Tuesday, September 27, 2005
The Korean Hulk...
It gives me great pleasure to introduce SwissToni’s brother, Phil, this evening. Phil makes a fine effort at boxing by his statue, which is situated in front of a Korean Jimjilbang. Quoting SwissToni himself: “(I have) no idea what this green bloke symbolises, although frankly, he's in better shape than my brother”.
The jimjilbang is a type of sauna/spa with various hot rooms, cold rooms and water baths/scrubs. By all accounts they are scattered all over South Korea and paying a visit is a very popular pastime.
Having taken a quick look at the web to find out more about these places I was pretty taken aback by this traveller’s tip: Special Tip for budget travellers without heavy luggage: As most of the saunas open 24 hours, it's the cheapest place to spend a night. Very often, they even offer separate sleeping corners with mattresses. Just make sure you don’t pick the sauna room to grab a quick snooze eh, ‘cos boy you’ll smell in the morning if you do.
Stand By Your Statue extends its respect to the photographer here, as they have made a fine job of making the statue look as if he’s wearing some sort of carnival-type red headgear, when obviously its just a big red tree situated just behind the statue.