Dalki – Korea’s Strawberry Girl
If you’ve been in Korea for any length of time, you have undoubtedly seen the popular strawberry girl character, DALKI. Dalki is actually the word for “strawberry” in Korean.
There you’ll learn precious gems like Dalki “creates troubles, troubleshoots troubles of others and most of the time, she is troublesome.”
That may sound troubling, but not to worry, Dalki is “a fashion icon” and “has entertained many customers with her friendly image and unique personality.”
Yes, that is poop on a stick that she is holding.
Dalki’s “bosom friend and counselor” is Lemon, an introspective but stubborn girl with a “cleanliness mania” who also cries a lot.
Dalki’s boyfriend is Subak, or Watermelon. She likes him but she also ignores him. Typical.
By far, Dalki’s most…er…interesting friend is Dongchimee.
The description from the website reads:
Dongchimee loves Dung very much.
It is his own creation.
It is hard to adjust and makes him feel good every morning.
Dongchimee tries to test to have creations.
He sometimes makes dung watery or dry.
He makes sketches of such satisfactory dung and put it in a glass bottle.
Dongchimee spends most of time at home. He sticks out dung of others unconsciously when he is outside.
He can’t stand just watching it. That’s why they call him “Dongchimee”.
“Dongchimee” translates to something similar to “poop stick” and probably refers to the delightful school yard practice of dung chipping which involves poking someone in the rear end. Here’s an English teacher’s account of the practice.
Dongchimee’s popularity in Korea can’t be missed. In Insa-dong, a food cart sells a breaded treat pressed in the shape of a poop swirl on a stick. It’s called Poo Poo Bread. People stand in line for 15 minutes just to get their Poo Poo Bread.
Dongchimee stationery, envelopes, pens, keychains and pillows can be purchased at Dalki shops around the area. There are even play places for children that highlight Dongchimee’s passion for poop sculptures.
Dongchimee notwithstanding, Dalki and her friends are actually quite cute, and she is a popular icon. My kids and I also quite enjoy the several theme parks and play areas dedicated to her character.
If Dalki appeals to you, check out some cute Dalki videos here. Yes you did see her pick her nose and pass gas in that one video.
Watch some more Dalki movies here.
Visit the Dalki Theme Park in Heyri Art Valley.
Become Dalki’s Friend on Facebook here.
You can even Friend Dongchimee here.
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