Poor traveller and girlfriend reunite after six years apart
A wealthy Korean couple who lived in South Korea for six years before moving to the US in 2008 have reunited after six decades apart.
Kim Min-Sung, 71, and her partner, Jo Yong-Joon, 64, who lived together in Seoul for the first nine years of their relationship, said they would like to visit each other every now and then, but are worried about the economic situation in the US.
“We love each other and we are trying our best to keep up with each other, but we’re still waiting for our husbands to come home,” Jo told CNN.
“I think it’s going to take a long time.”
They are the first to be reunited since the couple were separated by a stroke in December 2008, but the couple, who are from the same village, have been reunited only once in the past five years.
“It’s really amazing to be back together again,” Jo said.
“I had to move to the United States and it’s hard to find the time to go for a walk on the beach, but I think that’s why we’re able to be together so much.”
They had been living in Seoul in the same apartment for the past three years, but when they moved to New York, the couple decided to make a new home.
The couple lived in a one-bedroom apartment, but in New York they moved into a two-bedroom condo, which they named after their mother.
“My parents never thought of the two-room apartment,” Jo recalled.
“My parents always thought of us living in a big apartment, so we didn’t have much room in our apartment.”
The couple’s apartment was shared with three other couples.
They lived with three men and three women.
“The first two were just friends who were really friendly and they were always there for us, and the third one was a boyfriend,” Jo remembered.
“They all lived together and they all came to visit us.
But I think it was the boyfriend who was the real friend of the family.””
We were just trying to have fun, but there were a lot of problems we had to face,” Kim added.”
Even though we didn, at first, say anything, they still came to our house and we were afraid of them.”
When they moved in, the new neighbors were worried about them.
“When we moved in we didn�t know what to expect,” Jo added.
“The first time we had a chance to say hello to each other we were just happy that they were coming to visit.”
The Korean couple’s new neighbors, all Americans, were thrilled to see them.
Their neighbors said they saw them together in the living room, but they were too shy to introduce themselves.
“There were only two people in the apartment,” one neighbor told CNN affiliate KCNA. “We didn�ve ever met them.
It�s really hard to meet people.”
When Jo and Kim returned to the apartment, their neighbors told them they would have to be separated from their two other roommates.
“A couple of weeks ago we heard they were going to move in with their new roommates,” the neighbor said.
“Then I went and checked my email and saw the news on TV about it.
It was really crazy.”
They returned to their apartments on Sunday.
“Now we are living together, but it’s really difficult for us to talk to each one of them,” Jo explained.
“It’s been six years, and we just want to spend our lives together.”
“It was really hard for us,” Kim said.