Asian Hymn Singing Guy on the Orange Line

Flickr user brownpau caught a photo of my favorite Metro Amusement: Asian Hymn Singing Guy. He’s been in DC easily as long as I have. He gets on usually somewhere like Foggy Bottom, and as soon as you’re in the tunnel bound for Rosslyn, he unleashes his lovely baritone voice.

This time of year, it’s almost always a Christmas Carol.

As soon as train pulls into Rosslyn, He slaps shut his hymnal, politely wishes the assembled riders a happy holidays, and exits the train.

Sure, he has a thick Korean accent, but his voice is good, and his pitch is true. Every time I see him I smile. Here’s someone who truly believes in what he’s doing. You don’t find that very often anymore, even in this town.

Sing on, Mr. Asian Hymn Singing Guy. You’re my favorite part of this season.

3 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 1:40 pm

    This is some sort of evangelical meme. I’ve seen an identical thing happen on the T in Boston, though it was a tract reading. It’s amazing how hostile some people on the train were to the dude when I saw it. If you’re smelly and rant and rave to nobody they ignore you (trust me) but a little prayer? Hoo-doggie, get ready for some yellin.

  2. Dan (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:31 pm

    What time(s) is he on the train?

  3. jen (unregistered) on December 9th, 2005 @ 6:52 pm

    love this guy! haven’t seen him since last year when he was riding the red line into the city. I stood up for him a couple of times when people started harrassing him. He does, after all, have a good voice.

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