Ashes to beads – Most South Koreans chose to bury the dead – a practice that adheres to traditional Confucian belief by allowing people to respect the dead by visiting their graves.
That is now changing as the government urges cremation to save space in the densely populated country. But the concept of cremation has taken another turn, as some South Koreans are now turning ashes into beads.
Instead of taking the urn filled with the ashes of his wife to a mausoleum or a burial site, Mr Kim Gong-suk wants to turn her ashes into beads first. That is why he came to Bonhyang, an ashes-to-beads company located in Icheon, south of Seoul.
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