Seoul gives the 'green light' to life-sized Squid Game doll in Olympic Park

'Younghee' has invited fans of the Netflix smash to play their own 'Red Light, Green Light'
'Younghee' has invited fans of the Netflix smash to play their own 'Red Light, Green Light' Copyright Reuters
By Shannon McDonagh with Reuters
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The doll arrived in the South Korean capital this week and has sent green tracksuit-clad fans into a frenzy.


Fans of the Netflix hit 'Squid Game' are heading to a South Korean park in their droves to check out the life-sized doll featured in the series.

The 13-foot figure, named Younghee, arrived in at Seoul's Olympic Park earlier this week to celebrate the show's global success.

Dressed in orange and yellow, her eerie, childlike voice is responsible for commanding the survival drama's deathly first game, 'Red Light, Green Light'.

Fans are now being given the chance to play their own version of the first round - minus the mass murder, of course.

Netflix Korea teased the giant doll's arrival over Instagram.

'I really wanted to know how it feels to be in the game'

Younghee became something of an internet sensation after her appearance in Squid Game's first episodeKIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

In Bulgaria, they call it 'Winnie the Pooh', in Finland, 'Mirror'.

Visitors to the park on Tuesday played the Korean traditional game 'mugunghwa ggoti pieotseubnida’ to music. The premise is simple - stay still when the doll's eyes are on you, and make it to the finish line on time.

Squid Game's English translation of this - 'Red Light, Green Light' - follows the same principles as 'statue' games played by children around the world.

“I really wanted to know how it feels to be in the game. It's like we are on the game, hearing the music and seeing this doll,” said Seoul resident from the Philippines, Sung Hye-jin, standing in front of the doll.

The figure will stick around in Seoul until November 21KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS

From toddlers to adults to even dogs, some park visitors were seen wearing green tracksuits with number tag ‘456’, similar to the outfits of show's main character, Gi-Hun.

"I really enjoyed the show, so came here wearing this costume for Halloween,” said South Korean resident Ko Dae-hwan, dressed in green.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are expected to emulate the game in their own Halloween costumes on October 31.

'Squid Game' has been watched by 142 million households since its September 17 debut, helping Netflix add 4.38 million new subscribers.

The doll will be displayed at the park until November 21.

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