Samcheongdong Street

Samcheongdong Street Where Modern and Traditional artistic sensibilities meet, Cafes and all the vintage shops Direction: Jongno Bus #11 Story of it:  Samcheong-dong is one of the most unique places in Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace (the home of royalty during the Joseon Dynasty) lies to its left and Changdeokgung Palace (a secondary palace during the Joseon…

Poet Yun Dong-ju’s tale goes global in mystery novel

  Poet Yun Dong-ju’s tale goes global in mystery novel   “The Investigation,” a fictional mystery novel, is gaining attention among international readers.  During his visit to London for April’s international book fair, author Lee Jeong-myeong was asked by Goldsboro Books to sell his first 250 first-edition copies with his autograph. The U.K.’s largest specialist in first…

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village  The fascinating Hanok village near by Seoul city center Direction: Jonggak Subway station, Exit #2, 15 mins walk Jongno 3ga Subway station, Exit #6, 10 mins walk  Story of it:  This village, located next to Gyeongbokgung Palace, was a neighborhood for nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. The traditional Korean houses of the…

Der Spiegel highlights K-pop

  Der Spiegel highlights K-pop   The German magazine Der Spiegel has shone its spotlight on K-pop and Korean hip hop and pop culture. In a three-page April 28 article, “Soundtrack eines Wunders,” or “Soundtrack of a miracle,” the magazine reported that stars like Girls’ Generation and PSY are sweeping Asia and that Korea now…