Seoulist Weekender: December 21–23

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Films from the Venice Film Festival | Through January 6
The “cultural project aimed at promoting and diffusing Italian cinema around the world” has now landed in Seoul. The world-famous Venice Biennale brings 21 films including those from this year’s festival to Seoul Arts Cinema this winter. At Seoul Arts Cinema at 284-6 Nakwon Arcade, 4th floor, Nagwon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Admission 6,000 won. Read more about this event. For details and directions, visit here.

Treat yourself to macarons and do some Christmas bric-a-brac shopping
Baby, it’s cold outside, so take the metro to the Shinsegae Department Store that’s conveniently connected to the Express Bus Terminal station, and get a taste of the macarons that everybody’s talking about. After you’ve had your fill (or what your wallet can bear), walk on over to the third floor of the adjacent Express Bus Terminal to browse through all manner of holiday knick knacks: trees, wreaths, ornaments, home décor, gift-wrap, ribbons and so much more (picture proof here). The Christmas décor stalls are part of the wholesale flower market and shuts down at 6 p.m. (closed on Sundays), so this Saturday afternoon would be a great time for this little in-city excursion.

Sledding and winter fun for the family at the Ttukseom Hangang Park | Through February 17
A swimming pool in the summer, and sledding hill in winter, Ttukseom Hangang Park is popular 365 days a year. The main attraction this season is the newly-installed 30 meter bunny hill for toddlers (regular hills are 80 meters long), in addition to new plastic sleds specially designed for children. Other activities include 4D movies, chocolate making classes, bungee jumping, air bouncing, kid trains, and more (additional fees from 2,000 to 8,000 won apply). At Ttukeseom Hangang Park (metro line 7 to Ttukseom Resort station; the park is connected from exits 2 and 3). December 15 through February 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (sledding hills closed noon to 1 p.m.). Admission: 5,000 won for the general public. Children under 36 months may enter free of charge. Visit here for more information.

Monday Bonus:

Find love at a massive singles guerrilla dating event (솔러대첩) | Monday, December 24
Feeling lonely this Christmas? Then join in this massive singles guerrilla dating event happening in Yeouido Park at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. More than 21,000 people have RSVPed to this Facebook event gone viral. How it works: Men dress in white, women in red. When the event starts, singles will run and choose someone they are interested in by grabbing his/her hand. If the person approached accepts, the couple can go on a date and take shots to “prove” it and win great prizes from corporate sponsors eager for a piece of this social pie. Tips from the experts: If you’re genuinely interested in optimizing your chances of finding love, wear scarves, hats, gloves, etc. of designated color to make yourself and your preferences stand out. Couple are welcome to attend, but encouraged to wear green to indicate that they’re already committed. Too embarrassed to grab a stranger’s hand or stuck at work on Christmas Eve? Check out the afterparty at Mecenapolis (line 2 Hapjeong Station exit 9) from 6 to 10 p.m.

Our Weekender selections are drawn from personal recommendations, internet scouring or press releases. We try to be meticulous with our listings, but events may change without notice. If you would like to submit an event, please send descriptions (in English) and photos to

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