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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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...
Boys Noize in Seoul 2013

Boys Noize in Seoul 2013

Earlybird tickets for electro/ techno party popper Boys Noize in Seoul may be over, but you can still buy discounted tickets through us, saving a chunk off the 50,000 won door price. Score. Message us on  and we’ll tell you what the deal is. Friday July 19 is the deadline for cheaper entry. Get on...
Seoul's Secret Garden

Seoul’s Secret Garden

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 of neglect....
July Events in Seoul: 4 - 11

July Events in Seoul: 4 – 11

ONGOING Zero Per Zero Exhibit Arts venue Sangsang Madang in Hongdae is hosting an exhibit on its first floor by ace design studio Zero Per Zero, who largely design artistic subway maps with a twist, from this week. The exhibit, named Ready to Go, ends on July 22. The House of Human Being-Proxemics Busan One...
Find Your Rap Name and Win Tix to Shabazz Palaces in Seoul

Find Your Rap Name and Win Tix to Shabazz Palaces in Seoul

Shabazz Palaces are hitting eclectic Sinsa venue Club Keu Keu this Thursday night (that’s 4th of July for all you ‘Mericans out there) and we have 4 pairs of tickets to give away. The alt hip hop group are currently on their Asian tour and will be playing tracks like the stomper “Swerve” to the...
Chincha Chats to Tengger

Chincha Chats to Tengger

Electronic music band Tengger [formerly (((10)))] launch their new EP “Electric Earth Creation” Friday July 5th at 9 p.m at Mudaeruk (The Lost Continent of Mu), Seoul. They talk about living on Jeju island, the sound of streets and markets, annoying their neighbours, and playing gigs in restaurants. Chincha: Tell us about the launch? Is this a new...
Before I Die _______

Before I Die _______

Community artist Candy Chang lost a loved one and was inspired to think about capturing life’s moments. With the help of her friends, she covered an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighbourhood with chalkboard paint and left the start of a sentence, “Before I die I want to ______” By the next morning, the...
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,...