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Seoulcialite takes on Seoul Fashion Week

With my new schedule I still hardly have time to breathe.  Two and a half weeks into my time in Seoul I was pretty much ready to call it quits with designers who had expressed interest in having their Fall/ Winter 2016 styles profiled on The Toronto Seoulcialite, only to still find no tickets in my new mailbox 24 hours before their shows.  Designers (well…people in general) can be fickle and disorganized, so I was ready to spend my Saturday catching up on sleep and Shonda Rhimes.  Star (of 87Pages) convinced me to get my ass outta bed at the crack of dawn on Saturday to take in the madness of Fashion Week in Seoul.

We arrived expecting a massive crowd quite early, but the place was pretty empty.  It was really nice to take in the first really warm weather of the season with the beautiful, modern architecture of Dame Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza where Seoul Fashion Week is held.  Stepping out of my taxi there was an eerily pristine moment of calm before the storm in which I got to admire the building and its empty surroundings bathing in sunlight from all angles.  I reflect on that moment now, just having found out that Hadid, first woman as well as the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, died of a heart attack only 5 days later on March 31st, 2016.

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Korean Police Deny Wrongdoing In Australian’s Rape Investigation

Airdre Mattner says she was drugged, abducted & raped in Seoul last September, but after dealing with South Korean hospital staff & police, including a recent Facebook post by police that revealed private information regarding her case, she says she's been devastated her even further. Korea FM spoke with Mattner & the Korea Herald reporter that's been covering her story to learn more about how both foreign & Korean victims are treated by police & other authorities while seeking justice. Find more information on Airdre Mattner's story at http://GoFundMe.com/JusticeForAirdre.


Burgers at Battery Park

Seoul, South Korea — It has been a while since my last restaurant review. So here goes another one. After a tiring morning exercise at Bears Town Ski Resort, Danny and I headed to Dongdaemun to meet up with his aunt. We strolled around Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) for the nth time hoping to find… Continue reading Burgers at Battery Park

Butterfinger Pancakes (버터핑거 팬케익스) offers all-day breakfast in...











Butterfinger Pancakes (버터핑거 팬케익스) offers all-day breakfast in Gangnam, Seoul in big portions. One order is enough to share between two people, but I can never agree with friends on what to order so we always order way too much. 


There’s no reason not to go to the National Museum of Korea...













There’s no reason not to go to the National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관). It’s free, it’s interesting, and it’s just a short taxi ride away from Itaewon, Seoul.


Your Guide To Preparing a Spring Picnic in Korean Way

CC0-photo-2004Spring time is finally upon us and the warm weather has arrived in South Korea! Now gather your friends and family members, grab a big picnic blanket, prepare a delicious lunchbox and go outdoor!


Your Guide To Preparing a Spring Picnic in Korean Way

CC0-photo-2004Spring time is finally upon us and the warm weather has arrived in South Korea! Now gather your friends and family members, grab a big picnic blanket, prepare a delicious lunchbox and go outdoor!


Only in Korea Podcast: Seoul 8th Most Expensive For Cost Of Living

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Seoul as the 8th most expensive city in the world for cost of living. Chance & Travis discuss their thoughts & this week’s poll results from the Only In Korea Facebook group. Travis also gets called out by a listener’s voicemail message for his comment from last week’s show that it’s not a good idea to put your car in neutral when stopped at a red light.


Bim Bom (빙봉) advertises itself as an “organic egg brunch” and is...







Bim Bom (빙봉) advertises itself as an “organic egg brunch” and is in Itaewon, Seoul. It’s the fanciest breakfast I’ve had in Korea. We waited outside for 20 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, but a great crepe for 16,000₩ seemed worth it. Don’t forget to pierce the yolk and spread it around on top of your crepe before rolling it up and cutting it into bitesize slices.

Address: 261-6, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea

Directions: This place is not very close to a subway station. Nearest subway station is Hannam on Jungang or central line. We trekked up some monstrous hills from Itaewon. 


An alley away from the busy streets of Insadong is a quaint tea...







An alley away from the busy streets of Insadong is a quaint tea house with small birds by the windows and goldfish in shallow bowls. The Shin Old Tea House (신옛찻집) is hard to find and often crowded, but a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul. 

Hours: 10am-11pm

Address: 33-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 33-1 (관훈동)

Directions: Short walk from Anguk Subway Station (Line 3) exit 6.


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