Imagine growing up in a country, where foreigners only know about your infamous missile neighbour? Then moving away to the US for a decade and seeing your nation’s culture spread throughout the world from a distance.
That’s exactly what this episode's guest, Brian Min, did! Brian is the founder of Itta, means 'to connect' in Korean. With his business, Brian cultivates learning opportunities to connect people across diverse cultures in and out of Korea. He has guided over a thousand K-culture-lovers around Gangnam and shared his knowledge about the area he grew up in. While Brian was abroad, the famous song 'Gangnam Style' came out, and upon his return, his old neighbourhood had completely changed. Even the building he grew up in had been torn down and rebuild. Although the district has been modernised in recent years much effort has been put into rebuilding some of the cultural values of the old Korea. K-pop K-beauty and Gangnam style are far from everything Korea has to offer, according to Brian, so have a listen to this episode to find out what makes Gangnam so special!
Brian and I had coffee and a walk through Gangnam while recording the podcast, so don’t be surprised by any bird, car or cafe noises!