Have you seen photos of Korean school girls carrying packages of junk food shaped and worn like backpacks? I haven’t seen one personally but I saw a few photos online like the one below:
요즘에는 과자 가방이 유행이구나 ㅋㅋ 그냥 가방보다 더 비싸겠다 ㄷㄷㄷ; pic.twitter.com/eYfcObf3dI
— 하늘유 @ intothesky (@intothebluessky) June 23, 2014
And here’s one article that seems to say it’s becoming a trend: Junk food backpack craze.
Looking at the photos from the article would suggest that these junk food backpacks are not an everyday treat. In fact, I doubt that school kids would have the means to buy as many packs of junk food to make a backpack. One of the photos in the article says “Congratulations – Graduation”. Most of the photos I’ve seen online says that they are given as presents.
Here’s a photo of Minah of Girls’ Day wearing a package of junk food…
생일선물로 과자가방은조은데 과자선택을 잘못했어 pic.twitter.com/QzQOLuCJyp
— 조던 (@Goro_0419) June 15, 2014
Why would people give junk food backpacks as birthday presents? It’s cheap and one could share with friends. And it’s not an everyday fare for many. Oh I’ve seen the faces of many kids here light up when they are given even just a piece of candy ~ especially at their after school classes.
So what do they call the junk food backpack? According to this netizen:
요즘 유행한다는 여고생 선물.jpg 과자+가방 해서 과방이라고 불린다고 pic.twitter.com/Eoi1fGfVgb
— 재판신청받는 데루의 묘묘 (@Myomyo_Chi) June 19, 2014
junkfood (과자 or kwaja) + bag (가방 or kabang) = kwabang 과방