Imjin War, part 2 | Fall of Joseon, part 8

Imjin War, part 2 | Fall of Joseon, part 8

Admiral Yi Sun Shin enters the stage with his rival Admiral Gwon Yul. Can Joseon officials suspend their factionalism to defend their kingdom? Well… Korean History Channel (referenced in episode) Media recommendation Samuel Hawley’s Youtube series on the Imjin War...
Dying Alone

Dying Alone

Major changes are happening in Korean culture, population, and lifestyle. With the changes come a growing tragedy: people who die alone and long periods before the bodies are discovered.  Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book...
Imjin War, part 1 | Fall of Joseon, part 7

Imjin War, part 1 | Fall of Joseon, part 7

While Joseon Korea officials bicker and backstab, Japan mounts an epic invasion. See King Seonjo run. Run, Seonjo, run! Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at...
Why Did It Hafta Be Snakes

Why Did It Hafta Be Snakes

Our Zodiac series continues with snakes, their role in folk culture, and the snakes that inhabit Korea. PLUS Joe’s irrational fear of snakes. Media recommendations  Ssssnake (1973) Stanley (1972) Snakes on a Plane Conan the Barbarian  Anaconda (absolute...
Scams: Tourists & Expats

Scams: Tourists & Expats

Con artists and scammers and hustlers, oh my! Korea has its fair share of these bloodsuckers, and many of them target you – expats and tourists! We highlight some of the worst.  Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a...
Ask Us (Almost) Anything

Ask Us (Almost) Anything

Questions from Instagram about Korean food, history, ghosts, and even skin care! We try to answer as many as we can in the only way we know how. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at...
Dragons

Dragons

Happy Year of the Dragon! We explore the powerful, determined creatures of myth found in Korean motifs, dreamlore, and spirituality. They’re also annoying jerks.  Media recommendations (not really too many horror movie dragons) D-War (just kidding; don’t watch...
Immigration Horrors!

Immigration Horrors!

You got a new job. It’s time to renew your visa. You’re applying for permanent residency. It’s hardly ever fun, friendly, or smooth-sailing. We look at some experiences with the most annoying and frightening part of Korea: The Immigration...
K-Horror: Best of 2023

K-Horror: Best of 2023

What did K-horror have on offer in 2023? And how is the domestic film industry doing? Joining us again to discuss all this is film critic and producer Pierce Conran.  Pierce Conran  Tweets by pierceconran South China Morning Post Letterboxd Join our Patreon to...