The Bong-Chon Dong Ghost

The Bong-Chon Dong Ghost

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About

The Bong-Chon Dong Ghost (봉천동 귀신, often misspelled “Bong-Chong Dong” in English) is a South Korean horror webcomic series illustrating various encounters with a ghost of a woman who has been reportedly seen in the Bongcheon village of Seoul. Since its publication via Korean webcomic portal Naver Webtoon in July 2011, the urban legend comic has become infamous on the English-speaking web as well, most notably for its inclusion of partially animated sequences and audio segments using javascript triggers.

Origin

Titled “The Bongcheong Dong Ghost,” the original webcomic was written and illustrated by Korean web cartoonist Ho-Rang and submitted as his entry to Naver Webtoon’s 2011 Mystery Short contest, which ran from July 12th to September 13th, 2011.

The Story

The story follows a Korean schoolgirl coming home from after-school study hall at 11:20 p.m. As she approaches her apartment complex, she meets a ghost of a woman asking for her baby. She tries to trick the ghost and run away, but it only enrages the ghost, causing it to fly towards her. The girl passes out and is later retrieved by some neighbors. We later learn that it was the ghost of Mrs. Cho, who lost custody of her two-year-old daughter and committed suicide.



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Ever since PewDiePie made a video of him reading the story, the comic gained popularity. On YouTube, users started posting their reaction videos:

The user MrGeneralAlasad made a video of his reaction:

The user doomdude1990 made a video of his reaction:



Jump Scare Scroll

In addition to the overly scary story, the comic contains two cleverly-programmed jump scares. As the reader scrolls through the comic, there are two moments at which a script triggers an automatic scroll-down, simulating a frame-by-frame animation of Mrs. Cho. The first jump scare is Mrs. Cho’s head turning 180 degrees. The second one is her final attack of the schoolgirl.

There are ways to cheat it. For instance, if one starts from the bottom and scrolls up, there is a bug that will delay the jump scare. Another is if one quickly scrolls up and down, the jump scares will activate, but they will function in a quirky manner. There is still no way to completely avoid it; the comic cannot be read without activating the jump scares. Right mouse-clicking is disabled.

Search Interest

Search Insights also started picking up in October, around the time PewDiePie posted his video.

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