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The Devil Wears Laces

“Please tell me you didn’t do it,” Nikandros said as soon as Damen picked up the phone. Instinctively, Damen looked around, as though he were going to find Nikandros staring at him in disapproval from across the street. Or behind him. Or perching from one of the buildings like a gargoyle.

“I only did it because of you, you know,” Damen told him.

“You did this because of me,” Nikandros repeated. “I was the one who told you this was going to happen. Kastor has been jealous of you for years. It was only a matter of time before he made a grab for your position. That’s why he-”

“Why he told our father that I was burnt out and needed vacation time? Why he’s helpfully filling in for me during my forced sabbatical?”

“Yes.” It was exactly what Nikandros had said, though not with those specific details. Nikandros, who knew everything, had told Damen that his brother would jump at the opportunity to show their father he was capable of being CEO. Damen just hadn’t listened. But now Kastor was sitting at the Editor-In-Chief’s desk - his desk - and he’d decided to start paying attention.

“Which is why I’m not going to sit down and be useless while the company prepares for its biggest deal in years.”

“So, you’ve applied at Vere?”

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Autumn on the campus of Korea University.

Korea University’s historic main hall was completed in 1934 and designed by Park Dong-jin, one of the fathers of Korean modern architecture. In the late 1920s, the owner of the university, the businessman Kim Seong-su, went on a fact-finding trip to universities around the world. He was reportedly impressed with the newly built West Campus of Duke University. It’s said the Tudor Gothic architecture of Korea University’s campus reflects this.

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Part gallery, part café, part art shop and part salon, Munhwa Sanghoe is a fixed-up hanok on Gyedong-gil that serves as a point of connection and communication between creators and consumers.

The space is currently hosting an exhibit of illustrations and handcrafted goods using recycled materials by artist Kim Geun-hui.

Photos by Robert Koehler of SEOUL.

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A bit of food porn:

(TOP) “Bassak” Bulgogi, Nakji Bokkeum and Boiled Slices of Pork at Gongdeok’s Yeokjeon Hoegwan, a Seoul institution run by the same family for three generations. Actually named one of Seoul’s “future cultural heritage.”

(BOTTOM) Eobok Jaengban (boiled beef slices, sweet potato noodles, pear and other veggies), Doenjang Guksu Noodles and Potato Dumplings - authentic North Korean eats at Jongno’s Neungnabapsang, run by North Korean defector, culinary researcher and North Korean human rights activist Lee Ae-ran.

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Not far from Ewha Womans University, Yeomni-dong is a quiet hillside residential neighborhood best known for its Salt Road, a public art project intended to keep the district’s web of claustrophobic alleyways free of crime. With it quirky shops and cafés, charming independent bookstores and laid-back vibe, the area has avoided the oversaturation that plagues some of Seoul’s other hot spots. Some of the neighborhood faces redevelopment, however, so change may be around the corner.

Learn more about Yeomni-dong in the upcoming issue of SEOUL.

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One of SEOUL Magazine editor-in-chief Robert Koehler’s favorite coffee houses, Samcheong-dong’s ½ Round Cafe harmoniously blends Korean hanok architecture with sophisticated European design.

They also do a fine cup of coffee.

Blissfully quiet, especially by Samcheong-dong standards, ½ Round Cafe also has a tranquil inner garden for an extra level of serenity.

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