Marmot's Hole

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Korean Parliamentary Election Results

Marmot’s Hole blogger Robert Koehler goes through the recent South Korean parliamentary election results & discusses his thoughts on Saenuri’s fall behind the main opposition Minjoo Party in National Assembly seats as well as the rise of liberal defector Ahn Cheol-soo’s new People Party.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Otto Warmbier Sentenced & Korea Invests In Artificial Intelligence

Chance Dorland & Robert Koehler discuss North Korea’s sentencing of Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor & the South Korean government’s new emphasis on artificial intelligence after Google computer program AlphaGo Lee Se-dol in the “ancient” board game Go.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Korean Defamation Laws Silence Critics

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss a New York Times article that makes the case that the Park Geun-hye administration is using the country’s defamation laws to silence critics.

The duo then finishes with a quick discussion of how bad Donald Trump would be for freedom of speech in the US.


Marmot’s Hole Podcast: North Korean Rocket


Robert Koehler and Chance Dorland discuss North Korea’s rocket launch & other recent stories.
 The duo also discuss the recent resignation of the president of Arirang TV, the English translation of praised Korean novel “The Vegetarian” and the recent security failures and other problems that have plagued Incheon International Airport.


Marmot's Hole Podcast: South Korea World #1 For Innovation

2016_01_27 Jeju Flight Delays, American Held In North Korea, Nutrage Law, & Korea #1 For Innovation

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss Bloomberg's crowning of South Korea as the most innovative economy in the world. Other topics include this weekend's winter storm that left thousands stranded in Jeju, the American tourist being held captive in North Korea & the ROK's new "nut rage" law.


Suwon's Hwaseong fortress - or - take that, Robert Koehler!

Robert Koehler inspires me. His recently-started travelog features some gorgeous photos of some well-known Korean destinations give me something to work toward. Definitely a source of travel ideas if you're looking for some more places to check out. Oh, and the Marmot's Hole has me beat on Alexa's web-ranking service (one of the only K-blogs that I've seen in the top 50,000)

Although my evening was cut short by a malfunctioning camera, I was able to get a few shots of Hwaseong Fortress at night. Since I've already covered the area, it's time to stop typing and start enjoying the photos:


On 'bad' tourist places - do the DMZ and a templestay belong on the 101 places NOT to see list?

If you're one of those people who really want to know where not to travel, you are now in luck. A new 272-page softcover book 'lowlights' the 101 places not to see before you die. The anti-travel book makes sense, considering how the genre / meme has taken off. From the author's website:

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