Saturday, May 09, 2009

As much as I love Seoul, for the second-largest city in the world (20 million people in the area), there is absolutely nothing about this city that would attract people from around the world. There are world-famous landmarks in Beijing and world-class tourist attractions in Tokyo, but Seoul comes across as a shabbier version of Tokyo, where the Japanese and North Koreans destroyed all the heritage.

People come to Korea for very specific, predictable raesons. if you see a white or black person here, odds are that they are a soldier or English teacher. If you see a South Asian, they're either an engineer, university student or factory worker. If you see a Southeast Asian, odds are they work in a factory. Only with a Chinese or a Japanese person are all bets off.

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