To Be Young and in Love and Swinging

  • Photo by Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

    Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

  • Photo by Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

    Bolo tie by Johnny West Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

  • Photo by Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

    Photo by Jung Ho Kim for Seoulist

This is not a staged photo shoot. We actually stumbled upon Miri Kim and Tae Young Kong looking oh-so-innocent and stagnant on a swingset in the middle of the Hongdae playground. As it turns out, the furtive glances and restless footwork wasn’t all for show; this young couple is barely in their twenties (20 and 21, respectively) and we just so happened to crash their first date as an official item.

Do you guys attend Hong-ik University?
He: No, I attend Yeoju University, which is far, far away.
She: [ giggles ]

He: We’re here to hang out together, not with others.
She: We don’t care about other people.

What’s the occasion?
He: Well…today’s our first day together.
She: [ giggles ]

So we’re crashing your 1일 (first day as a couple)? You two dress in the same spirit, so I assumed you had been together for quite some time.
He: No, we’ve actually only known each other for about a month.
She: [ giggles ]

Is this playground your designated meeting place?
He: Well we just came here together from Sinchon to talk. We’ll probably grab a bite to eat later. And maybe hit up a club.

Clubbing? Isn’t that a little dangerous? What if other people hit on your girlfriend?
He: We’re here to hang out together, not with others.
She: We don’t care about other people.

What’s your favorite color?
He: Red. This red bolo tie is by Jhonny West. [Editor’s Note: Yes, that’s really how it’s spelled]
She: I’m wearing grey today but love tiger prints. And I like red too.

Would you ever wear matching couple shirts?
He: If we ever come to that point…yes.
She: Of course we will.

As the first couple to be featured on Seoulist, we’ll send you the Seoulist and Seoulista couple tees when they come out.
She: Thank you, it’s an honor.

Interview translated from Korean.

Yaeri Song

About Yaeri Song

Yaeri Song is a closeted filmmaker based in Seoul who enjoys long walks in the park with her celebrity Pekingese.

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