All posts by Jon Dunbar

NEATT towers over Central Park.
April 24, 2015
Just 20 years ago, the shore of southern Incheon was characterised by tidal flats, and not much else. Add 20 years, 500 million tons of sea floor sand, and USD 35 billion, and you have Songdo, a new smart city rising out of…
Rux in Skunk Hell in 2008

Korean Punk 2004-2009: The Skunk Dynasty

April 10, 2015, 2 Comments

Shortly after the term “punk” was coined to represent this chaotic new musical movement in the late ‘70s, people started asking, “Is punk dead ...

The next Seokjeon Daeje will be held at Sungkyunkwan sometime in September.

Confucian ceremony at Sungkyunkwan Munmyo

March 23, 2015, No comments

Last Sunday, I visited the old Sungkyunkwan campus to pay my respects to Confucius and his disciples. I showed up with a diverse group of people from ...

Sunset in Bukchon Hanok Village

Sunset in Bukchon Hanok Village

March 2, 2015, No comments

A little over a year ago, I moved to Bukchon Hanok Village from Yeonhui-dong. I moved there to be closer to Sungkyunkwan University, which is just on ...

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    Getting your driver’s licence in Korea
    January 12, 2015, 1 Comment

    I won’t lie: getting your driver’s licence in Korea is not a particularly enjoyable process. Then again, should it be? But it can be done with low (and probably even no) Korean language ability, if you’re…

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    Mokpo: City of Lights
    November 3, 2014, No comments

    My parents came to visit me in Korea for September. Remember what it was like when your parents took care of you when you were young? Yeah, this visit was like that, but in reverse. I previously contributed a story about…

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    11 new Korean bands to watch out for
    October 8, 2014, No comments

    There are new bands appearing in Korea all the time, but it usually takes a few years before they start to gain major attention. This can be a problem because most bands don’t stay together long enough to get anywhere.…