10 Things to Do in South Korea this November

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Events in Korea aren’t slowing down just because the leaves are falling! Even as we shrug on our padded coats, there’s still lots to see between warm Americanos and hiding out in the heated subway.

We’ve compiled another list of some things to do this November. If you have some time to smell the coffee grinds, catch a local show or see some lights along the Cheonggyecheon River, take a look!

1. Seoul Cafe Show | COEX, Seoul

For all those in love with their daily “dirty bean”, take a trip to the Seoul Cafe Show for more than just a taste, but a whole world of coffee. The Expo will not only show off Seoul’s best baristas and blends, but also a range of teas, baked goods, desserts, ice-creams, chocolates, coffee machines and equipment, cafe interior, cafe franchises and startups, kitchen appliances and more. There will be over 600 exhibitors in over 2,000 booths all for visitors to enjoy at their own leisurely pace throughout the day. If you’re a fan of Seoul’s colourful and novelty cafe culture, this is the expo to grab a cuppa, or two, or ten. For more information about this event, visit the Seoul Cafe Show webpage. For more information about the venue, visit our listing of the COEX on our directory.

2. Seoul Lantern Festival | Jongno-gu, Seoul

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Seoul Lantern Festival, which means it’s all the more reason to put on your coat and go to take a look at some of the most beautiful lights in town! This year, the lanterns will present the theme of “Seoul Dream, Flowing Light”, and separated under four subcategories, “Start of a New Dream”, “Dreaming of a Future”, “Sparkling Memories” and Traditional Flow”. At the seventeen day festival, guests have the opportunity to take in the beautiful lantern displays, make their own traditional style lantern, fly a paper lantern play around on a scratchboard and catch a glimpse of the nightly light shows. The festival will run over the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the heart of Seoul’s upper side, but don’t forget to check out the Seoul Lantern Festival webpage for updates closer to the date.

  • Dates: November 2nd – November 16th
  • For more information: 2018 Seoul Light Lantern Festival
  • Address: Cheonggyecheon Stream, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Sinseol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • Cost: Free, however some smaller events may cost

3. Loving Vincent | Gangnam-gu, Seoul

Loving Vincent is a much anticipated exhibition for fans of the world’s first hand-painted movie of the same title, which tells the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life through over sixty five thousand collective artworks. The exhibition will bring together the best of the 125 carefully selected artists’ paintings, creating a seamless tribute to not just the film, but the man himself. The highlight of the exhibition will also be an original Vincent Van Gogh painting that has not been seen by the public eye for over 85 years. This piece remains anonymous, which makes this exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Van Gogh’s brush work up close. For more information about how to attend this event, take a look at the Loving Vincent Exhibition homepage. For more information about the venue, view our listing of Le Meridien on our directory.

4. Daegu Art Fair | EXCO, Daegu

The Daegu Art Fair is exactly what every art lover and artist might expect, a smorgasbord of things to get you using your creativity this Autumn.The event will run over four days, and includes a range of booths, showcasing different talents and services, as well as presenting artists new and experienced with quality industry tools. There is also a space for selling gallery goods, for the everyday art appreciator. Whether you paint in your spare time, sculpt for a living or just enjoy some arts and crafts with the kids, the Daegu Art Fair is sure to be a mark on your calendar. For more information about this event, visit the Daegu Art Fair page. For more information about the venue. Visit the EXCO homepage.

5. Anime X Game Festival | KINTEX, Ilsan

Dust off your cosplay and freshen up on your favourite animes because the Anime X Game Festival has arrived in Seoul. This convention is jam-packed with everything an anime and gaming convention fan might need, including exhibitions and stalls for buying anime merch, manga, character goods and gaming consoles, as well as a main stage for special guest panels, a character collaboration cafe and cosplay contest. This year, cast and crew from Sphere, Sword Art Online Alicization, King of Prism, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime and many more will be attending. For more information about this event, visit the Anime X Game Festival webpage. For more information about the venue, take a look at our listing of KINTEX on our directory.

