Seoulites take showing off literally to new depths

A picture of Dogok Station accompanies a viral post suggesting that the prestige of stepping off at Gangnam subway stations rivals that of exiting a luxury car, sparking widespread discussion online. Captured from online community

The act of drawing attention when stepping out of an expensive car has now extended to subway stations in upscale areas like Gangnam, reflecting a new and distasteful trend of showing off among some of Seoul’s more affluent residents.

A few years ago, luxury car owners coined the term “exit feel” to describe the satisfaction they derived from the attention they received when stepping out of an expensive vehicle.

This term gained popularity among those who favored imported cars over domestic ones for their perceived prestige. Comments such as “Only German cars (Mercedes, BMW, Audi) provide true exit feel” or “Supercars offer the ultimate exit luxury, far surpassing leased cars,” became common.

Recently, a post that applied this term to subway stations went viral online. It suggested that one could experience the same sense of 커뮤니티 prestige when getting off at subway stations in Gangnam, similar to that experienced when stepping out of a luxury car.

This trend of showcasing superiority based on living in the Gangnam area is continuously popping up on the internet and social media.

While flaunting wealth was once viewed negatively, it is now often admired, which further intensifies this materialistic tendency.

A post titled “True ‘Exit Feel’ Comes from Subway Stations, Not Cars” was shared in an online community space last month, sparking considerable discussion.

The author said, “Who pays attention to someone getting out of a German car these days?” and added, “On the other hand, if you get off at Dogok Station, people glance at you wondering, ‘Does that person live here?'”

Other posts echoed this sentiment. Comments included, “Cheongdam Station also has great ‘exit luxury,'” and “I feel proud when I get off at Banpo or Jamwon stations thinking, ‘I live in a house worth 120 million won ($92,000) per pyeong, where are you going?'”

Another user compared it to feeling disappointed when getting off near a lower-ranked university while commuting during college, expressing similar psychological effects.

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