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What To Do This Weekend: Bamboo, Ink Bomb, Angry Bear

If you happen to be a tatted, competitive, character-acting wanderlust, this weekend might be a hot mess. But even if you enjoy just one of these things you’re in luck! The Damyang Amazing Race, live music, a GIC talk by Pedro Kim, Henna and real ink tattoos are all going down this weekend in Gwangju.

Photo courtesy of IMDB

Photo courtesy of IMDB


GPP’s  Tori Brown and Jamie Jones will be providing attendees with the tools to transform a mere caricature into a real character at this Saturday’s character workshop. Both from the UK, Tori and Jamie have professional and personal performance training, and have directed and coached actors of all ages and stages. The goal of Saturday’s workshop is to become more aware of natural tendencies and help appreciate the details and nuances of a wide range of characters. Anyone is welcome to join the workshop. The fee for the workshop is 1000 Won for non-members and free for GPP Members. We recommend that you wear something comfortable and non-restrictive for this workshop.

After the workshop those interested can join us for dinner. Details on this will be posted closer to the time.

Check out the event facebook page for more information or send an e-mail to

Photo courtesy of Seoul Ink Bomb 2014

Photo courtesy of Seoul Ink Bomb 2014

2014 INK BOMB TATTOO CONVENTION (SEOUL) JUNE 28-29TH.  World known tattoo artists from Korea,Japan,USA Europe will showcase their inky art, and more of Korea’s underground tattoo scene.  The weekend will include hiphop/rock/indie /punk music, burlesque and much more ! Check out “INKED KOREA ”  for early bird tickets and English information.


DAMYANG BAMBOO FESTIVAL AMAZING RACE! You’ve heard about it many times, but it’s going to be a great way to  spend your Saturday afternoon with free buses from key landmarks in Gwangju (departing 1pm, returning after 6pm), (amazing, amazing looking) food, t-shirts, photo ops of the beautiful Bamboo forest, a DJ, and prizes up-for-grabs! The registration deadline is fast approaching, so download an application form and register soon!


GIC TALK: THIS SATURDAY AT 3PM, PEDRO KIM will (fittingly) talk about travel. A well-traveled man, Pedro has been to almost 30 countries but now spends most of his time in Korea operating as tour guide, hostel owner and travel writer. Pedro’s talk will touch on many things, but mostly the topic will be ‘How to earn a living following your passion”. If you want to see more of what Pedro is about before you attend the talk, you can check out his Lonely Korea facebook page.


SATURDAY JULY 28TH, ANGRY BEAR AT SPEAKEASY! A multi-national  group is back to put on a live music show this Saturday night at Speaks. There will be a 5,000 won cover charge which will get you a  2,000 won drink ticket for any drink you want (any drink you want!). Good summer deals, good summer music. WINNING.

Also, despite all the World Cup fever, don’t forget about Gwangju’s own local FC playing Daegu FC June 30th at 7pm.


Second-hand Items at Affordable Prices from Treasure Island or Bomulseom Recycle Market on May 18th in Freedom Park

There is always stuff in our home somewhere that we bought but do not use anymore. This stuff might be too good to throw away and can be useful for others.

One of Gwangju’s biggest recycle markets, ‘Bomulseom’ or in direct English translation, ‘Treasure Island’ operates two different types of markets: a Permanent Shop and a Weekend Market.

The latter of these, the ‘Treasure Island’ weekend market is held every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the May 18th Freedom Park near the parking lot next to Mugaksa Temple in the Sangmu area.

There is a registration booth set up right next to the entrance to the park and, if you submit your ID for registration, you can officially take part in the selling process.

Only those registered will be given a name tag with identification number, so shoppers can know that they are officially registered sellers. Registration is free of charge and only on-site registration will be available for visitors.

At the ‘Treasure Island’ Market, only second-hand items that are reusable or recyclable can be sold, such as clothing, toys for children, and household goods.

Other items on sale include hand-made craft goods, soap made with natural materials, Korean noodles and Jeon. In addition, organic farm goods can also be purchased at relatively affordable prices. However, only food that has not been cooked or processed can be sold.

The market, begun in 2009 at the suggestion of Monk Cheonghak, the head monk at Mugaksa Temple, donates 10 percent of all profits earned from the individual sellers to UNICEF.

How about a weekend getaway to the ‘Treasure Island’ Recycle Market and shop in the greenest way? (Mugaksa: Treasure Island: café