A Little Russia in South Korea—Worthy of Revolution
Globalization is this groovy thing leading to all sorts of adventure. I was surprised while living in Central Asia to find how many people had family living in Korea or were Koreans living in the region. With this said, I should not have been surprised that there was a "Little Russia" in Seoul.
A friend and I ventured out into the area, located in Gwanghui-dong. I won’t lie, it is a bit run-down and intimidating, especially at night. But soon you will smell the samsa from small cafés and wander down alleys where Korean, Central Asians, and ESL teachers are feasting on fresh bread, Mantu dumplings, and giant bottles of Baltika beer. Though the area is called "Little Russia," it is more Central Asian, settled by throngs of Uzbek, Tajik, and Mongolian migrant workers. It is interesting how the world evolves and how previous experiences all play into our journey in life. All the food made me nostalgic for open-air kebab in a beer garden somewhere in Central Asia; but this little part of Seoul was a perfect substitute.