South Koreans Are Now Paying to Sit in Places With Absolute Silence

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By Tanner Garrity There’s a popular trend in Japan called rui-katsu, where groups of adults gather in public places in the hopes of letting out a good cry. Why? Because crying is good for you, and as a nation, Japan often ranks near the bottom in tears shed. The idea is to push back against the country’s stoic base setting and let the emotions flow. Recently, South Korea has rolled out a somewhat similar concept, colloquially referred to as “hitting mung.” But whilerui-katsu is geared towards feeling a lot of something, in order to hit mung one doesn’t have to feel anything at all. “Mung,” in …

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