Seoul Swingers

Seoul Swingers

On April 12, during a cloudy Saturday afternoon, Seoul’s swing dance hobby club Tantara Dance Hall performed to early American rock ‘n’ roll classics at Dongdaemun Design Plaza as part of the cultural facility’s opening month. Colton J was there to snap some photographs.  Images by Colton J
Big Day South: A Mini Guide to Alt Culture in Busan, Ulsan and Daegu

Big Day South: A Mini Guide to Alt Culture in Busan, Ulsan and Daegu

Ever since I moved to South Korea I’ve noticed a heavy amount of Seoul-centralism when it comes to art, music and other creative ventures. Things that happens in Seoul, especially creative things, get much more attention than the same activities happening outside of it. This is not an unusual occurrence;...
Shopping Guide: Gangnam Station

Shopping Guide: Gangnam Station

If you’re a shopper, Seoul is a candy store. The city itself is like a giant, twisting shopping arcade; it’s rare to come across an area that isn’t packed with patchworks of chain stores and tiny boutiques. Subway stations, especially the major hubs, can have bug lamp effects on travelers...
At the Baseball in Korea

At the Baseball in Korea

It is Friday evening and Jamsil Stadium is host to Seoul’s hometown rivalry: the Doosan Bears versus LG Twins. Sold out, the stadium is packed with everyone from Gangnam’s elite to ajusshi’s who spend their days selling Korean pears from the trunk of blue Hyundai trucks. While on the green bus...
Humans of Seoul

Humans of Seoul

Humans of New York-inspired blogs have sprung up all over the Internet, and now Korea’s capital city has its very own. Seongkyoon Jeong, editor in chief of Humans of Seoul, feels that “Korean society tends to emphasize group consciousness, often ignoring individual existence, values, and diversity.” “I wished I could peek...
7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

You might enjoy the lively nightlife of Hongdae, but the chain restaurants, neon lights and clusters of students can be overwhelming at times. Yet just a ten-minute walk to the outskirts of the ever-popular area you can find Sangsu, a trendy spot catering to the alternative Seoul crowd, and a...
Seoul Events in 2014

Seoul Events in 2014

APRIL April 19: Magpie celebrates the ‘Terrible Twos’ Magpie Brewing Co. is two years old and Linus is joining the party with his last BBQ in a while. Drink some 2,000 won pale ales (between 1pm–3pm) and chow down on some pork sliders while you’re at it. Event page.  April...
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Q&A: Washed Out

Q&A: Washed Out

Washed Out recently played to a packed audience in Seoul on his recent Asia tour. We got to ask the man behind the fantasy-driven music on Paracosm a few questions ahead of the show. Here’s what he had to say.  How did you make the leap from trainee librarian to professional musician?   I had been...
Ticket Giveaway! Baths Live in Seoul

Ticket Giveaway! Baths Live in Seoul

WIN TICKETS TO BATHS! The U.S. musician from suburban LA is hitting Korea this weekend, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away for the show. Just head to Chincha’s Facebook page, like us, and then share this post to be in with a chance of winning. For more information, head to the...
Events in Seoul This Weekend: Feb 28 — March 2

Events in Seoul This Weekend: Feb 28 — March 2

ALL WEEKEND Exit Last Dance Party Exit is closing down, waaahh. Give the garage bar a proper send-off this weekend; the goodbye event spans Friday and Saturday night. Free entry. Sol-Sol Pop-Up Shop The street style bloggers and purveyors of menswear are holding their first pop-up shop this weekend in Seoul. The address will be...
Review: Mogwai + Daughter Live in Seoul

Review: Mogwai + Daughter Live in Seoul

Daughter struck a beleaguered note in Uniqlo Ax Hall’s dark amphitheatre on Sunday as the ambient UK rockers launched into an enjoyably fuzzy set. Elena Tonra’s voice seems learned from the reading of dusty books in an attic lit only in small part by one window. It’s the ideal match for the band’s will-o’-the-wisp sound; bright,...
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Washed Out Live in Seoul

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Washed Out Live in Seoul

  GIVEAWAY DONE Here’s a potential gift for you that’s as magical as the GIF above. Washed Out is coming to Seoul’s Rolling Hall on Sunday March 2 at Rolling and we’re giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to see the American chillwave musician with his wispy, wonderful sounds.  To win, share this post on your Facebook...
Events This Weekend in Seoul: February 13 — 16

Events This Weekend in Seoul: February 13 — 16

FRIDAY Busan Band Bonanza 1 & 2 This Friday and Saturday local alt-rockers Table People and Les Sales will host three Korean bands from Busan. Genius, Say Sue Me and 3volt are the toast of the town down south but rarely make it up to Seoul. Make sure you get out to Hongdae to show...
Beauty and the East: Discovering Ansan

Beauty and the East: Discovering Ansan

The words “Seoul” and “beautiful” aren’t commonly associated with one another. “Fast-paced”, “hazy” or “exciting” are some of the more usual buzzwords batted around when describing the giant, urban metropolis. Yet when I finally moved to Seoul, after two years in nearby Suwon, I’m sure I managed to move to the most beautiful part of...
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Mogwai and Daughter Live in Seoul

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Mogwai and Daughter Live in Seoul

Scottish instrumental rockers Mogwai and dreamy English band Daughter are hitting Seoul this Sunday, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. You know the drill by now: Head to Facebook, like Chincha, share this post on Facebook and then comment below to let us know you’ve done it.  Here are 10 of the...