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Korea's 'K-Iceberg' continues to grow
Even if idol pop isn't your thing, there's no denying that K-pop has found worldwide fame and made a tangible impact on the lives of everyone in Korea. The term K-pop traces back to at least 1999, if not earlier, and that K-prefix has done a lot of heavy lifting in representing the nation and the hopes of the Korean public, economy and government for what it may become.
Bulgasari celebrates 20 years of experimental music in Seoul
It's been almost 20 years since the monster that is Bulgasari rose from the muck of the gentrifying neighborhood around Hongik University. Movie fans may be thinking about the 1985 North Korean film directed by the abducted Shin Sang-ok, or even the earlier 1962 film of the same name, but this Bulgasari is an entirely different beast.
[Interview] No rest for Chloe Flower, 'piano goddess'
On a winter afternoon, Korean American pianist, composer, producer and activist Chloe Flower arrives punctually at the Beaux-Arts Battery Maritime Building vaulted over Manhattan's East River. Cocooned in a black down puffer cloak, she seems no less potent than when unfurled at a piano in 3D couture with her hair volumized to its fullest extent.
Navigating the minefield of dating in Korea
Exasperation comes in tow with dating regardless of where you are in the world but, if all goes well, it can lead to a meaningful and long-lasting relationship. Unfortunately, there is also a lot that can go wrong. Dating in Korea is no exception.
Tiger endures 3 years of solitary confinement in closed zoo
Visitors to Tongdo Temple in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, might notice the closed amusement park, zoo, waterpark and hotel across the street from the temple parking lot. But they could never guess that an adult Bengal tiger is living all alone in there.
Chainsaw Fest set to rip apart Club SHARP
It's a busy weekend in a busy month for those in Korea's overworked, underappreciated live music scene. But among all the shows happening this weekend, Chainsaw Fest at Club SHARP is worth taking a close look at. The show features 10 punk, hardcore, metal and ska bands from Korea as well as Japan. Upstairs, SHARP Ink will be hosting a tattoo flash day and flea market.
[RAS Korea] Poring through RAS Korea's 'lost books'
Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) Korea member Ryan Berkebile, a longtime urban explorer studying for a master's degree in digital humanities, is interning at the RAS office in Seoul. While RAS Korea has been working on digitalizing archival documents, books and monographs, journals, photographic images and so forth, Berkebile is helping RAS Korea set up platforms where the informa...
Holy Moly concert series brings 4 punk bands to Haebangchon
What's so holy about Holy Moly? Jamie Finn, organizer of the Holy Moly monthly concert series, admitted he was stumped when an online commenter confronted him with the question. “Well, one of the singers at our next show is called Christmas. That's pretty holy,” he told The Korea Times several days later.
Itaewon music fest brings love to the healing process
How should we act when faced with tragedy? It's a question that has no right answer. For some, the only acceptable way to conduct oneself when dealing with loss is with a quiet, solemn demeanor. They believe this is the only way to show respect for those affected by the tragedy.
Center offers free STI testing to foreign residents of Korea
Up past Itaewon's colorfully named Hooker Hill and Homo Hill, medical professionals showed up in an innocuous clinic space, located above a pizzeria and a transgender bar, for one day a week to collect medical samples from anyone who showed up. The anonymous patients getting tested for sexually transmitted infections received the test results by text message a few days later.
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