We’re in Seoul tonight! Another country to add to our list of “Been there…done that!”
Seoul, South Korea by definition…
With a population of over 11.8 million, and a metropolitan population totaling over 25.6 million, Seoul is by far South Korea’s largest city and one of East Asia’s financial and cultural megacenters. A fascinating blend of ancient traditions and cutting-edge digital technology, home to endless street food vendors and vast nightlife districts, an extraordinarily high-pressure educational system and serene Buddhist temples, a trend-setting youth culture and often crushing conformism, extraordinary architecture and endless monotonous rows of grey apartment buildings, Seoul is a city filled with stark contrasts. (Wiki travel)
Originally named Hanseong the city was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty from 1392 to 1910, and remained the capital of Korea during the period of Japanese colonial rule which followed under the name Gyeongseong. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, the city was re-named to its current name, Seoul. Since the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, Seoul has been the capital of South Korea. Occupied twice during the Korean War by communist forces, the city was extensively rebuilt and today is one of Asia’s primary metropolises. The subway system is the third-largest in the world and is said to be one of the finest. It’s huge and we plan to use it lots!
Korean pop culture is huge in Asia stemming from Seoul so many tourists from all over China travel to this city. I’m pretty excited as over the next few days we will get just a small glimpse of this amazing city.
We are staying at the Imperial Palace hotel, an upscale luxury hotel and spa in the famous Gangnam District. Gangnam is sometimes said to be the Beverly Hills of Asia. We shall see…
Either way, Gangnam is the glitzy center of modern Seoul, home to hundreds of glass and steel skyscrapers, neon billboards, and some of the most expensive real estate in the country! And if that isn’t enough, everyone it seems knows about Gangnam…
made popular by the song! ( Some may like it…others DO NOT, BUT it is very much a part of Korean culture)
The phrase “Gangnam Style” is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul, Korea.The song and its accompanying music video went viral in August 2012 and has influenced pop culture worldwide since then. “Gangnam Style” received mixed reviews, with praise going to its catchy beat and Psy’s amusing dance moves (which themselves have become a phenomenon) in the music video and during live performances in various locations around the world. In September 2012, “Gangnam Style” was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video on YouTube.
Well… we are here! SO stay tuned for some highlights the next few days…if I have time! 🙂
David’s already learning about the culture!