Events This Weekend in Seoul: February 13 — 16

FRIDAY Busan Band Bonanza 1 & 2 This Friday and Saturday local alt-rockers Table People and Les Sales will host three Korean bands from Busan. Genius, Say Sue Me and 3volt are the toast of the town down south but rarely make it up to Seoul. Make sure you get...
7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

7 Sweet Spots in Sangsu

You might enjoy the lively nightlife of Hongdae, but the chain restaurants, neon lights and clusters of students can be overwhelming at times. Yet just a ten-minute walk to the outskirts of the ever-popular area you can find Sangsu, a trendy spot catering to the alternative Seoul crowd and a...
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...
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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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...
2nd Korea Style Week 2013: Aug 8 to 11, 2013 at COEX, Seoul

2nd Korea Style Week 2013: Aug 8 to 11, 2013 at COEX, Seoul

Korea Style Week (KSW) is a biannual affair with a focus on clothing and accessories, promoting a varied range of Korean fashion — from street clothing fads to eminent designer brands. Korea Style Week Korean fashion has been receiving a lot of attention recently with the rise of the Hallyu Wave, the name given to the...
Events in Seoul This Week: July 25 - 31

Events in Seoul This Week: July 25 – 31

With summer holiday season beckoning and the end of the monsoon season in sight, there’s reason to be happy. And what better way to celebrate than to go to some ruddy good events? Take a look at what’s in store. ONGOING ALPHONSE MUCHA EXHIBIT @ Seoul Art Center Not only is the Seoul Arts Center...
6 Gripping Films from PiFan 2013 Worth Watching

6 Gripping Films from PiFan 2013 Worth Watching

This year’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), in its 17th year, served up an eclectic mix of new and classic films by auteurs from varied nationalities and walks of life. Featured film series like “Urban Cult: Dark Side of the City” and “The Catcher in Korean Film: KAFA in 30 Years” confronted the audience...
Color Me Rad Korea 2013

Color Me Rad Korea 2013

Color Me Rad runners warming up to Zumba outside Jamsil Olympic Stadium. Parts of Seoul were literally covered in color on Saturday, July 20, 2013, thanks to the Color Me Rad 5K held at Jamsil Sports Complex. The rain took a break long enough to allow a beautiful, hot morning to host and toast participants. Thousands...
Events in Seoul This Week: July 18 - July 25

Events in Seoul This Week: July 18 – July 25

As the salty cocktail of perspiration, rainwater and humidity seemingly seeps ever deeper into every conceivable aspect of our physical lives, here at Chincha we take solace in the array of events available to augment your weekend and, at least in spirit, we remain unsodden. Also, next week we will be announcing the date of...
Cakeshop Vamps It Up With First Gay Clubnight 'v.o.g.u.e'

Cakeshop Vamps It Up With First Gay Clubnight ‘v.o.g.u.e’

This Friday welcomes the launch of ‘v.o.g.u.e’ a brand new, monthly club night for Seoul’s Gay and Lesbian crowd – and all those who love them. Taking place at Cakeshop Seoul, one of Seoul’s leading underground the fundamental idea behind the party is relatively simple, claims organiser Seb Rousset. ‘We wanted to give Seoul’s LGBT...
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...