South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates among OECD countries. What baffles me is that even high profile celebrities and rich people kill themselves. In the past five years I’ve been here, I’d heard of Jung Mong Hun (chairman of the Hyundai Group) plunging to his death at the Hangang; Lee Yoon Hyung, the daughter of Samsung’s chairman hanged herself in her NYC apartment; actresses Lee Eun Ju (Taegukgi) and Jung Da Bin (Attic Cat)… and the list goes on.
This morning, the number one news on Daum’s search is that of a member of the B-boy group “Last Mars” suicide which he filmed himself using his cellphone. His body was found on the 16th at the bathroom of a private residence in Yeoksam-dong in Gangnam with a belt tied around his neck.