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Future Shorts Film Festival: Autumn Season in Seoul

Future Shorts Film Festival: Autumn Season in Seoul

Say goodbye to fall with seven shorts films handpicked by the excellent curators at Future Shorts and brought to you by us! For 10,000 won entry on Saturday November 29th at Platoon Kunsthalle in Gangnam we’ll be showing: MARILYN MYLLER Dir: Mikey Please | United Kingdom – 2013 Marilyn is trying really hard to make something...
Chained Dogs in the Korean Countryside

Chained Dogs in the Korean Countryside

Albert Retief noticed a phenomenon that was foreign to him, being from South Africa, where pets are mostly treated differently, when he moved to Ganghwa Island, northwestern Korea, in 2010. All the dogs were tied up or in cages. “I started to explore more of the island while documenting chained dogs,” said Retief. “I returned in 2012 and...
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; growing up in England, I...
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 — or at least those...
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 to the stadium I passed...
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...
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...