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209 – 강남 커피빈 티리프 (Gangnam ‘Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’ Café)

December 16, 2011

One of the earliest ‘culture shock moments’ that I experienced shortly after first moving to Korea was how crowded and loud most of the cafés can be.  Among the most crowded and loudest is this Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf café, along the main ‘Gangnam Street’ in Seoul.  Granted, this was recorded during peak hours on a Saturday afternoon, but this is basically what the place (and many, many others like it) sounds like all the time.  So much for a café being a place for study and relaxation. (209 – Gangnam Coffee Bean)

Recorded 9/17/11, 4:16PM (local time)

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  1. December 16, 2011 10:30 pm

    That sounds so familiar to me. I can hear it all the time at my parents’ home but now that we’ve moved out I almost forgot that it was normal for almost, well, forever.

    Steve, it’s hard to believe that it is actually language being spoken in the background.

    Another good one. Thanks for helping the world to understand all the exciting parts of Korea. 🙂

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