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A Slideshow of the Kangnam district made famous through the song “Gangnam Style”

Reuters has put up a slideshow of photos of the Kangnam district.
The mood of the place is captured quite well and it’s worth a look. I used to take non-Koreans to bookshops such as the Kyobo store to get the real Kangnam feel.

Incidentally, one of the lesser UK newspapers (maybe it was Metro) used to run (I don’t know if it still does) a corner of “Is this you, or do you know this person?” drawing a circle around some passer by in the background captured in some photo of the day, and offering 50 squid or something like that. I feel like doing that with that wegukin in photo 13 sitting above the sign “A Twosome Place”.

  • jinu4ever

    Is stabbing people the real Gangnam Style?

  • Q
  • jkitchstk

    Howard Stern on Psy and Gangnam Style…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMkAIpf36VY
    Some of his comments include…
    “This is the part I like right here, we’re going to be at war with them soon, this is where I climax, hey your pants are wet, I know I just came in my pants, If I wrote that I’d throw it in the garbage, but this guy makes a fortune, he’s a Korean dude right, what a romantic and beautiful language, how did they find that dude, who wrote that song? Oh no I’m coming, this song makes me blow a load.”

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    #3, I guess the Japanese are too busy buying middle school girls’ used panties from vending machines to listen to PSY.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Sorry, that was for #2

  • Q

    this is where I climax, hey your pants are wet

    Yeah, it gets wet, but in other part of body:

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121016n03687

  • Q

    #4,

    Sorry to post this again:

    http://youtu.be/kL5DDSglM_s

    How could psy compete in Japan? The lyric of the song has catchy English words too that could appeal to the world.

  • gbnhj

    Well, good for Reuters, for giving people outside Korea a chance to see what Gangnam really looks like. After all, the video won’t – parts were obviously shot outside the area. As a Songdo resident, I know that at least two of the location shots in the video were done here.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    #8,

    Kangnam, not Gangnam by the way, is a state of mind more than a physical location.

  • feld_dog

    What, no photos of throngs of people desperately trying to catch cabs at 12 midnight on a Saturday night, with the cabs basically not taking anyone who’s not going to f***ing Bundang? Good GOD, I got caught in that shitshow a few weeks ago. AND it was pouring rain. F-f-f-f*** Off Gangnam Cabbie!

  • yuna

    #9 Which is captured on the photos slideshow.

    It’s good that they didn’t capture any turned-over pavement blocks covered with bits of felt carpets.

    #2 I read that but didn’t do a post on it. In fact, I immediately checked if the writer had a Korean name and thank God she didn’t (she sounds Chinese-origin). It’s so silly to attribute things like lack of popularity or taste to national feelings and jealousy. There is definitely more tension and restraint in broadcasting Korean popular culture related stuff in Japan since the islands incident, but it’s really Korea-centric and projecting to attribute the lack of popularity/interest in Psy’s song in Japan. They have so much WTF themselves, it just didn’t register as it did with the rest of the world (and WTF is why Psy is popular in the rest of the world)

  • gbnhj

    #9,

    Apparently. Either that, or it suddenly got a lot bigger.

  • Q

    Ominous is that Japan seems not delighted with neighbor’s success. Don’t you remember the Sankei shimbun editorial which described psy’s world popularity as shameful defeat of Japan to enemy nation? I guess their pride got hurt when psy directly addressed to the world successfully that broke their assumption that k pop got globalized via Japanese music market. So Enta news about psy are more focused on spreading such petty rumors as “psy’s global popularity is fabricated.” WTF factor alone could not enough to explain the current Japanese media’s view on psy. That’s not cool.

  • yuna

    #13 적국, I remember. That was also a weird article by that professor, in a style usually expected by a Korean. Stop reading hate-mongering rubbish, talk to some normal people to get a better perspective.
    Prejudice and anti-feeling exist, but it’s so sad to keep on reacting to it, and are so concerned about what the Japanese feel. WHO CARES?

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    #14,

    i like your name

  • Q

    yeah, I hope cool Japan not care about psy any more.

  • Q

    But as seen on global news articles, it is true that Japan’s antipathy beyond apathy to psy look strange to the world. That’s why it made news. Analysis followed and care or not care depends on readers.

  • yuna

    antipathy beyond apathy to psy look strange to the world

    The world, if you mean the US the US is made up of many East Asians who carry the torch of their own homeland through the parents and families and communities. Even in the news articles, as several examples of late will show – the Japanese who wrote in Newsweek on Tokdo disputes, and CNN’s Kyung Lah who used to be based in Japan.

    There are plenty of countries in Europe who don’t care either.
    It’s just bad taste to make such a song and dance about such a song and dance video.

  • Q

    It’s just bad taste to make such a song and dance about such a song and dance video.

    That’s what the article is basically talking about Japanese reaction to psy.

  • Q

    Psy still stays on yahoo Japan’s top news list. Japanese believe psy’s popularity is youtube fabrication. Comment box is very “hotto”. Less than 24 hours, about a thousand threads have been written and the most recommended comment had over 10,000 times favored. Even news articles on psy at Korean major portal websites, such as naver, daum, or cyworld could not enjoy that much popularity whether is positive or not:

    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20121017-00000008-jct-ent

    Japanese do have had great attention to psy and talked about him a lot.

  • gbnhj

    So, I’m surfing around, trying to get info about the Green Climate Fund’s second board meeting being held in Songdo this week, when what should I come across but this video invitation from PSY, urging GCF to locate in Gangnam Songdo (“where my video was shot”). It’s called ‘GCF Songdo Style with PSY’.

  • Q