Song Sang-cheon, Lim Il-tae and Lee Chong-chan -- three unrelated men in their 70s -- have one thing in common; they each have a hobby of collecting a certain type of item for more than 50 years.
|Song Sang-cheon, a newspaper and periodicals collector (Park Hyun-Koo/The Korea Herald)|
Song Sang-cheon has been collecting newspapers and periodicals since he was 15 years old. His house has yielded most of its space to his collection, leaving only maze-like pathways. His collection could stand up to 14 stories high if put in a single pile, says the 73-year-old man.
|Lim Il-tae, a stamp collector (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)|
Lim Il-tae’s stamp collection began in 1957, when as an elementary school student he saw a red stamp of King Sejong. In order to collect foreign stamps, he made pen pals from eight different countries. Lim, a 73-year-old retired elementary school teacher, said, “I learned more about (US) President Roosevelt from stamps than from classes.”
“You could learn a lot from collecting an item for a long time,” Lim added.
These days, one’s wages are automatically transferred to a bank account and the details can often be checked on the internet or even via a smartphone app. When Lee Chong-chan, 74, got his first job as a government employee, his monthly salary came in a pay envelope. The envelope contained details such as his first income being 5,820 won ($5) in 1966. The envelopes are a candid illustration of how his salary has increased over his 40-year career, reflecting South Korea’s fast economic development.
|Lee Chong-chan collected his pay envelopes (Park Hyun-koo/The Korea Herald)|
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Written by Park Ga-young (email@example.com)