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11 May 2021


After the city made this post, I went back wondering if they had lifted away the tarps. The pictures show green leaves, so they are more recent than when I saw the tarp being put in place. There are even Buddha's Birthday lanterns. But if they removed the tarp, they put it back.

When I lead the next B&C Club meeting here, I'm not too sure what will be left.

11 May 2021

RAS Korea Business and Culture Club

I decided to show up for a B&C Club meeting, which consisted of Jacco leading the way around Deoksu Palace. There ended up being something like 15 of us, which was quite a lot and I'm assuming complied with social distancing measures.

Anyway, I'm leading the next one, which will look at the Gwanghwamun renovations on June 15, something I've been checking in on quite a lot lately. Not sure what shape it'll be in by then, but whatever it is, we'll look at it.

9 May 2021


I chose a place to go by searching for "galmaegi," and ended up pretty happy with the place I found. It was an end to a very good day of exploring and meeting people, dampened a bit by the fact our group was divided up due to social distancing rules.

9 May 2021

Abandoned Hotel

After the museum, we all headed to yet another abandoned hotel, this one on the slope of a mountain. After not enough time, they got a call that their car was parked in a place where payment was needed and they'd have to return in 10 minutes to pay up. From there we decided we'd had enough, and we were all starting to get hungry.

9 May 2021

Moon Ik-hwan's House

Sounion said she was friends with a granddaughter of Moon Ik-hwan, a pastor who was a major figure in various social movements, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. It turned out they had recovered a schoolbook of hers dating back to the 1990s and wanted to return it to her, so she invited us along to visit their family home, now a museum. We met with Moon's daughter and grandson, who himself is an accomplished documentary filmmaker.

9 May 2021

Abandoned Area

While going from point A to point B, I saw some curtains, so I pulled over for a closer look, knowing the others who were travelling by car would be keeping me waiting. It was a small block, but maybe a more thorough search would turn up more interesting results.

I also passed by a few areas that had already been totally demolished, and a few smaller ones that were unclear. It was an eventful ride.

9 May 2021

Abandoned Hotel

This has got to be one of my best finds in quite a while. And as mentioned a few entries down, it was found simply by driving over to look into another similar building. So finding it was a coincidence squared.

I met up with a couple friends, who invited along a couple more friends. It was a good group, but would spell doom by the time we got to the restaurant at the end, where social distancing measures prohibited groups larger than four. One of them claimed to know someone whose parents had owned this building, making it a little more personal.

3 May 2021


Most of these pictures are from driving around and visiting Hongdae a couple times. Plus Millie sitting in the middle of the bed, devastated when I come home unexpectedly and she doesn't want to surrender territory to me.

1 May 2021

May Day Behemoths

I went out during a break in the rain to have a look at a large castle-like building sitting behind a construction fence. I didn't go inside due to signs of security, but right up the street I came across a hotel in a somewhat similar state. Hopefully I'll see more of that one.

29 April 2021


I found out Zeinab had gotten a new job very close to my office, so we met up for lunch. Where do you take an Iranian for lunch? An Iraqi kebab stand in Namdaemun, obviously. No, despite what you're thinking, she was into it. She praised the food, and said it was very close to Iranian food, including things like how the lamb meat was prepared.

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to pass on the big announcement she and her husband Verv made recently, so I won't.

28 April 2021


While killing time waiting for a print job to finish, or when I was delivering copies of this article to Eastern Standard Sounds' office, I drove through Hongdae and took a couple quick pictures.

26 April 2021


Days before we were set to publish an article about anarchaeology in Gwanghwamun, I saw a picture online of the archaeological survey in that large corner of Insadong that was just demolished, so I went over after work.

It was a good example of an anarchaeological site, since I got in early and saw quite a lot unearthed.

21 April 2021


I took a couple pictures while waiting at an intersection, while on my way rushing somewhere.

17 April 2021

Abandoned Hongdae

After we were done exploring, we looked around for a restaurant, before gravitating toward Duriban in Hongdae. On the way there, I passed by a building containing a nightclub in the basement. I am half-certain I went there years ago, sometime in the first half of the 2010s, but I have no memory beyond going in and think we may not have stayed long.

17 April 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

I met up with Ryan and Sounion to trade books, as well as look around an abandoned area. Proud to say I make an appearance in issue 2 of his photo zine, as an inebriated Santa.

