Party with Italian icons | December 23
D.I.T. Project: Sindang Living History Museum | Opening December 23
From a very ambivalent invitation/preview, we’ve gleaned that there’s an interesting cultural exhibition that chronicles life in Sindang, a neighborhood perhaps best known for its “tteokbokki alley.” Project D.I.T. (Do it Together) is a collaboration between the artists-in-residence at the Sindang Arts Arcade and neighborhood merchants. Don’t let all the Sindang talk confuse you; the actual exhibition is held in Seogyo-dong. Opening reception is Friday, Dec. 23 at 5 pm. Exhibition runs through January 5 at the Seogyo branch of Seoul Art Space. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m.–8 p.m., except Mondays. View map for directions.
David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” | December 24, 25
Santa and Sedaris: Two cultural icons meet in this hilarious one-man show at White Box Theatre, the only space in Seoul that is exclusively dedicated to English language productions.
From the Facebook event: “Probationary Theatre Company is proud to present David Sedaris’ hilarious comedy “The Santaland Diaries.” This one man show is based on David Sedaris’ acclaimed essay humorously relating his short lived stint working as an Elf at Maceys department store one Christmas.” Note: The evening show on Dec. 24 is already sold out but tickets are still available for 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations highly recommended. Tickets 15,000 won at Probationary Theatre.
Tradition Transformed: Contemporary Korean Ceramics | Through January 18
Though the famous Icheon Ceramic Festival may long be over, the Korea Foundation Cultural Center in Jung-gu is filling the void with Tradition Transformed, a thoroughly modern ceramics exhibition featuring the work of 29 artists. Make sure you visit their cultural space gallery (in the Mirae Asset building in Suha-dong, Jung-gu), not their office in Seocho. Exhibition runs through January 18.
Tutankhamun His Tomb and Treasures | Through February 26
The Seoul leg of the Tutankhamun world tour is now in full-swing at the Gwacheon National Science Museum. Make it a day outing (plan on using public transportation if you’re visiting over Christmas weekend) for the entire family and visit nearby attractions including the Korea and Australia art exhibition currently on display at the neighboring National Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibition info available here here, but local information can be found here (Korean only). Visit the Science Museum website for more information.
Additional reporting by Sejin Yang and Vivian Lee