Thursday, August 14, 2008
OMG white women in bikinis! In our country! How exotic!
Some white women were wearing bikinis at a waterpark in Gangwon-do. Um . . . that's about it. Thanks to Korea Beat for bringing this breaking news to light. There's a photo album of these foreign beauties currently up on the Chosun Ilbo site here. LOL, it was picked up by Yonhap, too, so a Naver search will pull up other photos.
Maybe they were random white people photographed to legitimacy to the place and to Korea. After all, you know photographers and event organizers around here jump at the chance to have pictures of foreigners doing stuff, and practically every festival's home page includes shots of grinning white people. Or, maybe they stood out because white women are considered exotic, helped by the assumption held here that they're sexually promiscuous. Or, maybe they were affiliated with the bathing suit fashion show they had.
This all happened at the Vivaldi Park Ocean World resort in Hongcheong county, Gangwon-do. The resort has used entertainer Lee Hyori in its advertisements this summer, and the little commercial with her and temporarily bikini-clad swimmers in the wave pool is more up my alley. It's on the front page of the website, and is also available here, just until I can rescue it from the Korean video sites and put it on youtube.