Ep. 26 – Colin Marshall on 30+ Benefits of Living in Seoul

Colin Marshall is a Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, and public speaker on cities, language, and culture. He writes the Los Angeles Review of Books Korea Blog, and his work has appeared in Guardian Cities, Open Culture, the Times Literary Supplement, and many more. Colin is also a regular contributor to a Seoul urbanism radio feature on TBS eFM’s Koreascape. You can follow him on Twitter and at colinmarshall.org

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by TooSix Media Group and recorded and co-produced at their studio in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea. You can check them out on Instagram at tsmg_sound and at their website toosixglobal.com

Show Notes

01:14 why Seoul metro rocks

08:38 coffee shop density in Seoul

13:49 Korean street food

16:05 functionalism vs green gentrification

21:05 drinking culture in Korea

25:15 why is Korea so safe?

30:00 development progress mean in Korea? // Korean insecurity

36:15 group membership in Korea // Koreanness

43:15 why Korea?

People, Places, Things Mentioned on the Show

Abnormal Summit (비정상회담)

Collateral (2004)

Infrastructure in the US

Suicide in Korea

Euljiro (을지로)

Daniel Tudor

London tube

Glasgow to Edinburgh

DC Metro


Starbucks proliferation in Seoul

Seattle’s growing pains

Coffee in Korea

Ediya Coffee

Doenjang girl (된장녀)

Maxim instant coffee

Pojangmacha (포장마차)

Cheonggyecheon (청계천)

Seoullo 7017 (서울로 7017)

Alaskan Way Viaduct

Korea’s economic miracle (한강의기적)

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