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[RAS Korea] Korea travels with my pre-teen son in 1989
My son was born in Seoul. We moved to the U.S. when he was a few months old, so his first time to get to know Korea firsthand was the summer of his 11th birthday, in 1989. (We deliberately avoided the crowds of the 1988 Olympics). He was young enough to travel at a discount but old enough to understand and appreciate the experience. By then, he was a seasoned traveler; I'd dr...
Artist presents puzzles for Korea-based audience
For Kevin Nickolai, puzzles are one of the basic needs of life. “Solving puzzles is my oxygen,” he told The Korea Times. “I have happy little fireworks shoot off in my brain when I complete them. I'm a gamer through and through. And I'm always on the hunt for new fun games to play. I think we all are.”
Stand-up comedians throw farewell show
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented difficulties for a lot of people. For stand-up comedian Rowan Crabtree and musical comedy artist Ricky O.I., it has been no different. Both have been teaching English in Korea for a number of years, while working hard on the side to develop their careers in what they love most: comedy.
Punk bands foray into burgeoning hipster enclave
After almost three decades, Korea's punk scene remains inextricably linked with the area near Hongik University, known as Hongdae - but that's despite many attempts to escape and disperse or relocate scene activities. “Hongdae is going through a personality crisis and has been for a while,” Mathew Nolan, guitarist of the punk band 18 Fevers, told The Korea Times. “The pandemi...
South Korean robot debuts on 'BattleBots'
While everyone's distracted with the Olympics in China, Hwang Cheog-gyu shipped his 113.40-kilogram killer robot to Las Vegas, and led Team ORBY, the first-ever South Korean team to compete in “BattleBots,” a long-running robot combat TV series held in the U.S. with competitors from all around the world.
Songdo: The story and the history of a dream
It was right after I arrived in Korea more than two decades ago that I heard of a revolutionary new project started by the federal government in 2001. Although the idea was officially launched in 1979 and the detailed urban plan was drawn up in 1986 under the name of Songdo Informatization New Town, the actual reclamation work only began in 1994.
'Women Rock' show in HBC celebrates, supports women
Women from all kinds of walks of life will come together at The Studio HBC this Saturday, in a benefit show raising funds for single mothers. The show includes local indie bands like Billy Carter, TalkBats!, Beacon, Kontrajelly and Daddy O Radio, as well as burlesque, belly dance and drag performances, resulting in a unique and kaleidoscopic celebration of women.
Tiger's significance in Korean Buddhism
The Lunar New Year is upon us, and for 2022 ― and according to the Chinese zodiac ― it's the Year of the Tiger. In Korea, the tiger is a symbol of bravery and fearlessness, and has numerous symbolic and foundational meanings in Korean Buddhism, too.
[Cityscapes] Peeling back Banpo's layers
Many readers reacted to my previous article, on Korea's ugly apartment complex names, by pointing out that the apartment buildings themselves tend to be a blight on the landscape. They're not wrong, but this point is more of a conversation starter than a real hot take. And so I've been paying more attention to the south side of the river hoping to find beauty in the dull, rep...
Gwangju-based Irish singer-songwriter goes 'Burgundy' in debut album
Working under the moniker “sanchez.” since 2020, the Gwangju-based singer-songwriter has been releasing music in mostly the vein of indie folk, releasing standalones his first year then moving into more serious territory with a debut EP last year. With the release of “Knock Them Down” on Jan. 5 along with the follow-up single “Bethlehem” out today, the artist has announced “B...