Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheonggyecheon | November 2–18, 5–11 p.m.
From Korea Tourism Organization: “One of the capital’s flagship events, the Seoul Lantern Festival is a visual feast of hundreds of thousands of lanterns hand-crafted by local and international artisans. This year, the lanterns will interpret the theme “Seoul’s Roots, the Lifestyles of Our Ancestors” – and will highlight Seoul’s 2000 year-old history and many traditions.” Visit here for more details and here for map and directions.
2012 Seoul Gourmet | November 1–3
Stars chefs from around the world gather in Seoul for this five-day culinary festival celebrating international and Korean cuisine. Check out the entire schedule of events for cooking demonstrations, culinary tours, master classes and gala dinners hosted at various Seoul venues and hotels. This year’s highlight: Taste of Seoul Gourmet, a miniature “restaurant week” featuring five hand-picked local restaurants, each with a unique Korean flair, and all offering tasting menus with complimentary wine. For this, we highly recommend Congdu, the soy-inspired restaurant at the Seoul Museum of History. All events require reservations, which can be made online.
Asiana International Short Film Festival | November 1–6
From visitkorea.or.kr: “Marking its 10th anniversary, the festival will screen 55 films, selected among 2,152 submissions from 90 countries this year… finalists include “BOY” directed by Justin Chadwick of the United Kingdom, and “Shibata & Nagao” directed by the “Breathless” director Yang Ik-jun… Other highlight events include an auction of items donated by directors and actors, and the “AISFF Rendevouz” forum for discussing behind-the-scene stories as told by directors and actors themselves.” Visit the AISFF website for ticketing and screening information.
Seoul Farmers’ Market “Bap” Concert | Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m.
Blending food (“bap”) activism and music, the “Bap” Concert will actually feature live jazz (not pop!) music on the grounds of the Seoul Farmers’ Market. Free admission. Located at Gwanghwamun Citizen’s Park (광화문 시민열린마당), adjacent to Gwanghwamun Square. Gwanghwamun Station, exit 2.
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