This time last year, South Korean Yoon Seok-min, his wife Kim Hyo-jung and their two children spent their holidays in the Philippines, Vietnam and Guam. A trip to Hawaii was on the cards for this summer.
But as the global coronavirus pandemic has stymied overseas travel, the family, like other South Koreans, has turned to a new and extreme form of staycation: transforming their home into their favorite vacation spots.
Now, their five-bedroom apartment south of Seoul is decked out with potted palms and rattan furniture, bringing the breezy feel of the tropics indoors.
There are even different locales – the couple’s bedroom is meant to resemble a resort in Bali, Indonesia, while the living room has been designed on the lines of the Hawaiian islands.
The elaborate home makeover cost them at least 67,000. The couple runs a furniture business, but they are not alone in investing in their home, as social distancing forces people indoors.