2010 Korea Nail Day Festival
So, when I wrote my article about Cheonggyecheon, I didn’t write about something very interesting that I saw there. That particular day that I visited was in the middle of the 2010 Nail Day Festival. Funny, I didn’t realize that there was any such thing as nail day, but upon closer inspection, (reading the Korean part of the sign), I found that this was in fact a display of all the entries in a nail art contest. When people think of nail art, they usually think of one or two colored painted nails with perhaps a tiny bit of artistic flair. Not so here! Anyone wearing these nails would be the center of attention. If ever there was a woman that personified material excess, she’d be wearing these nails.
As it turns out, Cheonggyecheon is constantly hosting small events such as this on a regular basis. There is a small alcove under the first bridge in which artwork can be displayed or even concerts can be held. On this particular day, Korean nail artists proudly displayed their work. You can see that the nails have all sorts of different designs and all have different inspirations. Some celebrate Korea, some tell a story, and others are simply so amazing that you can’t believe that it’s actually something that can conceivably be warn. I took a few pictures of my favorites, but there were hundreds more than what you can see here.
Take a look for yourself!