I’m guessing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is blaring out of every cafe and club in Korea right now. It’s head-bopping, dance track that’s becoming more famous for its music video than its actual musical substance. (Although, you might argue Psy never originally intended for it to receive a music critic’s blessing, so who cares?)
But what exactly is Gangnam style, and what’s up with Psy dancing around like a pony? Gather around the taeguk campfire and listen close, kids.
Gangnam is an affluent district in Seoul. Before it developed into an urban metropolis, Gangnam was all farm land. When the area north of the Han River began to develop, it pushed many of the residents south. From the 1960s to present day, Gangnam flip-flopped from an agricultural community to a posh district. Simply put, it’s the Beverly Hills of Seoul.
Some have said prior to Gangnam’s boom as a real-estate haven, the area was known for its horses. But for the most part, the video of Psy prancing around is in reference to the affluent community. It’s safe to say if you own several horses in Korea, you might be part of the upper crust of society.
But if you’re not sure if you’re Gangnam, I’ve compiled 10 questions for you to answer about yourself.