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By Daniel Tudor

ISBN-10: 0804843848

ISBN-13: 9780804843843

"Daniel Tudor has a good knowing 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 frequently misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, a critically-acclaimed selection of tales portraying the Korean experience

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

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

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. filled 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; enterprise and expertise; and emblems and practices which are mainly Korean. a couple of 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 incorporates a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of exceptional interest.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Koreans, debunking myths approximately them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so enthusiastic about schooling and success—Tudor has created the right publication for the transforming into ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, i

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Importantly though, this was never the cause of any friction. Even today, shamanism and Buddhism “blend” in Korea, meaning that those who follow one tend to follow the other as well. Buddhism as State Religion Silla’s rulers first rejected the new faith, but eventually made it into their state religion due to the actions of one man—according to legend, at least. In Lanterns placed in honor of Buddha’s birthday. In Korea, Buddha’s birthday is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar.

Coffee shops are the most convenient place to do that. Also, it is relatively uncommon to visit a friend’s home in Korea. In England, I was forever attending house parties, or just dropping in on people. But an invitation to a person’s home in Korea is more of a big deal. ” And because the vast majority of young, unmarried people live with their parents, time spent with a date will be time spent outside the home—usually in a coffee shop. The Coffee Shop Perma-lancer Official unemployment in Korea is very low—around four percent.

27 Seodaemun Prison, where independence activists were held. It was still used throughout the dictatorship era. You can visit this Seodaemun Prison today, but be warned, it isn’t a light-hearted tourist trap. Right Gwangju May 18th National Cemetery, for the victims of the 1980 Gwangju Massacre perpetrated by Chun Doo-hwan. Far right Hyundai shipyard, Ulsan. Park Chung-hee saw shipbuilding as a way for Korea to get ahead, and directed huge amounts of state money toward it. The most impressive result is Hyundai’s shipyard, the biggest in the world.

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