Canadian pixie woman Carly Rae Jepsen was recently knocked off the Throne of One Hit Wonders by South Korean pudgy man PSY and his song “Gangnam Style,” which adds an absurd dance to the requisite infectious beat of one-hit jams. To most people this song is just an excuse to dance terribly in public and not be judged for it, but to the worldly listener it’s an opportunity to spread the world about an area of Seoul that should not be missed when visiting. Bet you weren’t expecting that transition, were you?
Before being immortalized in song, Gangnam was just a snazzy neighborhood in Seoul where rich people liked to shop. Now, thanks to PSY and his erratic body movements, people all over the world have heard about the “style” of this area and want to see it for themselves.
What’s so great about Gangnam, you ask? According to MSNBC,
Gangnam literally means “south of the river,” referring to its location relative to the Han River, which flows through the South Korean capital. The district has often been called the “Beverly Hills of Seoul” for its high-end fashion, fine dining and posh stores selling luxury brands. It’s also home to famous cosmetic surgeons, attracting visitors who come to the area to undergo plastic surgery…
Basically, to travel “Gangnam style” is to travel like Paris Hilton circa 2005, hitting up the shops on South Korean version of Rodeo Drive before getting a small elective procedure and treating yourself to a $60 salad that you don’t eat because ew, calories. And if that’s not your definition of a perfect trip to Seoul, I don’t know what is.
Read more about traveling “Gangnam style” here, and if you are interested in learning how to perform PSY’s trademark Gangnam dance, allow me to refer you to this video of him teaching it to Britney Spears and Ellen Degeneres.