Junhyup Kwon is the Korea Editor for VICE Media, based in Seoul. He is responsible for writing and editing breaking news, features, and enterprise stories about North and South Korea. Kwon won an award of excellence from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) in 2022 and the Cho Gye-chang Award from the Journalists Association of Korea in 2018.
A crowd of excited faces on the streets of central Seoul.
Interviews with survivors, witnesses, and a police insider reveal a troubling series of missteps in crowd control—and inaction—that led to the disaster.
As South Korea grieves the loss of 156 lives, a survivor recalls the move he made that saved his life.
A VICE editor describes the surreal moment of seeing the dead, while others partied around them.
“Why didn’t they kill me with my mother?” Nguyen Thi Thanh asked, as she relived the day South Korean soldiers rampaged through her village, slaughtering her family.
We spoke to people at South Korea’s largest queer festival.
Experts told VICE World News the outbreak is very likely COVID, with fears of “mass death” as the virus ravages the country’s unvaccinated and malnourished population.
Dismantling the $41-million resort that was once a sweet spot between the Koreas would chip away at what little hope remains of their reconciliation.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might have tried to pull a switcheroo in front of the world.