School Uniforms Getting Shorter in Seoul

March 14th, 2009 · Education and ESL, Fashion · 23 comments

While Japan-level lengths haven’t been reached, the Chosun Ilbo reports that female students at an unnamed arts high school in Seongdong-gu have taken to shortening the skirts of their school uniforms. The school has no restrictions in place, so the students are free to do as they please. Apparently the girls enjoy making their friends at other schools envious.

The accompanying photos set a new standard for perviness at the Chosun, where already on any given day the majority of popular photo galleries are basically porn. There’s also a long accompanying article which I don’t have time to translate right now.


  • This country never ceases to amaze. Wasn’t there a big uproar a few months ago about photographers taking pics of women on the beaches in Pusan?

    Now there’s this Chosun Ilbo “news photographer” hanging outside a school and snapping a disturbingly large number of equally disturbing photos of young girls in short skirts.

    The madness never ends…

    Steelhorse · March 14th, 2009 at 3:06 PM

  • chosun ilbo, always looking out for lower-level males who don’t have the clout to touch’n’grab, just watch. this comes on the heel of the “controversy” over deceased Boys Before Flowers starlet unable to survive her coach testing, given by higher-up ajussi of course.

    ed · March 14th, 2009 at 3:29 PM

  • edit: couch

    ed · March 14th, 2009 at 3:30 PM

  • What do you mean by couch test?

    tokyojesusfist · March 14th, 2009 at 3:58 PM

  • this is pretty much insane

    Chris · March 14th, 2009 at 4:01 PM

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  • Tokyojesusfist – you’re joking right?

    Anonymous · March 14th, 2009 at 5:00 PM

  • Uh, no.

    tokyojesusfist · March 14th, 2009 at 5:24 PM

  • I believe a couch test alludes to the very common practice of making a girl (especially one new to the biz) “work” for the part… on a couch… with the casting director and/or others. You get what he means, yet?

    Jesus · March 14th, 2009 at 8:56 PM

  • I saw the orignal article via the Yahoo! korea hompage and was quite appalled. When I translated the original article (not the photo album) crudely using google I can across statements such as “skirt length is a measure of the confidence of friends” and the there has been a 3% rise in skirts that end more than 20cm above the knee.

    I wonder who took those measurements???

    Peter P · March 14th, 2009 at 9:29 PM

  • You fools!

    These wonderful girls are trying to save the economy and the Chosun is working in a very forward thinking way to help them.

    “Believe it or not, there is a long-standing theory that skirt length is linked to booms in a country’s wealth: the better the economy, the shorter the skirt (and vice versa).”

    Do you lot not care that we are in a depression? These selfless girls are working to solve the problem in a way that seems to be as likely to work as anything in Washington.

    kwandongbrian · March 15th, 2009 at 7:17 AM

  • it’s funny how they blurred the back of their heads

    hmmm · March 15th, 2009 at 10:21 AM

  • “Couch test” is more commonly referred to as “the casting couch”, Ed.

    Darth Babaganoosh · March 15th, 2009 at 10:35 AM

  • awesome

    Pohang · March 15th, 2009 at 11:48 AM

  • @Hmmm

    My favorite part is how every single picture is taken from BEHIND and using a zoom lense to get closeups without alerting the girls. Talk about creepy…

    Jesus · March 15th, 2009 at 1:47 PM

  • I can’t believe casting couches exist in Korea, even if they explain all the celebrity suicides.

    tokyojesusfist · March 15th, 2009 at 2:38 PM

  • While Japan-level lengths haven’t been reached

    Can “non-existant” be considered a length. ’tis the land of booty-shorts here.

    Though I do now know that the more a Japanese girl looks a stripper from an 80s action movie, the less a fellow should look.

    William G · March 15th, 2009 at 7:10 PM

  • TJF,

    The casting couch is a well-known and *ahem* ubiquitous problem in Korea. It is systemic to the point that actresses and female singers can’t get choice roles without giving it up. Many choose not to, and they are not promoted or are given crap roles for years. Breaking out with the deck stacked against you by management is hard, so many cave in. Even the older stars have come out in the past about their casting couch experiences.

    Darth Babaganoosh · March 16th, 2009 at 7:48 AM

  • I’m amazed that an entertainment industry even exists in Korea under those circumstances.

    tokyojesusfist · March 16th, 2009 at 1:35 PM

  • Ah, I see:

    tokyojesusfist · March 16th, 2009 at 1:55 PM

  • I just wish people would see how ridiculous photo laws are being interpreted. Threaten to send one guy to jail for taking a photo of a fully-clothed girl in a public place from a normal angle, but the newspaper does it and it’s not only legal, but PRINTABLE. Not saying that the school principal in question wasn’t being creepy — but was he being CRIMINAL?

    Again, if taking pictures of people in the clothes they choose to wear from the reasonable angle and POV of any normal passersby is cause for jail time — who decides what is decent and what isn’t? Does it depend on the mood of the person? Perhaps the day of the week?

    Again — I also snapped similar shots — where’s the police?

    While also not criminal, perhaps people here should examine the ethics of making young girls into sex symbols, e.g. Sohee of Wonger Girls fame, then being all shocked when adult members of society start treating them that way.

    It’s just funny how this trend has been going on for a long time, but the photogs with the telephoto lenses are dispatched to the scene when the infamous “arts high school” in question is mentioned. It just so happens that that school is kinda famous for having high school hotties, and I’m sure the editorial staff didn’t waste much time zooming in on this “story.”

    It’s funny how newspapers doing zoom lens “molca” are OK, but people have gone to jail for taking the exact same pictures.

    But I got ’em beat — I took all my photos with a 10-22mm wide-angle lens. The Chosun Ilbo are a bunch of pussies.

    The Metropolitician · March 17th, 2009 at 12:53 AM

  • the metropolitician lays it down

    chris · March 18th, 2009 at 7:10 AM

  • >it’s funny how they blurred the back of their heads<

    To prevent display of any identifying barrettes or hairbands, or a certain flip of the hair that, say, only 3,000 students might have.

    Damon · March 19th, 2009 at 3:49 AM

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