Category: Entertainment

Old Downtown is Ready for Christmas

By , December 16, 2014 8:18 pm


Over the next few weeks, I encourage you to take a walk in Seongnamdong or “Old Downtown” as many expats call it. For the longest time it was the hangout of middle school students and old people. However, like most things it has been making a comeback in many ways. For the most part the old charm of the area still exist. Dank alleyways with interesting shops still exist but are slowly being replaced with trendy cafes and fashionable shops and restaurants.


These days it has more charm as the city is taking steps to improve the overall look and feel of the “old downtown” However, not to be outdone by Busan, the city of Ulsan has put up their own Christmas tree and  it does make the area a little more festive. Some may say “tacky” but I for one feel that we need more Christmas lights around town.


During my walk through the area, there was a band playing some familiar Christmas tunes. It was a great evening to be out and about. The gangs of middle schoolers still prowled the walking street making it a hassle to get through. However, the smell of fresh roasted coffee from one of the 20 or so cafes along the street and the glow of the lights kept me feeling festive.


If you are driving, the best time to go is Sunday night as the underground parking lot near the library (just up from JJ’s Bar) is free and most people don’t even realize it is there. For the rest, just walk past Shigaetop heading away from the river and the Exordium towers. Just follow the lights.


For coffee suggestions, I would highly recommend cafe 57 as it has some great coffee and fresh roasted beans. It is located at the far end of the street, closest to the library and parking mentioned earlier. If you are down in the area on a Thursday, pop in to Toolbox for their special! Get a bacon cheese burger, fries, and a beer for 10,000 won. You can’t beat that kind of a deal.

I have Lived Today

By , December 11, 2014 8:31 am


Former Ulsan resident Steve Moore has come out with his first book called “I Have Lived Today” and we couldn’t be happier. According to Moore, the book started out as a project while he was teaching here in Ulsan and then was finished later on. Steve was a fixture at the Mugeodong Ediya Cafe during this time but has since moved on from Ulsan to the bright lights of Daegu.

Sadly, the novel has nothing to do with life in Ulsan but everything to do with a dark and tragic tale of self discovery and human cruelty. Many have noted Moore’s writing style to that of the legendary Charles Dickens. The book does have a similar dark feel to it.  The main character “Tristan” suffers his way through this brilliant novel and eventually comes to a life changing realization. Here is Moore’s synapsis of the book.

England. 1960s. A cold, harsh autumn. On an isolated island, an abusive man forces his wife to run for her life. Their son Tristan, young and afraid, also flees the island and sets out into the world to escape his demons and find his mother.

Hitchhiking beneath the backdrop of a wild and loveless November, Tristan encounters every possible character, from the genuinely kind to the inherently wicked. Beaten, robbed and stripped of even hope, Tristan finds himself on the gritty streets of London’s East End, where everything he thought he knew about life starts to shatter and crumble around him. With all hope seemingly lost, a young boy even questions the futility of life itself. But when he learns that there are others who share his torment and understand his pain, can Tristan find the courage to make it through his darkest hours?

Tristan’s tale is a grim exploration into his own conscience. As he discovers the unique ability of humans to do such heinous things both to themselves and to one another, it’s all he can do to keep control as his passage of internal discovery takes one dark turn after another and sends him to the edge.

“I Have Lived Today” can be purchased online at Amazon and 10% of the royalties will go to the NSPCC Children’s Charity.  For those looking for great reads this is a book that you surely do not want to pass up. Not to mention that you would be helping a lot of children as well.


You can keep up with Steve’s adventures over at his blog “The Twenty First Century Nomad” and his author site here.

Angle Magazine’s First Birthday Party

By , September 23, 2014 7:37 pm

On the night of October 4th Angle Magazine promises an audiovisual feast at Ulsan’s Sticky Fingers in honour of our first birthday celebration.

Over the past year, Angle Magazine has worked at showcasing the work of the tremendous talent and creativity that, although abundant, is at times overlooked in the southern regions of the peninsula. It was started by Philip Brett and Joshua Hanlin in Ulsan, with the hope of providing a platform to expose this work and to improve and increase the creative community in the south. Whether connecting musicians to their audience, connecting artists with artists, or in one case, connecting musicians with a spoken word artist for an impromptu collaboration, the work that we have been fortunate to feature has inspired people to go see some shows and to create their own art, and that has been truly rewarding.

