Via a reader tip comes news that PSY’s hit song, “Gangnam Style” is causing a surge in tourism interest in Seoul’s wealthy district of Gangnam:
But while lots of fans are aware Psy is singing about a place, many are still wondering: Where exactly is Gangnam and what is its style?
It’s a question that’s music to the ears of Korean tourism officials who are suddenly facing massive interest in Gangnam — a wealthy district of Seoul.
“People want to know: What is there to see? What is there to do?” said Luis Maravi, marketing manager at the Korea Tourism Organization in New York.
“The video has been incredibly popular. It’s just great — opening doors to people who otherwise may not know or be even interested about learning about this area.”
Gangnam literally means “south of the river,” referring to its location relative to the Han River, which flows through the South Korean capital. The district has often been called the “Beverly Hills of Seoul” for its high-end fashion, fine dining and posh stores selling luxury brands. [MSNBC]
You can read the rest at the link, but unless you have a lot of money really the only thing to check out in Gangnam is the COEX mall and Bongeunsa Temple. The district has plenty of fine restaurants and high end shopping for those interested in doing that. Anyone else got recommendations on what to check out in Gangnam?