Ripped Korean Gymmer Sells Juicy Watermelons On Saigon’s Streets, Becomes Netizens’ Latest Thirst Trap

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Korean gymmer sells watermelons in Saigon


Vendors selling fruits on the streets aren’t exactly a rare sight in major Vietnamese cities, but last week, one particular fruit vendor in Saigon found himself the center of public attention thanks to his magnificently muscular body.

Wearing nothing but a loincloth with traditional Vietnamese patterns, displaying his six-pack and swole chest, the man offered watermelons to passers-by with a brilliant smile on his face, turning many heads. Understandably, his story instantly became viral on Vietnamese social media.


His clothing is a reference to a Vietnamese mythical figure



Image credit: Lee Won

Last Friday, pictures of the bare-chested, muscular man selling watermelons on the streets of Saigon found their way to several popular Vietnamese Facebook pages, capturing a fair amount of public attention.

Unsurprisingly, curious netizens quickly uncovered the identity of the man in the pictures. He is Lee Won, a Korean fitness trainer who’s currently working at Fitplus, a fitness center in Saigon. Speaking to thannien.vn, Lee revealed the interesting story behind his unique appearance.


Image credit: Lee Won

The loincloth that he wore, bearing colorful traditional Vietnamese patterns, was a reference to Mai An Tiêm, a mythical figure believed to be the man who brought watermelons to Vietnam.

According to legends, Mai An Tiêm was a strong, talented man who believed that only what he worked to earn was truly his, while other possessions, including those bestowed upon him by the king, were simply temporary. However, the king mistook his confidence for arrogance and exiled him to a deserted island.


Image credit: Lee Won

There, Mai An Tiêm found strange seeds dropped by birds on the beach and started cultivating them for food, and these seeds grew into what we call watermelons today. He started trading the fruits with ships passing by for other supplies, and before long, began making a prosperous living for himself, proving to the king that his words were true.


Image credit: Lee Won

Lee Won shared that he had recently heard the story from one of his trainees and found it inspiring. He imagined Mai An Tiêm as a courageous, resilient, and determined man, and all of these qualities appealed to him as a fitness practitioner.

As such, he wanted to do a photo album to pay tribute to the mythical character and spread the message that we should all be true to who we are, but also always work hard to improve ourselves and have a positive impact on those around us.


Netizens show their support


Understandably, the 40-year-old fitness trainer’s ripped . . . erhm, watermelons have got many netizens, especially the ladies, thirsty. Many netizens have tagged their friends in the comments section of the pictures to ask if they suddenly had a craving for watermelons.


Image credit: Lee Won

Some other commenters, such as Facebook user Thein Pya, were more straightforward, saying that they’d buy Lee’s entire watermelon cart as long as the seller came with it.


Image credit: Thein Pya

Of course, aside from admiring Lee’s assets, people also love his idea of using a reference to a Vietnamese legend to spread a positive message, praising his pictures with words such as “beautiful” and “tuyệt vời” (incredible)


Image credit: Lee Won


Korean gymmer sells watermelons in Saigon, delivers an inspiring message


All jokes aside, we truly appreciate Mr. Lee Won’s love for our culture, and how he’s turned one of our popular legends into an inspiring message. Hopefully, his viral story can encourage people to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

In the meantime, we wish Lee and his family all the best in the upcoming lunar new year.

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Cover image adapted from Lee Won

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