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Linda Lindas offer living-room performance for Pentaport
When Pentaport Rock Festival started in 2006, three of the four members of one of its most-anticipated bands for this year weren't even born yet. The Linda Lindas won't be coming to Korea for this year's Pentaport, which is being held with a mix of live, in-person events and online streaming. The four-member punk band, whose members range in age from 11 to 17, taped a live pe...
Busan Int'l Rock Festival flies to Cosmo's Midnight's room
It's been a little less than two years since international bands stopped touring here, but it feels like it's been longer. So some upcoming festivals are inviting overseas music acts to participate through online performances.
[Holiday in North Korea] Michael Spavor finally freed from China
I started this column in early 2019 in response to Michael Spavor being taken hostage by China in retaliation to Canada's house arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the “two Michaels” held prisoner, “our Michael,” as we sometimes called him, is a former resident of South Korea who moved to China where he could operate various cultural exchanges with North Korea. Ch...
Children's entertainers release 'Fairy Tale Box' online storytelling series
For children in need of entertainment, Jam Box Theatre is releasing a series of short, online storytelling performances. The first video of the “Fairy Tale Box” series was a bilingual rendition of the classic story, “The Three Little Pigs,” released by Jam Box Theatre on Sept. 4.
[Temple Adventures] Tongdo Temple: Home to the Buddha's partial remains
Oftentimes, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to look back at your past and point to the moment you fell in love with someone or something. I first fell in love with Korean Buddhist temples back in the fall of 2003.
[RAS Korea] Self-guided audio tours to escape pandemic restrictions on tourism
With the summer heat beginning to fade but social distancing still in place, there is no better time to enjoy a new walking tour with Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) Korea. RAS Korea's first-ever downloadable MP3-based audio tour is just the ticket for a pleasant early evening walk or a lunch-time break in downtown Seoul.
Gwangju's First Alleyway diner shuts down after 12 years
The First Alleyway, a cornerstone of Gwangju's foreign national community and foodie scene, is closing its doors after 12 years. “The main reason is burnout,” owner Tim Whitman told The Korea Times. “My cook and I have been going very hard at it for so many years - my cook is burnt out too. And the pandemic has just made it so much harder; 18 months feels like five years. And...
Art collective Crazy Multiply holds online exhibition in virtual environment
The high numbers of daily new COVID-19 infections and corresponding social distancing measures have made it difficult for artists and art lovers to gather in galleries. So, Crazy Multiply, a nomadic Seoul-based curatorial collective that promotes Korean and international artists, held its latest exhibition, dotGIF, online in a 3D virtual environment showcasing the works of 27...
Cultural tourism scholar offers lectures on Korea's spiritual heritage
When David A. Mason first came to Korea almost 40 years ago, he had two main fascinations, craggy mountains and East Asian philosophies, both of which he found in abundance here. “I was mainly interested in China and had never heard of Korea, but upon visiting Korea I found so much of East Asian spiritual traditions flourishing in the gorges of very beautiful and accessible m...
[Korea Encounters] Opening of 'Tomorrow' go-go club in 1971
In the spring of 1970, a new kind of night spot began to develop in Seoul - the go-go club, where rock bands played on stages overlooking a dance floor. As this kind of club became popular with well-heeled young people, more and more started to appear, particularly in hotel basements. The newly rebuilt Chosun Hotel decided to take advantage of this trend and in early 1971 ope...
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