Seoul, South Korea
Soo Zee, 31
New Media Videographer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I make videos for living! Sometimes for other but mostly make my own. I love new media videos.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Working at a music festival. It's torture because you can are there but you can't fully enjoy it.

Were you born and raised in Seoul? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Seoul?

I was born and raised in Seoul. Seoul is my hometown.

What’s your current hood in Seoul and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Hannam-dong/Itaewon : it has good museums, exotic foods, cool cafes, and great bars and clubs. But it's over populated now, so lots of places are hard to get a seat.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Easy listening like chill lounge-y music, and I absolutely can't stand bad Euro club mix.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Rick and Morty. So imaginative and creative. You never know what to expect.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

All over the world. I don't go shopping much, but if I do it's mostly when I travel. It's unique and rare when I come back. It also brings back memories of the trip.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Pretty much everywhere. Seoul is very safe than other cities. For example, even if you are drunk and passed out in the street people generally will not rob you. (Korean love drinking)

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Not doing small talk. Small talk isn't something that's in our culture. Don't get me wrong, Korean people are affectionate and warm in other ways but small talk isn't something we do. It's common not to know the name of the barista of the coffee shop you go every day. So whenever I travel, doing small talk is something I never get used to it or comfortable doing. It's great but most time I'm not feeling the "talk to the stranger" part. So I like in Korea where I can just order a coffee and move on with my life.

Where do you go in Seoul for a casual night out?

You can always find casual places in every neighborhood in Seoul. But my first pick will be the Han river area parks. In summer nights, it's perfect to picnic outside and drink cold beer and deliver fried chicken.

Where would you go in Seoul to celebrate some freaking good news?

Itaewon/Hannamdong. You don't know what to expect here, the night could go many ways. Since it's the LGBTQ neighborhood,it gets extra vibrant. But also there are variety of place you could go to. It has great whiskey bars, cocktails bars, lounge, clubs, and craft brew beers. You don't have to choose what you want to, just go.

What’s your choice of transportation in Seoul and why?

Subway! It's clean, fast, and you can go everywhere with the subway. Also it has wi-fi!

What are the Seoul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Jong-ro. It is one of the oldest part of Seoul, where all the palaces and the historical buildings are at. Since it's the old part of Seoul, it has the right mix of the old and the new. You can find great restaurants that has been there fore 30 years, and you also can find a great speak easy. Or you might stumble upon great coffee shop. It's closed to neighborhoods like Samcheong-dong and Seochon.

What are the Seoul spots tourists should run from screaming?

Namsan Tower. Myeong-dong. There are much better vista points of Seoul. Would recommend Naksan Park or the Lotte tower to see the city. Myeong-dong is still a historical place of Seoul,and there are many places I like but for most tourist, this neighborhood is known for shopping. But I don't recommend going shopping here. It's mostly franchise beauty brands which you can get it in many other neighborhoods.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Seoul. How do you spend it?

Have hangover soup(pork bone marrow stew) and . Korean food is something you can not get somewhere else in the world. Maybe LA Korea Town, but still not the same.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Anywhere with warm beaches and sparkling water. That's all I need.

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