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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 become your new addiction.Subscribe, sit back, and enjoy.
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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 #정인아미안해Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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/Join our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comListener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might read it on air.Music by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenDevon HiphnerSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

2020-12-3001:01:28

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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comListener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might read it on air.Music by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenDevon HiphnerSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenDevon HiphnerListener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might read it on air.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenDevon HiphnerSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
Dismembers Only

Dismembers Only

2020-12-0901:03:32

Something to lose your hand over. True crime and historical accounts of cutting off limbs. Lots of them. Join our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
On Fire!

On Fire!

2020-12-0201:09:33

Self immolation! City fires! Fire in folklore! The most pyro episode we’ve made yet. Join our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comOur comic book is also here. https://darksideofseoul.com/storeMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comOur comic book is also here. https://darksideofseoul.com/storeMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
Mountains dominate Korean culture. Shawn shares tales hidden in the fog cloaked peaks. Remember these as you hike through Korea’s intoxicating fall foliageJoin our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron Cullen.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
Monsters!

Monsters!

2020-10-2801:19:53

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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comCheonji Lake Monsters?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFElPwUVUHsMBC Jangsan-beom report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx7gYwX0DLMReported sightings of Jangsan-beom (map)Movie RecommendationsBulgasari - 1985 North Korean monster movie, essentially a kaiju film (called goe-su in Korean)Director Shin Sang-ok was kidnapped by North Korea (ordered by Kim Jong-il) and forced to make several films in the North, including BulgasariThe Host - Korean title is ‘goe-mul’Universal Monster Movies - all the golden age filmsNamely the first three Frankenstein films: Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein - cinema’s first great trilogy Hammer Studios - all their monster filmsNamely Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, and Curse of the WerewolfThe MistTremorsPan’s Labyrinth An American Werewolf in LondonKing Kong (original)Godzilla (original) - the King of the Monsters!Music by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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=5w0jgFXil9En alleged exorcist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw5aLh17uc0Join our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
Grave Matters

Grave Matters

2020-09-2351:20

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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
Guests - Allie and Hannah (What’s Han Your Mind) https://whatshanyourmind.comAllie 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 stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 IntersectionGwanghwamun Bigak Back AlleySeorin Hotel East AlleyTaehwagan GomokAnguk-dong AlleysRoad behind Tapgol ParkJongno 3-ga Back AlleyJongmyo ParkSide street of the morgue of Seoul Medical University HospitalGingko Trees at Marronnier Park (Hyehwa, exit 2)Road in front of Chungsin MarketJoin our Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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 Patreon to get more stuffhttps://patreon.com/darksideofseoulBook a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.comMusic by SoraksanTop tier PatronsAngel EarlJoel BonominiJamie StaleyShaaron CullenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22510065)
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