The COEX will again host the annual Photo & Photo & Imaging Seoul this year. The event runs from April 4th through 7th and will showcase over 300 brands from 21 countries around the world. Five exclusive concurrent photography-focused events are expected to draw an estimated 90,000 domestic and international participants.
Photo & Imaging Seoul has built a 24-year reputation for showcasing the very best in photography & imaging goods. This spring, over 650 booths will showcase everything from cutting-edge compact and DSLR cameras, to bags and newly-released camera accessories, printers, SD cards, editing software, and photo albums. Samsung, Canon, Nikon and Sony will all be on hand to display their new products.
In addition to the exhibition, five corresponding three-day events will provide visitors with hands-on activities and demonstrations for an unparalleled photo and imaging experience. Coinciding with the exhibition are the P&I Photo & Travel Exhibition, a New Media Wave section featuring new technologies and trends, the Smart Accessory Show, Optical Science themed workshops, and the art fair ‘Seoul Photo Show’.
Special zones at this years’ exhibition also include the P&I Photo Book Fair, DSLR Movie Zone, ‘Dream Camera’ Zone, and ‘My Photo’ Zone. Special seminars will discuss a variety of photography-related topics, including photography and smart phones, art and photography, and culture and lifestyle.
Exclusive Coex-organized biz-matching meetings between buyers and exhibitors will optimize trade opportunity at the event, with co-marketing alongside top European photography show PHOTOKINA, ensuring premium global exposure for participants,
Hailed as both the ‘Female Legend of Rock’ and ‘Goddess of Punk’, the hugely talented Patti Smith will perform on Saturday, February 2nd at Seoul’s Uniqlo AX (formerly known as AX-Korea).
Born in Chicago in 1946, Smith began gaining attention in the 1970′s with her poetic, rock-infused compositions. She formed a band in 1975 with whom she had performed with in numerous clubs in New York. She soon signed with Arista Records and had her debut album, ‘Horses’, was soon listed as one of the ‘World’s 100 Albums’.
Her string of live performances left a unique footprint in the music world and inspired hundreds of other artists. TIME magazine listed her as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People’ in 2011.
In June of 2012, she announced the release of her 11th album, ‘Banga’, a reflection of her still remaining unique style sung in a storytelling manner. This album features Amy Winehouse in a classical ballad song, “This Is The Girl”, a Irish rock song, “Nine”, given to Patti as a birthday present from a close friend Johnny Depp, and twelve other songs that reflects Patti’s creativity in music.
The gig starts at 7pm. Tickets are KRW 110,000 (standing and seating). To reserve tickets get in touch with Justin at Private Curve (02-563-0595) or reserve through Interpark (ticket.interpark.com, 02-1544-1555).
It’s that time of year again. But while Christmas is soon upon us, some children are not so fortunate to be able to celebrate the holiday spirit with parents or siblings.
The JeongNamJin Group Home is a place for children in need of care. The Group Home currently has 11 children from ages 3-18. Some are orphans; some have family but no one able to care for them; others were rescued from abuse and neglect.
Their goal is to give the children as normal a life as possible. This year marks the 3rd annual Christmas Wishes Program for the children. Thanks to many of you out there, the program has been a huge success. With your help, they can have the same success again this year.
For information on how you can help out, please send an email to John Wurt at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the Group on Facebook at JeongnamJin Group Home for more details about the organization.
This is a really great initiative, and I was really happy to help out last year. It doesn’t take much to bring a little warmth and happiness into the hearts of these children. Please take a moment to consider.
One of the good things about living a little out of the way is that you’re close to natural parks like this one. I remember thinking how great an attraction it would be when it was still under construction.
Located at the foot of Mt. Inwang, Suseong-dong Valley has quite a story behind it. For starters, the valley is the source of the Cheonggycheon, the 5.8 kilometer stream that flows through Seoul.
The valley was also the subject of a painting by Jeong Sun, a renowned landscape artist during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and one of Korea’s more respected painters.
But then rapid industrialization took over, and the verdant grounds were shielded from view. As part of the initial stage of the urban renewal policy of the Seoul Metropolitan Government to supply Western-style common houses in place of Korean-style homes, Ogin apartment complex in Seochon was completed in 1971.
The apartment blocks were all built in the valley of Mt. Inwang so that the water, bedrock and trees of the valley could almost pose as the veranda and gardens of the complex.
