Korean true crime, dark history, ghost tales, folklore, serial killers, and more.

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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

Monsters!

Monsters!

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

When Exorcism Leads to Death | Exorcism & Possession 2

When Exorcism Leads to Death | Exorcism & Possession 2

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...

Exorcism & Possession, part 1

Exorcism & Possession, part 1

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...

Cannibals. They Drive You Crazy.

Cannibals. They Drive You Crazy.

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 stuff...

True Crime: Cho Doo-soon & Sex Crime Law Failures

True Crime: Cho Doo-soon & Sex Crime Law Failures

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.   ...

Grave Matters

Grave Matters

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 stuff...

Lives of Women in the Joseon Dynasty (feat. What’s Han Your Mind)

Lives of Women in the Joseon Dynasty (feat. What’s Han Your Mind)

Guests - Allie and Hannah (What’s Han Your Mind)  Allie 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 stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul   Book a...

11 Haunted Places in Seoul

11 Haunted Places in Seoul

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 Intersection...

Sado, the Royal Serial Killer?

Sado, the Royal Serial Killer?

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...

Is Joe’s Apartment Haunted?

Is Joe’s Apartment Haunted?

A couple of months ago, some strange things started happening in Joe’s apartment in the middle of the night. Even one of our patrons saw something unexplained in a live video chat.  One incident forgotten to add to the show is that when Joe was in bed one night, the...