Daily View of Korea

One might think that living in Canada or the US you have the ‘ultimate freedom of expression’. It is true that ‘westerners’ have much more liberty at their fingertips that much of the rest of the world. The problem is the censorship that does happen is simply in the form that you are not aware of. It happens quietly, sneakily and it is pretty scary once you realize it. For the moment, I won’t be dwelling on it. Here in South Korea, such banning is rather blatant.

There is still a great fear in the upper echelon of Korean Society that they believe there is information out there that will harm their society. Eventually they will realize that people can make up their own minds but that is probably a loooooong way off. Tradition is hard to kill and the Koreans have been around for a very long time.

Want to know what site was banned? A travel site. What? Yeah a British travel site that provides tours to North Korea. Here’s part of the article explaining.

A British-run travel agency which specialises(sic) in tours to North Korea disclosed Monday that South Korea was blocking its website because of alleged pro-Pyongyang material.

AFP article via Google

There are actually two sites and they are www.koryogroup.com and www.koryotours.com. Now, anyone outside of Korea should be able to view them without any hindrance. I, however, using my regular channel get the above screenshot unless I do some techno-wizardry.

If you want to learn how to get around such bans and censorship, I would highly recommend you learn about Tor from EFF. Read and become illuminated.

Daily View of Korea

Typical Food Court in department store
Typical Food Court in department store

Food Courts are a little different here. When ordering Korean Food you order from a central desk (on the left) and watch the light board (centre top right) for your number to come up. There are a bunch of places where your food can appear. We still haven’t figured that part out. For the most part we just walk till we see food that looks like the stuff we ordered. :)

Daily View of Korea

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To quote our famous loveable Homer “Mmmmmmmmm beeeeeeeer.”

Although I never have likes the stuff, I am sure many of you would be much more willing to do the grocery shopping if you had free beer tasting there!

Daily View of Korea

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While out on a walk we saw this mother and two daughters all wearing their PJs. While that is nothing special but they were wearing them at a local fast food joint. Apparently it is normal to walk out of a hospital in your hospital clothing and go about your business.

Daily View of Korea

I changed the title to reflect a broader scope of visuals I present.

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Read a comic while waiting for the subway.  You can also use the phone at this station for 3mins for free.  Usually enough time to call a person you are meeting to tell them you are there/late/lost.

Daily Image of Korea

Everyone wants to feel special. Everyone wants that special treatment that shows that they are heard and that they exist. Being in Korea, I get that. Sure I am a rather obvious person that is easy to remember but that just helps in the process of fulfilling that emotional desire to feel special. Heck, who am I to say no. Korea has been good to me so when I go to a restaurant and they my order by heart, if feels good :)