Seoul Design Festival | December 12–16
Industry fairs and festivals can be hit or miss, but your eyes will thank you for this one. Enjoy a weekend of inspiration at the Seoul Design Festival in COEX. Even if you can’t make it to Samseong-dong for the festival, keep an eye out for smaller satellite exhibitions across various Seoul cafes, shops, museums and other design spots. 7,000 won admission. Open December 12–16, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m. At COEX C Hall
Funky Forest photo exhibit opening party | Friday, December 14, 6–8 p.m.
Photographer Aaron Choe explored several Korean mountains with a forager friend of his. The resulting photos are intimate portraits of the forest, revealing its “beautiful and psychedelic textures.” Take this walk in the woods and forget that you’re in the middle of Gangnam. At Decade Shop, Sinsa-dong 540, MH Building #305. More info here.
Seoul Plaza ice skating rink opens | Opens December 15, 10 a.m.
Whether you twirl or tumble on ice, now’s the season to pull on your skates and polish those moves—the ice rink at City Hall opens tomorrow (tonight’s opening has been delayed due to rain)!
Tim Burton Exhibit | December 12–April 14
The works of the fantastically eccentric film director Tim Burton are on display in Asia for the first time ever at the Seoul Museum of Art, starting this week. This exhibit of over 800 paintings, photographs, letters, and props from his films first opened at MoMA NYC in 2009 to great critical acclaim. If you loved “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and adored “Edward Scissorhands,” come peek into the weird and wonderful mind of their creator. At the Seoul Museum of Art, City Hall station, exit 10 (map). Open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. weekends. Admission: 12,000 won. For more information, including film screening times, see here.
Art of Facts and Picnic pop-up store/restaurant | December 15–16
It’s a good thing you procrastinated on Christmas shopping until this weekend because pop-up darlings Art of Facts and Picnic return to Seoul Salon on Saturday and Sunday. Arrive between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday for the camp-style cookout (some chili con carne, mulled wine and s’mores, anyone?) and stay late for the performances and afterparty. Sunday features a breakfast style menu with baked goods and artisanal coffee. Peruse a selection of quality his and hers (or yours?) gifts on both days. At SEOUL SALON, 305-4 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu. Saturday’s Picnic set menu is 20,000 won at the door.
Linus BBQ | Saturday, December 15, 6–10 p.m.
This weekend in the Itaewon area is hopping with pop-ups! After checking out the Art of Facts and Picnic pop-up on Saturday, stroll over to the Itaewon main strip where Linus will be hosting his famous ‘Bama style BBQ at Mixture Lounge. BBQ orders is 10,000 won (cash only). At Mixture Lounge, 72-32 1F, Itaewon, Yongsan-gu (also described as that place “tucked away at the bottom of some creepy ass stairs below Dillingers on the main Itaewon street).
Park No-hye Tibet photography exhibition | Through February 27
Over 20 photos poet Park No-hye took during the summer of 2012 in the Amdo plateaus of northeast Tibet are on display at Buam-dong’s Ra Cafe and Gallery, a space operated by Nanum Munhwa, a non-profit organization dedicated to peace, sharing and community. At Ra Cafe/Gallery, 44-5 Buam-dong, Jongno-gu. Take the metro to Gyeongbokgung Station and from exit 3, take the 7022, 7212 or 1020 bus to Buam-dong Community Center (부암동 주민센터).
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