Lim Ki-jong, a human forklift in Seorak Mountain, participated in another show
Lim Ki-jong, the last human forklift in Seorak Mountain, appeared in the latest episode of MBN’s “Special World,” which aired on November 23rd.
Lim Ki-jong has worked as a human forklift for 50 years from the age of 16 to the age of 66. He said he weighed 40 to 50 kilograms at a time, and as much as 120 to 130 kilograms at a time. More than 60 colleagues of his left one by one and he remained alone.
Lim Ki-jong appeared on Yoo Jae-seok’s program “You Quiz On The Block” last year and was unexpectedly embroiled in a controversy over labor exploitation when he mentioned the transportation costs he receiced. A year later, he is reportedly still working by delivering goods in Mt. Seorak by hand.
In the recent show, Lim Ki-jong said, “I haven’t had work for a year. I was upset. I couldn’t do what I was doing,” he said, revealing his recent situation.
He explained, “The prices I mentioned, such as 20,000 won for delivering to Heundeulpaui, 6,000 won for Biryongpo, and 8,000 won for Biseondae, were the prices of 20 years ago. I was misunderstood a lot because viewers thought I still receive that amount.”
He said, “I think there were a lot of persecution in the temple (which hired him) as well. It was heartbreaking to see criticism made towards them. I was upset and even depressed.”
The man also revealed his daily life with his wife, who has a level 2 intellectual disability. He said he had tried other things for a year when he didn’t have work, but eventually he had no choice but to return to Seorak Mountain.
Previously, Lim was first introduced to the viewers on the show “Master of Life” 10 years ago. He was embroiled in controversy over labor exploitation after appearing on tvN’s entertainment program “You Quiz on the Block” last year.