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[KOREA ENCOUNTERS] US Embassy evacuates Seoul in June 1950
The founding of the Republic of Korea in August 1948 brought the U.S. occupation of southern Korea to an end. As U.S. military administrators left, the new State Department-run American Mission in Korea (AMIK) was organized.
[LIFE'S OLLE TRAILS 4] Going full white lady in the woods
All right, we started this series with a secret. Do you want to know another? Initially, I wasn't going to write this editorial. The premise seemed too…“Eat, Pray, Love on Jeju Island.” And unlike Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame, I wouldn't receive a $200,000 book advance to finance my spiritual awakening.
More European trips for Korean stars
If national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to keep tabs on all of his players in the South Korean national team in the coming weeks and months, then the German is going to have to spend more time in Europe. He won't mind that especially as more of his stars are making the move.
Korean hardcore punk band the Geeks reunites
This newspaper has published a high amount of articles about Korea's underground music scene, and it may seem frivolous to many readers. Some of the articles maybe are. But the return of the Geeks, Korea's first youth-crew hardcore band and the first in the local music scene to tour internationally should be a big deal.
Seoul Culture Club to offer performing arts in 8 languages
A performing arts festival, titled Seoul Culture Club, is coming to downtown Seoul, featuring short performances by artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and languages who currently live in Korea.
Haebangchon, Seoul's most diverse neighborhood, faces uncertain future
Once the sun goes down and city lights start to go on, it becomes apparent how few lights are on behind the windows of apartments lining Sinheung-ro, the main road running through central Seoul's Haebangchon (HBC) neighborhood. Gentrification is hitting this area, and many of its residents are worried.
[LIFE'S OLLE TRAILS 3] Carrying a grandma through Yaksu Station
I was very hesitant to publish this anecdote, because I don't want to seem like a self-aggrandizing clown. But without context, it's difficult to understand what, exactly, the Olle Trail can help us rediscover.
[KOREA ENCOUNTERS] Blaming victims of 1974 go-go club fire
On Aug. 5, 1972, a fire swept through the Daewang Corner building near northeastern Seoul's Cheongnyangni Station, killing six people and injuring over 80 more. The eight-story building housed “a department store, several restaurants, a bank branch, offices, apartments, a hotel, a private educational institute and a theater,” so when the fire broke out on the first floor, som...
French, Kiwi rugby champs to visit Seoul for charity dinner
The Seoul Charity Rugby Dinner is back in time for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The charity event, held once every four years, lands on June 16, a few months ahead of this year's hotly contested rugby tournament, which takes place in France from Sept. 8 to Oct. 28.
Octopoulpe returns to Korea's shores
After years of wandering the earth, the hideous beast known as Octopoulpe returns to the shores of Korea, the land where it was conceived. Octopoulpe is the creation of JP, a Frenchman who lived in Korea for several years in the 2010s. He created the one-man band Octopoulpe playing music like math rock and hardcore punk.
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