STORY: This Internet Explorer gravestone has gone viral in South Korea
Location: Gyeongju, South Korea
Software engineer Jung Ki-young spent a month and $300
designing and ordering the headstone
after Microsoft decided to retire the web browser
(Jung Ki-young, Software engineer) "Since I heard the news about a month ago, I prepared for it as I thought it would be great to make people laugh with this. The stonemason also asked me: ‘Is this for real? Why doesn’t it have a human's name? Is this something weird?’ I really enjoyed the whole process."
Internet Explorer was launched in 1995
and became the world's leading browser for more than a decade
But it started losing out to Google's Chrome in the late 2000s
with some developers suggesting it was sluggish compared with its rivals
(Jung Ki-young, Software engineer) "It was giving me a hard time as it takes one-and-a-half times as much effort to use it compared with other programs, but Internet Explorer also has historical meaning and a great role. For me, it's a love-hate relationship."