climbing techniques and movements – through a series of exciting and fun climbing related activities. Parents are welcome to join or watch with their kids.
For more info: http://www.sanirang.net or sanirang.info@gmail.com

Traditional Music Class for Foreigners
When: 
Every Saturday morning, beginning September 17th (sign up by September 2nd)
Where: 
National Gugak Centre (next to the Seoul Arts Centre in Seocho-gu)
How much: 
W30,000 (covering the whole 12-week course)
No really, what?:  
The fall semester of 2011 Korean Traditional Music Class for Foreigners starts on Saturday 17 September at the National Gugak Center. The program will be conducted in English and Korean (with language assistants) and the instruments necessary for the lesson will be leased during the class. A final presentation (performance) will be held on the last day of class.
For more info: gugakwon@gmail.com 

House of Sharing English Tour and dinner!
When:
 September 17th, 2011 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: House of Sharing, Gwangju (just outside of Seoul – meet at Gangbyeon Station at Exit 1. If you’re coming from Bundang, contact the organizers for directions straight to the museum)
How much: Free (first come, first served – the first 35 people to reserve spots will gain access to the tour) Dinner is free, but donations are always accepted.
No really, what?: We really can’t recommend this tour enough. It’s not exactly light fare for a Sunday afternoon, but it’s most certainly worth it and we’re losing survivors to tell their story as time goes on so don’t put it off. The halmonis (grandmothers) are ‘comfort women’ who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese. Come to the museum to hear their story – in some cases, although the grandmothers are frail, they will attempt to tell you your story and move you to compassion. Our humble gratitude always goes out to the young volunteers who lead free tours for expats throughout the country.
For more info: visits@houseofsharing.org

Vegan Bake Sale for the Horn of Africa
When:
 September 17th,  2011 – 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Suji’s restaurant, Noksapyeong Station, Exit 3
How much: Wvarious
No really, what?: Whether or not you’re a vegan, you’ll love these incredible baked goods – plus, all the proceeds will go to the United Nations’ World Food Programme.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com

 

Swapshop for Teachers
When: 
September 17th, 2011, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Jeonju, Jeolla province
How much: Free!
No really, what?:  All teachers are welcome to this meeting created by Korea TESOL – you’ll be able to share practical and fun ideas with your group and get in some professional development.
For more info:  http://www.koreatesol.org

Hanmadang Street Art Culture Festival
When: 
September 21st – 25th, 2011
Where: Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province
How much: WFree
No really, what?:  A street festival to end all others – street theatre, plays, dance performances, circus acts, mimes, street music, an artist area and marketplace.
For more info:  gcfest@gmail.com

International Craft Biennale
When: 
September 21st – October 30th, 2011
Where: Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk province
How much: W8,000
No really, what?:  The theme of this year’s Biennale is ‘Not the New, Just the Necessary’ – a statement against the industrialization and materialism of society.
For more info:  http://www.okcj.org

Seoul Drum Festival
When: 
September 23rd-24th, 2011
Where: City Hall Subway Station, Seoul Square, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?:  There has never been a drum festival that wasn’t worth going to, so check this one out on purpose or while you’re just passing through the area. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., and a celebration performance by Korean and Japanese teams on the 25th of September at 4 p.m.
For more info:  http://www.seouldrum.go.kr

Oktoberfest
When: 
September 23rd-24th, 2011
Where: Grand Hilton Hotel, Seodaemun, Seoul
How much: W120,000 (inclusive of tax and service charge)
No really, what?:  The Original Paulaner Oktoberfest Band will be flown in directly from Munich. You’ll also get to feast on a German food buffet, two types of unlimited Paulaner draft beer and you can score Formula1 tickies in a lucky draw.
For more info:  02-2287-7456 for reservations

FC Seoul Annual Expat Festival
When: 
September 24th, 2011, event zone opens at 2p.m., game starts at 5p.m.
Where: World Cup Stadium, Line 6, Exit 2
How much: W10,000
No really, what?:  FC Seoul will play the Daejeon Citizens, but it will be hard to keep an eye on the game since for just W10,000 you’ll be distracted with a b-boy dance show, a cheergirl show, music concerts, DJ performances, a parade, cosplay, a variety of event booths and oh so much more. More than 10,000 people. Foreigners and locals, will be at the festival. Check out a variety of bars in Itaewon, Sinchon, Hongdae, and Gangnam for tickies or contact the good people below.
For more info:  kbh@gssports.co.kr

Volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital
When: 
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Where: Café Angelo, first floor of Gangnam St. Mary’s Hospital
How much: Free
No really, what?:  This opportunity – to prepare medical kits and to spend time with young patients – is limited to 15 people, so get in touch quickly!
For more info:  yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr or http://global.seoul.go.kr/yeoksam

