Instead of posting a picture of the week, I would like to share with you some epic pictures from this month, along with some very interesting insight into Korea.
Today I would like to bring to your attention a very strange infatuation we have discovered within Korean culture. Believe it or not, they really like poop here. Not in an unhygienic way, but I still find it rather disgusting and at the same time amusing. Kids of all nationalities enjoy talk of bodily fluids, so I guess it is understandable that my students like to discuss how disgusting all forms of poo are, including rotten poo. But Korea has taken this silly childhood obsession with poop a step further by giving into the infatuation and creating an incredibly popular cartoon character based on it. I have tried researching the reasoning behind this craze, but all of my searches only resulted in people discussing its existence and that there is a similar craze in Japan.
Dave and I took a trip to the Heyri Artists’ Community outside of Seoul and stumbled upon the Dalki Theme Park, which I was completely tickled by. I can’t get past how wild this poop obsession is! At the end of the day, Dave had beautiful artisitc pictures from our visit and this is what I ended up with on my camera…
Dongchimee is friends with Dalki (AKA Strawberry), who is the main character of the Dalki cartoon.
Dalki’s boyfriend is Subak (AKA Water Melon) and happens to have the same birthday as yours truly. How exciting.
I found a wonderfully descriptive profile of Dongchimee on the Dalki website.
Name : Dongchimee
Sex : Male
Hobby : Making art work using Dung
Constellation : Virgin (September 9)
Features : Creative only in Dung
Dongchimee, one of the characters of Dalkis, is different from Dalkis, the main character. Dalkis’ friends do not live in the neighborhood and live with Water Melon, Lemon, Dolbam, and Banana. Dongchimee loves Dung very much. It is his own creation. It is hard to adjust and makes him feel good every morning.
Dongchimee tries to test to have creations. He sometimes makes dung watery or dry. He makes sketches of such satisfactory dung and put it in a glass bottle. Dongchimee spends most time at home. He sticks out dung of others unconsciously when he is outside. He can’t stand just watching it. That’s why they call him “Dongchimee”.
The last part of the description refers to a popular prank here in Korea known as ddongchim. This is when you make your hands into a gun shape and poke your buddies in the butt. The translation of this wonderful action is poop stick/poke. So apparently Dongchimee likes to ddongchim people because he can’t stand just watching it. He really likes to get involved and help out. I would also like to point out the translation of virgo they chose to use under his constellation.Virgin is indeed the name of the constellation, but we usually say virgo when referring to our signs. In this case, the use of virgin instead of virgo seems more appropriate because how could this poop man not be a virgin? His hobbies do not seem like they would entice any woman or man.
If you have fallen in love with Dongchimee, you can be friends with Dongchimee on Facebook by clicking here. And if you would like to see a short video introducing the Dalki cartoon characters, click here.
Before discovering this Dalki Theme Park in Heyri, Dave and I found Dongchimee envelopes at the dollar store which we gave as a Christmas present to one of our friends, who we thought might appreciate the absurdness of poop envelopes.
That’s all I got. I hope you are as entertained by this as I am. I don’t think I will ever understand the poo obsession here in Korea, but at least I can giggle over it! Hope you weren’t eating when you read this!