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    The Best Toilet?!?

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 28, 2013

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    Seoul's Best Toilet, 2002

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a program that names the city's most outstanding toilets of the year. As you sight see in the city, look for these bronze plaques reading "Seoul Best Toilet." You'll be glad you peed in one of these magnificent urinary attractions!

    And you thought your government wasted taxpayers money!

    This photo was taken in a public restroom at the southwestern base of Achesan, a small mountain on the eastern edge of Seoul.

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    Korean Peace Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    With names etched of victims
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    This is a memorial to the still 10 million families on each side who were separated by the korean way. it is in dorasan station at the border near the DMZ. This memorial is located at the Dorasan Train Station in Paju City North of Seoul, the Last Train Stop before going to the North Korean Border and into North Korea and to Pyongyang, the North korea capital.

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    Peculiar Male Urinal!

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    Very Long!
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    Unusual Male Urinal in South Korea.

    this male urinal is unusually long but is not the most unusual urinal here, they also have flat urinals in the ground wherein you just aim and fire hehehe. unfortunately, I forget to take pictures of the urinals.

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    Metal Chopsticks, long Spoons!

    by machomikemd Written Jun 24, 2008

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    Metal Chopsticks and Long Spoon
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    Unlike other chopstick loving nations such as china, taiwan, japan, singapore, etc that uses mostly wooden, plastic, lacquer chopsticks, South Koreans prefer the metal kind since it is more practical (you don't dispose it everyday like the wooden kind and is less expensive than the plastic or lacquer kind). They also use long spoons for rice and soup (as compares to the short but stubby soup spoon of other east asian countries.

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    Cosmetic Surgery is King

    by machomikemd Written Jun 23, 2008

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    The Korean Star has rounded eyes.
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    in Korea, they say that 30% of women undergo cosmetic surgery (nose lift, eyebrow lift, chin lift, etc) since most koreans want their eyes to be rounded face to be more beautiful hance cosmetic and plastic surgeons are making a killing here and are very wealthy!

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    Gas Masks at Subway!

    by machomikemd Written Jun 23, 2008

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    Be Ready!
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    There are gas mask available at subways for a Biological/chemical warfare type of terrorist attack since north korea and south korea are still technically at war and the north is known to send infiltrators to sabotage south korean facilities.

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    Rally Capital of the World

    by machomikemd Written Jun 23, 2008

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    The US Beef Ban Rally!
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    South Koreans Are Known as enthusiastic Rallyists and in Seoul, almost everyday of the year there are rallies that have causes as diverser as anti-us beef, presidential resignation, anti-globalisation, anti-north korea, etc. hence the signature rally capital of the world!

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    LPG Gas Stations!

    by machomikemd Written Jun 23, 2008

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    An LPG Gas Station
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    LPG Gas Station are becoming popular in South Korea for the Simple fact that Gasoline Prices are sky high (it's $4.20 a gallon in California) and 1950 won a liter in South Korea while a liter of LPG Gas is only 950 won ( $.92) hence the shift!

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    Gas station girls

    by schwein Updated Nov 5, 2007

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    gas station girls

    One thing strange about Korea is that there are no self-serve gas stations.
    Even stranger, is that they hire local cute girls to dance at the entrance to get customer's attention.

    I'm not complaining.

    Driving a motorcycle in summer is nice. Even nicer when you have to get gas.

    Sadly the only pics I have of this are recent, just after Fall hit. They are all wearing jackets...
    I'll be sure to get many pics when Spring hits.

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    Korean Cemeteries

    by Ewingjr98 Updated May 8, 2007

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    Korean Cemetery

    Koreans have great respect for their deceased ancestors. Cemeteries are typically on a hillside overlooking the fields or village where the person spent their life. Grave markers are typically black slabs of granite with words in Korean or Chinese. The grave itself is a one-meter high mound rising above the ground. When I was there, people often claimed the mound was because Koreans are buried in a sitting position. I later discovered this has not even a hint of truth (like many other stupid American stories about Korea which I discovered were mostly fabricated).

    A Korean funeral consists of three days of viewing the deceased in the hospital, then a trip to the cemetery. At the grave site, the deceased's clothes are burned, then they are laid in the ground in a coffin. The hole is filled and the mound is created. On top of the mound, the family will place fruit and wine.

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    Wedding Ducks

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    The wedding duck is an old Korean custom. When Koreans are married the groom gives the bride two hand-carved wooden ducks. The ducks symbolize eternal faith and chastity as ducks are known to have one mate for life, and if one duck dies the other lives alone until death. The female Korean wedding duck has a string tied around her mouth, some say as a symbol to remind her not to nag the husband!

    Wedding ducks are available at many shops in Itaewon selling traditional Korean gifts.

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    Respect ur elders!

    by minwoo11 Written Dec 7, 2006

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    Korean ppl are very polite! The youth are very respectful and helpful to their seniors. On the train I see boys and girls offering their seats to ajusshi and ajumas. Helping out if they need a hand.
    As tourist we may be new and unsure of their customs but we should read up on it. Pick lil things up by observing what they do. Offering your seats, helping someone up the stairs. Bowing and smiling. Just lil things. You feel good and they will be impress as well. That you took the extra time to learn something about them. Their culture and how they do things.

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    Dress Like a Millionaire or a Rockstar

    by ShaneBarber Updated Jan 3, 2006
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    If you are in Seoul, to add to your culture shock, every person here is beautiful. By this, I mean, they dress like models, have perfect hair and skin, and impeccable style- both men and women, regardless of age. I seriously counted under 10 Koreans during my time in Seoul that weren't dressed like models (aside from construction workers and bums). Their style is more conservative, NY-ish, than Hollywood. They are obsessed with designer labels, and Burberry (regardless of its authenticity) is VERY popular, among men and women. You can spot Americans a mile away. This seems to be the rule elsewhere in Korea, such as Busan, where I saw people dressed just as well on the beach. I have photos here and elsewhere on my VT pages.

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    I hope my VT korea page can...

    by bunny21 Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    I hope my VT korea page can give you a lot of good information about Korea for those who want to know and understand about Korean culture.
    I won't say that Korean culture is the best in the world since every culture has their own unique lure.
    No culture can be the best or superior than any other culture in the world.
    We should accept and admire other cultures as they show.

    This picture shows traditional Korean socks. Especially for little babies before they begin to toddle.
    And also, babies wore these socks at a party given to a hundred-day-old baby, first birthday and other national holidays.
    They have embroidered decorations. The 'red' ribbon is for girls. Then, boys? Of course ' blue' ribbon.

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  • Sitting on the floor

    by JDwernychuk Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    You will always be sitting on the floor in korea. Just alittle warning. I thought i would be fine, that i'm young, try too sit on the floor for an hour. Just try.
    If you haven't been doing it you hole life, it starts to hurt, fast.

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