Extra! Korea

May 20, 2009

New 50,000-won note to debut in June, small face and all

Filed under: celebrities, gender equality, history — extrakorea @ 7:05 am

The Korea Times and Chosun Ilbo report that the new 50,000-won note is set to debut by the end of June.
It will feature Shin Saim-dang, a noted writer, calligrapher, and mother of Yulgok, a Yangban (Korean aristocrat) scholar of the Chosun dynasty. (He’s the guy on the 5,000-won note.)
She died over 450 years ago, and yet, like many Korean women, she has benefited from modern Korean plastic surgery technology, and will appear with a stylishly smaller face.

1 Comment »

  1. I do not like the new bill’s new look for Shin Saimdang, and I am convinced they used Jedi mind tricks to get it through.

    Shin Saimdang’s portrait makes her look quite nice, but this new “imagined” look (according to the portrait maker) looks not at all like her and looks like some sort of ajumma composite. Blech. The only thing worse would be if they really did put Kim Ku on the 100K note.

    Comment by kushibo — May 20, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

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