The high-energy, high-decibel capital city is a jampacked home to 10 million people, but, everywhere, boys will be boys.
High-tech mingles with traditional in South Korea, from ancient temples to burgeoning telecommunications industries. And in Seoul, the high-energy and high-decibel capital city that’s a jampacked home to 10 million people, young Buddhist monks don 3-D glasses to watch TV monitors at a museum.
The boys aren’t really monks. But they are part of a Buddhist renaissance in South Korea that inspired their families to send their children — heads shaved, bodies draped in pint-size robes — to temples for a month in celebration of Buddha’s birthday.
Ancient religious teachings must compete for the boys’ attention with the lure of an outing to the grandly named SK Telecom Ubiquitous Museum (T.um for short), a showcase for one of South Korea’s powerhouse tech companies.
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At the museum, see a house of a future where a smartphone controls everything. Play tech games. Watch a conventional movie turned into 3-D. Or create and dress an avatar of yourself — in high fashion, not monks’ robes.
Kristin R. Jackson is the editor of The Seattle Times’ NWTraveler section. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.