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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 welcome break from the chaos...
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...
Events in Seoul This Weekend: Feb. 7 to 9

Events in Seoul This Weekend: Feb. 7 to 9

Welcome to the weekend, kids. ONGOING Feb. 2 to Feb. 28: ÅLAND SALE One of my favorite shops in Korea, Åland, has opened up a branch in Itaewon relatively recently and is now hosting a “flea market” sale of clothing from up-and-coming designers, discounted between 30 and 70 percent. Brands such as Flirt, I Hate...
Help Fund L VE M TEL

Help Fund L VE M TEL

L VE M TEL is the name of a single-issue art publication, a “tribute of sorts” to Korea that will be printed and bound locally. The magazine’s editors — who, along with its contributors, are some of the most talented people I know in this country — plan to bring together Korea-produced photography, writing, drawings...
Observations on Queer Korea

Observations on Queer Korea

Read Miyuki Baker’s full zine here.
DEAR. Magazine

DEAR. Magazine

DEAR magazine began as a call for attention to independent fashion labels where the owners actually hold needles and thread in their hands. In a metropolitan capital brimming with citizens of all ages exhibiting the latest overpriced designer attire — or lookalikes — the stories behind products are often forgotten, and commodities are often overlooked as...
Urban Exploration: An Abandoned Amusement Park in Seoul

Urban Exploration: An Abandoned Amusement Park in Seoul

On a brisk Sunday morning I set out to explore an abandoned amusement park I’d been meaning to visit for months. Yongma-land, which closed down recently, is situated on the eastern mountainside of Seoul, near Mangu Station on the Jungang line. Amid a small neighbourhood, the dilapidated funfair’s large, castle-shaped gates rise at the top...