[RAS Korea Lecture] 도시탐험: Korea's developing urban exploration community

Discipline : Society
Speaker(s) : Jon Dunbar
Language : English

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DATE: Tuesday. March 12, 2024. 7:30PM (Seoul)

VENUE: Fifth floor (Conference Room) of FAST FIVE Tower (Namdaemun-ro 9-gil 24, Jung-gu, Seoul)

ADMISSION (Online & In-person): Free for Members; W10,000 for Non-members; W5,000 for Non-member students (Student ID requested)

  • If you would like to attend online ZoomRSVP by March 11 (Monday). We will email you the link on Tuesday.
  • To attend in-person, RSVP is not required.



Secret places all across South Korea are being exposed at an increasing speed by urban explorers. These secretive adventurers visit forgotten and forbidden places, including abandoned buildings, urban renewal zones, underground spaces including buried streams and train tunnels, and high-up places such as rooftops and construction cranes. They use passive, nondestructive means to gain access, slipping in and out without being detected, and documenting what they find through various media.

Through the lens of one explorer who has been active for almost 20 years, we will review the history of urban exploration in Korea, including the development of the local community — or communities — as well as various issues encountered. Expect lots of wild stories and bizarre photos.


Jon Dunbar moved to Korea in December 2003 and began urban exploring in March 2005. He curates a database that contains over 700 past and present urban exploration locations across Korea. As well as working at The Korea Times, he also is general editor of Transactions, the journal of Royal Asiatic Society Korea. He founded the DoTam Film Festival which will screen short films related to Korean urban exploration on April 6 at Eulji Space.

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