Entries by Hyoju Jeong


Hot and Happening in Huam-dong

Experience the energy of one of Seoul’s grittier neighborhoods   Extending across a ridge close to the top of Namsan and sloping downwards towards Seoul Station and Sookmyoung Women’s University, Huam-dong is dotted with entertaining nightlife spots within a very much undeveloped area of the city. Anyone tired of the commercial boom coursing through the […]

Timing is Everything

  Luck is on the side of Huam-dong’s BBQ joint, The 100 Food Truck   Sometimes, success is a matter of timing. Good timing can turn a good concept into a smashing success, while poor timing can turn great ideas into unworkable dreams. Seo Chang-baek’s timing has been impeccable. In the past few years he’s […]

Riding the Tide, Walking the Runway

  Korea’s ‘first black model,’ Han Hyun-min adds beauty to Korea in more ways than one   On his Instagram feed, Han Hyun-min’s fierce facial expressions make it easy to forget that the internationally renowned model is only 16 years old. In real life, however, his shy, mischievous smile immediately betrays his youth. Born to […]

Hadong and Gurye

  Countryside charms and nature’s beauty await along the banks of the Seomjingang River   Gazing southeast, the sun rises slowly but surely over the horizon. The Seomjingang River’s pristine waters reflect the morning light and draws the eyes, meandering through the mountain ranges of the Jeollanam-do and Gyeongsangnam-do provinces. Another beautiful day begins in […]


The hillside neighborhood on the southern slope of Namsan Mountain is a layered community   “Huam-dong is a neighborhood with a rich diversity of things in it, in the very heart of Seoul.” Lee Jun-hyeong, an architect with the architectural cooperative Dosi 0gam, sits in Huam Seojae, a shared library and study his organization operates. […]

Old Is New Again

Young entrepreneurs use old buildings to give Seoul new life   “Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction and little else. But lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration, with energy enough to carry over for problems and needs outside themselves.” – Jane Jacobs, […]

Wine Endures

Despite tough times, the city’s top wine bars keep the vino flowing It can be a very sad state of affairs for a wine lover in Seoul. Prices are outrageously high. Particularly if you come from a province (British Columbia) in another country (Canada) where something, somewhere in the process of taxes and markups in […]