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Here are five photos that make up my diary of August in Seoul.

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1. New watches from Stockholm

Korean online boutique 29CM recently debuted the TID No.1 watch from TID Watches, made by Stockholm-based industrial-design studio Form Us With Love. You can see my review of this intuitive and iconic wristwatch on the 29CM website.

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2. Meeting the charming actress

I met talented actress Yuri Kim for an interview. I was probably a little nervous at first—she’s really attractive, and she’s got such a charming smile. She studied visual communication design at university before she began acting, so we talked about various subjects and our shared interests. The interview will be up soon on Spectrum‘s website.

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3. The most serene hotel in Seoul

I spent last weekend at the Grand Hilton Seoul Hotel, and their Executive Room was a fine fit for me. There are so many “hip” hotels in town, but I like the Grand Hilton because they have things only long-established places can offer.

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4. Contemporary Wednesday

My favorite music critic, Mr. Kim Bong-hyeon, is involved in the Contemporary Wednesday program at KU Cinematheque, which focuses on contemporary art, music, film, and the humanities. I stopped by their opening event last Wednesday, where they unveiled a short film. Quartette Muse (pictured above) played Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, an 1899 string sextet in one movement composed by Arnold Schönberg. I think Schönberg was really ahead of his time. Contemporary Wednesday takes place every Wednesday through December 17, rain or shine.

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5. Catching moments in Seoul

Here’s a photo of a boy wearing a Stüssy T-shirt near City Hall last Sunday.

Photos: Courtesy of Hong Sukwoo

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