By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has a great realizing 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 number of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition consultant for the web age. filled with articles and images, 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 especially Korean. a few 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 captivated with schooling and success—Tudor has created the fitting publication for the transforming into ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative consultant.

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I was surprised at first when people would look me in the eye very earnestly, and say, “I am a Christian. ) For me, this is the most awkward question of all. Frankly, I’m not religious in any way. Korean Protestants tend to be very evangelical, so there is a strong chance that invitations to church, and special “meetings,” will follow. Sometimes, I just tell people I’m a Catholic, to avoid such pressure. MODERN KOREA 51 Korea, The Land of 10,000 Coffee Shops: Cafe culture with a vengeance One thing that visitors to Korea always remark upon is the huge number of coffee shops in this country.

The groom’s family would prepare a motherof-pearl inlaid hahm (box) filled with cloth, and send it to the bride’s family home. The hahm was handled with care, and if the family were wealthy enough, it would even be conveyed by servants. Over the years though, hahm-selling turned into a raucous evening activity. ” (“please buy hahm”) in the street outside the bride’s home. They also sing songs to ward off bad spirits. There is a group leader, the hahmjinabi, who carries the hahm on his back, and believe it or not, wears a squid on his face, as a mask.

I think I would probably break my neck if I tried nol-ttwigi! THE DANO FESTIVAL: Dancing, Singing, Drinking and Wrestling Those who want to see the best elements of “old Korea” in one place should head to a Dano festival. The day of Dano falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, and its celebration dates from the days of the Mahan Confederacy, a grouping of pre-unified Korea states that existed from the first century BC until the third century AD. Its purpose was originally to celebrate the end of the crop sowing season, and offer worship to the shaman sky god in the hope of a successful yield.

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