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Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Rushing through 1970 Seoul’s music scene

Korea….what an adventure! In some respects it feels like yesterday, yet in reality it was a lifetime ago. I feel uniquely blessed to have spent the formative years of my childhood in the Land of the Morning Calm. I met life-long friends there, I met my wife Betty there and I got to be a […]

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

An ongoing military spat between Seoul and Tokyo is casting a shadow on bilateral exchanges. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is likely cancel the planned dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer to Busan for a joint maritime exercise in April. Japan planned to deploy the MSDFS Izumo to take part in the ASEAN plus […]

[Seoul] Euljiro’s last stand: Redevelopment rips through historic manufacturing hub

[Seoul] Euljiro’s last stand: Redevelopment rips through historic manufacturing hub

60-year-old Euljiro industrial district being torn down to make way for high-rise apartments For seven weeks, Lee Bae-woong, 75, and his son have been trying to salvage what they could from their 38-year-old hardware store in Euljiro, downtown Seoul. With excavators due in a week, they were running out of time. “The construction company will bury […]

Seoul to build K-pop arena by 2024

Seoul to build K-pop arena by 2024

A K-pop performance hall will be built in northern Seoul by 2024 to attract more foreign tourists, the city government said Wednesday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government unveiled its plan to establish a cultural complex near Changdong Station on subway Line No. 1 in Dobong-gu, the 18,400-seat Seoul Arena as its key project. Construction is scheduled to […]

Women-only taxi service to roll out by year-end

Women-only taxi service to roll out by year-end

New taxi services in Seoul tailored to women will roll out by the end of the year. The service is aimed at transporting women safely and tackling the problem of sexual harassment and assault in taxis. Along with the women-only cab service, call taxis will be offered to prevent taxi drivers from rejecting passengers in the […]

Prostrating monks call for truth in Myanmar worker’s death

Prostrating monks call for truth in Myanmar worker’s death

Several Korean monks displayed a rare religious practice on Monday to demand the government investigate the death of a Myanmar migrant worker two months ago.  The pro-immigration activists performed the three-steps-and-one-prostration-bow practice, starting from Jogyesa in Jongno-gu, Seoul ― the headquarters of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Each monk repeated a cycle of taking […]

Seoul taxis to implement QR code payment systems

Seoul taxis to implement QR code payment systems

The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced Tuesday it will launch a platform which people can use to pay their taxi fares via QR codes. According to the city government, it will establish a standard for the “taxi QR code simple payment” system and implement it in all 71,845 Seoul taxis starting January. The platform utilizes a […]

Euljiro provides window into Seoul’s industrial past

Euljiro provides window into Seoul’s industrial past

  Euljiro industrial supply market, a sprawling web of sheet-roofed shelters nestled within high-rise buildings in downtown Seoul, has seen better days.  “Business is bad. Export orders keep falling because other countries can now manufacture parts on their own,” Jeon Yong-sik, 67, a metal spinning craftsman with 50 years of experience, said at his store […]

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio celebrates two years on air

Seoul Community Radio (SCR), an online radio station operating out of Itaewon dedicated to promoting underground electronic dance music in Korea, celebrates its second anniversary this month. “Any underground music scene needs a few key ingredients to really come together… you need good clubs, obviously, and DJs, but you also need record stores, labels, promoters, and […]

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise announcement Wednesday that he will visit Seoul soon. The announcement came at a joint press conference on day two of his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that also included the signing of a peace deal and a further commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. “I […]

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