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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Kolon, Korlon, Korean Nylon

Jodi at The Asia Pages, who as an unmarried woman of Korean ancestry closing 30, is able to make observations on Korean dating, courting, and marriage that a foreign male anthropologist concentrating on small businesses in a neighborhood and seeing mostly middle-aged women and men can Kolon Boiler 코오롱 가스보일러only read of. As she has recently closed the comments from her site, for which she surely has a good reason (exposure in the press?), I use my own pages to reply to a post in which she ponders the spelling of the business pictured in what I linked to the right from Jodi's site.

I can't be sure but I expect that the "Kolon Shopping" is or at least has been in some way associated with the Kolon Company. Seeing Jodi's post, I went to the company site to find about the origin of the spelling, which I knew to have been that way for a long time. There it was explained in the introduction of the company history: the brand name of the first nylon produced in Korea in 1963 by the company was Korlon, apparently from Korean Nylon. In 1968 it was changed to Kolon.

Kolon Gas Boiler (코오롱 가스보일러) must be yet another thing named after the original company. The Kolon Boiler shop in the picture to the right is next to Mr Pak's rice mill; rice pastry (ttôk) boxes waiting to be delivered can be seen in the lower corner of the photo.

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