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Category Archives: Seoul

Seoul Urbanism on TBS eFM’s Koreascape: the 63 Building

Last week I joined Kurt Achin, host of Koreascape on Seoul’s English-language radio station TBS eFM, for a journey around, through, and all the way up the observation deck of the 63 Building. Known locally as the “gold tooth,” this iconic, gold-glassed skyscraper beside the Han River opened in time for the 1988 Olympics, providing a piece of the background for […]

콜린의 한국 이야기: 옥상에서

우리 아파트는 15층 건물의 6층에 위치하고 있다. 나는 이따금 옥상에 올라가서 동네를 내려다본다. 우연히 옥상에 갈 수 있다는 것을 알게 되었다. 6층을 지나서 계속해서 계단을 올라갔다. 올라가면서 주변은 조용해지고 계단에는 화분에 심는 식물로 만든 작은 정원들도 있었다. 대개는 계단에서 담배를 피우는 사람과 전화통화를 하는 사람들이 몇 명 있지만15층에는 전혀 없는 것 같았다. 옥상에는 주거할 수 […]

Guardian Cities: The Reclaimed Stream Bringing Life to the Heart of Seoul

In September 2005, the new Cheonggyecheon Stream opened in downtown Seoul, looking for all the world like a modern urbanist’s dream come true: not just a pedestrian-only public space bringing water and vegetation into the centre of a dense metropolitan area of 25 million, but one built where a traffic-filled stretch of elevated freeway used […]

Diary: Watching Café Noir (카페 느와르), Marriage Story (결혼 이야기), and the Cinema of Seoul

We hit up a favorite Korean barbecue spot with my cinephile friend Michael, who recently came to Koreatown after five years spent in actual Korea. Naturally, the conversation turned to Korean films we both knew, and big names from the Korean cinema boom of the early 2000s came up: Joint Security Area (110 minutes), Memories of Murder (127 minutes), Oldboy (120 […]

The History of Cities in 50 Buildings: The Sampoong Department Store

Observers tend to describe the rise of South Korea as a miracle, and the actual story makes the word seem only a minor exaggeration. Having emerged an utter wreck from the Korean War in the early 1950s, by the 21st century the country had become a rich, infrastructurally impressive, technologically forward-thinking global economic and cultural […]

Los Angeles Review of Books Podcast: Grace Jung

Colin Marshall talks with novelist, poet, translator, and film producer Grace Jung. She is the author of Deli Ideology, a new novel from Thought Catalog about one young woman’s experience of the Great Recession in New York and Seoul. You can stream the conversation just above, listen to it on the LARB’s site, or download it on iTunes.

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s complete Korea Tour

You can download every individual interview by following the links below: Hyunwoo Sun, founder of the Talk to Me in Korean language-learning podcast empire Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective, a creative agency that provides digital media, marketing, and distribution services to Korean pop music artists Laurence Pritchard, writer, teacher, enthusiast of Korean literature, and […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Opting for Korea with Brother Anthony

Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s Korea Tour is brought to you by Daniel Murphy, David Hayes, and The Polar Intertia Journal, an outlet for artists and researchers documenting the urban condition. In an officetel in Seoul, Colin talks with Brother Anthony of Taizé, one of the most renowned translators of Korean poetry, president of the Royal […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: The Style of the Time with Matt VanVolkenburg

Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s Korea Tour is brought to you by Daniel Murphy, David Hayes, and The Polar Intertia Journal, an outlet for artists and researchers documenting the urban condition. In Seoul’s Sinchon district, Colin talks with Matt VanVolkenburg, author of Gusts of Popular Feeling, a blog on “Korean society, history, urban space, cyberspace, […]

Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Korea Tour: Concrete Utopia with Minsuk Cho

Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s Korea Tour is brought to you by Daniel Murphy, David Hayes, and The Polar Intertia Journal, an outlet for artists and researchers documenting the urban condition. In Seoul’s Itaewon district, Colin talks with architect Minsuk Cho, principal at Mass Studies, designer of the Golden Lion-winning Korean pavilion at the Venice […]