US slaps sanctions on a Chinese company for allegedly supplying satellite images to the Wagner Group. Plus: Russia’s shifting focus after Western powers promise tanks for Ukraine, and Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg visits South Korea and Japan.
Seoul Walker (January 15, 2023) – It is a 220 meter-long and 1.5 meter-wide suspension bridge for pedestrians, which opened in 2017. The suspension bridge, which has become the landmark of Majang Lake, is the longest of its kind in Korea. There is also a 15 meter-high observatory and viewing deck as well as a 3.3 kilometer-long circumferential path around the lake, which are the great places for visitors to enjoy the calm and peaceful scenery of the lake. There is no admission fee or parking fee, and pets are allowed here.
Seoul Walker (December 2022) – The Mungyeong-saejae (문경새재) Open Set is a historical Korean drama filming location. Over the years, a large number of Korean dramas and movies have been filmed here, including Bossam: Steal the Fate (2021), Kingdom (2020), The Crowned Clown (2019), Hwarang (2016), The Face Reader (2013), The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), The Great King Sejong (2008), Taejo Wang Geon (2000), and many more. Therefore, this place offers various historical locations set in the Joseon era, such as the homes of the nobility and commoners, Gwanghwamun Gate, government offices, and Joseon and Baekjae period palaces.
North Gyeongsang Province is a province in eastern South Korea. The province was formed in 1896 from the northern half of the former Gyeongsang province, and remained a province of Korea until the country’s division in 1945, then became part of South Korea.
Jeju province encompasses the South Korean island of Jeju in the Korea Strait. It’s known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes. Hallasan Mountain, a dormant volcano, features hiking trails, a crater lake at the 1,950m summit and nearby Gwaneumsa Temple. The Geomunoreum Lava Tube System includes 7km-long Manjanggul Cave, created centuries ago when Hallasan was still active.
On 29 June, Frieze announced the details of the first edition of its art fair in Seoul, South Korea. So for this last episode of the current season, we’re exploring the art scene and market in the Korean capital.
Ben Luke talks to the art historian and curator Jiyoon Lee about contemporary art in Seoul and beyond, and the origins of the current art scene in 1990s globalisation. The Art Newspaper’s associate editor, Kabir Jhala, speaks to two gallerists—Joorhee Kwon, deputy director at the Kukje Gallery and Emma Son, senior director at Lehmann Maupin, about the growing market and collector base, and the effect Frieze may have on the existing scene.
And this episode’s Work of the Week is Dahye Jeong’s A Time of Sincerity, a basket made with horsehair that this week won the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize. Kabir talks to the creative director at the fashion brand Loewe, Jonathan Anderson, about Jeong’s piece.
Frieze Seoul, COEX, Seoul, 2-5 September.
The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 11 September-19 February 2023.
The 2022 Loewe Foundation Craft Prize, Seoul Museum of Craft Art, until 31 July.
We hear from Beijing about the city’s fears of a Shanghai-style lockdown and ask how the country’s “zero-Covid” policy affects the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Plus: the escalation of Hungary’s rule-of-law spat with the EU, the latest TV news and an interview with South Korea’s only astronaut.
We have the latest on the invasion of Ukraine. Plus: an interview with former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves; a look ahead to the South Korean presidential elections; and the latest aviation news.
We take a look at how Russian media outlets are portraying the Ukraine crisis. Plus: the EU-African Union summit kicks off in Brussels, South Korea’s forthcoming presidential elections and the latest urbanism stories.
The meeting between superpower presidents was cordial and careful, but it will take far more than a video call to smooth such frosty relations.
Europe once had an enviable international rail network—one it must revive if the bloc is to meet its climate targets. And the costly and sometimes dangerous lengths South Koreans are going to for flattering photographs.
Criminal gangs in north-western states, jihadists in the north-east, a rebellion in the south-east: kidnappers, warlords and cattle rustlers are making the country ungovernable.
The new head of Samsung Electronics has a legacy to build—and aims to do so by breaking into the cut-throat business of processor chips. And the sci-fi classic “Dune” gets a good cinematic treatment at last.