“Naked in Korea” is OUT NOW for Amazon Kindle (Only $2.99)
Nothing makes me happier today than to announce that my brand new book Naked in Korea is out now for Amazon Kindle. I really think you all are going to love it. It’s the most personal and funny thing I’ve ever written and the best thing is, it’s practically two books in one! Part travelogue about traveling around South Korea and experiencing that wonderful culture and part hilarious/heartfelt memoir, this book is the culmination of a year spent gathering my notes and thoughts from the 13 months I spent living and teaching near the North Korean border. If you’re a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows, I think you’ll find plenty to enjoy in Naked in Korea and I hope my observations on Korean food, cinema, music, and culture will resonate with you the way they did for me.
I’ve included the description in the space below, as well as the Amazon link. I know there are so many books to choose from on Amazon these days, but for $3, I can promise you a few laughs and that you will learn something about a foreign people that you probably never knew before. If you are, by chance, reading this and you are considering traveling to Asia to teach, I would say my book is an indispensable resource and I hope you’ll find it useful. I talk about everything from teaching to working with co-teachers to coping with housing arrangements to navigating the language. Obviously my book is made for Kindle, so I was limited somewhat in what I could achieve graphically, but I hope you will learn from my stories and discover a rich and vibrant culture.
Buy and enjoy Naked in Korea and support indie authors everywhere. Thank you so much and please keep checking back for updates on my forthcoming sci-fi novel The Last Cup, due sometime in August.
DESCRIPTION: “It’s a strange feeling when you realize that the majority of people who have seen you naked have passports different from yours, but that’s exactly what happened to author/traveler Sean Chandler in 2010 and 2011. “Naked in Korea” is the funny and heartfelt reflection of a 25-year-old teacher from Bagdad, Kentucky who was hired to teach English in a military town near the controversial border between North and South Korea, only to discover that, even on the other side of the planet, there is still plenty that people share in common.
Shrinkage, for example.
But Chandler’s memoir/travelogue is about more than just how he came to spend copious amounts of time sweltering in an East Asian bathhouse alongside throngs of befuddled Korean men. It is about more than how a hairy Kentuckian learned to enjoy wearing Speedos in a country where conformity is helps. “Naked in Korea” is the story of how a fish out of water learned to get by in a part of Korea where foreigners are seldom seen and the gorgeous mountains contain either unexploded landmines or luxurious five-star golf courses, depending on where you look.
Come join Chandler as he shares his stories about making kimchi for the first time at a prehistoric festival on Halloween and how he learned to drink soju “the proper way”. Hear some pointers on what to bring if a group of Koreans invite you to hike a mountain at 4:00 in the morning on New Year’s Day under a blanket of darkness and knee-deep snow. Discover how to plant fishing traps at the bottom of a frigid river and read about Chandler’s journey underneath the infamous DMZ in a secret tunnel that was once intended for a North Korean military invasion! And, yes, we’ll talk a little about K-Pop.
Along the way, learn what Seoul has to offer and hear fun tips for exploring The Land of the Morning Calm. Korea is a fantastic country with unique people and a happily eccentric culture you simply have to experience! Just, um…remember that clothing is sometimes optional.“