Here’s a bunch of stuff that’s going on this week(end).


Memories of India

A Korean photographer is exhibiting his travel documentation of India at the Embassy’s of India, Seoul’s cultural centre until May 18th. The photos were recently featured on the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ blog.

Lotus Lantern Festival and Parade

One of the must-see events on the annual calendar in Korea is the Lotus Lantern Festival in Jongno, particularly the gorgeous light parade. Check out these stunning shots of last year’s procession through Seoul’s streets and anticipate seeing it yourself on Saturday, May 11th from 7pm in Jongno.

Don’t forget to start planning your Buddha’s Birthday getaway, too. Our top tips? Namhae island, Muuido or Namiseom.

Purple Landscape

Namhae Island by Ken Lee of Seoul State of Mind


Paul Van Dyke at Club Octagon

It’s no exaggeration to say that Paul Van Dyke is one of the world’s biggest DJs, so if you’re into mainstream trance music Club Octagon in Gangnam should be an excellent option for May 10th. Find out more details on Resident Advisor.

CRACKHOUSE at Cakeshop

Silk/Juice are hauling the Crackhouse back to Cakeshop this Friday night and have made us a speshul mix in honour of the den of depravity they’ll be conjuring up. Listen to it to recreate the vibe in your own one-room apartment. Actual crack smoking not advised.

For more underground deejaying, monthly event .

VLUF X Comme des Garçons

The super-prestigious Japanese label with the French name has been hosting a photography exhibit all this week at their Hangangjin shop. Comme des Garçons are also kicking off a bunch of parties at the store from this Friday night, with the first being organised by maven event kids VLUF.  .

Amoeba Culture at Gana Art

We’ve been getting way more into Korean hip hop lately. If you missed Primary playing in Hongdae last weekend catch him, plus a bunch of other rappers and musicians from music label Amoeba Culture, at  this weekend. Check the video for the vibe and .

Decade Shop Hannam Party

Trendy men’s clothing store Decade Shop has relocated to Hannam-dong near Itaewon and Hangangjin, proving just how up-and-coming this district is. We know you want the info on their 5 – 9pm launch party, .


Mark Ronson at Godskitchen Beyond Sound

Brit grammy-award winning producer Mark Ronson, famed for his mainstream pop music mixes, is at Walkerhill Seoul for the highly regarded international night Godskitchen Beyond Sound. Tickets cost W55,000 and the rest of the line-up isn’t half bad. See it on the official website.

Charity Events

There’s a in Sinchon with a performance from Tamara Kim. W20,000 for food, music and drinks and all profits go to Angel House orphanage. Bar Dillinger’s is the space for defector charity .

Battle of the Goddesses at Moonnight

Regular drag queen shows at Moonnight in Itaewon have been gathering a regular following over the past few months so with Metamorphosis #3 coming up, it might be . Especially since ’Queen of Kpop’ . Must be a sign.

Last Party at Club Obeg (500)?

According to the interweb, Club 500 is opening up for its last party this weekend before going bankrupt. The Happy Hippy party will be made up of psytrance and d&b DJs and should be .

Other Stuff We’re Into

Round two of new monthly Bar Exit party with the fabulouso Shins DJing is on, Platoon are exploring the concept of for their event series of the same name, WhiteLies have a happening at Bar Americano, , and Rockdo are .


Television Live in Seoul

“The New York art-punk legends will strut their delightfully angular stuff at Blue Square Samsung Card Hall on 12 May and if the response to their April show in São Paulo is anything to go by then this should be a rare chance to witness Tom Verlaine et al. (sadly minus Richard Lloyd) perform some of the most influential rock music ever recorded.” Read more about the band (and listen to some of their tunes) in our preview.

Words: Loren Cotter (@chinchamag)
Cover image: Celine Holzer (@ch_chouchounne)

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