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Korea Then vs Korea Now: Korean Cultural Identity Crisis

16 Jul

Seoulistic.com is a site dedicated to introducing Korean culture among other super useful tips. But here’s the problem: Korea itself is having a cultural identity crisis. I had a post about how Korea was different 10 years ago. That just goes to show how much and how quickly Korea is changing. It also makes it really difficult for me to create videos/posts that are 100% correct about Korean culture. Here’s a few examples:

– Touching in Korea: I made a video about what touching the opposite sex is like in Korea. The older people usually don’t get all up on each other, but some of the younger generation is all like “whatever, yo! lets get busy!” in public.

– Korean Style Punishments: this video was about what punishments are like in Korea. I showed the original video to a couple of people including @kyeongeun and @yo_ona. Hitting is old school… now it’s all like “I love you, i love you!”

– Being awesome on subways used to mean never siting in the priority seating and getting up for the elderly/kids/etc. But these days there are lots of younger Korean kids that are not that awesome and just stay glued to their smartphones (sometimes ignoring the elderly in front of them). Scary ajummas and ajeoshi’s 10 years ago would have ripped one into them, but now they just give em stank eye.

So it’s hard to be totally on point cause Korea is changing so fast. It’s kind of stuck between the old way and new way of doing things. While all the older traditions and ways of doing things is still true, it definitely is changing. Nowadays it’s all about being chic and modern, but personally, I like most of the old stuff much better. If you haven’t noticed, I’m an ajeoshi at heart 😉

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How Korea Was Different 10 Years Ago

19 Jun

I just thought about it. This year, 2012, marks the 10 year anniversary of when I first came to Korea. 10 years, yo! Back then I was really into kpop and Korean movies, didn’t speak much Korean and was really bad with girls. Now it’s 2012, and I’m not that into kpop or Korean movies anymore, and I speak much better Korean. I’m still pretty bad with girls though 😛

But Korea’s changed too. Like… ALOT. It’s crazy how much things have changed in Korea. Here are somethings that I’ve noticed are different from 2002 and 2012.

Speaking English was the bomb – I was mad popular back then just because I spoke English. It was awesome/sucked cause everyone used to stare at you if you spoke English cause it was so different. Now everyone speaks English, and I lost my edge 😛
Kpop Used to be Sappier – Check out the most popular Kpop songs back in 2002. They were all crazy sad. Now it makes me wanna shake my butt.
Celebrities Were Much Easier to See – They all just hung out in Apgujeong and they were super easy to see all the time. Now they’re all super rich and going to these super rich places that normal folk don’t go.
Korean people started getting tattoos
– Back in 2002, if you had a tattoo, that meant you were a gangster. Now it’s a fashion statement.
Girls smoking outside – It was funnycause 10 years ago, women smoking was a taboo, and I’d see grown women sneak behind a building to smoke. Now they just smoke anywhere. Do your thang girl!
COEX was brand new and had a hof and nightclub inside – The hof is kinda understandable, but a (booking) nightclub inside a shopping mall? Weird! Now they’re all at hotels for some reasons.
NB was the only club – I think clubbing was brand new to Korea. And NB was the only one there. Now there’s like a gajillion clubs.

Surprised at all? Korea’s changed fast man. Really fast.

Me too. Here’s a bonus picture from back in 2002, when I was 19 🙂

Why I Chose Not to Live in Gangnam, and in Gangbuk in Seoul

14 Jun

Gangnam in Seoul is pretty famous. But I don’t live there. It’s really t rendy and cool, but it’s also a bit expensive and, and a bit too new (if you know what I mean).

I enjoy living in the older part of Seoul, which is Gangbuk (North of the Han River). To me, it has a more Korean feel to it, rather than the new, fast and hip modern culture of Gangnam. And although I try to be hip and modern, deep inside I’m really an ajeoshi. So Gangbuk fits me nice and snug 🙂

Where would you guys live? 🙂

12 Year Old Rocking Out in Hongdae

7 Jun

I’m not sure what this kid was doing up at 2AM, but he was dancing like a mad man at Hongdae Children’s Park in Seoul, Korea!

Clubbing in Korea… I Kindaa Miss It

31 May

I admit. I like to have a good time. And sometimes that means having a few drinks and hanging out at a club in Korea. I had a really good time last year, but this year, I’m not hanging out much and mostly focusing on my site, seoulistic.com. I kinda miss clubbing, but only a little bit. Here’s why:

Clubs in Hongdae

Club NB – Really youthful and energetic, but TOO youthful. I’m 28 (30 Korean age). I can’t hang with them no more.
Tin Pan 2 – Used to go here for a little bit of an older crowd. But I passed by recently, and I’m too old for them too!

Clubs in Gangnam

Club 88 – Things get really crazy, so it’s fun. But I’m not hardcore enough to party like that all the time.
Octogon – Only went here once and would love to go back. But I just can’t afford any type of clubbing at the moment.

I admit, I do miss going out and just having a good time at a club. But I’m broker now, older now and more focused now 🙂 Nearly an adult! Once I start doing my dishes more consistently, I’ll be a full-fledged functioning member of society 😉

Working at UNESCO Korea (KNCU)

24 May

I work at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO part-time. It’s a really good organization to work at, and I’m lucky to have this job! Here’s a short video explaining what it’s like to work at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO.

My Apartment in Hongdae

7 May

Wanted to show everyone my cool apartment in Hongdae, Seoul. Hongdae, for those that don’t know, is a college town in Korea famous for its night life and sub-culture. It’s a waste that I don’t go out much, but at least I have a pretty chill apartment to live in!

Jealous???????