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In Pictures: Dongpirang Art Village, South Gyeongsang

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 emblazoned it’s streets with pretty...
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 when I admitted I’d never...
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...
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...
The Ch'eat Sheet: 7 Korean Dishes You (Maybe) Haven't Tried, But Should

The Ch’eat Sheet: 7 Korean Dishes You (Maybe) Haven’t Tried, But Should

For a small peninsular nation, Korea’s cuisine is exceedingly diverse. This list is not dedicated to the super-obscure daring street foods, nor the stuff of Korean food 101, but to tasty traditional dishes that skate just under the regular radar. One in Korea cannot live on galbi and kimbab alone. A common thread among these...
On Seoul's Guryong Slum and Pushing Poverty Under the Carpet

On Seoul’s Guryong Slum and Pushing Poverty Under the Carpet

After the 1960s, a rapid increase in Seoul’s urban population led to inflated prices and a shortage of affordable housing in the city. A large number of slum settlements developed and in 1988 Guryong panjachon (a wooden board house) was created by residents who had been pushed out of their inner-city slums by the government...
Seoul's Secret Garden

Seoul’s Secret Garden

[portfolio_slideshow id=18109] I first visited Changdeokgung Palace on a blustery day in the fall when the afternoon light was harsh and slanted and leaves covered the ground. They filled the curved roofs of pagodas in fluffy piles and littered the surface of lotus ponds in such a way that suggested the grounds had suffered years...
Breaking Into a Haunted Mental Hospital in Korea

Breaking Into a Haunted Mental Hospital in Korea

Tucked away in the grey and green of the the small city of Gwangju lies a place known as one of the creepiest in the world: Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital. The building was left abandoned nearly 20 years ago and has since been closed to the public. However, thanks to its intriguing backstory and sinister aesthetics,...