Icheon Ceramics Festival
When: 
September 24th – October 23rd, 2011, 10am
Where: Seolbong Park, Gwango-dong, Icheon, Gyeonggi
How much: Free
No really, what?:  Icheon, not Incheon. That being said, get yourself to this splendid little city to check out a variety of ceramics from Korea’s history as well as a workshop to draw your own artwork on pottery – then take a break in the lovely hot springs spa where you can sit outside on the roof and have a soak under the stars.
For more info:  Icheon City Hall 031-644-2061/3

Rain: The Best Show
When: 
September 24th and 25th, 2011
Where: Olympic Park Gymnastics Gymnasium, Seoul
How much: tickets vary in price: W55,000, W77,000, W99,999, W132,000, W165,000
No really, what?:  This is your last chance to see Rain in concert before he joins the army at the end of the year. Trust, those abs are worth it.
For more info:  02-599-5743
Streetcar
When:
 September 24thh, 2011 –  Doors at 7, show at 8
Where: Daegu YMCA, 4th Floor
How much: Free (first come, first served – the first 35 people to reserve spots will gain access to the tour) Dinner is free, but donations are always accepted.
No really, what?: We really can’t recommend this tour enough. It’s not exactly light fare for a Sunday afternoon, but it’s most certainly worth it and we’re losing survivors to tell their story as time goes on so don’t put it off. The halmonis (grandmothers) are ‘comfort women’ who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese. Come to the museum to hear their story – in some cases, although the grandmothers are frail, they will attempt to tell you your story and move you to compassion. Our humble gratitude always goes out to the young volunteers who lead free tours for expats throughout the country.
For more info: visits@houseofsharing.org

The Art of Disney’s Classic Fairy Tales
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011  
Where: 
Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul 
How much: 
W14,000 (adults), W12,000 (teens), W10,000 (children) 
No really, what?: 
You already know the lyrics to all of the songs, so go ahead and sing ‘em while taking in this exhibition, curated by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Take in more than 600 artworks including paintings, concept art, production notes, maquettes, photographs and film clips. English tours are available by group reservations.  TheYeogiyo enjoyed this exhibition, but doesn’t necessarily recommend the audio tour – it doesn’t hurt, but you don’t need it.
For more info:  http://www.dctexhibition.com

Musee d’Orsay Exhibit
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Where: 
Hangaram Art Museum at Seoul Arts Centre
How much: 
W5,000 – W12,000
No really, what?:  
Why go to Paris, when you can visit a part of it in Seoul? Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin will be presented alongside other people who can paint real nice.
For more info:  http://www.sac.or.kr
American Art Exhibition
When: 
Until September 25th, 2011
Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Doeksugun Annex, Seoul
How much: W12,000
No really, what?: 
The Whitney Museum of American Art is lending 87 pieces to Seoul so that you can look at some art from home, perhaps get a little homesick, and use your melancholy and infinite sadness to create your own art.
For more info: http://www.moca.go.kr/

 

Rugby Tourney
When: 
September 25th, 2011, 8pm
Where: Han River Jamwon Rugby Park, Seoul
How much: Free
No really, what?:  A huge rugby tourney with rugby members from the Seoul Survivors, Korea University, Bucheon, Gangnam, Incheon, SNU, HAKA, Seoul Puk High School, and Yonsei taking part in the game.
For more info:  Get in touch with junsa27man@naver.com

The Real Group
When: 
September 27th, 2011, 8pm
Where: Sejong Centre for the Performing Arts, Seoul
How much: tickets vary in price: W40,000, W60,000, W80,000, W120,000
No really, what?:  Enjoy an acapella group from Sweden as they perform again in Korea – they’re famous here for performing at the opening ceremony of the 2002 World Cup as representatives from Europe.
For more info:  02-599-5743

Rush Hour Concert
When: 
September 27th, 2011
Where: LG Arts Centre, Yeoksam, Gangnam, Seoul
How much: W15,000
No really, what?:  Camerata Antiqua Seoul will play popular songs that appear in commercials and film songs, meaning that you don’t have to have any class to enjoy it. Just kidding, just kidding. The Rush Hour Concert will take place once a month with a different theme each time.
For more info:  http://www.lgart.comarts2005@lgart.com

CanCham Fall Golf Outing
When: 
September 27th, 2011, 12:30 pm (tee-off at 1 p.m.)
Where: Ananti Club Seoul, Kapyeong, Gyeonggi province
How much: W225,000 includes the green, a caddy and cart fees (lunch and dinner not included)
No really, what?:  Try to register by September 19th for this event, which only has a limited number of reservations available.
For more info:  info@canchamkorea.org or http://www.canchamkorea.org