(November on Earth – Photo by Stephen Elliot at Big Day South)

The one year mark boasts a trail of events that have shared a sentiment Angle strives to promote, that of an inclusive, dynamic, creative culture that gives a sense of community to locals and foreigners, appreciators and creators alike.

BIG DAY SOUTH _ April 26th. from rainmaker on Vimeo.

We have four musical acts performing on the night. The Elsewheres have been a staple of the Ulsan music scene over the last few years, and as their recent victory at the Daegu Battle of the Bands shows, they’re starting to play more shows around the country before recording their debut album. Fellow local act Swanny will begin the night with the infectious guitar melodies of his British songwriting style.

(The Elsewheres – Photo by Stephen Elliot at Big Day South)

From Daegu we welcome post-rock band November on Earth who recently took part in the Round Robin event in Seoul hosted by Super Colour Super, and are gaining plenty of international attention online.  Also from Daegu are Drinking Boys and Girls Choir, who bring a burst of skate punk swagger!

(Drinking Boys & Girls Choir – Unknown photo credit)

On the visual side we have our friends from Moim who will be offering Projector Portraits for 1000won, with all proceeds going to the Ulsan Parents of Child Cancers. The portraits involve standing in front of a screen while an artist draws around you via an overhead projector. A quick picture later and you have a one of a kind image which will be available from the Angle Magazine Facebook page.

(Moim Launch Party by Lee Younghan)

There will also be visuals playing through a projector all night, and a wall for for the crowd to draw or write on, and create your own mini-masterpieces.

Make sure you come out on October 4th to help us celebrate our first birthday, and to help us support a growing and thriving arts scene here in the south! Hear some new music, watch some live art, and help out a good cause.

Doors open at 9pm and 5,000 won gets you in and access to four musical performances, back-dropped by visuals and interactive art.

For more information, visit our website at or come say hello on

Ulsan Summer Festival

By , July 24, 2014 5:47 pm

If you’re a fan of Korean music, then check out the Ulsan Summer Festival sponsored by MBC. It is taking place in various parts of the city over most of the weekends in August.

For those that can’t read Hangeul, here’s a brief breakdown:

Prime Concert – Sports Complex Supplementary Grounds (Next to the basketball stadium, near Megamart in Jungu – pinned on Interactive Map under “Sports”) – August 1,2,3 at 8pm

Acoustic Ladyland? Readyland? – Taehwagang Grand Park (Taehwa River Park, pinned on Interactive Map under “Recreation”) – August 9, 10 at 2pm-10pm

Jinha Beach Festival – Jinha Beach (pinned on the Interactive Map under “Recreation”)- August 13, 14, 15, 17 (not 16!) at 7pm

Open Concert – Beomseo Sports Park (pinned on the Interactive Map under “Sports”) – Auguts 16th at 7pm

You’ll have to check out this article to puzzle your way through all the performers ;)

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CATS at The Hyundai Arts Center

By , June 2, 2014 6:12 pm

cats HAC

The Hyundai Arts Center has always been a place just off my radar for something to do. Located across the street from the Hyundai Department Store in Dong-gu, it always seemed like a place that was just a little too far away. That was until I heard that the Croatian duo “2Cellos” were playing here on the first leg of their Korean tour.

They played for a sold out show on May 24th and it was a really great time. You have not lived until you have heard AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” played by two Croatian guys using only cellos and a drum kit. It was a night to remember. Sadly, the Hyundai Arts Center strictly forbids photography during the concert so most of what I got from this rockin’ performance were some shaky iPhone shots.

At any rate, coming up in September will be an English language (Korean Subtitles) performance of CATS. This will be the first time this production has performed in Korea in 6 years. Tickets will go on sale on June 16th and will most likely sell out fast.

