[Well-curated weekend] Immersive Art, Nine-Tailed Fox & Red Teddy Bear Musical For Christmas Weekend

[Well-curated weekend] Immersive Art, Nine-Tailed Fox & Red Teddy Bear Musical For Christmas Weekend

“Beach-Cloud” at Arte Museum Gangneung (d’strict)

Arte Museum Gangneung, the largest immersive media art museum in Gangwon Province, opened on Thursday under the theme ‘Eternal Nature,’ showcasing 10 media art exhibits that feature punchy visuals, sultry sounds and fragrances offering an immersive artistic experience.

The 4,600 square meter museum is located in Gangneung and is the third immersive museum founded by d’strict, after the Jeju Art Museum, which opened in September 2020, and Arte Museum Yeosu, which opened in August.

The Arte Museum Gangneung has a 10 meter high ceiling which creates a surreal environment. Among the displays is “Waterfall – Infinite”, a magnificent multimedia waterfall that extends to infinity through 14 tilted mirrors. Another exhibition, “Beach-Cloud”, will give visitors the impression of being in the middle of an endlessly expanding seaside with constant waves.

“Flower Cosmos”, “Garden of Masterpieces”, “Wave-Circle”, “Forest”, “Cave”, “Tonnerre”, “Live Sketchbook Valley”, “Star-Raindrops”, “Sun” and “Arte-Teabar” are other media art exhibits at the museum.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. A visit to Gyeongpo Beach near the museum is recommended to watch the calm and beautiful winter sea to end the year.

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Poster image of “Gumiho – Nine-tailed Fox” (Yongin Cultural Foundation)

If you still don’t have any plans for Christmas, the musical “Gumiho – Nine-tailed Fox” may be an option to escape the cold and entertain yourself during the holidays.

Based on the mythical creature found in Korean folk tales who is known to seduce men by transforming into a beautiful woman, the musical shows a love story between a woman turned fox and a human.

The musical seeks to entertain audiences with traditional performances, including tightrope walking, Korean mask dancing, and “pungmul,” or peasant music.

More than 50 actors, ranging from circus performers to martial arts masters, are involved in the project to show breathtaking gymnastics, taekwondo moves and high-flying acts.

Kang Min-ji plays the role of Mi-ho.

“Gumiho – Nine-Tailed Fox” will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Yongin Poeun Art Hall in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.

Tickets are priced at 63,000 won and can be booked through Naver.

Pose with a giant red teddy bear

Korean pop artist Lim Ji-bin's “Wish bear Christmas” is installed in the Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannan store in Yongsan, Seoul.  (CPS)

Korean pop artist Lim Ji-bin’s “Wish bear Christmas” is installed in the Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannan store in Yongsan, Seoul. (CPS)

This weekend is the last chance to snap a photo with a giant Christmas-themed red teddy bear balloon and get a free hot cup of coffee at the Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannam store in Yongsan, Seoul.

The five-story building in Yongsan is the first upscale cafe of the Baskin-Robbins brand, which will open in July this year. The outlet is decorated with unique artwork by artists like Francesca Capone and sells premium coffee and drinks as well as organic ice cream.

For Christmas this year, the ice cream company installed a Christmas-themed red bear balloon created in collaboration with Korean pop artist Lim Ji-bin.

The bear is also part of the Lim’s Everywhere project, which aims to transform ordinary spaces into art galleries.

The giant bear, about 6 meters tall, has “Wish” on its face. The wall the bear leans against has colorful graffiti called “Gather and Buzz”, designed by Pattern People brand and graphic designer BFMIN.

Korean pop artist Lim Ji-bin's “Wish bear Christmas” is installed in the Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannan store in Yongsan, Seoul.  (CPS)

Korean pop artist Lim Ji-bin’s “Wish bear Christmas” is installed in the Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannan store in Yongsan, Seoul. (CPS)

The Baskin-Robbins Hive Hannam building is also decorated with Lim’s bear theme.

Be sure to take a photo of the bear before entering the store. Those who post such photos on social media with the specified hashtag can get a free cup of Americano.

Various Christmas-themed drinks, cakes and desserts are also available at the shop.

A cute hot chocolate drink with a chocolate bear filling is recommended for those who want a little sweetness this Christmas. Cakes in the shape of wish bears are also sold at the store.

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Margarita B. Bittner