Yongsan Garrison as the source of new culture

Contributor: Nam SangSo

Blondie There was a large white washed wall among buildings lined up facing a river and bridge before entering into Uljin township, North Gyeongsang province.…

Topic: cultural exchange, Education, History, People, Yongsan Legacy
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Blondie
There was a large white washed wall among buildings lined up facing a river and bridge before entering into Uljin township, North Gyeongsang province. It was one of the market days and people crossing the bridge noticed a large funny looking colored fresco – a woman’s character with yellow curly hair, large black eyes with long eyebrows, a necklace hung around her neck. It was an image of young American woman which was rather beautifully drawn. She was smiling at the local people. The town people knew that a detachment of U.S. Army had stayed in the town for a few days before they marched toward the north in the middle of Korean War.
The charming woman’s image has been remained in the memories of the town people for a long time, wondering how American soldiers who were in the middle of gun fighting could afford time to draw a woman’s image on a wall. They were also surprised to find a large amount of their military rations left behind in the auditorium of Uljin middle school as a gift. Then the students were more surprised to notice that their only English teacher had disappeared with the American soldiers. He left a note to principal that the U.S. Army recruited him as a translator. The students, after the war, when started to read English magazines and papers realized that the fresco woman was named Blondie. And the town had two hairdressers and a photo shop named Blondie, some copying the fresco image onto their signboards.

By Nam Sang-so, a Korean War veteran, from the building 1510, Main Post.