Subway station opens powder room for men
Powder rooms are no longer limited to use by women as more and more young Korean men spend time primping and grooming. Seoul's Samgakji subway station opened a powder room for men for the first time in Korea in 2018. It has a big mirror and three shelves. "I felt uncomfortable when I had to do my hair in public restrooms before, but now I can do that here," said one 24-year-old university student as he worked wax into his coif. Men in their 20s and 30s can regularly be spotted moisturizing here. A Seoul Metro staffer said, "We opened the men's powder room because of numerous requests from commuters."
Yoon Sung-san, a 25-year-old office worker, said, "I use a dozen cosmetics products including foundation, eye shadow and mist. People tell me I look nice when I go out with makeup on and it's now become a daily routine." According to market researcher Euromonitor, the market for men's cosmetics here grew from W730 billion in 2010 to W1.3 trillion in 2018 (US$1=W1,168). Korean men spend an average of W52,000 on cosmetics at a time, the most in the world.
1. What are powder rooms for? Why are they needed and necessary even for men?
2. Layout what will be added to subways stations?
3. How do young men feel towards grooming themselves in public?
4. Why is not proper to primp and groom ourselves out in the public?
5. How often do you groom yourself when you're out? Why do people primp themselves?
1. powder room - a bathroom, especially one which does not have a bathtub or shower and is intended for use by guests
2. primp - spend time making minor adjustments to one's hair, makeup, or clothes