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15-Mar-2013

‘14 Years Ago’ – An accordion playing Korean Santa!!

Santa Claus playing accordionThe Accordions Worldwide news for the week ending March 19th 1999 included an unusual and slightly wacky article about Kim Yong-nam, South Korea’s accordion playing Santa. Eccentrics like Kim Yong-nam help make life interesting. We wonder if he is he still doing his Santa act somewhere?

Musical Santa Skis at the Asian Games - South Korea
Contributed by Reuters News Service

Santa Claus was seen skiing and playing the accordion on the slopes of a Yongpyong, South Korean resort recently! The resort was hosting the Asian Winter Games and Kim Yong-nam (alias Santa) helped to relax competitors with his music.

The Saint Nicholas impersonator claims to be Korea's first Santa Claus and said he plays over 20 musical instruments. He was also a former a professor at Sangmyung University Education College, South Korea.

Since he began his musical activities on the slopes 10 years ago, Kim has suffered broken ribs, implanted steel rods in his right ankle and had all of his upper teeth replaced because of ski accidents!

It seems that playing the accordion is definitely safer! (Wayne Knights, Editor)
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