All posts by Jon Dunbar

The Kitsches at Salon Badabie
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October 8, 2014

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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University Festival at SKKU’s Suwon Natural Sciences Campus

September 25, 2014, No comments

This week, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) celebrates its 616th birthday. As I previously wrote about, the original Sungkyunkwan Confucian academy open ...

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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 y ...

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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 ...

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    A summer semester at Sungkyunkwan University
    July 31, 2014, No comments

    As Korea’s many universities continue to globalise, international students and professors are visiting Korea for short-term semester-break programs. Pretty well any university in Korea that you can name…

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    Korean Punk 2003: 14 bands for 10 bucks
    May 20, 2014, No comments

    It’s been over ten years since I moved to Korea. One of the first things I did when arriving here was to track down the local music scene. Back then, this was no easy prospect. Concerts were infrequent, and there was…

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    White lanterns for Buddha’s Birthday
    May 4, 2014, No comments

    Every spring, the streets of Seoul are lined with colourful paper lanterns, lighting the streets after dark in commemoration of Buddha’s Birthday. This year, due to disastrous circumstances, the festivities…