Bulgogi! Kimchi! Galbi! Kamsahamnida!
The competing vendors shouted at the top of their lungs as parents, children, seniors, monks, soldiers and foreigners meandered shoulder to shoulder throughout the packed grocery store.
No aisle is left unattended. On both ends stand young women in mini-skirts and gogo boots gleefully extolling the selling points on the product du jour.
Taste test? Don’t mind if I do, as I follow the other patrons in feasting on a buffet of mouth-watering beefs, porks and pastries.
If there is one generalization that is universal about Koreans, it’s that they are passionate. And today they are passionate about shopping.
And while the history of 20th century Korea is filled with schisms, stigmas and sorrows, the peninsula offers outsiders a chance to see the outcome of two passionate experiments: pure socialism versus relatively free-markets. FULL ARTICLE