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The Dark Side of Seoul Podcast

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Shawn & Joe

Shawn & Joe

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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.

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LATEST EPISODES

Do Koreans Believe in Ghosts?

Do Koreans Believe in Ghosts?

Shawn surveyed 400 Korean citizens about their beliefs in ghosts. The results were intriguing. How do Korean definitions of ghosts differ from western definitions? Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of...

O, Death

O, Death

Is there a Korean afterlife? What are Korean funeral traditions? We also cover why some elevators do not have a fourth floor.   Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at...

#SorryJeongIn: Parents Murder Their Child

#SorryJeongIn: Parents Murder Their Child

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’...

8 Weird and Surprising Seoul Landmarks

8 Weird and Surprising Seoul Landmarks

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. Join our Patreon to get more stuff...

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

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 stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul   Book a tour of...

The Brutal Ends of the Six Martyrs | King Sejo part 2

The Brutal Ends of the Six Martyrs | King Sejo part 2

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...

Young King, Power-hungry Uncle | King Sejo part 1

Young King, Power-hungry Uncle | King Sejo part 1

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 stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at...

Dismembers Only

Dismembers Only

Something to lose your hand over. True crime and historical accounts of cutting off limbs. Lots of them.  Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Music by...

On Fire!

On Fire!

Self immolation! City fires! Fire in folklore! The most pyro episode we’ve made yet.  Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Related movies - horror movies where fire is part of the theme or significant to a key scene Firestarter House...

The Han River Bridge Bombing

The Han River Bridge Bombing

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 stuff...

Did Ye Get Healed? Korean Folk Remedies

Did Ye Get Healed? Korean Folk Remedies

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 stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of...

Massacre on the Han River

Massacre on the Han River

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 stuff...