One of the urban legends from the Korean classroom is the legend of The Kong Kong Ghost. It is a legend of the dangers if you reach for the number one spot without really deserving it, and the consequences of your actions. 

The Kong Kong Ghost (콩콩콩 귀신) is an Korean urban legend about the student of a ghost haunting the school. There are many ghost stories tied to the school premise because of the long hours kids spend there and the means for stories to travel between the students. 

This particular legend about The Kong Kong Ghost became told in the hallways, in the bathrooms and locker rooms throughout Korea’s schools in the 1990s. Still to this day, and at least back then, it wasn’t uncommon for students to stay until late in the evening to study, and the schools were open until 10 and 11 in the evenings. 

The legend of The Kong Kong Ghost that is about the best student in school speaks to the fear of not being number one, and the ultimate defeat of being number two, no matter how you handle the situation. 

In many of the reimaginings, art and other, it is often about two girls, but not always. 

The Legend of the Second Best

The story of The Kong Kong Ghost follows the second best student in school. It is better than most, but it still isn’t enough. For the students’ future there is only one option, and that is becoming the number one. Because of the pressure from the school, the teachers, parents and even from the student herself. 

To get into the college she wants, she needs to prove that she was number one in something, but she is constantly beaten by her classmate. Because of this, the student turns her anger at her enemy and starts to hate her for being better. 

One day the number one and number two student stands at the rooftop together, and number two pushes number one off the roof, killing her as she hits head first into the ground when landing. 

The murder is looked at as a suicide of the pressure of constant being number one, and for a while it looks like the new number one got away with it. 

But then strange sounds are heard throughout the school. A mysterious thumping sound Kong Kong it goes. It is the sound of the murdered student walking the hallways, jumping on her head to move forward, looking for her killer. 

It is said that the new number one student sat to the late hours in the classroom to study one night when she heard it. Kong Kong, it sounded from the hallways and a door to another classroom opened further down the hall. 

Not here!

A voice could be heard in the distance, and it sounded eerily familiar to the new number one that is starting to realise something isn’t right. More thumbing is heard down the hall before another door opened, closer this time. 

Not here!

The student is now panicking and afraid because she now recognized the voice. She hides under her desk in hopes that the thumping sound will just pass her classroom and leave her alone. Kang Kang and the door opens. 

Not here!

The door closes and the relieved student crawls out from under the desk. But when she stands up she is faced with her former classmate she pushed to her death. Upside down, bloodless white face with eyes filled with hate. 

Here!

One of the urban legends from the Korean classroom is the legend of The Kong Kong Ghost. It is a legend of the dangers if you reach for the number one spot without really deserving it, and the consequences of your actions. 
The Kong Kong Ghost: Reimagined in Goeadam.

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