Wonju Hanji Festival
When: 
September 28th – October 2nd, 2011
Where: Hanji Theme Park area, Wonju, Gangwon Province
How much: W2,000 (adults), W1,000 (students), paper doll contest (W15,000), Wonju theme tour (W5,000)
No really, what?:  Visit this unique festival in Wonju, famous for making hanji (traditional Korean paper). There will be a fashion show, a theme park, a lantern show, a puppet show, and a gift box contest.
For more info:  http://www.wjhanji.co.kr

World Dance Festival
When: 
September 28th – October 3rd, 2011
Where: Cheonan, Chungcheongnam province
How much: WFree
No really, what?:  The Cheonan World Dance Festival is definitely a sight to see for anyone interested in singing, dance, or traditional costumes of Korea. Check it out – there’s even a reenactment of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony.
For more info:  http://festival.cheonan.go.kr

Songi Mushroom Festival
When: 
September 29th – October 3rd, 2011
Where: Yangyang, Gangwon province
How much: Wfree!
No really, what?:  Actually seeing a ‘golden mushroom’ or ‘diamond in the woods’ is difficult because access to their natural environment is restricted, so visit this festival to take a bite out of luxury – one kilogram of the songi mushroom costs over W200,000. Healthy, organic dishes featuring the mushrooms will be available.
For more info:  http://yangyang.go.kr

National Museum of Korea Tour
When: 
September 30th, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Inchon Station, Line 4, Exit 2
How much: W3,000
No really, what?:  Meet an English speaking guide to get a tour of the permanent exhibition hall of the National Museum of Korea – and take part in a crafts workshop about making Korean traditional pottery.
For more info:  yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr

Akram Khan Dance Company
When: 
September 30th – October 1st, 2011
Where: LG Arts Centre, Yeoksam Station, Gangnam, Seoul
How much: A seats – W30,000, S seats – W50,000, R seats – W70,000
No really, what?:  Akram Khan will be returning to Korea with work inspired by the universal myths of angels and the idea of ‘ascension.’ The dance is set to the original score by UK musician Nitin Sawhney.
For more info:  arts2005@lgart.com

Zen Fall Weekend Retreat
When: 
September 30th – October 2nd, 2011
Where: HwaGyeSa Int’l Zen Centre, Seoul
How much: W50,000
No really, what?:  If you haven’t done a temple stay before, the Hwagyesa International Zen Centre at Suyu station in Seoul is organizing a meditation experience for you to enjoy taking in some walking meditation and self-reflection that doesn’t involve a soju bottle.
For more info:  hgszencenter@gmail.com

Andong International Maskdance Festival
When: 
September 30th – October 9th, 2011
Where: Andong, North Gyeongsangbuk province
How much: Free!
No really, what?:  This festival is considered to be one of the best in Korea – take in some very cool demonstrations and reenactments and watch performances involving traditional masks – you’ll even get a chance to make masks. This festival is family friendly as well with a puppet play and interactive exhibitions.
For more info:  http://maskdance.com
Bra Donation Charity
When: 
October 3rd, 2011, 2 p.m.
Where: 
Well-Being Studio in Itaewon  
How much: 
Wfree!
No really, what?:  
Listen, you have some bras? You want to share it so that you can raise money for breast cancer research? You have a heart? In that case, contact the good people who are putting together this charity so that you can be creative for a good cause.
For more info:  http://www.facebook.com/

Dogs Vs. Ticks
When: 
July 14th – October 31st, 2011 
Where: 
Online (and worldwide!)
How much: 
W15,000 – W20,000
No really, what?:  
With just a small donation, you can help to sponsor a shelter dog and help them to be free from tick poisoning. For more information, check the link below or e-mail Katherine at katherine-hall@hotmail.com
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com

All That Jazz
When: 
Until October 30th, 2011
Where: SH Arts Hall – Jongnogu, Heywhadong, Daehakno
How much: W55,000 (R seats), W45,000 (S seats)
No really, what?:  The producer of a cable network, Yu Ra Seo, is headed for New York on the network chief’s orders to make an exclusive interview for the cover story with the world’s most famous choreographer, Tae Min Yoo. Things are not looking so bright when the cover story subject is known for his adamant refusal towards any types of press, and the fact that both Yu Ra and Tae Min were previously in a complicated relationship can’t make the situation any worse.
For More info: tgifrank2011@gmail.com or 010-3432-2477

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