If you purchase your tickets between June 16th and the 29th you are eligible for  an “Early Bird Discount” If you purchase tickets during that time you will receive a 10% discount on the Saturday show (September 27th) or a 20% discount for the Sunday (September 28th) show.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Hyundai Arts Center directly and purchasing them from the information desk on the first floor. Also they can be purchased online by visiting their website (Korean Language only) or by calling them at 052-202-6299.

Ulsan Online will be posting more events from the Hyundai Arts Center on our Events calendar.

Open Lectures at Gyeongju University

By , May 16, 2014 2:34 pm

From a member who works at GU: Dear Ulsan Online Community Gyeongju University has put together a semester of open lectures running from May 13th till June 19th. All are welcome to attend the currently small selection of open lectures as the program is in its infancy stages with hopes for future development. Please take a look at the promotinal video:

 The lecture schedule is listed below. Please contact Jacek Glowacki if you have any questions.
Gyeongju University proudly presents the Open English Lectures 경주대학교 열린 강의 시리즈 Lecture time: 6.15 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Venue: Lecture Theatre 2B01, Gyeongju University Refreshments: Tea and coffee All lectures will last approximately 45 minutes. Lectures will be followed by fifteen minutes’ Q&A.

Guest speaker, date, title / Topic:


Prof. Steve Hoag, on Tuesday, 20th May Tips for Travelling in Countries Where English Is Spoken (영어권 국가 여행을 위한 팁)
Dr. Phamho Pham, on Wednesday, 21stMay An Introduction to Vietnamese Culture (베트남 문화 소개)
Dr. Awele Oguejiofor, on Thursday, 22ndMay Nigerian Culture, Society and Politics: A Comprehensive Introduction (나이지리아의 문화, 사회, 정치: 종합 안내)
Dr. Subedi Thakur on Monday, 26th May Invitation to Explore Nepalese Culture (네팔 문화로의 초대)
Dr. Althea Truman on Tuesday, 27th May Appreciating Guyana – A Unique Country in South America (가이아나-남아메리카의 흥미로운 국가)
Jacob Lotinga, on Wednesday, 28th May China’s Minority Cultures (Naxi, Bai, Miao, Buyi, Qiang and Yi) (중국의 소수민족 문화: 나시족, 바이족, 먀오족, 부이족, 치앙족, 이족을 중심으로)
Prof. Eguelson Legagneur (MA TESOL), on Thursday, 29th May Haiti’s Culture and Society (아이티의 문화와 사회)


Dr. Elizabeth Cohen, on Tuesday, 3rd June Yoga Lessons Learned in an Indian Ashram (아쉬람에서 배운 요가)
Dr. Rahul Raj on Wednesday, 4thJune Introducing India (인도 소개)
Prof. Michael Drummond (MA) on Thursday, 5th June Secrets of Early Buddhism (초기 불교의 신비)
Prof. Andy Crown (MA) on Monday, 9th June Readings of Poetry and Fiction (시 * 소설 강독)
Prof. Lee Klinger (MA) on Tuesday, 10th June Korean Art and My Experience (한국 미술과 나의 경험)
Dr. Miles White, on Wednesday, 11thJune Flash Fiction: Readings and Discussion (플래시 픽션 강독)
Prof. Jeff Lane on Thursday, 12th June The Fantastic Realists (Western Art) (환상적인 현실 주의자: 서양 미술)
Prof. Sandra Carter (MA) on Tuesday, 17th June How to Reach Every Student (모든 학생을 포용하는 수업 방안)
Prof. Bob Steaves (MA), Wednesday, 18thJune Use of Drama in Learning English (드라마를 활용한 영어교육)
Dr. Han Sang-ho on Thursday, 19th June Teaching Unplugged and the Beginner’s Mind (초심으로 다가서는 얽매임 없는 교수법)

Big Day South

By , April 11, 2014 3:10 pm


April is a busy month for Angle Magazine. We’re about to publish our 5th issue and we will be following it with our first ever festival. We are fortunate to team up with I Like Many Records (an indie record label and brainchild of former Ulsan resident, Ali Safavi) and the great people at [b]racket Magazine to create Big Day South, an exhilarating audio and visual festival in downtown Daegu.


