The streets near Konkuk University are popular to many people. KU students also find it satisfying to have a place nearby where they can enjoy their cultural life. However, the activities they usually do around KU are rather narrow and repetitive. Thankfully, there are hidden places near KU that give students the opportunity to have a special cultural experience. The Konkuk Bulletin will introduce some of these places, hoping students can easily expand their cultural life.
* All distances are mearsured from the Student Union Building A
Location: Konkuk University Art & Design Building B108
Distance: 700 steps (7 minutes)
Price: Refer to the price table below
Etiquette at KU Cinematheque
1. The movie starts without advertisements and no entrance is allowed 10 minutes after the start.
2. Only drinks are allowed in the theater.
3. The lights come on after all the closing credits have rolled.
If you want to see special movies, the KU Cinematheque is the place for you. The theater does screen recent movies, but the true charm of this place is the screening of re-released movies and independent movies1). KU Cinematheque also holds special events such as “guest visits”. A guest visit is an event where people related to the movie come and give explanations about it. It would be a fascinating experience for many moviegoers. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to get special souvenirs that the theater gives out through occasional events. The timetable of movies currently screening is uploaded each week on the theater’s website. Tickets can also be bought through the website, but student discounts are only available offline.
#Independent movies #Re-released movie
Children’s Grand Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
Location: 441, Gwangnaru-ro, main entrance at the Exit No. 1 of Children’s Grand Park station
Distance: 1,400 steps to the main entrance (17 minutes), 700 steps to the zoo and botanic garden (7 minutes)
Etiquette at the Children’s Grand Park Zoo and Botanic Garden
1. Do not feed the animals.
2. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all areas.
3. No vehicles are allowed.
The Children’s Grand Park is not a place only for children. It is also a good place where people who want to spend time in nature can go to. The park has two major places to visit: the zoo and the botanic park. The scale of the zoo is truly surprising. It has various animals including bears, pumas, tigers and so on. There is even an elephant in the middle of Seoul. The botanic garden is also a place you should not miss, especially if you are tired of the city’s grey view. The countless plants in the garden make you feel as if you are in the middle of a forest. The zoo and the garden both open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the animals you can see would differ depending on the weather, season and temperature. The garden is indoors so the opening hours are less effected by the weather, except for every Monday when it opens at 1 p.m. The path from the main entrance to the zoo and garden is also a good place to have a walk. The scenery becomes even more beautiful when the cherry blossoms start to bloom and cover the park. More informations about the zoo and botanic garden are available on the website.
MK Gallery Studio
Location: 41, Gunja-ro (DY First Tower Officetel)
Distance: 1,680 steps (20 minutes)
Price: No admission fee, Class fee decided after consultation
Etiquette at the MK Gallery Studio
1. Check the studio’s schedule before you visit
2. Be careful not to damage the artworks
3. Fully appreciate and enjoy your visit
Many students visit galleries wanting to see good painting exhibitions. However, the streets near KU lack places that could satisfy such needs. Thankfully, the MK Gallery Studio is settling near Konkuk and Sejong University to provide a place where students can directly interact with art. The gallery obviously holds art exhibitions, but even the exhibitions are a little special here. You can meet the artist of the exhibition in person and hear explanations about the artworks. The exhibition opens from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and information about the current exhibition can be found on the gallery’s official instagram. The MK Gallery Studio is small compared to other big galleries, but it is a place where you can deeply appreciate and comprehend art. The gallery also holds lessons for those willing to learn art. There are one-day-classes and regular classes which usually are carried out personally. You can choose between oil painting and drawing, and more details including the price of the lesson are decided through prior consultation. The exhibition and lessons are all participant-oriented, so a visit to MK Gallery Studio would be a good opportunity for those who think art is something too hard to befriend.
1) Movies that are produced outside the major film studio system
Choi Eun-jun, Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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