Media outlets constantly make use of the 'miserable North Korean defector' narrative. The current media frenzy surrounding the inter-Korean summit is no different. But journalists should exercise more sensitivity and respect, writes one defector.
Samgyeopsal, or pork belly, is an essential element of Korean BBQ. But many are oblivious to its origins and how short its history is.
The new regime has promised two permanent memorials: the 416 Life Safety Park in Ansan, and the now-upright Sewol Ferry in Mokpo. On the 4th anniversary of the Sewol, what does the Gwanghwamun Plaza look like and how do citizens envision its closure?
What seems like a fight over minor failings of Kim Ki-sik, South Korea's new Financial Supervisory Service governor, has undercut the Moon Jae-in government's claim that it is morally superior to conservatives who ruled before Moon.
This month marks 70 years of 4.3, one of the worst cases of violence perpetrated by the South Korean state against its own citizens. A different sort of tour shows Jeju beyond the teddy bears and postcard beaches.
"Don't girls normally weigh less than 50kg?" "If you weigh over 50, how can talk openly about your weight?" "ARE YOU CRAZY?" Meet the women giving the middle finger to South Korea's pervasive culture of fat-shaming.
Jeju Island is one of South Korea's most popular tourist destinations. But mainland 'settler's on the island say discrimination against them is rampant. Islanders being insular isn't new. But Jeju's painful history offers another insight into the insularity and suspicion.
When the BBC correspondent in Seoul sent out a tweet last weekend, it demonstrated the power foreign media wield in South Korea, as well as the difficulty of staying above the muck of local politics.