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Korean dark history, ghost tales, folklore, serial killers, true crime, and more. You are about to discover why Korea has the spookiest stories and darkest history.Folklorist Shawn and history buff Joe delve into Korea's gruesome stories of massacres, betrayals, and blood. It's like "Game of Thrones" in Asia. We share our passion for Korea and its struggles throughout time. If you enjoy shows like "Kingdom," this is the podcast for you. Even if you know nothing about Korea, its history will ...
 
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Modern Korea was shaped as much by its disasters as its achievements. The 1980s saw its share of air disasters and terrorism from North Korea. Plus the Hwaseong serial murders that weren’t solved until 2019. (1980) Korean Air Lines Flight 015 crash (1983) February 1982 Korean Air Force C-123 accident (1986) Gimpo International Airport bombing (1987…
 
Modern Korea was shaped as much by its disasters as its achievements. In the first of four episodes, we cover sinkings, fires, hijackings, and mass murders that still echo through society. (Jan 9, 1953) Ferry MV Changgyeong sinking (1969) Korean Air Lines YS-11 hijacking (Dec 15, 1970) Sinking of Namyoung-Ho ferry (1971) Gimpo mass shooting (Dec 25…
 
April brings beautiful cherry blossoms balanced with the echoing speaker blasts of election campaigns. As with previous elections, this one is full of oddities but also with some hope. --Please Follow-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com…
 
Guest: Julia Mellor - The Sool Company https://thesoolcompany.com The Glories and Stories of Korean Liquor. Korean sool specialist and brewer Julia Mellor shares the uniqueness of Korean alcohol and boozy traditions. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might re…
 
The podcast is one year old! We break down the year and discuss Korean first birthday traditions, folklore, and spirits. We also regale mysterious births in Korean history. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a m…
 
Seoul and Gyeonggi Province required all foreigners to get COVID-19 tests then not sure then sure then backtracked--sort of? We discuss this really weird week in South Korea-Foreigner relations. Also… The Michael Spavor case gets tried in China --Please Follow-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: h…
 
Combine the sadism of Game of Throne’s King Joffrey and Ramsay “The Bastard” Bolton with Robert Baratheon’s appetites, and you have Prince Yeonsan. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Twitte…
 
Gyeonggi Province is requiring ALL FOREIGNERS to get COVID-19 tests by March 22nd or face fines. Is this for the public good or security theater? Why all foreigners and why only foreigners? How does this contribute to Korea’s history of labeling foreigners as diseased? Also… The LH scandal The amazing award-winning film “Minari” --Please Subscribe-…
 
In the mid-1980s, people were randomly collapsing and dying around Seoul. Or was it random? On this week’s podcast, we recount one of the lesser known mass murder episodes in Korea. It’s a sad story, and the killer’s identity will shock you. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul…
 
Korean folktales carry universal memes you can find in European and African folklore. Evil stepmothers, shapeshifting animals and humans, and magical monks with Jedi-like powers. PLUS the tale of the Nine Dragons Temple. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https:…
 
Was Korean Independence a failed movement? Now that we’ve got your attention, we explore the events, conspiracies, and urban legends behind Korea’s biggest national holiday. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a …
 
The controversial Deposed Queen Yun kickstarted the events of the next hundred years. What led to her messy execution? Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, email) and we mi…
 
Guest - Jane Han Ling, Mudang (The Bridge) Instagram - @janehanling Kakao - Jane Han Ling Yelp - Eastern Path (Newport Beach) Korean-American Mudang Jane Han Ling joins us to share her story of her journey to becoming a traditional Korean shaman and how she’s incorporated western concepts into Korean shamanism. Join our Patreon to get more stuff ht…
 
Guest Jon Dunbar (Broken Korea, Korea Times, DaehanminDecline.com, General Editor of Royal Asiatic Society) For a time, Hongdae was the center of Korea’s punk, rock, and live music scene. Then it was gone. Journalist Jon Dunbar explains what the freak happened. Map of locations mentioned in the podcast: http://bit.ly/darksidehongdae Join our Patreo…
 
Shawn surveyed 400 Korean citizens about their beliefs in ghosts. The results were intriguing. How do Korean definitions of ghosts differ from western definitions? Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (I…
 
Is there a Korean afterlife? What are Korean funeral traditions? We also cover why some elevators do not have a fourth floor. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we migh…
 
Guest Roboseyo (Cafe Seoul Podcast) discusses bringing your own time period along with your culture when you emigrate. Also--funny Korean celebrity stories. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com/SeoulPodcast YouTube: ht…
 
WARNING: This episode contains disturbing content. A special serious episode. South Korea has been horrified by the story of 16-month-old Jeong-in, a baby girl who was abused until she died this past October. This is spotlighting Korea’s and the Korean authorities’ long dark complacency with child abuse. #SorryJeongin #정인아미안해 Support the show (http…
 
Poop sculptures, the Berlin Wall, Incheon Airport’s phallic sculpture, a secret WWII Japanese air raid bunker, and more. We top it off with the dark violent story behind Ahyeon-dong’s Wedding Street. Photos are here: https://darksideofseoul.com/8-weird-and-surprising-seoul-landmarks/ Map is here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1NfG556hk-kH_…
 
How dark was 2020 for Korea? From being the second country to get the ‘Rona to the evils of sex criminals to ghost sightings on our tour, we recap news you may have forgotten. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us …
 
King Sejo’s bloody paranoid reign continues. Shortly after he usurps the throne, scholars and some military conspire to assassinate him. The plot is foiled, and a lot of people pay the price. This leads to the famous story of the Six Martyrs. In the Dark Side of Seoul style, we bust the myths surrounding them. Join our Patreon to get more stuff htt…
 
