Urbanist’s Guide to Seoul, From Soy-Brined Fried Pickles to Sneaker Bars

Even as Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump continue playing their high-stakes game of chicken, K-pop, K-beauty, and other pillars of contemporary South Korean culture have spread like wildfire across the globe. The phenomenon is called the Korean Wave, or hallyu, and it’s the result of the country’s fast-moving, trend-obsessed, hyperconsumerist culture. The engine driving the movement is Seoul, a city of roughly 10 million and a collision of old and new, permanent and fleeting. This…

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