It’s the last day of campaigning before the Korean presidential election to replace impeached and indicted Park Geun-hye. That means Korea’s top candidates have mobile campaign platforms set up in Seoul to give speeches and sing children’s songs.
The song they really love to sing is a modified version of “Airplane” (비행기), which is itself a version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The lyrics, “Let’s fly…”, have been replaced with the names of the candidates (listen for “Mun Jae-in” and “Hong Jun-pyo” in their respective songs).
Overall, the mood and location of the rallies seems to reflect the particular personalities and support bases of each candidate.
Leading liberal candidate Moon Jae-in’s team had a rally near Gwanghwamun Square, where the protests against Park went on for months.
Conservative Hong Jun-pyo, of Park’s former party, held a raucuous flag-waving rally outside City Hall, where Park’s supporters have been protesting since the impeachment movement began (and still occupy the grass).
Hong has been described as a kind of Trump-like figure, with his brash statements. Support for U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on one sign at the occupation camp.
Left-wing candidate Sim Sang-jung held court from afternoon into evening in Sinchon, a university district, nearby Yonsei and Ehwa Women’s University, reflecting her high level of support amongst the young.
Bombs + Dollars regrets that we were unable to capture any images of #3 candidate, moderate Ahn Cheol-soo, campaigning, but we did find a mobile video board promoting Yoo Ir-han manned by neither Yoo nor any of his volunteers and surrounded by no spectators.