Good inventions can change the world into a better place. Items invented in Korea also have permeated into the lives of all, making our lives more convenient and more exciting. Can you guess what kind of items were invented in Korea?
About 50 years ago in Korea, coffee was a luxurious drink which was mostly affordable in high class families. However, thanks to the invention of the instant coffee mix in 1976, coffee became inexpensive and people easily began to purchase it anywhere. Eventually drinking coffee got popular among the middle class and was placed as a big part of the Korean culture.
Most of people might think that MP3 Player was invented outside of Korea. However, Digital Cast, a small Korean company, invented MP3 Player for the first time in 1997. People were shocked by the small size of MP3 player and it was a must have item among the youth back then. Unfortunately, due to the poor marketing management and IMF crisis in Korea, Digital Cast was sold off to Sigma Tel from U.S.
PC Bang is a Korean Internet café and the concept of PC room (or the Internet café) started from Korea. Until the mid-90’s, personal computer (PC) was really expensive and the Internet was not widely distributed. However, as IT industries was nurtured nation wide by the Korean government and PCs were sold at reasonable prices, which eventually led to the installation of high-speed Internet around the country. Due to these reasons, the number of the PC rooms increased rapidly. The PC game ‘Starcraft’ also allured people to visit PC rooms.
When you think of a milk carton, I bet you would come up with the image similar to the one above. The shape of the entrance is called gable top. Dr. Sukgyun Shin, so-called Edison of Korea, invented the new type of milk carton in 1953. Even though the invention was innovative, he couldn’t claim patent because it was in the middle of Korean Civil War. Eventually, this gable top carton was delivered to U.S. by U.S. army and was set as the international standard.
In Korean baseball games, cheering balloon sticks are everywhere, escalating the exciting mood. These sticks were designed by a Korean company in 1994. These 65 cm long sticks can make sounds 10 times louder than just normal claps. These cheering balloon sticks are used not only in sports games but also in various events these days.