You can't take a subway ride anywhere without seeing half a dozen ads surgery clinics. It gives Busan a very Deus Ex atmosphere.
The number of surgery ads in this country speaks to how common place plastic surgery is here. I don't know if I should feel threatened or fascinated knowing that I walk amongst a surgically enhanced population. Sure, nobody's got robotic arms and bionic battery cells yet. But many have eye enhancements. Nothing too crazy, I mean the lasers are still just going into the eyes, not coming out of them.
Koreans also get enhancements to their facial features which I think is even more useful than 20/20 vision in modern society. Contacts take care of myopia fairly well, ugliness is an affliction not as easily remedied.
The more I think about plastic surgery and how it affects people's lives the more sense it makes to me. Particularly facial enhancements. The face is the most dense area of the body when it comes to genetic information. Big boobs are wonderful but you don't have to look at them as much as a face.
Just remembered- My buddy JJ says if you go in for a simple cosmetic procedure, it's quite common for clinics to throw in another surgery for free. You know, like if your nose sucks, they might offer to do that while you're put under for a cheek sculpting. I trust him, he's Korean.
Between the equipment and the organics and herbs this shit looks like Gale Boetticker's wet dream.
They're actually a bunch of water purification devices. The government claims that the water is potable but Koreans spend a lot of money on water filtration systems. The water does have a high mineral content which changes the taste and sucks for doing laundry. Not using fabric softener is a bad idea.
These cartoons are hilarious, particularly the guy on the left. The guy on the right is a dude trying to sell shit on the train, which happens every now and then.
My finest masterpiece of photography yet: I present to you, Woman and Bundaeggi.
If anybody can make it out to this bar and take a picture inside it, let me know. It's in Geumnyeonsan, left @ the first intersection past exit 6.