All posts by Jon Dunbar

The next Seokjeon Daeje will be held at Sungkyunkwan sometime in September.
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March 23, 2015
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 the Royal Asiatic Society, the world’s oldest Korean studies…
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, No comments

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 ...

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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 ...

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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.…

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    11 things to do around Seoul during Chuseok
    September 4, 2014, 1 Comment

    This month, we have a nice fat long weekend coming our way (September 6-9 or 10). But before you start making travel plans, first let me explain why you should stay in (or come to) Seoul and what you can do here. Chuseok is…

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    Korea’s New Generation of Ska
    August 26, 2014, No comments

    2014 was a devastating year for music festivals in Korea. But one of the high points is bound to be the New Generation of Ska Festival, a free street festival held in Sinchon on August 30. Ska is far from Korea’s most…