Thanksgiving Meal | November 24
10 Magazine has an extensive listing of places you can get a Thanksgiving meal this weekend. Many of the more popular restaurants and venues are fully booked for tonight, but try calling Itaewon hotspots like Chef Meili (02-797-3820), Craftworks (02-794-2537) or Suji’s (02-797-3698), to see if you can’t snag some last-minute cancellations. Or gather your harvest at stores like E-Mart and Costco, where you can find turkey and pumpkin pie, respectively.
3rd Annual Cheongsong Apple Festival at Cheonggyecheon (청계천 청송사과 페스티벌) | November 23, 24
A river of apples is expected to flow into the heart of the city today—literally. This two-day festival on Cheonggyecheon celebrates (promotes, really) the Cheongsong Apple, which hails from the North Gyeongsang province and is exported as far as Singapore. Expect to see just about every imaginable apple-related activity on-site, including apple tastings, apple fishing, apple speed-eating contest, longest apple peel peeling contest and bare-handed apple splitting contest. The only thing missing is apple bobbing! Visit the festival blog for more info (Korean only).
Stand Up Seoul comedy night | November 26
From their Facebook event page: “Stand Up Seoul will be showcasing some great comedians on Saturday Night. This is only the second time we’ve done a Stand Up Seoul night at the Orange Tree so come check it out and support a local legendary venue. Comedians for the evening include: Erin Weber, Daniel Kennedy, Albert Escobedo, Michael Emms, Adam Palmeter.” Show starts at 9:30, 5,000 won admission at the door. Getting to Orange Tree: Noksapyeong Station, exit 2. Walk straight for 5 minutes. Or follow this awesome map.
Musical Fame | Through January 29, 2012
Previews for the K-Pop star-studded Korean production of Fame opened yesterday at Woori Financial Art Hall in Olympic Park (올림픽공원 우리금융아트홀) in Songpa-gu. Although the show is in Korean, this popular dance-driven musical shouldn’t be too hard to follow—unless you find yourself getting distracted by Girls’ Generation member, Tiffany and Eunhyuk from Super Junior. Book your tickets quickly, as the show’s already sold out for some dates in December. Tip: If you live in Songpa-gu, bring a government ID that shows your address for a 20% discount. Show runs through January 29. Tickets 66,000 to 110,000 won, available at Interpark (Korean only).
Seoul Fancy Food Festival & Seoul International Cafe Show | November 24–27
If you didn’t get your fill this Thanksgiving, head down to COEX for a few appetizing trade shows over the weekend. Both the Fancy Food Festival and Cafe Show have suspiciously similar websites and are registered under the same address, so it’s possible that they are part of the same event. Regardless, today and tomorrow are designated “business days” for both shows, with websites explicitly stating that middle and high school students are not welcome. To play it safe, leave your schoolgirl uniform at home and/or go on Saturday or Sunday, when the venue is “open to all visitors.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., COEX Hall B. 10,000 admission. Visit the Fancy Food Festival and Cafe Show websites for more info.
Work In Progress – Karl Lagerfeld Photography Exhibit | Through March 18, 2012
A retrospective for a man who needs no introduction, and a must-see for anyone with a penchant for fashion and photography. Exhibition runs through March 18, 2012 at Daelim Contemporary Art Museum. Admission: 5,000 won. Closed Mondays. Getting there: Gyeongbok Palace Station exit 3, walk straight for 100m and turn right at Starbucks Coffee.