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High-strung Tension, Squirm-inducing Dread

Jeong You-jeon’s “The Good Son” might prove true all the hype about Korean crime fiction The latest English translation of a Korean best seller arrives on a wave of hype, stellar reviews and high expectations. Jeong You-jeong’s psychological-crime-horror-thriller “The Good Son” has seen the multi-million selling Korean novelist compared to everyone from Patricia Highsmith to […]


YG’s “It” girl group returns strong and sure after lengthy absence Chances are that you’ve heard a certain song playing in every shop and subway station recently, and no, it isn’t BTS. BLACKPINK has finally had their long-awaited comeback, and they’re back with a vengeance. And rightly so. Many fans had begun to worry that […]

Korea’s Ever-diversifying World of Reality TV

New shows push the boundaries of the reality genre With everything from travel shows set in the jungle to a cooking program that solely focuses on the art of making side dishes, TV shows are constantly thinking outside the box to stand out from the competition. Here are some new shows that are putting fresh […]

A Fantastic Way to Cool Off This Summer

22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival features new animation, genre hits and more There is certainly no shortage of film festivals in Korea, a reflection of the appetite locals have for their cinema. One event that stands out is the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, otherwise known as BIFAN, which focuses on genre cinema. As […]

A Green Escape 장태산과 대둔산

Search for summer healing in the forests and mountains west of Daejeon If the prospect of spending each day hopping between one air conditioned oasis to another sounds monotonous this summer, perhaps a trip outside of the city to greener — and cooler — surroundings is in order. Jangtaesan Recreational Forest and Daedunsan Provincial Park […]