16 April 2021

The Reggae Lawyer

I met up with Kyung-don, who's back in Korea, as well as Jeong-seok of Eastern Standard Sounds and Tehiun, who I hadn't seen in years since he moved to Jeju. We went to Lo.Ok, Smiley's bar, which is apparently closing at the end of the month. It's sort of sad, but also he's leaving because his wife is about to give birth, and also he wants to focus on music.

16 April 2021

Sewol Anniversary

It was the Sewol anniversary, as well as my first weekend off in a month. so I went to Gwanghwamun to look in on the renovation progress as well as the Sewol building. I had nothing to do for an hour, so I waited in line to see what was at the front. Despite all the frantic renovations, the Sewol building is still there. With Oh Se-hoon as mayor now, I doubt this will last once the square reaches its next finished form.

10 April 2021

FF Show

Club FF figured out a way to comply with regulations so they could put on shows again. Simple: just put out chairs and tables and don't serve drinks, and then you can have people inside for live music.

It seems like a kind of bad idea, but there were no infections at least.

9 April 2021

Cinder Bar

Songdo has a lot of decent restaurants and bars, although the bars are usually pricier and the restaurants don't offer anything Korean that's not a franchise from what I've seen. Cinder Bar is one very nice place offered there. It's just in the ground floor of a highrise apartment in a not-great location, but the bar itself is very comfortable despite its location. I hadn't been there since probably 2016, when I did an RAS tour there and it turned out to be ANZAC Day, but the owner still recognised me.

9 April 2021

Drive-Thru Starbucks

That's right, Songdo -- the car-free city -- has a drive-thru Starbucks.

9 April 2021

Canal Walk

One of my friends works for the architectural firm that designed Canal Walk. I gave him my honest opinion about it and it hasn't changed. It seems likely they wanted to build a big linear four-block outdoor shopping mall. But Songdo already has its roads, so they had to chop it into four sections separated by roads. This makes walking the whole length inconvenient and not fun. It seemed like a good idea but a missed opportunity, so maybe it's perfect for Songdo.

9 April 2021

Songdo Landmark City

I went to Songdo Landmark City, which didn't exist at all on my previous visit, way back in 2017. It is like the rest of Songdo, except even more residential with less of anything else so far. It seems like it would be a worse place to live. I spent a lot of time there out on the reclaimed land.

9 April 2021

Incheon Urban History Museum

This place used to be called Compact Smartcity, but they gave it a more sensible and less memorable name. One thing I wanted to check was on the ground level, where there used to be a video showing how it would have looked in the early 1900s, with slightly animated characters inserted. One of them looked very much like my friend Jacco, who drinks from a bottle. They have since changed the display so now it's set in the late 1950s or sometime. But the image of the Jacco doppelganger is still there. He doesn't remember recording anything that could be used for that, but he hasn't ruled it out as well.

9 April 2021

Songdo Backwaters

As more apartments are going in, I wanted to visit the shrinking part of Songdo where the only thing built are roads. I got a good look at Songdo from a distance, over fields of weeds and whatever else. I also got closer to some of the buildings on the edge, such as Tomorrow City and some of the new developments I don't remember from last visit.

9 April 2021

Incheon New Port

I drove out onto a weird skinny geometrically shaped peninsula of reclaimed land. They've built some shipping facilities there, but plans are to turn it into a big Songdo-like city. Personally if I were designing a utopian future city, I would not have it right next to a big port where trucks will be rolling through all the time.

9 April 2021

Car-Free Songdo

As I entered Songdo, I was on a 10-lane road. Considering how much has been said about Songdo being car-free, it sure is road-based. They basically made the land, then made the roads, and after that started putting up buildings in between. I think you'd end up with better cities if you had people involved right from the start, rather than having them designed by people who might never visit, or who just want to win design awards without caring about residents' actual needs.

9 April 2021


As I drove into Incheon, I followed the coast, interested to see if I could get to any mudflats. I did get to one area that seemed to be what I was looking for.

9 April 2021


I took a trip down to Incheon, aiming for Songdo, but when I saw the road I was on kept going into Wolgot, I decided to revisit. I was last there almost 10 years ago, when we saw the measly remains of an abandoned amusement park. Now there's no trace of the rides, only the castle building remaining, which I'm assuming was part of it. I remember there had been a lively looking fisheries market across the street, but going back there now it is fading away.

