Reporting from Korea / Dogania News Selection

~ Seoul will make public transportation free in polluted days
You may know that air pollution has been a concerning issue in Korea since last few years. Many debates has been done and numerous solution methods have been raised. I think this is one of the most interesting and the most creative ones. 

More about it: here

~Masturbation scandal in the school

I am sure this is the top news for this week. Nine middle school students involved in a public masturbation in the classroom. 

How does it sound? 

Strange? 

Scary? 

Funny? 

Worrying? 

And what do you think about the cause of such a happening? 

Our Korean experts unanimously said something: it is beacause that reaching sexual materials (porn) is so easy. Do you agree with this? 

Honestly speaking I am not satisfied with this claim. Doesn’t public nudity deserve a small blame? Or norebangs and massage rooms in every corner of cities in Korea.  A middle school kid can find more real materials in the streets to be sexually attracted. 

Some more public masturbation occurences: here

~ Elderly man murders his Vietnamese  daughter-in-law

There are many sad stories of Vietnamese brides in Korea. Stories of girls who marry to men who are dozens of years older than them. It requires an extensive analysis. I want to write a long post about it later. 

For this news: here

Escape from Camp 14

A North Korean man’s escape story.  A bestseller book. 

4 years ago, when I first moved to South Korea, I saw this book in a bookstore. That time I thought it would be a man’s exaggeratedly dramatized story. So I didn’t have any interest to read it. 

But, recently  I wanted read somethings about North Korea. So it goes. I read it.   

It is worthy to read. It is not only a critique to North Korea but also it has many biting words for South Korea and America. 
2 Koreas. 

The route of escaping from North Korea: River separeting North Korea from China. 

China~North Korea border. 

China’s Koreans (Juseonjok People)

The activities of South Korean authorities and Korean churches for North Korean defectors in China. 

Next step for North Korean defectors: Thailand. 

Difficulties of adapting to South Korea for a North Korean defector. 

Yes it is a truth North Koreans are happier than their kins in South.

Why Protestors Carry American Flags in Korea

Since the impeachment of the president Park Geun-hye,  pro-Park demonstrators have been holding protests every Saturday in the heart of Seoul, in front of the City Hall. Till the impeachment, mass protests had been done in the same place by millions of anti-Park demonstrators.

The protestors are mostly elder members of the society. It is so hard to find someone younger than 30’s, even than 40’s. They are angry to anti-Park protestors. They blame anti-Park groups as North Korea sympathisers. They are also angry toward mainstream media.

This week I happened to see one of these rallies on the place. I was so surprised by the number of American flags being waved by protestors. As many as Korean flags, they carry American flags.

I wonder whether pro-Park demonstrators’ love of American flag causes an anti-reaction,  anti-American feelings on the other side. Most analysts believe that Korea’s ties with China will be better with the next administration, most probably Ahn Cheool-soo or Moon Jae-in’s presidency. Even some people say that a sharp shift similar to one in the Philippines will hapen….

Other than American flags, the other interesting thing is symbol and banners of Christian groups. I saw many symbols of Christianity.

 

Urbex Seoul 4; Sculptures of Ali and Zahra in Korea

Ohhh sculptures of the two characters of one of my favorite Iranian movies, Children of Heaven!

And in Korea!

I don’t think it’s particularly brilliant but I love the movie. And, I never forget those 2 characters of the movie.

DSC_0012 (2)Place is the same as the one in the previous post, Ihwa Mural Village of Seoul.

It was a big surprise for me to see these sculptures in Seoul. If there is a fan of Iranian movies in Korea, please drop here a message. I really need you.

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How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

Urbex Seoul 4; To find another city better than this one…

Ihwa Mural Village

From Ihwa Mural Village looking at Namsan Tower of Seoul.

A nice spot to quarrel with this city.

Soon I will write a post about Ihwa Mural Village on my website, Seyahatya.com

Keep following.

How to go to Ihwa Mural Village:

Take Subway, Hyeahwa Station. Exit 2. Walk in direction of left side. You will see signs which will take you to the village.

For the Other Urbex Seoul Stories on Dogania: Here

Urbex Seoul 3; Waiting Sunrise Along the Han River

안녕 하세요 여러분! 제가 운동 하기를 시작 했어요. 매일 아침에 힌강에서 만날래? Han River, Seoul These days I am enjoying beautiful weather of Seoul by going down to Han River every morning before sunrise. During that time every thing is amazing, especially fascinating view of  river. Location; 200 meters from Hannam Station, between Hannam Bridge and Banpo Bridge.