Big Day South will be featuring some amazing artists from the south of South Korea and from around the world. Dogstar, who were featured in Angle Magazine’s fourth issue, have been playing together for over a decade. This legendary band has brought their experimental sound all over the country and influenced numerous up and coming bands. From Seoul, electronic producer and composer Yukari, who released one of our favourite Korean albums of 2013, will be bringing her lush chillwave / dream pop sound to Club Urban. Say Sue Me, from Busan, will bring their sexy surf music, which they showcased to a packed house at Sticky Fingers on Paddy’s Day. Yamagata Tweakster is described as “The quintessential Korean experience,” and for Big Day South, he returns to his hometown to wrap up our musical performances with a blast of electronic dance pop music. His shows are notoriously unpredictable, often bringing the party out into the streets.

dogstarOn top of all the fantastic acts from around Korea, Angle Magazine is delighted to have several talented artists representing Ulsan. Over the last couple of months, The Elsewheres have been scribbling away, producing original tunes, with the goal of recording their own album by the end of the year. Two relatively recent Ulsan arrivals will be showing off their talents: Canadian poet and spoken word artist, Sean O’Gorman, who will be performing between acts at Club Urban, and South African graffiti artist, Moke will be starting things off creating art on-site outside Social Market alongside local Daegu artist Pal lo. Wrapping things up at Social Market will be Kim Yi-wha, an Ulsan native and one of our city’s finest emerging artists, who has held breathtakingly large exhibitions containing a mixture of installation and performance art in London, Seoul, and Ulsan.


The main goal of Big Day South is to disprove the idea that someone needs to travel to Seoul to get their alternative culture fix. While Seoul is a thriving scene, the south of the country has wonderful talent that should not be overlooked. Angle Magazine has featured many of these artists in previous issues, striving to showcase their talent and give their work the justice it deserves through interviews and videos. As much as we love featuring these talented groups and individuals in our magazine, we are firm believers that its always best to experience art up close and in-person.


With 18 performers from Ulsan, Busan, and Daegu, Big Day South will be an excellent opportunity for you to get involved with your local arts scene, meet some amazing artists, and be a part of some interactive art that is sure to get your creativity flowing. Hard working local charities will be providing an assortment of goods and activities, such as freshly baked cake and costumes. The first 75 people at the door of Social Market will get a free and original screen printed poster, made in front of them by Mesh Printing. Tickets will be available at T Morning Cafe from 10am, with concessions available for single entry to either of our 2 venues.


Photo credits: Ken Robinson, Stephen Elliot, Cindi L’abbe, Min Kim, Philip Brett, Leon Choi.


 Social Market – 소셜마켓: 12pm-4pm
Moke (Ulsan – Street Art)
Mine Lee/이민혜 (Daegu – Acoustic)
Leon Choi (Daegu – Digital Painting)
Andrew Blad (Daegu – Acoustic)
William Joseph Leitzman (Daegu – Digital Comic)
Cindi L’Abbe (Busan – Dance)
김이화 (Ulsan – artist)

URBAN Lounge Club : 5pm – Late
The Elsewheres (Ulsan)
November on Earth (Daegu)
Sean O’Gorman (Ulsan – Spoken Word)
The Curses (Daegu)
Colours (Daegu)
Say Sue Me (Busan)
유카리(YUKARI) (Seoul)
도그스타 / Dogstar (Daegu)
yamagata tweakster (Daegu/Seoul)
Akimbo (Busan)


Baseball in Ulsan!

By , March 10, 2014 12:50 pm

The new baseball stadium at the Munsu Sports Complex is ready to open, with two Lotte Giants vs Hanwha Eagles games on March 22 and 23, both games starting at 1:00pm. To kick off the new season, and the new venue, both of these games will be free! (Go early!!)

Korean baseball is a great sport to watch, partly because the players are high calibre, and partly because the crowds are as active as European soccer fans, or American football fans. There are chants, songs, dances, and it’s generally a rowdy fun time. Also, Korean stadiums tend to be a little more open to people bringing in outside food and beverages (not bottles, though), and the concession stand prices are fairly reasonable.

So, head over to Mugeodong on March 22 or 23, and root-root-root for the home team, if they don’t win it’s a shame.  For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out, at the old ball game.

