I was watching the live coverage over cable channel TVN of Choi Jin Sil’s funeral while preparing our brunch. It was very sad and I was touched seeing famous Korean actors and actresses wailing and consoling each other. Those persons, no matter how famous and rich they are, are humans too. Supermodel Hong Jin Gyung was almost inconsolable while Jeong Sun Hee (who I love most in the comedy series “Woman versus Woman”) put on a brave face. Choi Jin Sil’s younger brother, Choi Jin Young, carried her funeral wreath.
In Korea, the funeral wake is only held for three days. The departed (고인) is finally laid to rest on the morning of the third day. As in the Philippines, public grieving here is a custom.
Funeral pictures can be found at this DAUM photo gallery for Choi Jin Sil.