Urbex Seoul 2; An Old Structure on Cheonggyecheon

I don’t know the story of this structure, but it deserves a post on Dogania. image Location; 200 meters from Sinseol-dong Subway Station (Line 1). Lets talk about the story of Cheonggyecheon project in a post next time. It is an appreciable change made by Seoul in recent years.

Urbex Seoul; An Epic Place in Hoegi

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It is from the back gate of my university, Seoul City University. Though I have passed hundreds times by here, I just realized how a place it is.
I certainly need to check the sky more often. Unless doing that I will miss many things in the city.
Look up.!


Subway Line 1, Hoegi Station, Exit 2.

Seoul Town Meeting (with European Residents)

Yesterday (March 6, 2015), there was a fruitful meeting at Seoul’s Global Center. The theme of the meeting was to raise some ideas or concerns by the Europian residents of the city to develop new policies. The mayor, Mr. Park also was ready on the meeting, sitting on the center of hole, listening the comments and taking many notes carefully.

Seoul Town MeetingQuestions and comments were raised mainly around these titles;

-The situation of foreign schools in Seoul. Inadequacy of elementary schools in districts where foreigners mostly live.

-Difficulties of bank loans for foreigners and foreign institutions.

Traffic safety. Many participant raised their unhappiness with Seoul’s traffic situation.

Lack of governance caring some sub-community groups like gays and trans.

Garbage based problems. Dirty situation of the streets.

-And sure, language barrier for foreigners in the city. A few participants asked for bilingual system for services and e-government websites.

At the end, Mayor Park did a speech, and answered some questions.

By the way, he gave a good news that they are going to open Seoul Foreign Resident Council this year.

Hope to see such meetings with the other residents of the city. With Muslim residents, with South East Asian in the city, with foreign students in Seoul, with architects, urban planners, and so on.

Here you can watch the meeting:

You May Doing Wrong by Moving to South Korea

DSC_0122Are you preparing to move to Korea (the capitalist one)?

Or, do you have such a dream to move there in a point in the future?

You should think about it again. I don’t want to demolish your imagination of Korea, but there is a huge problem.

Or, try it, and decide by yourself.

If you ask about my comment.  I have a few things to tell you. This is experience of my 2 years of life in this country.

At first glance, Korea looks to be country of perfectness: Streets are so clean and safe.  People are very peaceful and silent. Everywhere is fulfilled with great innovation of modern times. Transportation system is excellent. There are amazing places to walk around, to do hiking.

However, all those qualities may not work well.

After a while you may feel terrible lonely in this spot of the planet. You will find no human-beings there.

You will take the subway with hundreds of people but none of them will be there. They all have another life in their cyber world. They join that world through their smart phones. You will stare around to catch a couple of eyes, but in vain.

Sometimes you may think you are doing very funny friends in the school or in the workplace. They will demonstrate a great enjoyment with your jokes and speeches. But you will be wrong. They are not enjoying, they  are just playing a role.  You will understand that when you graduate the school or when you change to another work. You may have none (“Zero” plus “You”). I hear that you are telling ” it is same everywhere in all over the world.” No my friend. It is not same everywhere. Definetely, you will make more more good friends in any other country than those you may make in Korea. (bad friends as well)

Lets play with your dreams a bit more.

You know Korean people have Korean faces. You will be different in this country. You may learn Korean better than a normal Korean but still they won’t believe you. You will always be a vegugin (foreigner). It sounds like an animal’s name.

You will ask an address on the street, but ajumma will cover her face and run away from you. Young school girl will also do so. If you are lucky one of them will say; “I speaky no engilishy.” Then purr.

“Hey don’t go. Please.  I know Korean. It is not problem to answer me in Korean.”

You will be talking by yourself…

Anyway Korea is a Heaven if you are talking to yourself just like me.

I admire this country, because I love to be alone.  I can live in here one whole year without making a word to humanbeings. This is inspiring. This is like novels of Haruki Murakami.

Take the subway. Check the app on your smart phone. Go to the place you want to go. Do your works just facetoface with computers or such other creatures -but no humanbeings-.

Then go home and sleep. This world is wonderful. Because you can create a world there that is totally belongs to you.

You may write a long book, a novel. And you may throw it deep into an ocean. No one will read it. That is a good story. A precious one.

Seoul, Korea. March 1, 2015

 

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