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...
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...
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...
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 Local Gigs For local indie band gigs take a peek at Indistreet...

10 Korean Christmas Gift Ideas

Snow has fallen and it finally feels like Christmas is near. Whether you’re going home for Christmas or just wanting to send gifts to your friends and family, here are some ideas for you. Kitsch socks Korea has an incredible range of novelty socks available pretty much everywhere. The designs...
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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...
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...
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...