In our 2011 visit, the place seemed very depressing and we were there on a colourless rainy day. Looking at it now, it's probably the most charming part of the area, which still isn't saying much.

8 April 2021

Sewoon Sangga

These are the stairs leading up to Kenektid, where some Broke stuff is for sale.

7 April 2021


These are the books available through Broke Publishng now. Everything is 12,000 won or 10,000 won, with discounts available for multiple purchases. The Broke zines can be free with purchase of anything, but I won't be mailing them out for free on their own. More coming sometime in the foreseeable future.

4 April 2021


I drove past Gwanghwamun late at night. I forget why, but what ended up catching my attention was the new fence art, which actually seems to show more location-appropriate people and is quite nice. There are places where the weird cloned-in white people still exist, and there are still white people in this but they're depicted more as tourists. It looks better.

1 April 2021

Cats On Keyboards

I created Cats On Keyboards last year, placing all the random letters my cats press into my computers onto the print page. It was a fun experiment, and seeing the state of the zine market in Korea, I think something like this will actually be easy to sell. So I set an unreasonably high price and announced its existence on April Fool's Day.

This is a real publication, although I decided against registering it for an ISBN to avoid pissing off the National Library. It is probably only going to be available for direct purchase in person, maybe through mail domestically if people are nice.

I am also releasing a small photo book for Yangbantal, following the format of Ryan's The Bulldozed Future and Bill's Photon Wave Function (which I don't know how to instruct people to get a copy). More details coming soon.

1 April 2021

Copy Salon

The print shop where I'd been doing all of my printing for Broke, closed up and moved to a different location. The old place was tiny and cramped but had its charms, and the new place is just a more suitable space in every way, with room for heavy print machines, places to sit, and lots of space all used.

31 March 2021

Spring Flowers

Now that the actual butt goats are out, I went back to this abandoned area to have another look at the flowers there. I had previously been wondering if some of the flowers I'd seen were cherry blossoms, but seeing what phase they're in now led me to conclude they're pear blossoms. Anyway, there were still magnolias out, which I'd missed last time.

29 March 2021

Huh Kyoung-young Campaign

It's officially byelection campaign season, and the campaign trucks are out here and there. Huh Kyoung-young is running for mayor, and has been actually pretty active in campaigning, with his campaigners being active all over the place.

When he ran for president in 2007, I joked that he made the most sense as a candidate. Nowadays, people are looking more seriously at his campaign pledge of a universal basic income, and I bet even Park Geun-hye is wishing she hadn't turned down his marriage proposal.

I'm fighting the temptation to vote for him, just to say I had. There are better fringe candidates, and I think my vote would be better used put toward the person most likely to beat Oh Se-hoon. Oh will probably win, which will probably be a very good thing for urban exploration in Korea.

27 March 2021


After interviewing Ryan Goessl about Camarata, I took one picture of Coetzer in his terrifying Chucky shirt.

24 March 2021

Streetcar 363

Hahn Dae-soo posted a picture on Facebook of himself posing with a streetcar in 1969, not too long after Seoul scrapped its streetcars. I could see the number 363 on the vehicle, and that was enough for me to track down some information on it. Unfortunately all websites mentioning it seemed to be from a couple years ago, and since the museum it was parked at had just undergone reconstruction, I was worried it might no longer be there. So I stopped by after work, confirming that the streetcar still exists.

24 March 2021

Longboat Smoker

I went by Longboat Smoker to drop off copies of my article, only to discover I'd taken the wrong day.

As I was leaving, I took a couple pictures of the owner leaning on his own bike. If I'd taken the time, it would have looked pretty good. But not as good as the photographer we sent to photograph him. Matt is himself a photojournalist, so I didn't want to risk letting him down.

23 March 2021

Gwanghwamun Stream

People got excited by this article about a stream uncovered during the renovation of Gwanghwamun Plaza (more pictures here). I find it kind of funny when one of these takes off, because it's mandatory to do this kind of archaeological excavation for any development in Jongno.

Anyway, after a few attempts seen below, I managed to find the site photographed in the pictures. It's in the corner sort of between the government building and Gwanghwamun itself. By the time I got there, a tarp had already been laid down to cover it.

22 March 2021

Baekundong Stream

There actually had been a stream recreated through Gwanghwamun, two of them that ran on both sides of the plaza, but they weren't particularly well promoted and people didn't really pay attention, except probably when they stepped in one and got a shoe wet.

