Weddings, Restaurants and Buildings - 84
The wedding situation discussed earlier, is another example of fast paced Korea. The food served at a traditional wedding such as at ‘Korea House’, might be very good, but you should eat quickly because, by the time you take your first bite, they are clearing the tables for the next wedding party.
Go to a restaurant, sit down and once the menu is in your hand, the waiter or waitress will stand over you expecting you to be ready to order immediately, even if the menu is large and laborious to read through. Order the food and it will often come very fast. You go to other restaurants though and the order gets put through fast but you have to wait half an hour for the wrong order to arrive. You are not meant to take time to decide in some restaurants. In a restaurant I asked the waiter if I could have two or three minutes to look at the menu and decide. For three minutes he stood within eyes view, looking every few seconds anxious to take my order.
Buildings are another example of fast paced Korea, with buildings built in no time at all, although sometimes arguably at the expense of safety and design. It is amazing when you walk around some areas of Seoul and see new buildings being re-developed or built, within two or three days. This is especially true in an area such as Kangnam, which is being continually re-developed. On a daily basis there are buildings being knocked down, buildings re-designed and buildings being created in Kangnam. The area is a permanent building site and the area, unbelievably, was fields’ just over twenty years ago: Now it has become one of the busiest and most affluent parts of Seoul. Outside of Seoul city, the satellite cities of Bundang and Suji are further examples of fast paced developments, the areas being developed at a great pace.