2010 Korea Nail Day Festival

Do people actually wear that?

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!


24 Responses to “2010 Korea Nail Day Festival”

  1. They are works of art! It’s a waste to wear them! πŸ˜€
    How long did it take to the artists to create them?
    I think you really need to be patient… as in every art class.

  2. Awesome beauty, isn’t it.

  3. Well…seems like i should visit Cheonggyecheon soon..!

  4. It looks like some of them are Japanese!

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      All of the artists are Korean, but it does look like there might be some Japanese motifs in there.

  5. arleumlady Says:

    you know what? one of Korean company, Konad, is getting popular all over the world cos its stamping nail art products help people to do nail art by themselves without any speical skill.. πŸ™‚

  6. arleumlady Says:


    this is Konad’s FB page operated by global fans. It’s interesting, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

  7. Interesting! I didn’t know that there’s Nail day festival in Korea. Is the festival held every year?

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      I don’t know. Since this one was nail day festival 2010, perhaps it’s a yearly event!

  8. Chris Lee Says:

    haha you guys l love this. sometimes i want to do this even if im a male lol(not a gay). Korean nail artists are well received in NZ too. why dont we make year of the nail and make them proud?

  9. parkmyungsoo Says:

    amazing what people can do on a tiny nail that nobody even cared about few years back, at least in korea.

    irrelavantly speaking,, it is also amazing how women didn’t care about armpit hair a few years back, again at least in korea.

    you have to feature this! how korean people’s perception on beauty and fashion transformed through the course of time.

    from where i was born, wearing bikini was an act of boldness in early 2,000. more like an immoral public display of one’s skin

    but now everyone does it!

    • The Seoul Searcher Says:

      Hmm, a series on historical Korean fashion?

      That might be interesting. I’ll have to dig out some old old family photos of Dad in his bellbottoms…

  10. Yahoo News…

    I saw this really good post today….

  11. Yahoo News…

    This is really great news today….

  12. wow, Beautiful haha, Actually I kinda know about nailart. One of my friend is doing nailart shop and it’s very successful in the Philippines. I never had one though. haha

  13. Good luck getting people behind this one. Though you make some VERY fascinating points, youre going to have to do more than bring up a few things that may be different than what weve already heard. What are trying to say here? What do you want us to think? It seems like you cant really get behind a unique thought. Anyway, thats just my opinion.

  14. I really like the way this site is put together. I think it is wonderful. If you dont mind me asking what theme is your website? Thanks.

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