The Dark Side of Seoul Podcast

Korean true crime, dark history, ghost tales, folklore, serial killers, and more.

You are about to discover why Korea has the spookiest stories and darkest history.
The Dark Side of Seoul Podcast

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Shawn & Joe

Joe & Shawn


Folklorist Shawn and history buff Joe delve into Korea’s gruesome stories of massacres, betrayals, and blood. It’s like “Game of Thrones” in Asia. We share our passion for Korea and its struggles throughout time. If you enjoy shows like “Kingdom,” this is the podcast for you. Even if you know nothing about Korea, its history will become your new addiction.

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  • Stories of the Gods
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  • Creepy Stories for Summer Chills
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  • Urban Exploring with Ryan Berkebile
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  • Gender Issues in Modern Korea
    Two young Korean guests join us to debate what modern women and men feel about today’s climate and how to come to the table.
  • Is Child Abuse Normalized?
    Child abuse has made Korean headlines this past year. Korean scholars claim that there are aspects of traditional culture that have normalized it.
  • Itaewon History 2: Rise, Fall, & Murders
    Two mysterious unrelated murders happened in Itaewon in 1997 and 2001. One was famous. The other was forgotten. Part two of our History of Itaewon covers Itaewon’s rise as a trendy hotspot, its rapid demise, and its future.
  • Why Is Itaewon?
    Why has Itaewon historically been the village of foreigners? Why was the U.S. military base positioned … Read more
  • Five Reasons You Believe in Ghosts (And You Know You Do)
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  • Don’t Do Drugs in Korea, Mmmkayy?
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  • Korean Horror TV | Guest: Pierce Conran (K-Drama Critic)
    South Korea huddled every Sunday night from the ‘70s to late ‘80s to watch the horror series “Hometown Legends” (Jeonseolui Gohyang 전설의고향). Now Korean horror TV is experiencing a resurgence. What makes Korean horror TV unique? How does it differ from horror film? 
  • The Dark Sides of Popular Tourist Sites
    Ghost stories, sex scandals, massacres, and intrigue from the airport city of Incheon to the trendy alleys of Ikseon-dong. There’s a dark story behind these places that the tourism organizations don’t want you to know about.