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Korea

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World traveler and filmmaker Brandon Li spent a month in Seoul, Korea capturing images of the vibrant lives of its citizens from all walks of life, deftly transitioning between images of the city’s mix of traditional and modern urban lifestyles. Director’s commentary video here.

Inspiring Pyeongchang Moments

Inspiring Pyeongchang Moments

Thanks to our friends at Toyota, we had the good fortune to visit this year’s Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From the athletes to spectators to the Koreans who ran the show, the Olympics showcased the best of people in these trying times.

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Loop Marble Run

Loop Marble Run

Fashion brand COS teamed up with the awesomely-named Snarkitecture to build an epic marble track in Seoul, Korea, consisting of over 1300 feet of suspended track, on which white glass marbles roll. The ride culminates with each marble ending up in a massive pile.

Piloting a Giant Mech

Piloting a Giant Mech

Korea’s Hankook Mirae corporation is developing a real world take on the movie and video game staple – the manned mech suit. Autoblog’s Translogic managed to score a hands-on demo of their Method v2 robot. It doesn’t move fast, but it sure is impressive.

Korea’s Hangover Soup

Korea’s Hangover Soup

Haejang-guk is a popular Korean soup. Its name literally means “soup to chase a hangover.” It’s made of vegetables, rice and meat in beef broth. Great Big Story spoke with the current owner of Cheong Jin Ok, the restaurant that supposedly came up with the soup.

North Koreans Try American BBQ

North Koreans Try American BBQ

Digiatalsoju TV provides a unique perspective on the isolation and anti-American propaganda served up to residents of North Korea as we meet four refugees as they try out some tasty barbeque dishes at a westernized restaurant in South Korea. Seriously, even our forks are evil.

Dr. Strange Street Magic

Dr. Strange Street Magic

Doctor Strange performs nominal trickery to the delight of his two hype men. Combine the classic David Blaine parody skits with Supa Hot Fire and you get one of Saturday Night Live Korea‘s running gags.

Conan in Korea

Conan in Korea

“So we’ve been told not to touch this man or go behind him, which is usually my rule with any man.” The king of remote segments starred in a South Korean soap opera, held North Korea’s first late night talk show made a K-pop video, and more in Conan‘s Korean adventure.

The Force Awakens (Korean Teaser)

The Force Awakens (Korean Teaser)

“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” The Star Wars Korea YouTube page posted a new 30-second teaser for Episode VII. While it’s mostly stuff we’ve seen before, there’s a tiny bit of new footage and a focus on the bad guys.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Samsung Galaxy Round

Currently slated only for Korea, this new Android phone offers a gently curved 5.7″ OLED screen and an elegant leather back. Plus, its curvature can be used to trigger actions, such as turning on the display to view time and notifications.

Watermelon vs. Rubber Bands

Watermelon vs. Rubber Bands

We think there might be a lesson about strength in numbers in this video similar to what these toothpick-cage building crazies were trying to get across but who cares? Just ‘splode it already!

Mesh Wire Portraits

Mesh Wire Portraits

Using cut up layers of wire mesh, artist Seung Mo Park creates these huge and hauntingly beautiful portraits. In case you’re wondering, here’s a video of his meticulous process.

Seoul Balancing Expert

Seoul Balancing Expert

Another viral ad for Seoul’s travel website. If you weren’t impressed by the boomerang expert, maybe this guy will blow your socks off. His unique talent? Balancing big stuff over small stuff.

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Taekwondo Shuffle

Taekwondo Shuffle

This group of kids from South Korea sure know how to take one of today’s biggest dance crazes and kick it up a notch. They also sure know how to just plain kick things.

Boomerang Like a Boss

Boomerang Like a Boss

Would we visit Seoul just to let this boomerang expert use his pinpoint accuracy to knock something off our head? YEAH! Could we do it without flinching? Not likely.

True Origins of Pizza

True Origins of Pizza

The higher-ups at Mr. Pizza Korea Co. do a good job of distancing themselves from the strong accusations made in this mockumentary about the disputed origins of our favorite type of pie.

Photographic Sculptures

Photographic Sculptures

Korean artist Gwon Osang creates captivating sculptures, starting with a life-size mannequin, covered with hundreds of photographs to create surreal people with photorealistic textures.

Dice People

Dice People

Korean artist Kim Hyun creates intricate humanoid forms using various dice. Each die is drilled, carefully placed on wires sculpted around plaster casts, which are later removed.

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)
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Still enticed by North Korean tourism? Us too. Thankfully Charlie Crane managed to gather enough amazingly poignant photos of what some call Stalinist Disneyland to publish this guidebook.

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