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.

4 comments:

John said...

The statue may be in better shape than Phil, but not for long - his guard is far too low. Phil on the other hand was clearly paying attention when he watched Rocky and is doing well to keep his hands up.

John said...

In fact, on closer inspection, that statue looks like it has been stolen from a bigger statue entitled "Man Driving Truck"

SwissToni said...

well, "green man driving truck" anyway. Probably "half naked green man driving truck with no shoes on" really.

ST

Ballerina said...

In Asia, they have these odd WC arrangements. I thought that the statue might be of someone about to use the hole-in-the floor.