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By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has a good figuring out of up to date South Korea and an aptitude for storytelling. His narrative of the nation's panorama is an earnest, investigative story that seeks to undercover the reality approximately this usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed choice of tales portraying the Korean experience

For each fan of K-Pop track, Korean Wave dramas and Kimchi—or an individual intrigued through Korea and Korean culture—A Geek in Korea is a hip, new advisor to the land of the Samsung phone and Psy.

Author Dan Tudor first arrived in Korea at the eve of the 2002 global Cup while 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 standard columns for the nationwide day-by-day Joongang Ilbo newspaper. alongside the way in which, he has constructed an excellent love and admiration for Korea and Koreans.

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition advisor for the net age. jam-packed 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. There are chapters on cultural code phrases and norms; own relationships; company and know-how; and emblems and practices which are exceptionally Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with cognizance to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer encompasses a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different locations of exceptional interest.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they are so keen about schooling and success—Tudor has created the fitting ebook for the becoming ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i

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Probably the best known type is Koryo Cheongja, which has a highly distinctive green celadon glaze, and sometimes featured elaborate styling and animal motifs. During the Joseon era, tastes were more austere and simple, elegant, white-glazed ceramics came into vogue. During the Japanese invasions of 1592–1598, master potters were abducted and sent to Japan. Their artistic descendants produced the famed Satsuma porcelain. ” For women, it consists of a jeogeori (jacket) and a high-waisted skirt, or chima.

This means that opportunities to simply cut loose are becoming fewer and fewer. And furthermore, many think eumjugamu unsophisticated—not least the tourism authorities, who prefer to focus on either K-pop or traditional arts and crafts when promoting the country. I find this a shame. Eumjugamu is one of the most attractive aspects of Korean life. A Ganggangsullae circle dance, originally a strenuous song-anddance spectacle performed by unmarried women. These days, Ganggangsullae is more the preserve of the middle-aged and elderly, at Dano and other country festivals.

Seoul (AND busan and daejeon AND DAEGU AND GWANGJU): A CITY OF TOWER BLOCKS With 50 million people squashed into a small land area—around 70 percent of which is mountainous—space is at a premium in Korea. To make matters worse, half of those 50 million are concentrated in or around the Seoul metropolitan area. It is natural, then, that people should live stacked on top of each other, in apartment buildings. All across the land, gigantic towers dominate the skyline. Even in smaller towns and cities, the standard place of residence is an apartment rather than a house.

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