A Geek in Korea: Discovering Asia's New Kingdom of Cool

By Daniel Tudor

For each fan of K-Pop song, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or an individual intrigued by means of Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new consultant to the land of the Samsung cellphone and Gangnam Style.

Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 international Cup whilst South Korea performed Italy within the finals. What he observed encouraged him to come and paintings in Korea. He served as The Economist magazine's Korea correspondent for 3 years, and he writes general columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has built a very good love and admiration for Korean tradition and the Korean people.

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. choked with articles and pictures, it covers all of the touchstones of Korean culture—from Buddhism and Confucianism to chapters at the conventional arts and disciplines like Taekwondo.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they are so passionate about schooling and success—Tudor has created the precise e-book for the starting to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative guide.

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Traveling KOREA 139 ... so with no extra ado, here’s my quickly consultant to a few must-see locations in Korea. Gangnam—THE stylish SOUTHern a part of SEOUL “If you will have a son, ship him to Seoul,” went an previous expression. The nation’s capital urban is a magnet for individuals, assets, and lots extra in addition to. 1/2 the inhabitants lives in or round Seoul. So, it wouldn’t appear correct to begin by means of speaking approximately at any place else. Seoul doesn’t suppose like one urban, even though. It sounds like : Gangnam (south of the river) and Gangbuk (north of the river). the previous used to be inbuilt the previous 40 years, while the latter has existed for hundreds of years. The constructions glance varied, and the folks are diversified, too—hence “Gangnam Style,” which as we all know, refers to all that's flashy and nouveau riche. yet how does one adventure Gangnam kind? listed here are my feedback: Apgujeong Get out of the teach at Apgujeong Rodeo station. instantly you will find Galleria division shop. Galleria is floor 0 for fashion designer labels and conspicuous intake. And should you stroll up the hill in the direction of Cheongdam, you’ll see sizeable Prada and Ferragamo retailers, to call yet a pair. Koreans spend 5 percentage in their source of revenue on luxurious items, and a very good bite of that's spent in this one road. Galleria division shop: i will near to come up with the money for a cup of espresso right here. vacationing KOREA Garosu-gil (Sinsa station region) Garosu-gil ability “tree-lined highway. ” yet nowadays, Garosu-gil is understood for its boutiques and eating places. espresso outlets like espresso Smith have lengthy, open patios, designed for seeing and being obvious. Fashionistas strut round within the wish that a few blogger or photo-journalist will take their photograph. And more and more, travelers abound. the belief of Garosu-gil is summed up completely by way of the presence of the Simone purse Museum, a monument to Gangnam kind. For an excellent stranger—but no much less Gangnam—museum, try out the BK cosmetic surgery Museum on the BK construction. BK is any such profitable cosmetic surgery hospital that it occupies a complete 16-story development. get together demanding: The Nonhyeon-dong sector This district is a bit rougher and readier than common Gangnam. get pleasure from soju at one of many many bars within the quarter, after which circulation directly to one in every of Gangnam’s “superclubs”—Octagon, or Eden. either those golf equipment are the type of locations the place humans pull up outdoor in Ferraris, and are allowed to leap the queue simply because they’re purchasing unending bottles of high-priced vodka within the VIP sector. And when you nonetheless have the strength, stream on later to an “afterclub,” resembling membership 88, the place the motion maintains till lunchtime the following day. Baseball in Jamsil Jamsil Olympic Stadium is now domestic to the LG Twins, one in every of Korea’s so much winning baseball groups. Being British, I’ve no concept how baseball works. however the video game is nearly secondary—cheerleaders and mascots hype up the group, and beer is particularly a lot to be had to complete the activity. A baseball (generic term) in Korea is a formal evening out. 141 142 A GEEK IN KOREA Above A walk at Gyeongbok Palace. under buying at Myeongdong.

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