The Covid crisis continues, and free travel seems a distant prospect. As we wait for the restrictions to lift, here we reminisce about Seoul and the pleasures it offers.
Anti-spycam protesters have made history in South Korea: Their rallies, including the fourth one today, were some of the largest women's rallies ever. Yet the organizers still remain largely in the shadows, nameless and faceless. We spoke to some of them in early July.
In smoggy Seoul, a hopeful beekeeper wants to promote urban beekeeping and raise awareness about disappearing honeybees. We met him on a high-rise, coincidentally on the day of the first inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.
For decades, the pojangmacha was a fixture of South Korean nightlife. The old and young drank soju and chatted in these often tiny, cramped tents. Most of these street tents have disappeared, now to a cultural relic and tool of nostalgic indulgence. But some tents still remain; here are the voices of those inside.
Shin Ji-ye is the Green Party's provisional candidate for the upcoming Seoul mayoral elections in June. She's probably not going to win. But her platform provides shrewd, progressive insight into some of Seoul's -- and by default, South Korea's -- most pressing problems.
Not far from the busiest center of Seoul, with all the traffic and political rallies, there is Seochon, a quaint neighborhood in Seoul. Its only arcade is a microcosm of South Korea today, at the intersection of rapid change and nostalgia for the past.