David Kute

    David Kute has an appreciation for Seoul’s distinct neighborhoods. From Dongdaemun's market stalls to Hongdae's rock music venues, the city continues to fascinate him. After spending many years living and working in Seoul and South Korea, he started the blog Rooftop on the Hanok. The blog is a place to share information as well as explore facets of life on the Korean peninsula. He enjoys writing fiction and playing basketball when he's not researching or writing Rooftop on the Hanok posts.    

An Interview with Jinha Lim
Tarot Reader Talks Tarot in South Korea

    Tarot shops are as ubiquitous as cafés in modern South Korea. Rooftop on the Hanok recently interviewed a professional tarot reader to get a closer look at the life of a South Korean tarot reader and to get some insights into the tarot culture. Jinha Lim currently works as a tarot reader in …

An Interview with Jinha Lim
Tarot Reader Talks Tarot in South Korea
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Dongdaemun’s Gwanghui-dong: Gateway to Central Asia

  Seoul has slowly built its profile as an international city. People from every corner of the world have made their homes in the metropolitan area, either to work or study. The city hosts small communities of foreign nationals, and amongst them are people hailing from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, including Russians, …

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An Interview with Minchan Kim
Jazz Drummer Talks Jazz and Korea

South Korea’s jazz music scene has many native musicians. Aside from the largely self-taught first generation, more and more Korean jazz students decide to study jazz seriously. Drummer Minchan Kim is one of the most visible native born musicians, as he has a wide range of experience playing at music festivals, events, concerts, and small …

An Interview with Minchan Kim
Jazz Drummer Talks Jazz and Korea
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An Interview with Alex Nelson
Anthropologist Discusses Korean Attitudes Towards Love and Relationships

Love, relationships, and marriage are parts of life that are universal to the human experience. Though they are routine, it doesn’t mean that people necessarily understand them. Alex Nelson has spent the better part of the last seven years studying love, dating, relationships, and marriage in a Korean context.  He is a Ph.D candidate in …

An Interview with Alex Nelson
Anthropologist Discusses Korean Attitudes Towards Love and Relationships
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An Interview with Martin Zenker
Veteran Jazz Musician Shares His Experiences on the Korean Peninsula

One aspect of life in Seoul is the local jazz scene. Live music is one of the underappreciated elements that Seoul offers, and the jazz scene has largely expanded in recent decades. Big and small venues alike are found throughout central Seoul, as well as sizable audiences and technically proficient musicians. Martin Zenker is a …

An Interview with Martin Zenker
Veteran Jazz Musician Shares His Experiences on the Korean Peninsula
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Top 4 Things to Do in Myeongdong

Myeongdong is a popular tourist destination in Seoul, South Korea’s capital city. The central based area mostly attracts Japanese and Chinese tourists. It’s often said that tourists fly to Seoul partly to buy and stock up on Korean cosmetic products, and Myeongdong is ground zero for buying discounted skin care products. Here are four Myeongdong …

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