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By Daniel Tudor

"Daniel Tudor has a superb figuring out of up to date 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 usually misunderstood country."—Krys Lee, writer of Drifting House, critically-acclaimed number of tales portraying the Korean experience

A Geek in Korea reinvents the tradition advisor for the web age. jam-packed 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; company and know-how; and logos and practices which are primarily Korean. a few chapters are dedicated to Korean popular culture, with realization to the celebs, idols, and concrete subcultures linked to them. For viewers to Korea, the writer features a mini-guide to his favourite neighborhoods in Seoul and different areas of remarkable 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 correct e-book for the becoming ranks of Koreaphiles during this encouraged, insightful, and hugely informative advisor.

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In days gone by, lyrics would be sung that criticized the social order, or Japanese colonial rule. 39 40 A GEEK IN KOREA Hanok: The Traditional Korean HoME The hanok is a traditional single-story house, constructed of basic materials like wood, stone, and clay. It has slatted wooden doors, which are covered with treated mulberry paper (hanji), making them breathable but water-resistant. Classically, the roof of a rich man’s hanok was tiled, whilst the poor had to make do with thatch. Social superiors such as yangban aristocrats also lived at higher altitude than the poor, so they could literally look down upon everyone else from their hanoks.

Below A wedding procession from the late 19th century. He Puts What on His Face? As with any country, Korea has a whole host of matrimonial traditions. The one I find most interesting is the selling of hahm prior to the wedding. The selling of hahm has very formal origins. 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.

In days gone by, lyrics would be sung that criticized the social order, or Japanese colonial rule. 39 40 A GEEK IN KOREA Hanok: The Traditional Korean HoME The hanok is a traditional single-story house, constructed of basic materials like wood, stone, and clay. It has slatted wooden doors, which are covered with treated mulberry paper (hanji), making them breathable but water-resistant. Classically, the roof of a rich man’s hanok was tiled, whilst the poor had to make do with thatch. Social superiors such as yangban aristocrats also lived at higher altitude than the poor, so they could literally look down upon everyone else from their hanoks.

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