In this preview image to the right you can see one of these stream recreations chopped up for removal. While people were excited about the recovery of one stream, another one over top was being removed unceremoniously.

20 March 2021

Planet Gwanghwamun

I wandered around behind the fences at Gwanghwamun Plaza, but on the way out I noticed something as weird. The fences in the area have art showing illustrations of how the project will look after completion, and as I've seen before they put in a lot of weird figures to populate the conceptual landscapes. It's worth a closer look.

19 March 2021


Coetzer stopped by my work so he could test out his film cameras on the roof.

17 March 2021

Gwanghwamun Anarchaeology

This was my first view of the development happening in Gwanghwamun. It made me want to go get my bullwhip and start doing some anarchaeology.

13 March 2021

Iron Hill

I made it down to southwestern Seoul, where there was a pretty large abandoned neighbourhood, built in a crescent around a recently demolished neighbourhood. It was a pretty large area, although the homes had been left pretty clean which suggests a fairly amicable process.

13 March 2021

Airport Market

There's an old market building over by the airport. It's mostly closed but there are still enough people around that it isn't quite abandoned.

13 March 2021

Eco Gas Station

I passed by an abandoned gas station, which I believe was built next to a wastewater treatment plant to rely on natural gases generated by waste. Looks like it's already closed down.

13 March 2021

Butt Goats

I believe I saw cherry blossoms, but am not totally sure. I saw three types of spring flowers, all of them right here at the edge of this abandoned neighbourhood, nowhere else. It is still about two weeks too early compared to last year, which itself was oddly early.

13 March 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

I saw some information about an abandoned neighbourhood not far from home, so I added it to my to-do list for the day. In all I visited three abandoned areas I'd never been to before in one day.

12 March 2021


Millie was hiding under a chair. She's been acting different lately, not jumping up and rushing for the food dish when she thinks I owe her, and sitting around in different places.

11 March 2021

Sprout Village

After the moon villages article came out, I was thinking about the area where Bamgol Village used to be. I remembered there having been sort of a moon village on another hillside nearby, underneath the Slumping School I visited back in 2018. That school building was demolished, and the rest of the old buildings have been wiped out and moonscaped. I jumped the fence and got a closer look at the abstract landscape.

27 February 2021

Kenektid X Book Fair

I stopped by this place in Hapjeong where Kenektid was having its book fair. It was pretty big, two floors of tables filled with independent publishers. Among them was J.S. Han of Rebel Society who chose to avoid having his face shown.

26 February 2021


Looks like one of the Korean knockoff brands of Spam decided to get in on the Hallyu of processed meat. Technically the taegeuk after the K serves as the hyphen, so it qualifies for the K-Iceberg. I just wish I had a better understanding of what Lospam is supposed to mean.

25 February 2021

Gaemi Village

I stopped by Gaemi Village while getting ready for this article. Just a quick visit while the sun was setting.

21 February 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

After photographing this neighbourhood on Lunar New Year, I went back on a Sunday for another look around. Ryan had been by recently and uncovered the smashed wreckage of a shamanic shrine, so I went back to have a look myself and also get into an abandoned church nearby.

21 February 2021

Around Town

I also walked over to Namyeong Station, where I recalled seeing a building with its windows knocked out next to the tracks. I found it, and it turns out the ground floor was still in use.

Something else useful I found, over by the scooter shop: two pharmacies open on Sunday. Not that I needed them. They are right by the bottom of the funicular on those old Japanese stairs located sort of between Huam-dong and HBC.

Third, I'm going to try to take more pictures of the various titan figures around the city, introducing the Female Cloud Titan in this one. I've already photographed a few of them, including the Cop Titan, the Bowling Titan, the Golden Balloon Titan, the Dissected Titan and the Warhammer Titan. There are a lot more, so we'll see how many I can get.

21 February 2021

Around the Neighbourhood

I had to drop my scooter off at the shop for 90 minutes, so I decided to do some walking in the neighbourhood. I headed straight for an abandoned old building said to be a hospital. Previously I was a little cautious not knowing if the thing might be watched as the signs say, and I didn't want to drive around there on my scooter. So being on foot worked out. It's old inside, and stripped likely for renovation.

14 February 2021

Under Seoul Station

I had noticed some excavation work going on where the bus stops are in front of Seoul Station. Fearing some cyberpunk photographers may have fallen in and were taking shelter until the next rainstorm, I hopped a fence and had a quick look inside. Not much to see, and no idea what it's for.

