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Seoul Market in Flint sees boom in business amid growing popularity in Korean culture

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – By now, those that are updated with present tendencies have most likely heard of Squid Recreation or BTS. Each have sky-rocketed in reputation during the last yr.

Korean tradition has change into so well-liked that Flint’s personal Seoul Market has began to see new clients questioning within the doorways.

As quickly because the clock strikes 9 a.m., Sam Park is outdoors to greet clients, some which were visiting his marketplace for years.

He and his spouse have been the house owners of Seoul Market on Corunna street for the final 16 years, however they’ve by no means fairly seen such an curiosity in Korean Tradition like they do right this moment.

“A very long time in the past, Asian individuals and Korea have been so small, however proper now, Korean Tradition, BTS, Korean Drama, Korean Pop. The American individuals, adore it and we’re so proud,” mentioned Park.

Solar Park mentioned that the recognition of Okay-pop and Korean TV reveals have introduced new clients in and it has her keen to show them about her dwelling nation.

“Are you aware the drama ‘Squid Recreation’, that one may be very well-liked. Lots of people are coming collectively and connecting between nations and folks and meals and tradition. Its very thrilling and I’m a proud Asian and pleased with my nation,” she mentioned.

However with extra clients comes larger demand and the issue of getting merchandise, which Park says has been made extraordinarily tough lately.

“Proper now, its so exhausting. One container from China or Korea, costs $10,000 over. Some occasions we will get it generally, no merchandise,” mentioned Park.

Even because the pandemic has introduced new points for the Parks, they proceed to adapt and overcome and say they’re so proud to assist the Flint neighborhood discover Korean tradition.

Seoul Market additionally carries merchandise from China, Japan, and the Philippines.

The Parks mentioned that although merchandise will be tough to get generally, they’ve been fortunate to stay open by the pandemic.

Seoul Market is open seven days per week.

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