Things to Do in Seoul and Korea for March 2017

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Events, Shows and Things to do in Seoul

Musical Dr. Jekyll and Hyde, World Tour

March 10th to May 21st, 2017

Musical Jekyll and Hyde is a joint production of South Korea’s OD Musical Company and the U.S.’ Work Light Production. This musical in Korea is in English with Broadway Actors. The Korean production has grown so popular that it will start in Korea and will then go on a world tour. The musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a long time classic. The show is 2 hours and 50 minutes long with an intermission of 20 minutes. David Swan will be directing, and Broadway actors and actresses Kyle Dean Massey, Lindsey Bliven, and Diana Degarmo will play Jekyll, Emma and Lucy, respectively. 

Time: Weekdays – 8:00 pm, Weekends and holidays – 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm  (no shows on Mondays)
Price Vip: 150,000 won, R: 130,000 won, S: 90,000 won, A: 70,000 won B: 50,000 won
Address: Blue Square Music Hall (294 Itaewon-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
How to get there: Hangangjin Station (Line 6, Exit 3)
Website http://jnhworldtour.stagetalk.co.kr/
Reservations:  http://ticket.interpark.com/Ticket/Goods/GoodsInfo.asp?GoodsCode=16014192

Seoul Marathon 2017




March 19th, 2017 , starting 8:00 am

Seoul Marathon 2017 is held by the city of Seoul, and is divided into two types of races: Seoul International Marathon (full course and 42195 relay) and Seoul Challenge 10k. Anyone  over 18 and under 60 may join the Seoul Marathon, but we’d suggest having a little bit of training before jumping onto this 26 mile jog. Dong-sung Bae, Ha ha, and Prime will be the three main MCs to run the show. After the marathon, there will be an afterparty, featuring Skull & Ha ha, Baechigi, and Hello Venus. Maybe you can just show up to the afterparty.

Time: Starts 8AM
Price: Full marathon (50,000 won), 42195 relay (40,000), 10k (40,000)
Address: Gwanghwamun Square to Seoul Olympic Stadium (Marathon), Olympic Park to Seoul Sports Complex (10k)
How to get there: Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5), Olympic Park Station on (Line 5)
Website http://www.seoul-marathon.com/
Phone 02-361-1425

NICK KNIGHT: IMAGE

October 6th, 2016 to March 26th, 2017

Daelim Museum has been holding the “NICK KNIGHT: IMAGE,” this exhibition in Seoul for the past few months, and will come to a conclusion at the end of this month. Nick Knight OBE is a British fashion photographer and founder of showstudio.com, a hub for fashion film and fashion holding. This fashion exhibition in Seoul consists of around 100 photos, videos, and installations, and is divided into 6 parts. In 01. SKINHEADS of the skinhead culture from 1979 to 1981. In 02. PORTRAITS, Knight collaborates with notable artists to produce drastic black and white portraits, many of which capture drastic movements in 2D. The rest include, 03. DESIGNER MONOGRAPHS, 04 PAINTING & POLITICS, 05. STILL LIFE & KATE, and 06. FASHION FILM. 

Time: 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM
Price: 5,000 won (adults), 3,000 won (student), 2,000 won (children)
Note: Ticketing ends 30 minutes before the show.
Address:  D Museum 5-6 Dokseodang-ro 29-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3, exit 3). Walk straight and turn right at Starbucks.
Website https://www.daelimmuseum.org/
Phone 070-5097-0020

Korea Style Week

March 23rd to 27th, 2017

Korea Style week is a exhibition at Coex that combines fashion and fairs. If you’re in the fashion business, or want to get a start, come here to get your foot into the door. This fashion fair in Korea showcases the latest trends in Korea and even Asia, and has succeeded in attracting fashion people from all over Korea. There are many events held along with the exhibition, such as styling classes and flea markets.. 

Time 10:00AM to 18:00PM
Price 3,000 won (Adults), 2,000 won (Students)
Note: Tickets are cheaper if participants attend by groups. Check website for more information.
Address 513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Coex hall B2
How to get there : Samsung station exit 6
Website http://www.koreastyleweek.org/
Phone : 02-6002-2005

Star Wars Rogue One




October 29th, 2016 ~ March 5th, 2017

Who doesn’t love Starwars? Everyone had probably daydreamed of being Luke Skywalker fighting in the galaxy saving the world. Now, at Hanam Starfield, you can experience being the main character and fangirl over yoda. At the exhibition, there will be Star Wars spacecraft interior designs, sophisticated large size original props, RFID tagging interactive contents, ILM produced exclusive videos, 4D rides, and X-wing VR simulation rides to fully engage in the Starwars experience. Venue is located in Hanam City, a suburb of Seoul.

