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7 Steps to Acquire a Love Motel in Korea

7 Steps to Acquire a Love Motel in Korea

Love motels are an institution that should be experienced at least once while you’re in Korea. That first time can be pretty daunting, so here are a few steps to keep in mind that may ease the tension and help you stay cool. Hopefully you’ll have some anecdotes to share with your friends after visiting:...
A Shot of Soju With: Semipermanent's Erik & Tiffany

A Shot of Soju With: Semipermanent’s Erik & Tiffany

We started to film some of our Shot of Soju interviews and couldn’t be happier to launch this new project by chatting to the Jay-Z & Beyoncé of the Seoul expat community: Erik Moynihan and Tiffany Needham. They’re known for being the TV hosts of kick-ass Arirang documentary series, Semipermanent Seoul, and for being co-owners of...
Looking Back: Chincha's 2012

Looking Back: Chincha’s 2012

This year has been immense! This is a list our favourite events, moments and articles from the last 12 months. We started 2012 off with a bang, reviewing the Crystal Castles and Justice gig at Seoul Electronic Music Festival before settling down to hibernate as much as possible throughout freezing JANUARY. In FEBRUARY it was all about...
Korea's Animal Casualties

Korea’s Animal Casualties

During a lesson on describing animals, I asked my students about South Korea’s national animal. Foreheads wrinkled. Eyes glanced sideways. “Tiger?” said one student. “Bear?” said another. They looked to their Korean teacher for help. No-one was sure. In the 20 classes I taught that week, none of my 700+ students could provide a confident...
Lie Sang Bong SS13 Collection

Lie Sang Bong SS13 Collection

The trend of digital prints, originating from British designers, might have revived fashion in the UK up to the industry’s frontier, but we should now question its origin of design. You might say that British fashion is back in the game, but you might want to ruminate upon where the bigger fashion houses are now...
Korea: The Impossible Country

Korea: The Impossible Country

Korea: The Impossible Country is a new book by The Economist‘s South Korean correspondent Daniel Tudor, exploring the history, social nuances and modern culture of South Korea. Having interviewed several prominent individuals responsible for shaping Korea into what it is today, including Oldboy star Choi Min-sik and Korea’s first openly gay celebrity Hong Seok-chon, Korea: The Impossible Country...
Spotlight: Illustrator Matt Ferguson

Spotlight: Illustrator Matt Ferguson

Matt Ferguson is an artist who favours the field of illustration. Having lived in Korea since December 2010 he’s heading to Sapporo soon, so we jumped at the chance to display some of the work he has created and exhibited while living in Masan, near Busan. A graduate from Kingston University, Matt received a BA...
A Shot of Soju with Adrien Lee

A Shot of Soju with Adrien Lee

Meet TV and radio host Adrien Lee: perfect charm, perfect hair, and that damn perfect smile. He could easily be the sixth member of Big Bang if he just dyed his hair one of the few colors that the band has not yet been tainted with. (I vote for orange). He is by far the...