6. Seoul International Music Festival | Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul

The Seoul International Music Festival is a bi-annual spectacular that brings all the best names from classical music to the Seoul stage. This year, the Seoul International Music Festival will bring “unique collaborations, world premieres, new interpretations on classic works” and some of the most critically acclaimed pieces from booming musical acts. Some of those names may be familiar to classical music lovers, including piano duo brothers from Spain, “Victor y Louis del Valle”, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Korean National Choir, Jennifer Wilson, Jae-eun Baek, Chae il Kim, Gregorz Nowak and Eui Joong Yoon. There is a detailed program of all the pieces being performed on their website, so follow through to 2018 Seoul International Music Festival for more information. For details about the venue, have a look at the Lotte Concert Hall listing on our directory.

7. Chicago | Ulsan, Daegu

If you’re a musical maniac, then Chicago is a classic that you can’t miss. Korea’s rendition of the Broadway hit will see all the crowd favourites on stage once again, including the best of the jazzed up twenties in a 150 minute run time. Audience members can expect a night of songs, sequins and dance to “razzle-dazzle” even the first time fans. The show is set to run in two locations, Ulsan and Daegu, and is recommended for middle-school ages and upward. It will feature performers such as Jungwon Choi, IVY, Nam Kyoung-joo and Kim Ji-woo and promises a night that will leave you on the edge of your seat and craving more of Chicago County Fair’s most extravagant mystery. For more information about the show in Daegu, visit the Interpark ticketing website for the Daegu show. For more information about the show in Ulsan, visit the Interpark ticketing website for the Ulsan show.

  • Dates: Daegu: November 2nd – November 11th / Ulsan: November 23rd – November 25th
  • For more information/To purchase tickets: Interpark (Daegu) / Interpark (Ulsan)
  • Address: Daegu Opera House, 15, Hoam-no, Buk-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City / Ulsan Culture Art Center, 200 Beon yeong-ro, Dal-dong, Nam-gu, Ulsan
  • Cost: VIP Section 140,000 Korean Won, R Section 120,000 Korean Won, S Section 90,000 Korean Won, A Section 60,000 Korean Won, B Section 40,000 Korean Won

8. Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival | Paju-si, Gyeonggi

The Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival (or Paju Jangdan Kong Festival) celebrates and life and the history of Jangdan soybeans that remain famous in Korea up until present day. The soybeans are renown for their ability to help with aging, obesity, blood pressure, diabetes and brain development. The festival will showcase the beans as its main event, but will also display different ways to prepare the beans, cook them, and of course eat them. Visitors will also have the chance to experience the local farming culture in Paju for the day, and hear about their rich agricultural history through parades and shows. For more information about this event, follow through to the Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival webpage. Also on this page are ways to reach the venue via subway, bus or car.

9. Charlie Puth in Jamsil | Jamsil Indoor Arena

After sweeping South Korea with his hit singles “We Don’t Talk Anymore” and “See You Again”, Charlie Puth is touring Asia and performing in Seoul this November. His Voicenotes tour will be making a two-night only stop in Jamsil Arena, where he will captivate audiences with a live set of his latest tracklist, as well as the old favourites that everyone loves to bust out in the noraebang. Charlie Puth is already making his mark on Seoul, with tickets selling out fast. If you want to see him in Jamsil this November, it’s best to get your tickets as soon as possible. To do so, head over to the Songkick page to purchase your tickets. For more information on the venue, head to our directory listing for the Seoul Olympic Stadium. (Jamsil Indoor Arena is separate from Olympic Stadium but in the same complex)

10. PREP Live in Seoul | Yongsan-gu, Seoul

You may have heard of this four person mix from London thanks to Korea’s own DEAN. Now PREP is on their way to Seoul, and bringing their own eccentric style with them. Llywelyn Ap Myrddin, Tom Havelock, Guillaume Jambel and Dan Radclyffe will be grooving their way into Itaewon this November for their live gig. PREP can best be described as music that makes you feel, with a hotpot of funk, jazz, smooth vocals and psychedelic undertones. Their music is some that even the casual listener can enjoy, so if you’re in the mood to try out some new music this Autumn, then a PREP concert is the place to be. If you would like more information on where to buy tickets, have a look at the Interpark ticketing page. For more information on the venue, have a look at our listing for Blue Square Theatre on our directory.

Cost: Standing or Reserved 77,000 Korean Won

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