14 February 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

I previously went here in September and from a pretty good roof I couldn't see any sign of abandonment. Now less than half a year later, the area is half demolished. I took pictures from the exact same roof as last time which should make for some suitable comparisons. Otherwise, a quick drive around seemed to indicate no easy ways in.

12 February 2021


For Lunar New Year, I drove out to see a couple of friends living in a corner of Seongnam. The route I took brought me through Uiwang, to a small corner where I used to work back in 2009. It's a weird area, characterised mostly by a big overpass running through the area, with a lot of the buildings oriented around that. It was convenient when it was raining.

Not far from there was some affordable housing, probably largely for university students going to the art school nearby, and of course it was sitting abandoned. The whole street grid is pretty basic, making it seem a little less interesting than other abandoned neighbourhoods. I mostly stayed on my scooter and took a helmet cam video, in which at the end I ran into a couple of stray cats.

11 February 2021

Japanese Hostess

At my third abandoned neighbourhood of the day, I returned to visit my university professor friend plus the other one who actually lived right outside the demolition zone who didn't make it last time. This time, my goal was to meet up with this Japanese resident and follow her around to take pictures. It was sufficiently amusing.

11 February 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

I hurried over to another neighbourhood in northeastern Seoul that was a little far from the nearest subway station and kind of uphill. It was a quick visit and I mostly got photos from one tall roof in the middle that gave a good view. This place could be photogenic. I wish I had a drone to fly over it.

11 February 2021

Abandoned Cat Cafe

After previously stumbling across an abandoned cat cafe but not being able to go inside (see this page far down), I returned and made it inside. It was torn up pretty bad, but at least it wasn't cat-messy if you know what I mean. They also left food out for any stray cats, hopefully not any cats that went missing when this place closed.

This place was simple, but worth seeing. Fortunately I didn't see anything that stood out as unethical regarding animal management.

7 February 2021

Torture Park

The park they've been building at the former site of TBS eFM, as well as a KCIA facility where suspects were tortured in the 1970s, is nearly complete and may be having limited openings, so naturally I visited late at night to get a close look. I've yet to see the torture room and figure out how authentic it is, but I was able to see it during demolition so I should have a good idea. It already looks like some of the materials up on the surface may be actual authentic relics from before demolition. Torture room, good motif for a city park.

7 February 2021


A couple of my friends are professors at Hansung University, which is immediately uphill of Samseon-dong, a major redevelopment zone (where we'd been visiting the Great Japan Hanok). Sometimes either of my friends posts a picture showing the construction fences. So I suggested we meet up and walk through the area so they could see it up close, and I could learn more about how life was in the area. Only one of them ended up making it, but she shared some interesting stories.

7 February 2021

Seun Sangga Plaza Reconstruction

I was on the way to meet a friend, but I had to stop and have a look as I passed Seun Sangga.

It seems they're trying to extend the third-floor walkway of Seun Sangga so you'll be able to walk a kilometer along the whole length of the complex. That will be difficult because the ugly redecorated second-southernmost building had its removed. We'll see how it goes.

6 February 2021


I went to Hongdae and drove around visiting a few spots. There had been a show at FF that night but I stayed away from it. Most notably I stopped by the playground and the former DGBD, then got food at Bob's Barbie.

This came after Dark Side of Seoul's podcast released an episode with me talking a bit about Hongdae history.

2 February 2021


I searched online for new pizza places I haven't tried, and found this place in a quiet corner of Shinheung Market. This isn't a food blog but the pizza I've tried from here has been pretty good. They have a very good view and when it's warmer their roof should be popular.

28 January 2021


I woke up to snow again. It was coming down pretty hard and the garden was covered in snow. Then I opened the door to see how deep it was, and got a bit disappointed.

27 January 2021

Abandoned Neighbourhood

Hahn Vad posted a new music video where he humps an excavator in a neighbourhood being cleared for redevelopment. I guessed it was Imun-dong which I've been visiting a fair amount over the last couple years, but it turns out to be another one right next door.

27 January 2021

Cul De Sac Ville

I went up to see Lee Jooyoung's latest art exhibit, this time on a neighbourhood I've gotten to know over the last year. She is set up inside a house that has been abandoned for 10 years before being bought up by a government agency for artists to use. It's worth seeing if you can find it.

