#MeetingPeopleOf : Gwangbokro, South Korea 🇰🇷
Day 1 (first afternoon) in Korea:
Perhaps the most lucrative side hobby in Korea—more so than the local internet Gaming celebrity—is makeup and beauty products in Korea. Considered some of the best, yet some of the most competitive in culture, beauty is seemingly essential in Korean lifestyle. So much so that plastic surgery has now become like a coming of age ritual, as Song Han tells me, who specializes in modern Korean beauty and makeup. “Plastic surgery is something no one really brings up but acknowledges that it’s a thing,” Song says. “If your parents love you, you become fully an adult when they pay for your surgery at 18.” Why has makeup and beauty become so lucrative here in Korea? Song tells me it’s based on the culture’s Han: The antithesis of “jeong,” it is the soul’s sorrow and bitterness, and the hope to overcome it with revenge. Your neighbor is your rival and you can outdo them in beauty, Song tells me. Han and Jeong both drive Korean culture: If Han is the dark looming cloud in the distance, Jeong is the umbrella that keeps us together in the meantime. I can never truly have Han, since I’m not Korean, but I can definitely feel it: Revenge is a dish best served cold, and in this case in the form of cold Korean noodles 😋
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