Notice: Photos are okay, but videos are prohibited.
Time: Experiences are divided into 1 hour 50 minute slots.
1st – 11:00~12:50, 2nd – 13:00~14:50, 3rd – 15:00~16:50, 4th – 17:00~18:50
Price: 18,000 won (Adults), 16,000 won (Teens), 14,000 won (Children)
Tickets: 11st http://www.11st.co.kr/ (in Korean)
Address : 750 Misa-daero, Sinjang 2(i)-dong, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Starfield Hanam
How to get there: Cheonho Station (Line 5, Exit 10) and take Bus 23 to Starfield Hanam Underground Parking station.
Website : http://www.starwars-exp.com/
Tickets Website: http://www.starwars-exp.com/ticket/
Phone 1522-8496

The Great Graffiti

December 9th, 2016 to March 27th, 2017

The Seoul Arts Center (예슬의전당) and Minoa Art Asset are presenting, “The Great Graffiti exhibition” until the end of March. This collection will present how vandalism has evolved over the years into graffiti and how it has become a way of expression in the field of art. For those looking for a unique art exhibit in Seoul, this month will be the last to catch a form of art that’s difficult to see in Seoul. This unique exhibition in Seoul will have over 60 works from some of the most well-known graffiti artists around the world, including JR, Nick Walker, JonOne, Crash and others.

Time: 11:00 to 20:00
Note: Closed on mondays
Price: 10,000 won (Tickets Sold: 10:40 – 18:20)
Address: 2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho 3(sam)-dong, Seocho-gu
How to get there: Seocho Station (Line 2, Exit 3) then take Seocho Bus 11 or 5413 and get off at Seoul Arts center (4 stations).
Website: http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/program/view.jsp?seq=29305&s_date=20161203
Phone: 02 580-1300

Events, Shows and Things to do Outside Seoul

Everland Tulip Festival

March 17th to April 24th, 2017

The Everland Tulip Festival is an annual event held for a total of 39 days. During this time, the most popular amusement park in Korea is beautifully decorated with 1.2 million tulips of a 100 species such as Apeldoorns and the Pink Diamond. This year, a large “Flower Magic Tower” will be newly placed between Four Seasons Garden and Temple Garden. Additionally,  “LED Musical Rose Gardens” filled with artificial roses will change into various colors according to the musicals during the night. Near the Oriental Restaurants, there will be flower carriages that will sell some of the tulips on display. With various scene stealers and spring themed flower ornaments adorning the whole area, this March festival in  plans to hold a unique festival hoping it to become a landmark.

Price:
Adults: 43,000 won
Adolescents: 36,000 won
Children/Seniors: 33,000won.

Note: Everland often provides many coupons. Check websites, Facebook events, or Naver for discount information before buying tickets.

Time: 10:00~20:00 on weekdays, 10:00~21:00 on weekends
Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
How to get there: Get off Giheung Station (Bundang Line), and take the Everline to Jeondae-ri-Everland Station
Website: http://www.everland.com/web/everland/main.html
Phone: Tel. 031-320-5000

Jeju Fire Festival

March 2nd to 5th, 2017.

Description: Jeju Fire Festival is a cultural festival that was first held in 1997, Jeju Island. This popular festival in Korea originates from a tradition where each village comes together between late winter and early spring to remove leftover grass  and eliminate harmful insects. The aim is to pray for good harvest and health for the next year. After a few changes in the location, this festival in Jeju has been held in Saebyeol Oreum area since 2000. The festival also additionally holds folk games available for visitors. The main events include celebration (torch-lighting ceremony), performances (world culture exchange and concerts), hands-on event (making traditional Jeju food, kite flying, and Oreum hiking), folk markets (local product promotion booths) and contests (stone lifting, or deum dol deul gi). If you’re visiting Jeju in March, stop by, this is one of the best festivals in Korea to visit.

Price: Free
Time: All through the three days
Address: San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Ayeol-eup Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Saebyeol Oreum area
How to get there: From Jeju International Airport, take Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Then take the intercity bus to Pyeonghwa-ro Road and get off at Hwajeon Village. There are also shuttle buses operating during the festival.

Website: http://www.buriburi.go.kr/
Phone: +822-1330 or +8264-728-2751

Yeongdeok Crab Festival

March 23rd to 26th, 2017

Yeongdeok is a town in Korea well-known for its crabs, and the 20th Yeongdeok Crab Festival is for crab lovers from all over Korea out. Snow crabs used to be served to kings and queens as part of the royal meal, but these days anyone who visits this March festival in Korea can eat the king’s meat. The crab festival is held for four days, and there are various attractions and experience centers provided. This year, there will be over 100 crab shops for at the festival. Programs include auctions, fishing, chef competitions, and band festivals.

Note: shops may close early if crabs are all sold out.

