Beauty and the East: Discovering Ansan

Beauty and the East: Discovering Ansan

The words “Seoul” and “beautiful” aren’t commonly associated with one another. “Fast-paced”, “hazy” or “exciting” are some of the more usual buzzwords batted around when describing the giant, urban metropolis. Yet when I finally moved to Seoul, after two years in nearby Suwon, I’m sure I managed to move to...
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Mogwai and Daughter Live in Seoul

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Mogwai and Daughter Live in Seoul

Scottish instrumental rockers Mogwai and dreamy English band Daughter are hitting Seoul this Sunday, and we have two pairs of tickets to give away. You know the drill by now: Head to Facebook, like Chincha, share this post on Facebook and then comment below to let us know you’ve done it. ...
Help Fund L VE M TEL

Help Fund L VE M TEL

L VE M TEL is the name of a single-issue art publication, a “tribute of sorts” to Korea that will be printed and bound locally. The magazine’s editors — who, along with its contributors, are some of the most talented people I know in this country — plan to bring...
DEAR. Magazine

DEAR. Magazine

DEAR magazine began as a call for attention to independent fashion labels where the owners actually hold needles and thread in their hands. In a metropolitan capital brimming with citizens of all ages exhibiting the latest overpriced designer attire — or lookalikes — the stories behind products are often forgotten, and...
Urban Exploration: An Abandoned Amusement Park in Seoul

Urban Exploration: An Abandoned Amusement Park in Seoul

On a brisk Sunday morning I set out to explore an abandoned amusement park I’d been meaning to visit for months. Yongma-land, which closed down recently, is situated on the eastern mountainside of Seoul, near Mangu Station on the Jungang line. Amid a small neighbourhood, the dilapidated funfair’s large, castle-shaped...
Seoul Events in 2014

Seoul Events in 2014

Head here for this weekend’s events. JANUARY Ongoing through Tuesday March 4: Annie Leibowitz — A Photographer’s Life  Celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz’s work, including the iconic image of Leonardo DiCaprio as seen above, is currently on display in a special exhibition at Seoul Art Center’s Hanagram Art Museum in southern Seoul....
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The Ch'eat Sheet: 5 Good Eats at a Mailbox Near You

The Ch’eat Sheet: 5 Good Eats at a Mailbox Near You

Introducing The Ch’eat Sheet, a Chincha column devoted to savoring food and drink in the Seoul area. The Ch’eat Sheet is written for foodies or hungry people eating out or hoping to make something of their apartment kitchens. What’s a good concert without a good meal, glass of wine, or bowl of patbingsu beforehand, anyway?...
Global Seoul, Global Lives

Global Seoul, Global Lives

Global Lives will soon launch a 24-hour-long film following a day in the life of a Seoul odd-job man, as part of a worldwide project aiming to bring a wider cultural understanding to its viewers. Chincha speaks to Sam J. Queen, director of the locally-shot documentary, as he talks projects, goals and some rather interesting...
A Citybreak in Seoul: Day Two

A Citybreak in Seoul: Day Two

This is a review of day two of Citybreak, the new midsummer rock festival in Seoul. Click the link for a review of day one. The heat only intensified on day two, which added to the fury of the first band to grace the Super Stage, Apollo 18. Their invigorating thrash metal and grizzly vocals...
A Citybreak in Seoul: Day One

A Citybreak in Seoul: Day One

A tall purple sky and a coliseum of heat-warped white brick stretched ahead of me at the entrance to the Hyundai Card Citybreak festival. The number of people outside belied the soon-to-swell mass that heaved in Jamsil’s Sports Complex for the two-day rockathon. Don’t sweat if you missed it — because you certainly would have...
Events in Seoul This Weekend: August 22 - August 26

Events in Seoul This Weekend: August 22 – August 26

Thanks to the 350+ people who came to Future Shorts last weekend! We’ve been busy working on FS and a bunch of other projects lately, hence Chincha being so quiet lately, but normal service will resume ASAP. Check our Facebook page for more events; some awesome readers pitched in with extras.  ALL WEEKEND GUSTO TACO...
Events in Seoul this Weekend: August 15-18

Events in Seoul this Weekend: August 15-18

Maybe you are one of the many lucky souls who has a day off today. Perfect day to…sit inside with artificial air wafting onto you. Well, it’s a good excuse to get a headstart on weekend plans if you’re camping out in your AC. And we’ve got ‘em served up like an icy bowl of...
Events in Seoul This Week: 9 - 15 August

Events in Seoul This Week: 9 – 15 August

As the gushing, briny fountain you call your lower back continues to turn things up to 11, around rolls another weekend and with it an appealing bundle of ways in which you can distract yourself from the fact that your body is leaking perspiration at a socially unacceptable rate. Furthermore, the Summer Season of Future...
Chincha Presents: Summer 2013 Future Shorts Pop-up Film Festival

Chincha Presents: Summer 2013 Future Shorts Pop-up Film Festival

So summer is here in monsoon-soaked Seoul, bringing with it flashes of lightning bolts and thunderous rapture. But not to worry. The sunshine will be back permanently soon, and if it doesn’t return we’ll be celebrating summer anyway on Platoon Kunsthalle’s fake grassy floor, while watching the newest selection of films pop-up festival Future Shorts...