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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

The Death That Changed Seoul’s Foreign Community

The Death That Changed Seoul’s Foreign Community

In early 2008, an English teacher and his girlfriend were killed in an apartment fire. It was a turning point in the disparate expat community. Many of the charity and fundraising groups we see now started here. But is that the whole story? We talk about Bill Kapoun...

Ghost Stories on Jayuro Highway

Ghost Stories on Jayuro Highway

Ghost Stories on Jayuro Highway A special video episode! Shawn and Joe drive in Paju, the source of many lonely road ghost stories. We share the tales of the Woman with Sunglasses, The Bloody Meat, The Bloody Box, and more. Join our Patreon to get early video versions...

Disneyland Seoul and Other Amusement Park Urban Legends

Disneyland Seoul and Other Amusement Park Urban Legends

Did Disney have plans to build a park in Korea? Was Seoul Grand Park originally a nuclear warhead research facility? What are some recent amusement park disasters that they would rather you not know?

We dig deep and answer these pressing questions. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

The Self-Crucified Man and Other Mysterious Deaths

The Self-Crucified Man and Other Mysterious Deaths

How did a man nail himself to a cross and stab himself in the side? We cover this and other unsolved mysterious deaths in one of our darker episodes.    Join our Patreon to get video podcasts, Weird Tales from Korean Lore, and more stuff...

Korean Cults: Unification Church (The Moonies)

Korean Cults: Unification Church (The Moonies)

The church created by Sun Myung Moon is basically the Forrest Gump of cults, finding itself in so many historic world events, you likely have been touched by it. Organizations and Businesses started by The Unification Church Collegiate Association for the Research of...

Korean Horror Films You Should Watch

Korean Horror Films You Should Watch

Get ready! Korean horror movie buffs discuss the must-watch Korean horror films of all time. And they tackle the question, is “Parasite” a horror film?

The June Struggle: How to Overthrow a Dictator

The June Struggle: How to Overthrow a Dictator

It’s sad how change awaits tragedy. South Korea had a serious police brutality problem. It took the police secretly killing a student to motivate activist groups. It then took the police publicly killing a student to motivate the whole country. 

The June Struggle: Torture, Death, Democracy

The June Struggle: Torture, Death, Democracy

Today on The Dark Side of Seoul Podcast, we talk about the death of Park Jeong-chol, what led up to it, and how it sparked the events that led to South Korea’s democracy.

Dark Side of K-Pop: Superstitions and Scandal

Dark Side of K-Pop: Superstitions and Scandal

The K-Pop industry is full of superstitions, ghost stories, and scandal. Did you know that a singer from Miss A was visited by a ghost before one of their albums was released?