Songs of Seoul
Author: Nicholas Harkness
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Songs of Seoul is an ethnographic study of voice in South Korea, where the performance of Western opera, art songs, and choral music is an overwhelmingly Evangelical Christian enterprise. Drawing on fieldwork in churches, concert halls, and schools of music, Harkness argues that the European-style classical voice has become a specifically Christian emblem of South Korean prosperity. By cultivating certain qualities of voice and suppressing others, Korean Christians strive to personally embody the social transformations promised by their religion: from superstition to enlightenment; from dictatorship to democracy; from sickness to health; from poverty to wealth; from dirtiness to cleanliness; from sadness to joy; from suffering to grace. Tackling the problematic of voice in anthropology and across a number of disciplines, Songs of Seoul develops an innovative semiotic approach to connecting the materiality of body and sound, the social life of speech and song, and the cultural voicing of perspective and personhood.
Looking for a Mr. Kim in Seoul
Author: Sang-Hun Choe, Christopher Torchia
Publisher: Master Communications, Inc.
Seoul’s extensive history spans more than two thousand years, and accordingly it has undergone many changes. Its appearance has changed repeatedly as it grew, developed and transformed over the centuries. Seoul is also on record as the world’s fastest city to have modernized. And the city’s history is undoubtedly recounted the most plainly through its most visible face, its buildings. At the heart of Seoul, buildings constructed during the Joseon Dynasty stand harmoniously with modern and cutting edge structures, offering a unique urban landscape. In this guide, the city of Seoul would like to present to readers throughout the world a selection of about 220 of these traditional, modern and contemporary buildings that were built and developed alongside the city’s history. We have included not only significant buildings in Korean history and architecture, but fun anecdotes and stories that people outside of Korea would also find interesting.
Author: Axie Oh
Publisher: Tu Books
Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing sci-fi novel set in New Seoul in the year 2199.
Seoul: The Shopper's Paradise The No.1 Place to Shop in Seoul : City Center Myeong-dong · Euljiro, Namdaemun Market A Shopping Area Filled with History and Tradition : Palace Quarter Insa-dong, Samcheong-dong · Bukchon The Center of Korea’s Fashion Industry : Dongdaemun & Around Dongdaemun Market A Center of Creative Arts and Culture : University Quarter Hongik Univ. Area, Sinchon · Ewha Womans Univ. Area Seoul’s Cosmopolitan Town : Yongsan Itaewon Gangnam Style Streets : Gangnam Apgujeong-dong · Cheongdam-dong, Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil Area Mall Complexes Nearby Subway Stations Other Areas Themed Shopping - Traditional Markets to Visit in Seoul - Socially Responsible Products Seoul Travel Information
Seoul Book of Everything
Author: Tim Lehnert
Publisher: Macintyre & Purcell Pub
From ancient royal palaces and Korean traditional houses to all-night markets, N Seoul Tower, and the club scene, no city combines the ancient and the contemporary quite like Seoul. Local experts weigh in on one of the world’s most dynamic cities, including contributions from Robert Neff, Tracey Stark, Daniel Gray, Kim Young-sook, Joel Levin, Michael J. Meyers, and Mary Crowe. A comedian details the five things you must bring to Korea, a food writer picks five favorite restaurants, and a prominent meteorologist provides the low-down on Seoul’s climate. You’ll also find insider takes on local mountains and ghosts, as well as movies, tea houses, night spots, the economy, cultural treasures, essential reads, Buddhist shrines, and Seoul’s amazing postwar evolution. From the DMZ, the Han River, and Cheonggyecheon Stream to navigating local dining, linguistics, and cultural practices, this completely updated edition of Seoul Book of Everything is your key to Seoul’s neighborhoods, green spaces, and urban design, as well as its history, museums, pop culture, and shopping.
The Rough Guide to Seoul is the ultimate travel companion to the South Korean capital, one of Asia's most intriguing and energetic cities. Comprehensive sections detail the very best places to eat, drink, shop, and unwind, providing information on everything from the luxurious cafes, restaurants, and clothing boutiques of Apgujeong to Hongdae's snack stands, barbeque halls, and hole-in-the wall bars. The guide depicts Seoul's culinary scene and dynastic history with glorious color images and highly detailed maps, making Seoul's modern art, live music, and bustling cultural scene easily accessible. The Rough Guide to Seoul also will help you see a side of Seoul you never thought possible by providing you with knowledge of its royal fortresses, secluded temples, enchanting islands, and the world's most visited national park. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Seoul.
Author: Ross King
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Seoul is a colossus both in its physical presence and the demand it places on any intellectual effort to understand it. How did it come to be? How can a city this immense work? Underlying its spectacle and incongruities is a city that might be described as ill at ease with its own past. The bitter rifts of Japanese colonization persist, as does the troubled aftermath of the Korean War and its divisions; the economic "Miracle on the Han" that followed is crosscut by memories of the violent dictatorship that drove it. In Seoul, author Ross King interrogates this contested history and its physical remnants, tacking between the city's historiography and architecture, with attention to monuments, streets, and other urban spaces. The book's structuring device is the dichotomy of erasure and memory as necessary preconditions for reinvention. King traces this phenomenon from the old dynasties to the Japanese regime and wartime destruction; he then follows the equally destructive reinvention of Korea under dictatorship to the brilliant city of the present with its extraordinary explosion of creativity and ideas--the post-1991 Hallyu, the Korean Wave. The final chapter returns to questions of forgetting and memory, but now as "conditions of possibility" for what would seem to underlie the present trajectory of this extraordinary city and culture. Seoul can be read, King suggests, in the context of the hybrid ideas that have characterized Korean cultural history. It may be their present eruption that accounts for the city of contradictions that confronts the contemporary observer and that most extraordinary of Korean phenomena: the rise of an alternative, virtual world, eclipsing both city and nation. Has the very idea of Korea been reinvented even as the weakly defined nation-state slips away?
Author: Peter Hyun
Author: Chris Taylor
Practical travel guide which includes 12 maps, detailed cultural and historical information, and advice on accommodation, transport, food, shopping and sightseeing in the Korean city of Seoul. Includes facts for visitors, useful words and phrases, and an index.
SEOUL Magazine is a travel and culture monthly designed to help both expats and tourists get the most of their stay in the city, whether they’re in for only a few days or dedicated lifers who are always in search of new places, facts and interesting events. Featuring in-depth reporting on how to enjoy the city, foreigners’ perspectives on life as an expat in Korea and more, SEOUL is an eclectic publication that has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for an interesting read or a simple source of information.