During the Ultrabook Project tour, wil.i.am visited Seoul, South Korea. It was an interesting place for the tour to visit. In 1950 during the Korean War, the entire city of Seoul was nearly destroyed. A mere 60 years later, Seoul is one of the largest cities in the world and a leading global force.
Below are 12 interesting facts we gathered that you might not know about Seoul.
The number “4″ is considered extremely unlucky, to the point where most buildings in Korea do not have a 4th floor.
Due to its very large population and relatively small area, Seoul is known for its population density which is about 44,776 people per square mile.
In Seoul, Taxi’s are color coded. Grey or white taxis are basic cars with less experienced drivers. Black cabs are bit more luxurious and have more experienced drivers.
Soju is South Korea’s rice wine traditionally served in small shot glasses and drank all at once with a shout of ‘Gumbay!’
Housed inside of many temples is the golden bell of re-union that symbolizes the wish that North and South Korea will re-unite one day.
Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea and many Korean kids learn taekwondo as a routine part of their education.
Many people in Seoul live in high-rise, high-tech apartments; some of them have robots to do the housework.
Because of the high level of rain, fruit in Korea is absurdly expensive. A watermelon is about $30,000 won – about $26.50 in US dollars.
Koreans love SPAM. During the war, US soldiers introduced SPAM to Korea and It ended up becoming a countrywide favorite.
Koreans love sweet potatoes. Deep fried sweet potato, sweet potato cake, sweet potato crackers, sweet potato chips, sweet potato bread, sweet potato latte, sweet potato salad, sweet potato pizza…you name it.
Tipping is not required in Korea.
Most stores in Seoul are open until at least 10:30 or 11:00 pm. Restaurants, bars, cafes and street vendors stay open even later til 3 or 4 am.
Part travelogue and part insiders’ guide, the Ultrabook™Project is a musical journey and a global cultural experience through eyes and ears of hip hop music legend will.i.am.
In 2012, will.i.am began traveling to various cities throughout the world armed with an Ultrabook, exploring, documenting, collaborating with local artists, and ultimately creating original pieces of music inspired by each of the cities he visits.will.i.am has already traveled to Tokyo, Mexico City and Seoul.
The Ultrabook Project site gives you a free music download of each city’s newly created song, lets you read articles about will.i.am’s travels, and you can learn more about the power of creating with an Ultrabook. Also check out the interactive timeline where you can comment and share the Ultrabook Project with your Facebook friends.