Monday, August 31, 2009

Events for September

September starts tomorrow and it means that we can start saying goodbye to summer as cooler winds push in. But it also means that we can say hello to my birthday which will happen later in the month and also some great festivals and events to look forward to.

Here for you is my pick of events that I would like to go to in September. I found these off a Korean tourist website.

  1. Andong International Maskdance Festival
  • Event Dates: September 25, 2009 - October 04, 2009
    • Place: Maskdance Park, Hahoe Folk village , Gyeongsangbuk-do
    • Why Go?: Hanji paper, Traditional embroidery, World Mask exhibition, Mask dances
    Since this will take place during the Chuseok holiday (October 2nd - October 5th) I may go at this time. More information here.
2. 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennial
  • Event Dates: September 23, 2009 - November 01, 2009
  • Place: Korean Craft Museum, 755 Sajik1-dong, Chungcheongbuk-do
  • Why go?: The theme for the exhibit is to think "outside the box" which is an interesting task for something like crafts. There will be a lot of hands on activities here for making traditinal crafts.
Looks like an overall interesting exhibit and one to look forward to since you can do a lot of hands on things. Whether it is worth traveling to I don't know yet. Their website seems to be still under development.

3. KIAF 2009 (2009 Korea International Art Fair)

  • Event Dates: September 18, 2009 - September 22, 2009
  • Place: Hall C & D, COEX Center, Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
  • Why go?: I went last year to this event and it was a breath of fresh air. Meaning you will be blown away by the amount of contemporary Asian art on display. There will be performances and lectures so it certainly is an opportunity for those to brush up on the contemporary Asian art scene.
Go here for more information.

4. The Sound of Silence
  • Event Dates: September 04, 2009 - September 20, 2009
  • Place: M Theater, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul
  • Time: September 4 (Tuesday)~20 (Sunday)
    Weekdays at 19:30 /
    Saturday at 15:00. 19:00 /
    Sunday at 16:00 /
    No performance on Monday
  • Why Go?: "The musical depicts the tragedy of lost love. The Sound of Silence, after completing the performance in Korea and Japan in 2009, plans to go to China in 2010 and then London, signaling a new era of Asian musicals."
I thought I would throw this into the mix considering that it looks like something different from usual. This is a ticket entry event so you probably have to buy them in advance. Check out the website for more details.

Those are the events and exhibitions that I have found noteworthy for September. Whether or not I will get out to all of them we will see. But certainly it seems there is always something going on somewhere in Korea.

Do you have any suggestions for September? I saw a lot more out there so what would your picks be?


  1. ok so i had an idea! since our birthdays are around each other we should possibly get together and have a day out at one of these events! they sound so great! :) what do you say?! ^-^

  2. Yea that sounds like fun. I am not sure what will develop at that time so keep me posted on what you have in mind. Thanks^^

  3. Don't forget the Botero exhibit at Doksugung... I'm not sure when that ends..


    I can't recommend the Andong Mask Dance festival highly enough.

    Make sure you're at Hahoe Folk Village at dusk, to see the korean fireworks. It's worth the trip five times over, just for that.


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