20 January 2021

Yongsan Disasater Anniversary

I went past the Yongsan Disaster site on the off chance something might be happening there. It seems all memorial services have been moved to the countryside. One thing that seemed worth noting though, the fire hose attachments located prominently along the front of the new building, pointing right where the Yongsan Disaster site was. The actual building where everybody died was on that patch of lawn between the sidewalk in the bottom of the frame and the motorcycle.

17 January 2021


I've been driving past this K-Iceberg entry for a couple months. Not sure when K-Mas season ends.

Worth noting that there's a Cheong Wa Dae petition asking for an end to this lunacy.

16 January 2021

Yulgok Tunnel

Someone posted about the Yulgok Tunnel project online, asking if it was completed yet. There seemed to be a lot of misconceptions about the thing, and people didn't seem to understand the amount of time it's taken. I started visiting in 2014 when the landscape was being churned up and traffic was being disrupted. The tunnel seems to have been completed early last year, with traffic restored which really cleared up congestion well. But there is still a lot of landscaping to do up top so Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Shrine can be connected to each other.

13 January 2021

Yongsan's Fire Flower

In preparation for an article for the 12th anniversary of the Yongsan Disaster, I revisited the flower statue at site of the fire. It looks sort of like a tulip, but also a flame, which is kind of a problem. I was able to get to a plaque which identified it as the "Fire Flower."

12 January 2021


It snowed heavily, starting just a couple minutes after I arrived at work. Social media was overwhelmed with snow pictures, and then a few days later it all melted. I changed mentions of "heavy snow" in the paper to "heavy snowfall." It's not heavy snow if you can see the ground.

10 January 2021

Disappearing Live Music Venues

After this article was published, I gave it a heavy revision and then went to visit the three venues I knew best: V-Hall, MUV Hall, and DGBD. V-Hall is gutted, MUV Hall is just not accessible at all anymore, and DGBD is a completely different place.

I don't mind the loss of the former two, as they were corporate venues run by companies (Hanatour and Yes24, I think). Maybe it's good that these corporations are providing infrastructure for live music, but they are entirely replaceable, and no owner lost their livelihood over this, since the corporations are probably just restructuring (although Hanatour can't be doing well these days). There isn't that much demand for medium-sized venues anyway, so it's a good thing if there's less competition for Rolling Hall, the only venue of a comparable size that's owned by an individual.

9 January 2021


On a very cold day, I drove past Gwanghwamun. There were a few things I wanted to photograph, but even taking my glove off for a few seconds froze my hands surprisingly bad. I went back another day when it was around -2, and even that was hard somehow.

There were two main things that caught my eye: renovations to the square as part of the latest Gwanghwamun renovation plan, and a number of mannequin construction workers around. I met one of them recently and it only increased my interest in these things.

2 January 2021

Harim Chicken

While driving over Haebangchon, I noticed the Harim Chicken truck at the five-way intersection. Curious to know more about this industry, including how the trucks are run and how locations are scheduled, since they don't seem to bump into each other.

2 January 2021


After seeing pictures of some very run-down homes in Jungnim-dong, I went out to have a look. It's easy to walk around but not easy to see inside anywhere due to the cramped quarters and likelihood of remaining residents.


Phone Photos 1

For this year I've once again gone through the photos on my smartphone. I've started relying on it much more, and there are way more photos than previous years.

In the first gallery, we can see 2020 before the pandemic took hold, plus my own unrelated hospitalisation and the recovery after, with lots of cat photos.

I'm surprised there aren't a lot of food photos, because I remember enjoying food more than usual after I got out of the hospital. But I guess most of it was delivery, and that doesn't make for very good pictures.

You can see signs of the pandemic, although I had my own problems to deal with so it didn't affect my life very much yet.

Phone Photos 2

The second gallery starts in the spring, and you can see I'm getting more active. I returned to work and started exploring again, plus had my zine exhibited in an art gallery.

There are a lot of photos of that area of Insadong that was demolished, as I took the best pictures on my phone and only went back later to reshoot on my camera when the lighting wasn't as good.

You can see a lot of pictures from Buster's birthday, where we went outside on an adventure and Buster got to see the city wall up close.

Also there are a lot more food-related images.

Phone Photos 3

The third gallery covers summer going into fall. More interesting things were happening and it seemed like life might return to normal. It didn't but we had a few good moments.

There are a lot of photos at the start of this gallery from a survey I did for a friend overseas related to gadgets.