Industrial Theatre Troupe is Back!

By , February 3, 2014 11:01 pm

An announcement from ITT:

Ulsan’s own ‘Industrial Theatre Troupe‘ is back with their 4th performance of 30 plays in 60 minutes.

For those who have not heard of ITT, it is a theatre troupe which was started in 2012 by 2 native English teachers, Pete Musto and Danielle Malson, and theatre director Yoojung Im. ITT use the concept of 30 plays in 60 minutes to deliver many different short plays, covering different genres. The theatre troupe encourages audience participation by having them choose the order of plays and being brought up on stage for some skits as well. Currently, ITT have 7 cast members. The former members, who are all native English teachers are Tronell Lessing, Danielle Malson, Brian Kelly and Patrick Sanders. Elementary native English teacher Cassandra Hora, American foreign student Kyle Walton and So Theatre’s manager, Hyun Chil, have joined ITT this time round.

Director Tronell Lessing says, “[The New Black] new place, new plays, same story”.

Producer Danielle adds, “This is probably our most positive production yet, with more laughter and short skits than previously. However, it wouldn’t be an ITT performance without some serious, reflective pieces, too”.

ITT are now performing at So Theatre in Seongnamdong, 24 Munhwaui-geori, (249-1 Okgyo-dong) Jung gu, Ulsan, Korea 681-190. (The location is pinned on the Interactive Map, under “Culture”)

From Shigaetop in Old Downtown, walk towards Royal Anchor. With Royal Anchor on your left walk to the next intersection. Go straight and the theatre shall have The New Black posters outside the entrance.

Performances are; Friday February 7th, 9pm. Saturday February 8th 7 & 9pm. To reserve tickets e-mail; Or call; 052 271 0557 for Korean or 010 5508 3107 for English.

Reel Rock Film Tour: Daegu

By , December 4, 2013 9:47 pm

From Korea On The Rocks Initiative (KOTRi), a charitable organization that helps install and replace safe rock climbing protection and anchors on climbing sites throughout Korea: KFT_Facebook Cover Photo is once again bringing the best in climbing and adventure films to audiences in Korea this winter with its fourth Reel Rock Film Tour Event. The evening promises awesome prize giveaways, raffles and a breathtaking film lineup that will get your heart racing and your palms sweating.  This year’s Film Tour brings together the Reel Rock Tour, as well as 2 unique and local films from our community. Lee Sung Jae’s film, “Uleung-do,”  looks to uncover the beauty of this remote island off the Korean coast, while The Dedicated Everyman’s film,“Unclimbed,” explores the remote unclimbed giants of the  Zanskar region of northern India. (There will be an article on this film posted shortly on UlsanOnline – stay tuned – Ed)


KOTRi hosts this annual film tour to bring local and expat outdoor enthusiasts and rock climbers together in celebration of adventure, adrenaline and extreme filmmaking. Combining the biggest names in rock climbing with stories of pushing the limits of climbing like never before, the films showcase the very best of the sport and will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.



More than growing the reach of the sport, the event is a chance for Korea’s outdoor communities to give back to the peninsula’s beautiful natural environment. KOTRi’s mandate is to develop, maintain and improve Korea’s climbing environment. The non-profit organization was founded in 2010 and has initiated a range of projects around Korea to ensure that the country’s rock climbing spots are safe, well equipped and environmentally sustainable.  The Reel Rock Film Tour is KOTRi’s biggest annual fundraiser and has raised over 25 million won over the past three years towards keeping Korea’s climbing areas safe.


The films will be screened in Daegu on December 14th from 5pm to 10pm at Kyungpook Universities Global Plaza theatre. Tickets are available in advance for 10,000 W or at the door for 15,000 W. Discounts are available for groups and members.  Visit to get more information on the events and to book tickets.

In June, 2013, Mammut Korea agreed to a full partnership with We are pleased to host this year’s event with our official partner, Mammut Korea.  Event sponsors include Eunpyeong-Gu district office, Evolv, Julbo, Prana, Outdoor Global, Magpie Brewing Company and CAYL (Climb As You Love).

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