Do you still think that faster is always better? Or, do you want to seize every minute of your life? How about getting away from the usual text message which takes less than a second to send? The Inha Times has been finding out about "slow-post," which delivers letters people wrote to themselves or others one year ago. For a more detailed explanation, Kim Hyeon-ok, in charge of the "slow-post," located in the Myeong-dong Postage Stamp Museum, shares the A to Z of the "slow-post" detail.
The Inha Times (IT) : Thank you for responding to the interview. Can you explain what the 'slow-post' is?
Kim Hyeon-ok : The Myeong-dong Postage Stamp Museum has been operating a slow-post service since 2012. If you write a letter to someone or to yourself and put it into a mailbox, it will be delivered one year later.
IT : There are dozens of slow-post mailboxes across the country. Who's in charge of managing these mailboxes?
Kim Hyeon-ok : The mailboxes are independently by different institutions . For example, some of them are in charge of each local governments, and others are managed by regional post offices. And We, the museum, have our own mailbox. Each letter written by a visitor is sent one year later, on the month the letter was deposited.
IT : What kind of visitor mainly comes? And how many visitors come?
Kim Hyeon-ok : Usually, the main visitors are young students. They come with their friends and family, even with their lovers. About 30 visitors a day came to the museum in the past, but recently, this number has risen to 50~60, reaching 100 a day on the weekends.
IT : What's the difference compared to other mailboxes? What's special about slow-post?
Kim Hyeon-ok : It gives us a chance to look back on our lives, which pursue only a "fast-fast" cycle. And I think that it reminds us of the worth of the time, and we can feel happier in our daily lives while waiting for the letter.
IT : Do you have any memorable or funny episodes while managing the slow-post?
Kim Hyeon-ok : Yes, there are some cases. Young people often ask me to cancel the dispatch of a letter they have written to their lovers. Obviously, this is because they have split up but I sometimes get in hot water with them because I can’t always help. So, I recommend that visitors consider this before penning their next love sonnet.
IT : Lastly, do you have any message for Inha University students?
Kim Hyeon-ok : Welcome, students. I know some of you guys have been to the museum, but there are also students who have never heard about the "slow-post" before. If you come to Myeong-dong, please drop by from time to time and write a letter to someone you want to give a message to one year from now. Think of the feeling when someone receives a sincere message you wrote in the past. It'll be a great experiment. We always welcome you. Thank you.
* Visited with my hometown friends!
"I visited the museum to try the slow-post with my old friends. I wrote a message to myself, and it'll be delivered to me a year from today. I'm really looking forward to receiving it from the past because I wrote my plans for this new year. And I would be happy to keep contact with my friends a year later."
* Having an awesome date with my lover ;)
"I wrote a letter to my girlfriend. But I won't tell her what I wrote in it. I really hope to go steady with her and for a long and happy life. When she gets this lovely letter a year later, she would probably thank to me. So exciting!"
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