Seoul Scene: Week of Sept. 20-26

Events, Things to Do — By nataliegilbert on September 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

This week is Korea’s version of Thanksgiving, known as Chuseok. It is a traditional three-day holiday where people go back to their hometowns to pay respects to the spirits of their ancestors. The festival takes place on Sept. 21-23.

So what does this mean for you? The city might be pretty quiet and it could be a good time to check out some of the major tourist attractions. Being one of the most important festivals of the year, some of them will be closed but here is a list of what will remain open:

The National Museum of Korea
The War Memorial of Korea
63 City
N Seoul Tower
COEX Aquarium
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Lotte World
Changdeokgung Palace
Korea House
Seoul Arts Center

For shopping, COEX Mall, Myeong-dong Street and most places in Itaewon will be open.

If you are in Seoul for the festival, check out the traditional musical Miso. They are offering a 30% discount on tickets throughout the month of September. If you are watching the show during the actual holiday, you will receive traditional Korea cookies and treats.

Other events happening this week:

Experience traditional Korean music, called gugak, with Yeong-im Kim in concert at the Sejong Center. Performances are at 2 and 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. Call 02-2233-1755 to reserve seats.

Nine artists offer their perspective on The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy’s journey through space and time in the exhibit called Over the Rainbow. It is running until November 7 at Sungkok Art Museum near Gwanghwamun Station on line 5.

Note: Photo courtesy of Sungkok Museum.

Tags: chuseok, holiday, miso, thanksgiving, wizard of oz