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By Daniel Tudor

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

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the net age. full of 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 principally Korean. a couple of chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with recognition to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer incorporates 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're so keen about schooling and success—Tudor has created the ideal publication for the turning out to be ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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At this point, the groom’s friends and the bride’s family enjoy a lavish feast, with plenty of alcohol laid on for good measure. 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.

Even in rural towns, where there is much less need to stack people on top of each other, apartment living has become the norm. By the turn of the millennium, there were only about 10,000 hanoks left in the whole country. Korean architects regarded these houses—which they themselves grew up in and then left behind—as a curious relic of the past. Unfortunately, the dawn of industrial Korea meant the near-death of the hanok. Urbanization in Korea meant high-density, high-rise living— something that single-story hanoks cannot provide.

These days, male K-pop stars are almost as likely to have had plastic surgery as their female counterparts, and invariably, the doctor makes them cuter rather than more masculine. Nasal surgery is particularly common. Left 2AM singer Jo Kwon (left). Above BB Cream. , members of K-pop group Big Bang. Left Many men are also having plastic surgery these days. ” 50 A GEEK IN KOREA Being a Foreigner in korea: A question of Personal space Korea is becoming quite individualistic these days. But compared to the Western world, the concept of personal space is still noticeably weaker.

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