Outside Seoul
Mudfest 2012

Mudfest 2012

The 15th annual Boryeong Mud Festival started on the weekend – not that you needed us to tell you that. We were there, of course, snapping some smartphone photos while rolling around in the muck. Thanks to all the readers who sent in their photos to add to the collection: you’re awesome. Without further ado,...
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Giveaway

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Giveaway

The end of this month welcomes the aptly titled Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. We at Chincha have SIX PAIRS of tickets to give away before then for a screening of your choice. The festival consists of six sections, including the intriguingly named ‘Forbidden Zone’, which shows a variety of films designed to shock. Many...
The House of Sharing & Korea’s Comfort Women

The House of Sharing & Korea’s Comfort Women

At this time a year ago, I was in the midst of coping with the end of my schooling years, the impending doom of adulthood creeping up on me as I hurriedly prepared for my upcoming year in South Korea. I knew very little about Korea, especially the recent history of this peninsula and its...
In Pictures: Busan

In Pictures: Busan

These are pictures of Busan in the winter, when it’s not so warm and sunny. We went to Haeundae beach, Busan Aquarium and to Yonggungsa temple on the coast – which looked beautiful despite the rainclouds. [portfolio_slideshow] To get to Busan you can take the KTX or get the free shuttle bus for foreigners. Pictures...

Jimjilbang Joy

I’ve been here for 4 months now, and realize that Koreans are especially skilled at several very important things. Incorporating chilli paste into just about every dish, impeccable study skills, technological innovation, advertising plastic surgery…the list goes on. Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of discovering yet another Korean practice; the jimjibang. The Korean...
New Year Sunrise Festivals in Korea

New Year Sunrise Festivals in Korea

Instead of drinking away your mistakes of 2012, or doling out ₩60,000 at a club in Gangnam, hop on a bus and head to the coast for one of Korea’s many Sunrise Festivals. Taking place at beaches all along the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula, Sunrise Festivals have become immensely popular for...

Skiing at Yongpyong Resort

The homogeneity of South Korea is a topic under constant discussion amongst foreigners and natives alike, as Korea is one of the most racially homogenous countries in the world. As waygookin, we feel the effects of this statistic day in and day out, at work, on the subway, in the grocery store, or on our...
Bang(ing?) Culture ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

Bang(ing?) Culture ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

This is exactly as it sounds, prepare yourself for videos and pictures… Just kidding. In Korea there is this thing called a ‘bang’, and it still makes me giggle every time I think about it, like the English high schooler I am on the inside. 방 = Bang. It means ‘room’ in Korean, and there...