18 July, South Korea – ‘All Over The Place – Asia, part 2’
‘Gangnam Style’ took the world by a storm a few years back and turned a lot of Westerners on to the phenomenon that is K-Pop. Seoul is actually home of the singer, Psy, and there are heaps of other great Korean pop groups that may not have had quite his success but are still considered big stars across Asia. Our song for today was medley of soul music and our own take on K-Pop, with Tee Cee walking around town singing about how she’s a Seoul lover, before the Motown is interrupted by me dressed as Psy, accompanied by two Korea K Pop dancers busting moves to my electronic grooves. The dancers we had hired were genuine K Pop band members hoping to break into the big time themselves, and were accompanied by their manager and agent the whole day, hopefully lending our video some extra sparkle (we filmed for 12 hours but they didn’t flag and were still giving it their all by nightfall in the colourful lit up pavement fountains near our hotel).
We took in sights such as K Star Road, where mascot statues of famous bands and singers line the street, and Gangnam Square, with it’s custom built stage and metal cut out siluoettes of Psy. There were also more traditional tourist sights like viewpoints over the city (it’s soooo big) and the old town between the two palaces, which was rebuilt after the Korean war in the same style of architecture. I did the best I could throwing myself about in my thick velvet suit, diving for shade at every opportunity and gazing enviously at people walking about in their shorts and T shirts. By the end of the day I was a sweaty tired mess, but we’ve hopefully got something quite unique and colourful to get kids interested in this part of the world and some of the fun it has to offer.