I grew up, and, my country did so.

Since last 50-60 years, Korea (the South) has been living an economic booming. It can clearly be seen in GDP changes per years. Koreans call this change as a miracle; The Miracle of Hangang (Han River).

A Korean in his/her 50’s or 60’s is a man or a woman who was born into one of the poorest countries of that time, and, who is a citizen of one of the wealthiest countries of the present time. To adopt this fascinating change must be difficult for some people…

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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

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

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

 

Places to See in Seoul; Insa-dong District

One of the most important place in Seoul to see is Insa-dong neighborhood. It is a district inside historical downtown of Seoul.DSC_0221In old Seoul, here was a place where poor families live, while today it is a turistic and magnificent area. DSC_0231The value of Insa-dong starts to increase during Japanese invasion. faced bad days, wealthy families of Bukchon village sell their precious goods here. And then, Insadong becomes a street of shopping. A kind of craft-street.

Insa-dong reminds me Istiklal Street of my city, Istanbul. And a bit similar Tophane area of Istiklal.

In here you can see calligraphy shops and masters. At the same time, you can see so many shops which are selling traditional Korean dresses named ‘hanbok‘.

dsc_0233While I am talking about Insa-dong, let’s talk a bit about Korean calligraphy. Again I will compare to my country. In Turkey, calligraphy with Arabic letters are common, and in Korea the characters for calligraphy are Chinese letters. img_0254And Insa-dong is a kind of meeting place for calligraphy masters in Korea. They have studios here, and calligraphy shops, as well.

In Insa-dong, always it is possible to find something interesting. It has street musicians, protesters, and so many persons who are making performing social activities.DSC_0325If you go there someday, don’t forget to try Insadong ice-cream. DSC_0329And, there are some very nice modern buildings in Insadong. I think they are worthy to see. dsc_0327-fin-

Note: Still I have more than 8 months to live in Seoul, if you want to learn more about this city and this country; follow my blog. On the left sidebar there is follow button.

 

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