Originally Posted by munchzilla
I felt like Vancouver is a super cool technological city, being from Sweden and all... but I hear it's nothing compared to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. really curious about those places.
ever been to Vancouver? I know TwinQY has but not sure if he's been to Seoul! would love a first hand comparison write-up.
heard very similar things about Tokyo subway, and well, seen pictures and videos too. it's pretty crazy. I thought Montréal and Vancouver transits were bad... well, Paris was pretty bad too. but NYC subway was almost empty the few times I used it, was a bit surprised.
oh and what about Busan? it also looks pretty modern. any fun contrasting things to Seoul there?
Vancouver can''t even hold a candle. It's like comparing one of those tiny cups of frozen yogurt to this. Either three of them can fit the entirety of the Downtown area on their pinkies..
A lot more high-rises, modern facilities, in Korea - but they are relatively similar between the three. I'm coming from China so they're a heck of a lot cleaner as well in comparison. It's crowded, sure, but even the filthy parts are downright spotless in comparison. Then again if you ever go to Tokyo it's nothing (I'd find Beijing to be okay-crowded for my tastes so Seoul is rather pleasant for me)
I stayed around Jongno-gu when I first got there last time I visited. The food, oh boy the food. You get all of the classics there.
Then I just wallowed around the countryside for the most part - have to say, even their countryside is far more pleasant than the land of dirt China. Everything is just cleaner. They just simply care more about cleanliness. I mentioned this to a Korean and he was amused. He should really go to Beijing some time and see what I'm referring to.
If you want to talk about the culture - they're just intense about everything, even by Asian standards. Life, work, entertainment. Very much an enjoyable perspective, but half the time you don't really notice it unless you try.
Oh Vancouver transits are so tame it's not even funny. I mean half of the people on the buses will get seats 80% of the time that's tame right there. I never got how people would refer to it as a "big city", it's more or less a very "expansive" suburb.
The first thing that came to mind when you mentioned Busan was for you to watch Answer 1997 to get a hang of their accent.
Originally Posted by munchzilla
I feel a bit the same when I take the "Skytrain" (subway) in Vancouver, it's fun just riding because of the views you get! the Montréal metro is all underground and really boring. plus it smells funny...
I am not sure I know what a department store is yet, but that sounds pretty cool. I almost got lost in a shopping mall the first time I went to Metrotown in Burnaby, just by Vancouver. not something I like to talk about...
(just kidding, but that mall is huge!)
night walks are one of my favourite things as well, walking around downtown in Vancouver is a really strong memory.
I talk too much about Vancouver... but I really like that place.
It does smell funny. I'm not sure what you guys do down there, I mean I saw plenty of washrooms on the surface.
Metro is puny compared to the malls in Seoul. I'm not one for shopping - but Myeong-dong would drive a person insane.
Nightlife does not exist in Vancouver by comparison, since most things worthwhile closes down way before midnight. I can maybe stay in a hotpot store till 2 but the Skytrain closes a short while before that.
Originally Posted by kimvictor
OMG. Those are some seriously old songs. 95% of Koreans probably don't remember them. I personally don't(I was too young when these songs were popular) know much about these songs, but I've heard them before.
I'd be a bit lost if you went into the 80's stuff - I can do 90's to current and still feel nostalgic but the 80's stuff I only get from an archival perspective. Still good stuff, just not my stuff.