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Young Kyoon Kim

His dream is establishing a small museum, so named “MUSEUM OF 3 (or 3 MUSEM)” in the near future. Here is an article that a Korean journalist wrote about Young Kyoon Kim.

“Finding ‘3’ for 20 years; Meet the doctor who solves the value of life with the cosmic symbol of a numeral ‘3’” 

Written by reporter Hyo-Eun Kim 

A great French writer Honore de Balzac said, “People exaggerate.” People  exaggerate not only when they are sad but also when they are happy. I used  to think that all the people whom I’ve ever met were special. I confess  that I have exaggerated my feelings owing to the self-confidence derived  from my own high self-consciousness. But, when we not exaggeratedly but  truly see a special person, there is no doubt that the expression ‘special’  is true.

Since he was granted the degree of doctor of medicine, Dr. Young-Kyoon Kim  has lectured on his techniques and experiences for  aesthetic cosmetic  surgery across the world. His curiosity about people has led him to  undertake vigorous medical research and, in addition, his sensibility and  deep observations of life have compelled him to study the numeral ‘3’  which, he believes, can unlock the symbols of cosmic truth.

When I met Dr. Kim at his <5050 clinic> in Bucheon,  I thought at first  that he must be very tired of his work. But as I grew to know Dr. Kim and  his staff, they seemed to be quite engaged and lively. I was very surprised  at Dr. Kim’s energy while he showed me around his office. I could easily  find vestiges of his surgeries, including hands-on educational courses and  workshops that he jointly ventured with famous cosmetic surgeons from the  U.S.A., Australia, China, Japan and France. There was also an impressive  lecture room in his clinic. It seemed to be well used. Dr. Kim introduced  me to his newly invented instruments for cosmetic surgery. In addition, I  got the chance to see many photographs of famous foreign cosmetic surgeons  posing with him.

A foreigner came into the lecture room after a little while. His name was  ‘Gord’, a Canadian, who has led an English class daily for the entire staff  of the clinic. I was very impressed that his staff had the understanding  that we are now in a global era. After the English class, I went to Dr.  Kim’s home in Ilsan to view his life after work. Although I had already  known that he was an unusual person, Dr. Kim’s house was quite  extraordinary. It was replete with his many paintings, full of materials on  the numeral ‘3’ in the cabinet and in the corridor like a storage facility  for a museum. It seemed that the total space of house was prepared for Dr.  Kim only. I could understand the deep regard of his family excusing not  only his academic works but also moral attainments. Dr. Kim confessed that  his lovely family has spent a considerable time in supporting his  humanistic activities for more than 20 years. I thought that it was  impossible that Dr. Kim has been undertaking his humanistic activities  without his supportive family. I was very impressed with Dr. Kim’s study  room. After seeing it, I realized that he was one of the most diligent  individuals that I had ever met. I admitted that I was ashamed at my own  limited ambitions. In addition to being a painter, I discovered that Dr.  Kim was also a playwright. His study room was attractive and arranged with  the intensity of a dedicated writer, with stockpiles of books about myth,  archeology, folklore, and history lining every wall. There seemed to be no  limit to his curiosity and thirst for knowledge. “I have fallen into  reading as many books as possible on myth, folklore, and history to advance  my knowledge about the numeral ‘3’ as background for the book that I am  writing on the subject,” Dr. Kim said.

“Twenty years ago I was concerned about ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’, a character  who appeared in Korean traditional costume and in our myths.”, Dr. Kim  explained. ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ was depicted as a deity who gives every  woman a baby and protects every new infant in Korean myths and  costume.Taking charge of a child’s birth results from an instinct for  preservation of the human species. That reflects a human’s fundamental will  and desire beyond time to pass his or her genes to the next generation.

As part of Korean folk-belief, Sam-Sin offered 3 fruits, 3 bowls with rice,  and 3 cups of water during her sacred rite. Since Dr. Kim knew about that,  his intuition about the numeral ‘3’ has evolved. There have been two  hypotheses to define the meaning of ‘Sam’ of ‘Sam-Sin’. One is that ‘Sam’  means  ‘3’. The pronunciation of the number 3 is ‘Sam’ and ‘Sin’ means god(  or goddess) in Korean.

And another is that ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ is regarded as ‘a goddess of  birth’ because ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ plays a role to give every woman a  baby. But there were few documents to corroborate the likelihood of these  hypotheses as established theories. Dr. Kim began to collect data  concerning ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ and studied all of the myths in  connection with the numeral ‘3’ in the world. He began to study Korean  shamanism through wide review of the existing literature, including the  shaman’s scripture Samsinkyoung with regards to the data concerning the  ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ and he has met many Korean shamans. During his study  of Korean shamanism, Dr. Kim wrote the play “Become A Soul, Become The  Sea”. Korean shamanism is a central facet to his play. This play won Dr.  Kim recognition as a playwright from the “Korean Drama Association” and  “The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation” in 1993. The first staging of the  play was made in a theater in Daehakro in Seoul in 1993 (directed by  Yo-Cheol Ju).

Ten years ago, Dr. Kim met a kindred spirit, Dr. Ja-Ryong Cho who  established the common people’s academy and named “Minhak”. Dr. Cho was  also immersed in the study of folklore and the collection of Korean folk  material. Likewise, he was studying ‘Sam-Sin’. He defined the three gods of  Hwanin1), Hwanoong2), and Tangun3)as ‘Sam-Sin'(the three gods in Korean),  and insisted that ‘Sam-Sin’ was transformed into ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ as  time went by. But, Dr. Kim assumed that ‘Sam-Sin grand mother’ was ‘a  goddess of birth’ originally who played a role of midwife from a medical  point of view. So, he was immersed in the study of folk-beliefs, and found  an interesting hypothesis from the scholar Nam-Sun Choi. He insisted that  ‘Sam’ and ‘Sam-Jul’ both mean umbilical cord. The word ‘Sam’ was used in  the old literature as the meanings of ‘fetal’ or ‘umbilical cord’. The word  ‘Jul’ is a cord or rope in Korean.

So, Dr. Kim began to study the ‘3 deities’ found in the world myths and  history, related to a goddess of birth. In addition, he studied whether  Korean ‘Sam-Sin’ was influenced by Chinese culture and costume or not. With  greater study, he realized that ‘3 deities’ who existed all over the world  were closely related to the numeral ‘3’ and/or a triangle. I made sure that  the numeral ‘3’ was the unique symbolic number with relation to various  fields such as folklore, religion, architecture, arts, ideology, and  mythology. He began to study the mythologies, history, archeology,  folklore, grammar, and aesthetics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and  Hinduism in order to find answers to ongoing questions. Finally, Dr. Kim  defined the cultural phenomenon of the numeral ‘3’ as ‘the culture of 3’,  and began to write a book about it. He has explored the far reaches of the  globe in his quest to find ‘the culture of 3’ and collected many cultural  artifacts during his mission.


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