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...

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...

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...
Seoul Events in 2013

Seoul Events in 2013

We already post our weekly events listings every Thursday, but larger events sometimes need to be booked ahead of schedule. This is a record of the Seoul events in 2013 that we really want to go to. ONGOING Mario Testino at Seoul Arts Center The phenomenal London-based fashion photographer, who...
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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...
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...
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...
Future Shorts Seoul Autumn Season 2013

Future Shorts Seoul Autumn Season 2013

FUTURE SHORTS IS BACK!!! “Leaves are falling, and the Future Shorts Festival Autumn Season 2013 has arrived. This season we have 7 films from around the world and will be screening them at Platoon Kunsthalle, Gangnam, at 7:30pm on Nov. 16. From India comes Andrew Hinton’s documentary Amar (2011), which follows a 14-year old boy through his...
Win Tickets: Ra Ra Riot Live in Seoul

Win Tickets: Ra Ra Riot Live in Seoul

Ra Ra Riot’s first Seoul show is at Club FF in Hongdae. The New York-based band has recently delved into synth pop for their January 2013 album “Beta Love,” a change from their usual statement baroque pop style achieved through use of classical instruments such as the violin. This new style should make for an...
3 Seoul Street Style Photographers to Follow During SFW

3 Seoul Street Style Photographers to Follow During SFW

It’s Seoul Fashion Week and photos are floating around the web, documenting the shows. But the most innovative looks usually come from those on the street, whose modus operandi is captured by street style photographers and shared online. Here are three of our favourite Seoul street style snappers and how to follow them. iamalexfinch PORTFOLIO...
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...