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Category Archives: Seoul

일기: 김종현의 <한번 까불어 보겠습니다>

내가 서울에 처음 왔을 때 인상적인 것들 중 하나는 어느 동네에서도 경험할 수 있는 풍부한 독립 책방 문화였다. 미국 도시들에는 뉴욕의 더 스트랜드나 포틀랜드의 파월즈처럼 아주 좋은 서점들이 있긴 하지만 그 것들은 엄밀히 말하자면 책방이 아니라 대규모 가게들이다. 내가 다니는 서울 책방들의 기능은 책을 파는 것 뿐만 아니라 문화적인 공간을 열기도 한다. 집에서 가장 가까운 […]

Korea Blog: Stuffed Animals, Dust Masks, Pet Food, and Sex Toys, All Side-By-Side in Korea’s “New Shopping Paradigm”

Ask Seoulites in their twenties and thirties where they shop, and much of the time you’ll get an answer along the lines of, “I buy everything online.” The density of every kind of store here in the capital seems exceeded only by the popularity of avoiding stores entirely by buying things online. You can’t argue […]

일기: 오기사의 <그래도 나는 서울이 좋다>

내가 서울에 이사온 후에 제일 먼저 산 책은 오영욱의 <그래도 나는 서울 이 좋다>이었다. 오영욱 자신은 본명으로 건축계에서 일을 하고 오기사라는 필명으로는 책을 쓰고 삽화을 넣는다. 서울에 대한 관심이 이미 많았지만 한국어 독해 실력이 지금보다 훨씬 낮았던 그 당시의 나로서는 그림이 생생하게 그려져 있고 독특하며 글이 짧은 <그래도 나는 서울 이 좋다>같은 책을 살 수 […]

Korea Blog: An Existentialist Seoul Bookstore Owner’s Message to His Countrymen, Goof Off for Once

No matter how much of an effort I make to explore Seoul, every so often something reminds me how much of the city I still haven’t discovered. That goes for the far-flung districts to which I haven’t yet made it as well as out-of-the-way parts of my own neighborhood, the same one I’ve lived in […]

A Wrap-Up: Seoul Urbanism on TBS eFM’s Koreascape

Each month for the past two years I’ve joined Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s English-language radio station TBS eFM, for an exploration of one of Seoul’s urban spaces. With the end of Koreascape this month comes the end of the Seoul urbanism segment, and so we look back at all we’ve covered over the past two years. […]

Sewoon Sangga, the 1960s Megastructure Reborn: Seoul Urbanism on TBS eFM’s Koreascape

Each month I join Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s English-language radio station TBS eFM, for an exploration of one of Seoul’s urban spaces. This month we explore Sewoon Sangga, the concrete megastructure that has survived half a century of change in Seoul and is now the subject of a revitalization effort like no other. Originally commissioned by Seoul mayor […]

Korea Blog: A Traveler’s Video of Seoul Astonishes, while Official Promotion of Korea Embarrasses

A video that recently hit the internet may well turn out to be the year’s most effective piece of Korea-promotion — if not the decade’s most effective — and Korea’s official promoters had nothing at all to do with it. Titled “seoul_wave,” the seven-minute production presents a day in the life of Korea’s capital as hyperkinetically shot […]

Seeing Seoul’s Subway as It Really Is: Seoul Urbanism on TBS eFM’s Koreascape

Each month I join Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s English-language radio station TBS eFM, for an exploration of one of Seoul’s urban spaces. This month we talk to Nikola Medimorec, co creator-with Andy Tebay of Kojects, an English-language site covering all manner of urban developments in Korea, with a focus on transport and public infrastructure. Nikola has recently […]

Cyberpunk Seoul: Seoul Urbanism on TBS eFM’s Koreascape

Each month I join Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s English-language radio station TBS eFM, for an exploration of one of Seoul’s urban spaces. This month we talk about Seoul’s chances of becoming the next great cyberpunk city (subject of my latest piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog), following the likes of the future Los […]

Korea Blog: Could Seoul Be the Next Great Cyberpunk City?

Since the original Blade Runner takes place in an imagined late-2010s Los Angeles, I’d have gotten a kick out of seeing its sequel, which after prolonged speculation finally came out late last year, in the actual late-2010s Los Angeles. But having moved to Korea a few years ago, I settled for a screening here in Seoul. In […]