Geuzy Cozy [게우지코지펜션]

Itaewon Class (2020)

It is on this café’s terrace that Jo Yi-seo (Kim Da-mi) learns that Ma Hyun-yi (Lee Joo-young) was outed as a transgender in the media in episode 12 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020). She calls her up and reads the following poem to her over the phone:

I’m a rock.
Go ahead and sear me.
I won’t budge an inch because I’m a rock.
Go ahead and beat me up.
I’m a solid rock.
Go ahead and leave me in darkness.
I’m a rock that will shine all alone.
I don’t break, ash, or decay as I go against nature’s way.
I survive.
I’m a diamond.

나는 돌덩이
뜨겁게 지져봐라
나는 움직이지 않는 돌덩이
거세게 때려봐라
나는 단단한 돌덩이
깊은 어둠에 가둬봐라
나는 홀로 빛나는 돌덩이
부서지고 재가되고 썩어버리는
섭리마저 거부하리
살아남는 나!
나는 다이아

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Geuzy Cozy [게우지코지펜션] is a café located in Seogwipo’s [서귀포시] neighborhood Hyodon [Hyodon-dong/효돈동] on Jeju Island [Jeju-do/제주도]. The poem Yi-seo reads was seemingly written by the author of the webtoon that Itaewon Class is based on.

177 Bomokpo-ro, Hyodon-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 보목포로 177
(하효동 1371-1)
Geolocation: 33.244093, 126.618119

— submitted by Marion KDL

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