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Travel 2012 December

Just Where is Gangnam and What Exactly is Gangnam Style?

by Robert Michael Poole

A Tour of Seoul's Most Famous (and Most Infamous) Neighbourhood.

Until just a few decades ago, the 794AD Bongeun Temple, focal point of Korean zen from 1551 until 1936, stood gracefully and isolated on the banks of the Han, south of the river, Gang Nam. Entombed inside this outpost of the ancient city of Seoul, time worn woodblock carvings of the Buddhist Flower Garland Sutra describe the interdependency of all phenomena in a cosmos of infinite realms upon realms.