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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...
Seoul Race Park

Seoul Race Park

An analog photoessay on Seoul Race Park by photographer and writer Paul Keelan. A program to the Seoul Race Park is more expensive than entrance to the horse-racing venue itself: a mere 1,000 won, easily swiped with a T-money card. Strutting past horse chariots and fried tteok vendors, I enter the park. Cigarettes freckle the concrete...
Autumn Daze at Seoul Grand Park

Autumn Daze at Seoul Grand Park

As Korea slowly become awash with autumnal colours, now is the ideal time to get outside and indulge your visceral senses. Golden browns and blazing reds decorate mountains, parks and tree-lined streets, meaning that even the non-hikers among us can enjoy this masterpiece of nature. Surrounded by mountains and engulfed with trees, Seoul Grand Park...
The Ch'eat Sheet: 7 Korean Dishes You (Maybe) Haven't Tried, But Should

The Ch’eat Sheet: 7 Korean Dishes You (Maybe) Haven’t Tried, But Should

For a small peninsular nation, Korea’s cuisine is exceedingly diverse. This list is not dedicated to the super-obscure daring street foods, nor the stuff of Korean food 101, but to tasty traditional dishes that skate just under the regular radar. One in Korea cannot live on galbi and kimbab alone. A common thread among these...
On Seoul's Guryong Slum and Pushing Poverty Under the Carpet

On Seoul’s Guryong Slum and Pushing Poverty Under the Carpet

After the 1960s, a rapid increase in Seoul’s urban population led to inflated prices and a shortage of affordable housing in the city. A large number of slum settlements developed and in 1988 Guryong panjachon (a wooden board house) was created by residents who had been pushed out of their inner-city slums by the government...