Shin ramyun socks!
I was watching the latest installment of Simon and Martina in Bucheon on YouTube. They were exploring Bucheon’s Sang Dong market. As a foodie, I appreciated the copious footage of seafood, vegetables, banchan (appetizers) and fruits.
But what really caught my eye was a brief scene towards the end showing a sock shop featuring Shin ramyun (ramen) socks. The scene starts at 4:38.
Koreans have this penchant for wearing cartoon-ish socks. They express their sense of humor and fandom for the latest K-pop star on their feet. (Don’t believe me? I’ve seen Bae Yong Joon’s, DBSK’s, SNSD’s and Rain’s cartoon-ized faces on socks.)
After all, since Koreans remove their shoes every time they enter a home or sacred place — a temple or church — other people can see the creative and silly designs on these socks. Wearing monotone socks in public singles one out as a tourist (weygook).
Here’s a photo I found online of someone actually wearing the Shin ramyun socks. I want a pair so bad, even though since I work from home, only my husband and cats would be able to see them.