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Gangnam, Korea a Hot Travel Spot

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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Seth Kugel/NY Times

No matter where in the world one might be, it's become thoroughly impossible to escape the song and associated dance, but some might even be surprised that Gangnam is an actual place, and though parodied quite heavily in the song, has become a bustling tourist attraction with a fine spread of restaurants and entertainment, a tourist hotspot for those willing to find it in Seoul.

Last summer, Korea started singing along to “Gangnam Style,” by the K-pop star Psy. By October, my nephews in Maryland had joined the chorus. A couple of months ago in Chongqing, China, I saw women exercising by doing its signature horse-riding dance in a public square. In February, Psy performed before thousands at Brazilian Carnival.


The thoroughly global hit (its video is currently YouTube’s most watched video ever, with over 1.3 billion views) has made Gangnam, a 15-square-mile district of southeast Seoul known for packed nightclubs, pricey boutiques and ubiquitous plastic surgery clinics, into a newly magnetic destination.


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