This was also the period where we had record amounts of rainfall which led to serious flooding.

Phone Photos 4

The last gallery focuses especially on the cats, especially Buster who suffered a hematoma in his ear and needed two surgeries. He really suffered, especially with wearing bandages and a lampshade, but as he healed quickly I started to get a little jealous.

The cats also spent a lot more time at the computer, and we made a zine together called "Cats on Keyboards" so they're expecting to become famous writers. This was also while I was getting Broke Publishng up and running, and I figure my chances are about as good as the cats'.

25 December 2020


For K-mas, I went to a bookstore. It was closed, so I came back the day after. The store itself has an impressive collection, very different from Kenektid with more of a focus on art, and its prices are higher.

20 December 2020

Broke Santa

Santa started delivering copies of Broke Publishng's books, but due to a lack of chimneys he didn't have much luck.

18 December 2020


I revisited a roof with an elaborate Santa plan, but when I saw the roof's slope again I decided against it. Good view of the base though.

14 December 2020


While trying to find out more about bookstores, I visited Pulmujil, a social science bookstore next to Sungkyunkwan University. It's mostly textbooks, but it's sort of impressive to see.

7 December 2020


The extensive roadwork continues, shifting to the other side of the street now.

6 December 2020


After seeing Clown Core, the duo linked a few entries ago featuring two masked clowns known only as Left Clown and Right Clown, I've been calling my cats Left Cat and Right Cat. They always seem to be in that order

5 December 2020

Ho Lee Chow

Ho Lee Chow in Itaewon closed, but sometimes I consider it worth it to go all the way to the Yeouido location. There's a generous discount on takeout orders, something like 20 percent.

5 December 2020

Abandoned Office Building

Not far from the RAS Korea office, there's this office building which closed recently. It must have been more recent than November 7 during the book sale, because quite a lot of urban explorers would have passed right by this building to get there.

2 December 2020


I went back to check if this place is still open. Not only was it still there, but when I went close to the door I could hear someone working on the other side, possibly Hitler himself.

30 November 2020

Abandoned Neighbourhood

I went back to this abandoned neighbourhood, where demolition has begun. There are a lot of historic hanoks around here, most notably the one Ryan has called the "Great Japan Hanok." I spent less time down among the low-level architecture and more time trying to get up high to photograph the area and the demolition.

30 November 2020


More driving around downtown, although this time it was more objective-based. Although I didn't meet any of my objectives, at least in pictures.

29 November 2020

American Thanksgiving

There was the usual Thanksgiving this year, although with a reduced crowd. We watched videos of very drunk Americans ignoring the pandemic. We left YouTube running and went away for a few minutes, and when I came back I found a video of clowns playing weird music, and one pulled out his dick to play a keyboard with it. It was one of those Thanksgivings.

As well as ihwaju chocolates, I also brought Korean carrots which actually were a really good addition to the usual Thanksgiving foods, at least according to this crowd. And I also brought canned cranberry, only to show up and discover they already had it, thanks to me having brought one last year that went unused.

27 November 2020


After coming back from the bar, I experimented a bit more with some of the settings on my camera to see what would happen if I took pictures of the cats in low lighting. Turned out pretty good.

26 November 2020

Reggae Bar LO-OK

We went to LO-OK, the new reggae bar of Smiley, way out near Eungam Loop. It's nice, with comfortable seating, good food, and a big ground-level window. The location is a bit remote though.

26 November 2020

Ihwaju Chocolate

I ended up with a lot of ihwaju, and it's not an easy thing to give out to people, especially when everyone's trying to stay clean. So I learned how to make chocolate and put ihwaju inside. I ended up bringing them to Jeff and Trash's Thanksgiving dinner where they ended up pretty popular, at least with a few people.

24 November 2020

Christmas in Namdaemun

I stopped in Namdaemun where I go to one store for a few items. I also have some more images of the heavy roadwork in front of my office.

17 November 2020

The Streets

Just a few pictures around Seoul from running various random errands.

15 November 2020

Raccoon Dog's Home

I went back to the apartment where I'd encountered the raccoon dog. None of the animals I found this time. were animate.

15 November 2020

Millie's 15th Birthday

Millie had a pretty good 15th birthday. There was playing with toys and catnip.

14 November 2020


I took a bunch of pictures of the sunset using different white balance settings and then chose my three favourite.

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