In 1452 there was an 11-year-old king on the throne. Too bad he had mad uncles, crooked advisors, and power hungry scholars surrounding him. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Music by Soraksan Top tier Patrons Angel Earl Joel Bonomin…
 
Something to lose your hand over. True crime and historical accounts of cutting off limbs. Lots of them. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Music by Soraksan Top tier Patrons Angel Earl Joel Bonomini Jamie Staley Shaaron Cullen Suppor…
 
Self immolation! City fires! Fire in folklore! The most pyro episode we’ve made yet. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Music by Soraksan Top tier Patrons Angel Earl Joel Bonomini Jamie Staley Shaaron Cullen Support the show (https://…
 
At the start of the Korean War, a bridge blew up, killing citizens fleeing Seoul and stranding a good section of the South Korean Army on the wrong side. Here are the tragedies of errors behind that. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com…
 
The Third Wave is here! Emma and Joe update on the latest COVID-19 clusters in Korea. PLUS lots of transportation news. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com/SeoulPodcast YouTube: https://youtube.com/zenkimchi Support u…
 
Feeling under the weather? Maybe try some of these Korean folk remedies. Not our darkest episode, but the origins of folk remedies come from the same dark places. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Our comic book is also here. https:/…
 
Starting in 1866, Catholics were systematically rounded up and executed on a hill near what is now Hapjeong Station. These actions started a chain of events that led to what we’re having to deal with today in modern Korea. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at http…
 
Mountains dominate Korean culture. Shawn shares tales hidden in the fog cloaked peaks. Remember these as you hike through Korea’s intoxicating fall foliage Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Music by Soraksan Top tier Patrons Angel Ea…
 
How many Korean monsters do you know? Which ones enjoy riding humans? Which monster resides in a North Korean lake and had a movie made about it? Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Cheonji Lake Monsters? https://www.youtube.com/watch?…
 
Death by flu shot. Prison for sociopaths who assault bus drivers and intentionally run into ambulances with their taxis. Oh, and it made the news that rappers got busted for marijuana because it’s Korea and that makes the news. PLUS--Stuff to do for Halloween 2020. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzspro…
 
In modern times, tragedy has surrounded modern Christian-based exorcisms. Where traditional shaman exorcisms relied on ritual, fringe Christian exorcisms have relied on violence. Sometimes this results in death. Listen to hear of some dark true crime cases of modern Korean exorcisms. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideof…
 
A Korean politician and hack reporter have decided to go after another famous foreigner, trying to cater to the Korean public’s envy monster. This time it’s YouTuber Korean Englishman 영국남자. What nefarious deed has he committed? And how has the Korean public reacted? --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzspr…
 
The power of Han compels you! Shawn, Joe (and Captain Howdy?) talk about Korean exorcisms and possession. Many Korean rites that involve communicating or honouring spirits are translated as exorcisms, but this is incorrect. Exorcisms, by definition, are the expulsion of evil spirits or demons. A Buddhist exorcism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w…
 
One of our greatest fears--a fire broke out in a high rise apartment building. And no one was killed. This news PLUS an outed North Korean diplomat/refugee and Korea’s controversial and overdue abortion law changes. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsej…
 
Korea has a history with fare for fava beans for centuries. Most of the time it was for medicinal purposes. Even though it’s a pariah in society, some of the philosophy behind it reverberates today. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com …
 
Korea’s most notorious criminal is set to be released in late 2020. Only recently has the “I was drunk” defense been scrapped as an accepted excuse for sex crimes. We explore the problematic legal and cultural barriers to effective sex crime prevention in Korea. **WARNING** We do not suggest the episode for people recovering from sexual abuse. Join…
 
Korea is one giant graveyard. Serious. There are graves everywhere, and they are well maintained. For our Chuseok season episode, we explore one of the central symbols of that season, the ancestral grave. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseou…
 
Guests - Allie and Hannah (What’s Han Your Mind) https://whatshanyourmind.com Allie and Hannah regale us with tales of commoner and aristocratic women. Who was influential? Who had great tragedy? (SPOILER: a lot) Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksi…
 
The new Bob Woodward book ‘Rage’ is out. And boy, does it have a lot to say about Trump’s relationship with Kim Jong Un. Get a room, guys! --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com/SeoulPodcast YouTube: https://youtube.com/…
 
Cobra Kai shows how the bullied can become bullies themselves. How would this apply to Korea and the Sam Okyere fiasco? Ghanian Korean celeb Sam Okyere just can’t catch a break. Is there substance to the Korean public backlash against him? Or does it reveal something sinister that Koreans need to face? --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpod…
 
Seoul is full of haunted locations, but they’re hard to find. Joe and Shawn reveal 11 haunted places in Seoul. Some of them are on the Dark Side tour. Each place weaves a thread in the tapestry that is Seoul’s character. Here’s the list. Sejong Intersection Gwanghwamun Bigak Back Alley Seorin Hotel East Alley Taehwagan Gomok Anguk-dong Alleys Road …
 
Prince Sado’s tale has been told through TV and film. Living in the 1700s, he got away with many killings and cruel acts. Yet there are others who say he himself was a victim. Listen as we delve into the life and legends of one of Korea’s most notorious royal members and how his death marked the beginning of the end of the Joseon dynasty. Join our …
 
Emma had a mysterious and scary incident in the middle of the night. She talks about it and when her neighbor broke into her apartment. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/960226 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com/SeoulPodcast YouTube: https://youtube.com/zen…
 
New host Emma Kalka talks about the recent COVID-19 "assplosion," the latest on where the outbreaks are and what the government is doing. Also, Typhoon Bavi and Sam Okyere's recent scandal in a teapot. --Please Subscribe-- Website: https://seoulpodcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/kingsejong Facebook: https://facebook.com/SeoulPodcast YouTube: …
 
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