Adults-only comics store, multimedia BTS show and cherry blossoms

Visitors select books to read at Graphic in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul, on March 29. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Koreans today enjoy digital comics via computers and smartphones, but if you miss printed comic books and the joy of turning the pages, consider visiting Graphic this weekend.

Within a 20-minute walk from Itaewon Station Exit 2 or Station Exit 1 on Subway Line No. 6, Graphic offers a quiet, cozy place for comic book fans.

Visitors select books to read at Graphic in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul, on March 29. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Visitors select books to read at Graphic in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul, on March 29. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

The three-story building is filled with graphic novels, comic books and art books in both Korean and English.

With tables and chairs of different sizes and styles, the visitors can feel that they’ve come to either a library or cafe when walking through different areas of Graphic.

Ample seating is available at Graphic.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Ample seating is available at Graphic. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

After paying the admission fee of 15,000 won, people can enjoy all genres of comics — ranging from crime thrillers to food and fashion — and drinks.

There are extra charges for alcoholic beverages, which are available on the third floor.

Marvel and DC comic books are on display on the first floor of Graphic in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul.  (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

Marvel and DC comic books are on display on the first floor of Graphic in Yongsan-gu, central Seoul. (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)

If you are interested in purchasing a book, you can simply scan the QR code on the book’s cover and pick up a new copy at the entrance. Do not forget to use the 10,000-won points when buying your books, which are given after paying the admission fee.

Graphic only welcomes visitors 15 and older and is open from 1 pm to 11 pm on weekends.

Multimedia BTS show at Everland

BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

If you’re a BTS fan or a theme park goer, you will want to visit Everland Theme Park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, which is screening a multimedia show starring the K-pop superstar group BTS every night.

BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

“Over the Universe” features a music video that was edited with the seven-member act’s seven songs, including “Butter,” “Permission to Dance,” “Dope,” “DNA,” “Spring Day” and “Make it Right. ” The finale is the music video of “Dynamite,” which was filmed at Everland, with about 5,000 fireworks filling the night sky.
BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

The performance is screened on a large LED screen measuring 24 meters in width and 11 meters in height. There are also a variety of special effects including searchlights, lasers and fireworks, creating a concert-like atmosphere.
BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

The 15-minute show is the world’s one and only multimedia show featuring BTS.
BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

“Over the Universe” is screened about an hour before park closing at the Four Seasons Garden Stage until Aug. 28. Closing hours may vary by season and it will close at 9 pm this weekend.

BTS' multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

BTS’ multimedia show “Over the Universe” at Everland Theme Park (Samsung C&T)

Cherry blossom at Seokchon Lake Park

Seokchon Lake Park in Songpa-gu, southeastern Seoul (Songpa-gu Office)

Seokchon Lake Park in Songpa-gu, southeastern Seoul (Songpa-gu Office)

Seokchon Lake Park, a popular cherry blossom viewing destination in Seoul, will be open to the public for the first time in two years, welcoming visitors who have longed to enjoy cherry blossoms while walking around the lake to a warm breeze.

Songpa Trail, a 21-kilometer circular walk path in Songpa-gu that connects Seongnae and Jangji streams to the Han River, will be open to the public.

Seokchon Lake Park has been shut down since 2020 during the cherry blossom season from late March to mid-April to prevent people from visiting the area amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual cherry blossom festival will be once again canceled this year over concerns of further spread of the omicron variant. The festival typically kicked off in early April. More than 5 million people visited the lake in 2019 to attend the cherry blossom festival, according to the Songpa-gu office.

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By Korea Herald (khnews@heraldcorp.com)

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