Seoul Shindig: Prom 2013

Seoul Shindig has a strong brand and they are known to throw the best themed parties in the capital of South Korea.  Their goal is simple: to create a fun atmosphere where people can dress up and cut loose and be reminded of the good ol’ days.  As Jerry Stiles, one of the founders of…

Bongeunsa Temple: That Temple Across from the Mall

If you find yourself in Gangnam, shopping at the Coex with your girlfriend, there is a place nearby to correct your zen if her shopping addictions get out of hand.  Neatly tucked away across the street lies Bongeunsa Temple.  The temple is not a must see or something I encourage tourists to visit if they…

Korean Hanbok vs Japanese Kimono – Epic Dress Battles of History

What is a Hanbok?   A hanbok is a traditional Korean dress.  Throughout Korean history, commoners wore the hanbok and it became popularized during the celebrated Joseon Dynasty.  Interestingly, the hanbok was adopted from nomadic cultures in northern Asia, so its style is drastically different from the formal wear adopted by agricultural cultures like China.    Although…

Seoul Santacon 2012 – The North Invades South Korea

Despite repeated warnings from the international community, the residents of the North Pole descended upon Seoul, South Korea, on December 8th, 2012.  Santa Claus, along with his wife, family, elves, cousins, aunties, uncles, friends, employees, the NP (North Pole) Labor Union, and his neighborhood association arrived in Sinchon in the early evening.  The small army…

Turning 30 -Chincha-

Before I begin, I know having Chincha write an article about you isn’t a major life accomplishment.  Still, for me it was very special.  I’m so grateful.  If you haven’t seen the awesome write-up by the talented Emily Hodges, please click here. Did I mention it’s not a big deal?   So,  ask me how I…

A Promenade Through Seoul

The older we get in life, the more we become aware of how much we don’t know. The days of being cocky, arrogant, or thinking we can rule the world after a small string of successes slowly succumbs to the caution, skepticism, and humility brought about by our failures. As we age, we begin to…

1st Annual Halloween in Hongdae Costume Awards

I captured these great costumes near Hongdae Park on October 28th, 2012.  I apologize for missing the Zombie Walk, but I was negotiating for camera equipment in Chungmurro.  I still think I did the wonderful Zombie Nation justice with my photographs.  However, if some of you want to dress up again for no good reason…

Green Tea Fields in South Korea: Boseong and the Daehan Tea Planation

I love caffeine.  I often imagine being chained to a hospital bed where the doctors revive me by injecting caffeine directly into my bloodstream.  The increase in my awareness, heartbeat, and energy are euphoric.  Then, I proceed to teach my worst middle school class.  For the first time in my life, I own them.  They…

The Best Photography of the Cheonggyecheon

( Photos in this post have been published in numerous academic papers across the world.  Scroll to the bottom for some of the best photos of the Cheonggyecheon) There tends to be confusion when people write or think about Seoul.  Is Seoul one of the new great and must-see cities of Asia; or is it…