I don't understand it. It is -6 degrees outside and finally the sun is shining. I see Women cover their faces like if they get sun on them they will turn to dust like vampires. I can understand in summer to keep from getting sunburnt but I a little sun is not going to kill you. What do you think the reason/s are they hide from the sun so much?
daveynyc- you're on the right track!From what I've heard- tanned skin means they are poor- that they are farmers. Fair, untanned skin means they are rich- work inside. Not sure how true this is but many of my Korean friends have said that only poor Koreans have tanned skin. I dunno....
I took the bus from south South Korea to Seoul a while back and there was a 50-60 y.o. lady sitting next to me. It was a bit chilly on the bus, so I wanted to bask in the sunshine as I was in the window seat. While I figured she didn't want the sun shining on her, I was really savoring it, so I left the curtains fully open (totally selfishly--I was aware that everyone else on our side of the bus had their curtains closed). After a couple of hours of sitting with her bag covering her hands and her handkerchief over her face, she finally got the chutzpa to ask me to close the curtains. Twas definitely a memorable cultural adventure. It showed me what lengths women will go to to stave off signs of aging and peasant-like brown skin.