For my performances I have visited South Korea 12 times since 2002. I love the country and it would be like my second home. Seoul is like one mega hill station and the weather, people, customs, cleanliness, things you see, things you get, markets, rivers, roads, houses, monasteries, buildings and architecture, handicrafts and electronics everything is just beautiful. Although I have observed some non Korean people who have lived there for a couple of years or more tend to get fed up with the country !
Koreans have a different and enchanting sense of beauty and generally you can see it everywhere. [Different than the Indian or western, which we keep seeing ] What I love most about Korea is the amazing blend of their ancient culture and the totally modern lifestyle. It is very common to see some 80 years old person using Samsung Tab and playing games on it! This would be a rare sight in India that I know.
Koreans are tech savvy people and love to use it to its best, even with the most complicated processes are to be performed. Some years ago a Korean chap even died while he played online games nonstop for some 56 hours !
Koreans are very proud of ‘Made in Korea’ things, and because of their history with Japan it is exceptionally rare to see Japanese companies goods. Perhaps Canon and Nikon would the exceptions. Similarly in all my stays I have seen only 3 iPads and iPhone too wasn’t seen till last year. But this year I went and saw quite a few of them. I guess finally they are tired of daily updates on an Android phone!
Koreans adapt so quickly to the changing times. And then they are ahead of the world in electronics and such. When we in India were introduced mobile phones, Korea already had 3G. In 2013 SK Telephones announced 180 MBPs on mobiles. This year in 2015, KT Telecoms announced 1 GBPs speed for mobiles. This is really astonishing. I have found 40 MBPs speed many times on a highway rest area or some theatre – Free wifi speed that is!
Samsung and LG have captured the entire world’s mobile phone market and Samsung is 3 times or more bigger than the biggest Indian company! Considering that they got independence exactly one year later than India – on 15th August 1948, this is really incredible!
Another aspect I simply love is the Monasteries. These Buddhist Monasteries are just heavenly places. Especially those which aren’t in any cities. Most monasteries are somewhere deep inside the mountains and to reach there is always a beautiful journey. HHH Dalai Lama is the head of Buddhism and most monasteries in Korea belong to the Jogye order of the religion. It is very well organised sect.
All in all Korea is magnificent place and I am in love with it totally…. Well perhaps not totally, Don’t like the food there!
In the coming days I shall be writing about my experiences and life in Korea. I am sure you will enjoy those !