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[Korea Encounters] Hoaxster James 'Swim' takes readers to 'places the RAS dare not go'
On May 4, 1974, the author of The Korea Times' “Scouting the City” column, Alf Racketts, wrote that, “the local spring tour season is in full swing,” and offered a list of upcoming “picnics disguised as cultural tours” that were to take advantage of the pleasant spring weather.
Camarata Music turns to donations to survive pandemic
After Camarata Music has given so much to the local community, now it needs community support to continue its existence and survive the pandemic. The nonprofit music organization, which operates several music groups including choirs, musical theater and a chamber orchestra, has been hit hard by the pandemic, so Jamie Wheatley launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to he...
[Holiday in North Korea] Aboard North Korea's captured US ship, the USS Pueblo
It's hard for younger people to relate to, but the 1968 USS Pueblo incident is still an open wound to many who can remember the tense incident over 50 years ago. North Korea captured the U.S. ship - either in its own waters or international waters, depending on which side you believe - and held 83 crewmen hostage for almost a year, until the U.S. signed a document that was cr...
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Korean, US punk bands team up for split album
Live music venues are closed these days, some until the pandemic ends and some permanently, but punk bands here and in other countries are still making good use of their time. The members of Korean pop-punk band WinningShot haven't let the cancellations get them down.
GIs in the Land of the Morning Calm
I think of myself as the Forrest Gump of Korea. During five tours, starting in 1968 and ending in 1986, I stumbled into such a vast array of experiences that it provided me, I believe, with a unique view of not only the secretive and insular life of the 8th United States Army but more importantly an insight into how we lowly enlisted G.I.s interacted with ― and often clashed ...
Century-old mansion Dilkusha turned into museum
Seoul's newest museum is perched up on the hillside above Sajik Tunnel and flanked by a massive ginkgo tree in a two-story brick building known as Dilkusha. Built in 1923 by the American goldminer, businessman and journalist Albert Taylor for his wife Mary, the couple lived in the house until 1942 when they - along with most of the Westerners living in Korea - were deported b...
[Korea Encounters] Korea enters 'highway age' 50 years ago
In 1968, Korea entered a new era by building something that both reflected and would contribute to its growing economy: expressways.Construction on a freeway connecting Incheon to Seoul began in March 1967, but the great goal of President Park Chung-hee was to build an expressway connecting Seoul and Busan. Once completed, it would shorten what was then a 12-hour drive to a m...
Artist reveals fading urban texture of Seoul's Jangwi-dong
When artist Jooyoung Lee started studying Jangwi-dong, a seemingly innocuous neighborhood in northeastern Seoul, she had no idea that its name would soon receive national attention. The site of several urban redevelopment projects in various stages of completion, it is also home to the Sarang Jeil Church, a controversial conservative church that was blamed for the second wave...
[Holiday in North Korea] Touring both sides of Korea's DMZ
“What's it like visiting the DMZ from the other side?” she asked me. I felt uncomfortable talking to my North Korean DMZ guide about my travels in the other Korea, a place she can probably never hope to visit. But it was a fair question, so I answered honestly, having visited the DMZ from both sides.