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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In Pictures: Dongpirang Art Village, South Gyeongsang

In Pictures: Dongpirang Art Village, South Gyeongsang

Perched above the city of Tongyeong in the far south of South Korea is Dongpirang village. A place at once a living, breathing gallery of street art and a window to a less affluent past. Like other forlorn villages this side of the peninsula, Dongpirang has embraced it rusticity and emblazoned it’s streets with pretty...
IISE's F/W 2014 Video is an Ode to Seoul

IISE’s F/W 2014 Video is an Ode to Seoul

IISE, makers of the coolest, contemporary Korean-inspired accessories, have just released a vibrant video juxtaposing their beautiful new bag collection against some very visually appealing shots of Seoul.  Seoul’s “traditional hanok architecture, sleek skyscrapers, gritty pavements, and the timeless prestige of the more old school areas all embody the essence of IISE,” according to the Korean-American brothers behind...
Traveling North Korea: "A Lie Against His Own Wish"

Traveling North Korea: “A Lie Against His Own Wish”

Drunk at a noraebang in central Pyongyang, I finally worked up enough courage to ask my Korean guide if he’d ever seen any foreign movies. Well, yeah, of course he’d seen some — to learn English, that is. He could recall two that he’d watched. The first was Titanic, and when I admitted I’d never...
Review: Efterklang in Seoul

Review: Efterklang in Seoul

Efterklang, Danish for ‘remembrance’ or ‘reverberation,’ certainly lived up to their name when they brought their moody soundscapes to Rolling Hall in Hongdae last Tuesday.  Efterklang is undoubtedly a live band; a great example of an outfit that fares far better in person than on record.  That is not to say their records are in...
Events This Weekend in Seoul: Nov. 21 to Nov. 29

Events This Weekend in Seoul: Nov. 21 to Nov. 29

Another Thursday and, once again, here you are like some kind of fervent salivating event junkie, your twitching index finger desperately clicking as you perspire a damp cold sweat into the mousepad and, through gritted teeth, you murmur the word ‘weekend.’ Finally you can suckle our sweet, sweet event nectar….or maybe you’re just at a...
In Pictures: Vluf x Unionway in Busan with Vans

In Pictures: Vluf x Unionway in Busan with Vans

Last weekend we went down to Busan to cover the VLUF x Unionway Fest (in association with skate brand Vans). The rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the live music, skating, people-watching the well-dressed attendees, checking out the cool venue layout, and eating hotdog BBQ and waffles. These parties are always awesome in Seoul, so...
The Ch'eat Sheet: On Korea's Craft Beer Scene

The Ch’eat Sheet: On Korea’s Craft Beer Scene

The Craft Beer Fest at COEX Food Week (Nov 6-9.) displayed a physical model of the craft beer scene in Korea itself: in a corner of an immense convention hall a handful of vendors rapidly sold beer to a teeming crowd. It is not the first year craft beer partook in the Food Week Scene,...
Interview: Les Sales' Cheong Daein

Interview: Les Sales’ Cheong Daein

Les Sales have been plugging away for two years, playing at nearly every haunt in Hongdae. Now they’re just about to release “Doo Nyeon,” a split album with another Loose Union band, Table People. Mike McGrath chatted with the lead Sale, Cheong Daein, about their new songs, where they got them from, and Korean indie rock...