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The Korean ‘Mukbang’ Eating Trend

We all know Korea’s economy is the 4th largest in Asia and the 11th largest in the world, they are also climbing up the ladder globally in the ‘weird activities we do’ sector. Have you guys heard of Mukbang or you have probably seen people eating ‘way to much’ food LIVE? Oddly enough, we would watch the full video just so to see if that person can devour the meal in a overeating-ly gross nature, that you know your stomach ain’t gonna keep that in (for long).

Introducing Mukbangmuk-bang or meokbang is a live online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats large amounts of foods while interacting with their audience. Usually done through a webcast, mukbang became popular in South Korea in 2010.

The word mukbang is a portmanteau of the Korean words for “eating” (먹는mukneun) and “broadcast” (방송bangsong).[3] It can be morphologically compared to eatcast, if that word were to exist in English.



Afreeca TV (http://afreecatv.com/)
How much money does Mukbang make?
Mukbang is a portmanteau word that combines the Korean word for “eat” (muk-da) with the word for “broadcast” (bang song). The top mukbang earners can earn as much as $10,000 a month by some accounts, not including sponsorships.
Why do people watch Mukbang?
Some of my subscribers tell me that they have an allergy to gluten or seafood and watching someone eat those foods makes them remember how it tasted. ‘Some people who were former anorexics find watching mukbangs help induce cravings, thus helping them have the courage to eat.
Who started Mukbang?
‘It’s called mukbang (pronounced “mook-bong”), and it translates to “eating broadcast” in South Korea, where professional mukbangers can make up to $9,000 a month. Simon Stawski, a Canadian blogger who co-founded Eat Your Kimchi, moved to South Korea in 2008.


What A Mukbang Celebrity Said

Park makes up to $9,300 a month from her broadcasts alone.
“A lot of my viewers are on diets and they say they live vicariously through me, or they are hospital patients who only have access to hospital food so they also watch my broadcasts to see me eat.”
“My fans tell me that they really love watching me eat because I do so with so much gusto and make everything look so delicious,”
“One of the best comments I ever received from a viewer who said that she had gotten over her anorexia by watching me eat,” says Park. “That really meant a lot to me.”
Afreeca TV, the publicly-listed social networking site that hosts her channel, allows users to buy and send virtual “star balloons” which can be monetized after the site takes a 30-40% commission.
Any payment by viewers is purely voluntary, as all channels can be viewed for free. The service is currently limited to South Korea, although the company has plans to expand it to other countries.


The moment you have been waiting for, watch a trending Mukbang video of a korean lass swallowing, biting, and chewing a seafood platter that probably can feed a family of 5.


YES exactly, so it’s attracting ASMR fans and Mukbang fans together, what’s not to like?