When I first came to Korea back in 2005 I was surprised to see women, and some men, using umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun.

After having lived here for five plus years I now understand that there are multiple reasons for needing ‘sunbrellas.’

Some of these include,

1) avoiding heat exhaustion or heat stroke

2) not wanting to wear a hat that might mess up your hair

3) the ‘ajumma visor’ is nowhere near as nice looking, LOL!


4) the sunbrella also protects your arms a little

I’m sure there are more reasons but these are some good examples.