An American with the world’s longest nails (1307 cm\42 feet). An Indian teenager named the shortest female alive (mobile) as of 2011. On March 27th 2021, a man in Croatia held the longest breath underwater voluntarily, with a striking time of 24:37:36. In the Guinness World Book of Records, there are unimaginable challenges and records held by people, landscapes, animals, machines, companies, and more from all around the globe.
Pinpointing South Korea, here are some incredible accomplishments and records held by the small but innovative country.
Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours, Most viewers for a music concert live stream, Best-selling album
South Korea’s most beloved boy group, BTS, has single-handedly rocketed the attention towards K-pop and Korea itself. BTS holds three incredible records.
In their biggest single of their careers so far, “Dynamite” music video gained 101,100,000 views in just one day! In honor of their 7th anniversary celebration, BTS held an online concert where 756,000 fans tuned in from over 100 countries on June 14th 2020. Again in 2020, BTS released Map of the Soul: 7 and became the boy group’s fourth No.1 in less than 2 years. 2.65 million sales were recorded within just the first 6 hours. Wow!
Undoubtedly, BTS is one of the best things to happen to South Korea, with their incredible impact on not only just South Korea, but the entire globe.
Farthest flight of a paper aircraft
On April 16 2022 in Daegu, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, Kim Kyu Tae (SK) and his friends Shin Moo Joon (SK) and Chee Yie Jian (Malaysia) flew a record breaking paper airplane. The three men threw their specially crafted airplane a total of eight times before breaking the record at 77.134 m/252 ft 7 in. The trio were probably always the winner of paper airplane competitions in class!
Highest IQ in the world
With an incredible IQ of 210, Kim Ungyong, a child prodigy, held the title of Highest IQ. At the innocent age of 5, he attended a physics class at Hanyang University and was fluent in five languages- Korean, Japanese, English, German, and French. At age eight, he was recruited by NASA and worked as a researcher. As remarkable as he is, Kim lived a quiet and humble life, settling into more comfortable settings as he felt lonely and isolated as a child. Kim Ungyong is literally the Korean version of Sheldon (from Young Sheldon)!
Kang Ho-dong, a former wrestler and a TV wrestler broke the Guinness World Record of most handshakes! A strange and interesting record was broken by the entertainer during a Guinness event held in EXPO in Daejeon. He held the hands of 28,000 people without exceeding each one by a second for 6 hours 43 minutes and 30 seconds! He said that by the time the event was done, one hand was twice the slice of the other!
Most people to sign up as blood donors online in 24 hours
Youth Volunteer group ‘WE ARE ONE’ was listed in the Guinness World Records for the most applicants as blood donors in 24 hours. In this short time frame, 71,121 volunteers were listed as blood donors on October 1st 2022. To promote blood safety and availability, the volunteer group contributed to bring down the United States national blood crisis. Not only did the donors save countless lives and prevent a medical disaster, they received a cool label while doing it.
By Bahnya Kim