Review: Mogwai + Daughter Live in Seoul

Review: Mogwai + Daughter Live in Seoul

Daughter struck a beleaguered note in Uniqlo Ax Hall’s dark amphitheatre on Sunday as the ambient UK rockers launched into an enjoyably fuzzy set. Elena Tonra’s voice seems learned from the reading of dusty books in an attic lit only in small part by one window. It’s the ideal match for...
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...
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

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. Entry is 15,000 won.  Ongoing through March...
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Cheese, Chorizo and The Killer Drones

Cheese, Chorizo and The Killer Drones

The Killer Drones, “a raucous, psychedelic, garage rock band founded in 2012 in Seoul, South Korea” are releasing an album this weekend, accompanied by a celebratory show at Club DGBG; one of the best rock venues in Hongdae, FYI.  Bored of interviews focused on music inspirations and bands’ future plans, Grey Watson, frontman of the The Killer...
7 Reasons to See The Wizard of Oz in Seoul

7 Reasons to See The Wizard of Oz in Seoul

The Camarata Music Company’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” opened last weekend at the Seoul Center for Culture and Tourism in Myeongdong and will run through June 23rd. The hardworking casts (there are two full casts that alternate performances) are made up almost entirely of expats with solid backgrounds in music and performing. Indulge...
TWDY Destroys Seoul

TWDY Destroys Seoul

The sensation of seeing This Will Destroy You live is something akin to having your ears pleasantly mauled by a musically gifted grizzly bear with a penchant for showmanship. From the start the band adeptly demonstrated that having no vocals in your music in no way means you can’t have a frontman. Looming at centre-stage,...
WIN: VIP TIX 2 ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

WIN: VIP TIX 2 ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: thanks to the Silk/Juice DJs and Itaewon bar Cargo we just got our hands on two sold out VIP tickets to the Saturday 15th of June (day two) of UMF Korea this weekend, worth 200,000 won each.  Enter our giveaway to catch Carl Cox, Avicii, Kaskade, and a ton of other world-class...

A Slice of Rural Life in the Middle of Seoul. Welcome to Marche@

It’s likely that many expats living in the middle of Seoul miss going to farmers’ markets just like the ones at home; walking through various food stalls and having a chitchat with sellers and buyers on a lazy Sunday. I was one of them, too. Until I found Marche@. This Korean version of the farmer’s...
In Pictures: Korea Queer Festival

In Pictures: Korea Queer Festival

Korea’s version of Gay pride, the Korea Queer Festival, fell on Saturday the 1st of June this year. The 14th consecutive event received problems with funding this year and only managed to go ahead due to financial donations from a few individuals. Even with these setbacks, and the well-known culture of homophobia in Korea, people...
Competition: Amnesty International x A.F.M Fashion Goodies

Competition: Amnesty International x A.F.M Fashion Goodies

Homegrown fashion company A.F.M have created a capsule collection for Amnesty International, in line with the “All In” campaign to raise awareness of the worldwide charity. The campaign collaboration party will take place this Saturday June 8 at Platoon Kunsthalle in Gangnam with a live painting exhibition from esteemed street artist Frenemy, music performances from...
June Events in Seoul: 20th - 27th

June Events in Seoul: 20th – 27th

We’re coming up to the end of June and monsoon season is coming soon. Capture some sunny summer memoriez by exploring somewhere new, like Yangsu-ri, a beautiful spot close to Seoul.  ONGOING The Wizard of Oz in Seoul The Wizard of Oz, a musical in English with Korean subtitles, kicked off at Myeongdong M Plaza from...