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…

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,…

Holland Is Not Afraid

The first openly gay K-pop idol stages a strong return

BLACKPINK is Back

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,…

Are Idol-Making Reality Shows An Exploitive Bust?

“Mix Nine” cancellation reveals contracts mean nothing Last month, YG Entertainment released an official statement apologizing for the cancellation of the debut of the final group from JTBC’s “Mix Nine.” The reality show, much like…
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For Jonghyun

Fans create and curate a memorial for late Shinee frontman
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The Problem With Korean Music Award Shows

No, you shouldn’t get a trophy for showing up
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The Best K-pop Albums of 2017

Your votes, our thoughts and what was listened to this year
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Sasaengs Stalking Seoul

Obsessive fans stalk the idols they follow
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The Retro Repackage

2017’s K-pop trends aim for the past
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The (Re?)Rise of the Idol Band

Guitar-playing idols aim to go mainstream