[Well-curated Weekend]Autumn means Hangang Night Market, book reading and hanbok for Chuseok

Hangang Moonlight Night Market in Seoul is held in September 2019. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

Banpo Hangang Park will remain lit up into the night this weekend with over 100 food trucks and arts and crafts vendors setting up shop.

Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, the Seoul Hangang Moonlight Night Market will feature international food, street food and drink specials from some 40 different food trucks.

Around 60 arts and crafts vendors will display their unique products, from postcards and accessories to perfumes and pet supplies.

The colorful changing lights of the Banpo Bridge Moonlit Rainbow Fountain – known as the world’s longest bridge fountain with 380 water jets – is another feature to enjoy while strolling through the market. . Although times are subject to change depending on the weather, the multicolored fountain usually operates every half hour, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Seoul Night Market conducted a visit to a city hospital for pandemic-weary medical staff and small business owners in April.  7. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

The Seoul Night Market conducted a visit to a city hospital for pandemic-weary medical staff and small business owners in April. 7. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

Street entertainment and mini-concerts will also take place during market hours.

This year, all food vendors are required to use biodegradable plastic bags and plates. Visitors who bring their own dishes can get discounts on their food purchases.

The Hangang Moonlight Night Market in Seoul runs until October 29, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The market will be closed during the Chuseok holiday from September 9 to 10.

Sehwa's English Bookstore (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Sehwa’s English Bookstore (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

A cozy English bookshop offers new and used books

Hang out at a cozy English bookstore just around the corner from Gireum Station, Seongbuk-gu, in northern Seoul, and you’re sure to find something to take home.

About a 3-4 minute walk from Exit No. 7 or 8 of Gireum Station, in the same direction as Korea Soka Gakkai International, a black-framed, floor-to-ceiling window signals the entrance to the bookstore with its sign saying, “Sehwa’s English Bookstore.”

The bookstore is filled with old trinkets such as an antique turntable, typewriter and CRT TV with VHS player. It also of course contains new and used books, ranging from pop-up children’s books to fantasy novels and essays, which will appeal to bibliophiles of all ages.

Sehwa’s English Bookstore may look like a place for foreigners, but visitors say the store has become popular among Korean parents who want to buy second-hand English books at low prices.

English books are on display at Sehwa's English Bookstore (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

English books are on display at Sehwa’s English Bookstore (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Indeed, all used books cost 3,000 won. But the bookstore owner, after whom the store is named, noted that used books in mint condition can cost a little more. Used magazines are also available.

If you are looking for a book that is not in store, you can leave the title or ISBN with the owner and receive a text message when the book arrives. The bookstore also buys used books.

You might want to check the bookstore’s Instagram before you visit, as the owner posts newly arrived used books on his account. All of the store’s books can also be viewed online on the store’s Instagram.

The bookstore has an old-fashioned neighborhood saloon vibe, with piano recitals and screenings of old movies held from time to time.

Sehwa’s English Bookstore is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays.

A visitor tries out hanbok at last year's Hanbok Expo.  (Hanbok Expo)

A visitor tries out hanbok at last year’s Hanbok Expo. (Hanbok Expo)

Get a hanbok for Chuseok at Hanbok Expo 2022

If you don’t have an outfit for Chuseok next month, the Hanbok Expo might be a place to visit for some hanbok shopping this weekend.

At Hanbok Expo 2022, some 80 hanbok companies will showcase their hanbok lines. Ranging from traditional to modern hanbok and related accessories, the exhibition will be held at D2 Hall in Coex, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, from Thursday to Sunday.

During the four-day expo, visitors can get hanbok with an average 30% discount or up to 80% discount on purchases.

The expo also offers hands-on experience programs where attendees can try on different hanbok pieces and learn how to wear traditional Korean clothing correctly. At some craft workshops, you can make traditional Korean accessories to go with your outfit, such as sewing your own “dangui baeja”, a type of sleeveless vest, “norigae”, a traditional pendant accessory, and “hyangnang”, a incense. poached.

Visitors participate in a craft workshop at last year's Hanbok Expo (Hanbok Expo)

Visitors participate in a craft workshop at last year’s Hanbok Expo (Hanbok Expo)

Prior reservation is required to participate in each program as dates and prices may vary. Check the Expo’s Instagram for more details.

A special exhibition of the hanbok collection inspired by the folk tales of Madame Suro of the Silla Dynasty is displayed at booth E1. Ten designers recreated the stories through hanbok pieces made in deep indigo blue.

Other booths feature hanbok uniforms and office wear, as well as selected hanbok looks from the Hanbok Design Project competition.

Advance booking is open until Sunday for free entry. Entrance to the site costs 5,000 won, but if you come with a hanbok, you’ll be admitted for free.

Visit the Expo Hanbok 2022 official website or its official Instagram for more information.

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