While on a walk around Imsil, I came across this giant teddy bear. It was sitting near the trash area and had a sign taped to its forehead. I’m sure there is some simple explanation written on the note that was taped to it like “Please forgive this huge inconvenience Mr.Trash Man, but we’re moving and can’t take this big teddy bear with us”, but since I can’t read the note, I found myself making up all kinds of weird scenarios to make sense of the weirdness.
I imagine some love-sick boy giving this teddy bear to their girlfriend and the girl’s family just waiting until they could throw that thing away. It looked decently heavy… I can picture some heartbroken girl dragging this huge, heavy bear down the stairs and into the elevator after a bad breakup.
Seeing this also raised a bunch of questions for me as a foreigner in Korea. I have often wondered where and how you can discard unwanted items. Can you really put huge items like that near the trash cans and recycling centers with the hope that someone will discard it for you? But really… who thought it would be a good idea to own this big of a teddy bear in the first place? Where did they keep that thing in a small Korean apartment? How did they get it upstairs/downstairs? Why does anyone need a super sized teddy bear? This was definitely one of those weird things that you don’t expect, but seem totally normal when you see them in Korea.