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Thu, March 30, 2023 | 10:32
[TEMPLE ADVENTURES] Haedong Yonggung Temple prospers on Busan's coast
In Korea, there are three different types of temples that can be organized into groups based upon their age. In the first group, you'll find hundreds of historic temples that were built several centuries ago, if not a millennium or more. Then there is the modern type of temple built within the past 100 years.
Suwon pizzeria hosts Jamaican patty pop-up
Corner Pizzeria in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, is hosting a pop-up event this Saturday, selling Jamaican meat patties made by Mike's Korean Kitchen, a social media culinary project. “I just love cooking and know what it's like to not be able to get the things you crave,” said Mike, the guy behind the pop-up. “This popup is just trying to push my hobby to the limits.”
Korea's aging country music scene and the disappearance of Kimchi Kitty
The Korean Grand Ole Opry performed on most of the over 50 U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) bases spread throughout South Korea from the early 1970s until well into the 1990s. They were a massive hit, playing in the officers'clubs for generals and colonels as well as for senior NCOs, and even in the enlisted clubs for the lonely privates far from home.
Local band Oily Rag flies to Japan
The year of Bovver has come to an end. The British skinhead, known to his friends only as Bovver, a Cockney word for violence, has left the country after a whirlwind year here. He shook up the local underground music scene, helping to energize it as it emerged out of the pandemic while also making plenty of friends and enemies.
Latvian-Korean fusion band improvises music
A performer asks the audience to shout out words. Once selected, the word is used to inspire the musicians on stage, and they launch into a new and unique creation. No two shows will ever be the same for LAproviKO, a Latvian-Korean fusion band whose name stands for “Latvia,” “improvisation” and “Korea.”
St. Patrick's Day celebration returns to Seoul
After four long years, the Irish Association of Korea is resuming its St. Patrick's Day festival this Saturday at D-Cube City by Sindorim Station on Seoul Metro lines 1 and 2.
Foreign residents struggle with Korea's 'impossible' body standards
Having beauty standards is not unique to Korea. Different countries and cultures have their own sets of criteria to determine what is and isn't 'desirable.' But Korean beauty standards border on the absurd. For women, a slim figure, flawlessly pale skin, distinctive jaw and large, double-lidded eyes are examples of the supposedly attractive - yet simultaneously unachievable -...
Take an early summer vacation with indie band Summer Salt
U.S.-based lounge-indie band Summer Salt has been lighting it up with its summery sound since the release of their 2014 debut album, “Driving to Hawaii.” Their lilting guitar sounds have struck a chord with fans who connect with the breezy aesthetic and dreamy lyrics.
Seoul indie-rock band Pop Ents ready to entertain
The Seoul-based alt-rock band Pop Ents took aim at self-help grifters, calling out “inauthentic self-help gurus, political grifters and podcast prophets in popular culture” throughout their first full-length album, “Best Seller,” released last September. They even released a small zine titled “How to Win at Life & Unfuck Yourself.”
Korea's 'K-Iceberg' continues to grow
Even if idol pop isn't your thing, there's no denying that K-pop has found worldwide fame and made a tangible impact on the lives of everyone in Korea. The term K-pop traces back to at least 1999, if not earlier, and that K-prefix has done a lot of heavy lifting in representing the nation and the hopes of the Korean public, economy and government for what it may become.
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