It’s good to see the area returning to its former setting. It makes for a nice weekend out. An added bonus is that you’re 10-15mins away from both Roasters and Club Espresso, two of the city’s finest coffee shops.
Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and get out Exit 3. Grab Village Bus (those green little cartoonish-looking ones) number 9 and take it all the way to the end.
Off to the east coast next week. One of my favourite parts of Korea is the coastal stretch just north of Pohang. The region’s home to some pristine landscape, traditional villages and Yeongdeok, the place to go for crab. Will be posting a few sets from that trip.
♦ Red Bull makes its mark in Seoul: Air Force N Tower BASE Jump.
♦ Slowing down in Samjinae Village, a very beautiful part of South Jeolla Province.
♦ Absolutely incredible shot without the crutch of HDR.
♦ And this is a freaking stunning shot of Busan’s Haeundae I’Park complex.
♦ And anyone not familiar with Dylan’s work should head over to his blog.
♦ Frenchman Romain John has some stunning work worth checking out.
♦ And just when you thought SJ Kim’s couldn’t get any better, he nails this.
Decided to take advantage of the extended Chuseok Holiday and beautiful weather by heading down to Naejangsan National Park. I’ve been hearing a great deal about how incredible it is, particularly during the fall. Despite there not being much in the way of colourful foliage (best time to visit is the first week of November), Naejangsan is nonetheless a beautiful place to visit any time of year.
Be forewarned: it’s by no means an easy hike. The walk alone from the where the bus drops you off (along a nice little street lined with traditional Korean restaurants) is between 2-3kms. From the entrance of Naejangsan National Park, it’s another half a kilometer or so to Naejangsa Temple. From there you can grab the Seoraebong Course (5.9km, three hours) that runs along Byeongnyeonam all the way up to the summit of Seoraebong (624m), the first of eight peaks that circle the park’s colourful grounds below.
That being said, it’s damn well worth it. If you get over your screaming calf muscles and the throbbing in your temples, what awaits you above (and even along the way for that matter!) is incredible. The sign at the summit of Seoraebong claims the valley below resembles that a “flowing traditional Korean dress” by the way the hillsides seem to drape and flow to the ground below. I can only imagine what this place must look like when the colours are out in full force. I’ll be returning for that.
From Soeraebong, the course continues on to Bulchubong (622m), then starts descending through Wonjeogam, a smaller temple said to have been built during the 3rd year of King Seonjong of the Goryeo Period (AD 1086). The quiet grounds are home to a huge ivory Buddhist statue, which at the time, was being stripped on its golden exterior by a monk.
The trails, or lack thereof, throughout the course can be pretty challenging. It seemed never-ending in some parts. But it’s one of those situations where, once you’ve already started, there’s pretty much no turning back. Somewhat daunting, but the realization sharpens your focus and puts a little momentum in your step.
I’ve hiked a lot of mountains in Korea, but views such as this are pretty rare. Naejangsan really is amazing.
Getting there: There are two ways to get to Naejangsan: by bus from Express Bus Terminal (subway Line 3) or by KTX (KRW 32,100) from Yongsan Station (subway Line 5). I took the train so I’m not sure what the current fare for the bus is. I imagine it to be somewhere around KRW 15,000 to 25,000. Anyhow, both the bus and train drop you off in Jeong-eup so it’s really just a question of how fast you want to get there. The KTX takes just over two hours.
From Jeong-eup Station, walk straight out the entrance, cross the street and head straight, past the CU Mart on the corner, and take bus number 171 (20mins).
Cheonggyesan (청계산) is a beautiful mountain that extends over Seocho-gu district and stretches all the way down through Gwacheon, Uiwan and Seongnam. Intersected by a pristine 2km fresh water valley, it is said to be one of two guarding mountains in Seoul; the other being Gwanaksan.
Despite its height (620m), the hike to the top is pretty steep in parts, but overall it’s relatively easy going. The unspoilt surroundings certainly don’t hurt and are a great distraction from those aching calves when you’re nearing the summit.
There are several trails to choose from at the entrance; I opted for the Maebong (2200m) course.
One my way down, I stopped by Cheonggyesa Temple (청계사), which is very close to the main entrance.
The hike left me a little stiff, but it was nothing a little tofu, kimchi and makgeolli couldn’t fix.
Getting there: Take subway Line 3 to Yangjae Station. From there, get on the newly opened DX Line (Shinbundang Line); this will take you right to Cheonggyesan Station. Get out Exit 2 and follow it all the way to the underpass market.