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Seoul’s Pressure Cooker

by Bill Hayes

In Seoul’s intellectual pressure cooker, the Los Angeles Times reports on South Korea’s Exam Village, where 20,000 people cram for various crucial examinations.

In hyper-competitive South Korea, Exam Village is both an intellectual isolation chamber and an emotional pressure cooker, the center of a dizzying array of preparation courses and private study rooms, where the only thing that counts is a passing grade.

Lawyers here brag of surviving not law school but their sentences in Exam Village, or gosichon. Years later, the name still makes many shiver. [more]