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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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...
Events This Weekend in Seoul: January 23 to 30

Events This Weekend in Seoul: January 23 to 30

ONGOING Annie Leibovitz Exhibit The Seoul Arts Center is holding a 1990-2005 retrospective of the works of the peerless Annie Leibovitz at the Hanagram Museum. “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005” will run until March 3rd. Hurry everyone. 15,000 won entry. THURSDAY Phoenix Live at Uniqlo Ax Hall The French electro poppers will be gracing Korea for...
PHOENIX IN SEOUL TICKET GIVEAWAY EVENT!

PHOENIX IN SEOUL TICKET GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Our contest is over, but if you’re not the lucky winner fear not, you can get discounted tickets to Phoenix by following the directions listed in the poster below. 
New Year's Eve in Seoul 2014

New Year’s Eve in Seoul 2014

GARETH EMERY AT OCTAGON, GANGNAM Gareth Emery is one of the world’s hottest mainstream dance DJs so he should fit right in at Octagon, the hugely popular Gangnam club space. If you want a high-octane party where the drinks are pricey but the fun is guaranteed, this is the NYE bash for you. Tickets are...