Price: Free
Address: Donghae-daero, Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gangguhang Pork area.
How to get there: Take an intercity bus to Yeongdeok at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. (Buying bus tickets online beforehand is suggested.) Then take Yeongdeok-Jangsa route to Ganggu INtercity Bus Terminal to transfer to Yeongdeok-Chuksan route bus. Get off at Myeongsin Pharmacy stop.
Website: www.ydcrabfestival.com
Phone: +82-2-1330

2017 Seoul Motor Show

March 31st, 2017 to April 9th, 2017.

Seoul Motor Show 2017 is a biennial event and international auto show held at KINTEX hosted by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA). The show under the theme “Design the future, enjoy the moment” will be displayed in a total of 91,131 m². The Seoul Motor Show is the fourth biggest auto show in Asia and has been held since 1995. This year, a total of 300 cars, 130 Korean and 170 foreign, will be displayed, two of which are new world premier cars, 17 Asia premiers, and 13 Korea premiers. Aside from these, there will also be camping cars, motorcycles, tuning cars, and just about anything car lovers would want to see. New hybrid technology cars will be displayed, some of which you can ride. One of the new car technologies can drive cars automatically, sensing obstacles at a speed of 40km/ph. If you’re not really a tech person, you can check out the history room, where cars from the Japanese colonial era to the 1960s are displayed. There will be explanations, multimedias, illustrations, and trick art to let you enjoy this show in Korea.

Press Day: 8:00 ~ 16:00
General Public: 10:30 to 19:30 (Weekdays) and 10:00 to 19:00 (Weekends)

Price: Online tickets adults: 8,500 won, under 18: 5,500 won. (Online tickets will be sold until the 31st of March.)
Note: Prices for groups (30 people minimum) are cheaper  30 people (7,000 won for adults, 5,500 won for under 18) and more expensive if bought at the exhibition (10,000 won for adults, 7,000 won for under 18).
Address: Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX)
217-59 Kintekseu-ro, Daehwa-dong, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
How to get there: Go out of exit 5 at Daehwa Station (Line 3). Take bus 39 and get off at Kintex Exhibition center 1 (two stops).
Website: http://seoulmotorshow.auto-fairs.com/en/
Phone: +82 2 3660 1887

Nice to Meet You – Featuring Zion T, C Jam, etc

March 3rd to 5th, 2017

Playce is a complex cultural space in Jeju Island that has everything from shopping to partying, and guests at Playce will be provided with three days of fun this March. On March 3rd, there will be a viewing party for La La Land with food and a rooftop party. On the second day, singers and rappers like Zion T and C Jam of Show me the Money will be visiting for a free concert. On the last day, there will be an after party for those drinking all night. During this Jeju festival, Playce guests are free to attend the events in the A zone without any reservations. ID and 

Time : All day
Price: Free if staying at Playce. Prices of Playce rooms vary. Check website for information
Address: Playce Camp Jeju
How to get there: Shuttle bus JIA to Playce : 11:30 / 15:30, Playce to JIA : 10:00 / 14:00 / 18:10
Website: http://playcegroup.com/
Phone: +82 64 766 3000

Chrissy Kwon
Chrissy Kwon
Chrissy Youjung Kwon is a student in Korea. She enjoys writing about social issues and events that may be helpful to foreigners living in Korea. When not writing, she can be seen practicing billiards, eating at delicious dessert cafes, or watching netflix all day. Contact her at kwon1996@gmail.com.

8 Comments

  1. Khin Nyein Nyein Phyu says:

    Hi
    I am planning to go to Seoul in Mid April.
    The first thing I wanna do there is enjoying King Crab. Is it available in Mid April ? And one more thing , is there any cherry blossoms in Mid April?
    I am really crazy for these two things.
    Thanks

    • Chrissy Kwon says:

      King Crab ends in March, but there’s Gwanganlli Eobang Festival from March 28th to 30th! Also, there will be many cherry blorrom festivals, such as Jinhae Gunhang Festival, Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival, and Seokchon lake cherry Blossom Festival.

  2. yan says:

    hi,

    will there be also cherry blossoms in everland during the tulip festival? Planning to visit 1st of april.

  3. Mel Rashid says:

    Hi, i will be in seoul from 30th march till 3rd april.. Where can u suggest me to go if i wanted to see the cherry blossom? Thank you..

  4. Caroline Lie says:

    Hi Chrissy, i am in seoul now and would like to enjoy running or jogging in the morning around 8 am.
    I was looking at few places near city Changdeokgung Secret Garden and yongsan family park or yeoido. Would you recommend which area is better and have more exercise crowd .

    Thanks
    Carol

  5. LC Lee says:

    Hi, me n my husband follow Malaysia tour to South Korea fr 31-7/4. Will extand 2-3 days own travelling at Seoul to explore local lufe living stlyen attractive event.
    Pls give advice.

    LV

  6. BELLE says:

    HI I WILL BE COMING ON 2ND MAY… WILL I BE ABLE TO SPOT ANY CHERRY BLOSSOM IN EARLY MAY?

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