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Thoughts and things I noticed when I came here
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white_shadow



Joined: 28 Mar 2005

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:03 pm    Post subject: Thoughts and things I noticed when I came here Reply with quote

The driving here is crazy

Is Seoul the U-turn capital of the world

What is with those big bumperson the cars? Is it supposed to be cool?

Koreans (Seoul) speak less english than I expected

The trees here are awesome. They are well manicured and healthy, in California many of the trees are diseased, dying, or infested with pests

The costs of items are more than I expected.

I haven't been harrassed by anyone, but that may be because I have an intimidating look and a big muscles.

There are almost no city trashcans, yet the city is relatively trashfree.

Where do I have to go to find a regular shower stall?

What percentage of the population has clothes dryers

A bunch of other stuff but I can't remember them
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts and things I noticed when I came here Reply with quote

white_shadow wrote:
The trees here are awesome. They are well manicured and healthy, in California many of the trees are diseased, dying, or infested with pests

Where are you from in California?

white_shadow wrote:
I haven't been harrassed by anyone, but that may be because I have an intimidating look and a big muscles.

You'll have to wait a really long time to actually be harrassed by any Koreans here. Somehow some have had it happen, but I've yet to actually be harrassed. Annoyed at times, overkilled by friendliness and politeness way too many times.. but harrassed? Far few and far between incidents, and struggling to even think of them now.

white_shadow wrote:
There are almost no city trashcans, yet the city is relatively trashfree.

Thats a huge mystery.. deserves its own thread title!

white_shadow wrote:
What percentage of the population has clothes dryers

Probably extremely, extremely low. I've yet to see one.
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keithinkorea



Joined: 17 Mar 2004

PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Thoughts and things I noticed when I came here Reply with quote

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white_shadow wrote:
There are almost no city trashcans, yet the city is relatively trashfree.

Thats a huge mystery.. deserves its own thread title!


That's down the the rubbish halmoni-haraboji types with the carts and the ajumma with the brightly coloured vests. They pick up the rubbish. Also store owners and employees can be seen outside their shops and restraunts picking up stuff.

I heard there are no bins because people would dump all sort of strange things in them like, dead animals and industrial chemical waste so they just got rid of them all. The only place you find bins is outside some subway station exits.
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Free World



Joined: 01 Apr 2005
Location: Drake Hotel

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the driving was the first thing I noticed. Followed closely by the lack of garbage cans.
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Ya-ta Boy



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: Established in 1994

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where do I have to go to find a regular shower stall?



You mean the glassed-in type? I only saw those in a few motels.


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The costs of items are more than I expected.


You must be shopping in department stores. Those places have outrageous prices. Try the traditional markets, street vendors, etc. They have much cheaper prices. And need I say avoid name brands?
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winnie



Joined: 08 May 2005
Location: the forest

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first things I noticed here....

neon crosses on so many churches...didn't expect so much Christianity....

those funky little fake police cherries everywhere....supposed to make people think they are cops??

and the huge numbers on all the apt buildings....I guess b/c there are so many and they all look the same.
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Hyalucent



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: British North America

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing I noticed: Surface to air missiles lining the runway at Kimpo.
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stumptown



Joined: 11 Apr 2005
Location: Paju: Wife beating capital of Korea

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

winnie wrote:
The first things I noticed here....

neon crosses on so many churches...didn't expect so much Christianity....

those funky little fake police cherries everywhere....supposed to make people think they are cops??

and the huge numbers on all the apt buildings....I guess b/c there are so many and they all look the same.


I think those little funky cherries are supposed to testify of your charitable contributions to a social cause/social charity.


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white_shadow



Joined: 28 Mar 2005

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats a polics cherry?
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stumptown



Joined: 11 Apr 2005
Location: Paju: Wife beating capital of Korea

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

white_shadow wrote:
Whats a polics cherry?


Yeah, what is a "polics" cherry?
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ajuma



Joined: 18 Feb 2003
Location: Anywere but Seoul!!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue roofs! Pretty cool!
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komtengi



Joined: 30 Sep 2003
Location: Slummin it up in Haebangchon

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you must go to bed early... there's plenty of rubbish to be found. I nearly threw up the other night walking home from Itaewon, the stench was so overbearing
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Bulsajo



Joined: 16 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: Thoughts and things I noticed when I came here Reply with quote

white_shadow wrote:

There are almost no city trashcans...

I once asked why there weren't more trashcans around and was given an interesting answer (at least for Gangnam at any rate):
It turns out there was- once upon a time- a campaign by the local govt to make Kangnam (as it was known then) more beautiful.
The committee in charge decided that the biggest eyesores around were the overflowing trashcans; thus the best way to beautify the gu would be to have them removed.
So they were.
True story (at least as far as I can tell- I did have it verified by a second source).

I often used to see whole flocks of people scouring parks and riverbanks picking up trash. some of them looked like civic groups consisting largely of old retired folks, and some of them looked down and out and I was told that they were part of an employment program.
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bucheon bum



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: DC area

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

winnie wrote:
The first things I noticed here....

neon crosses on so many churches...didn't expect so much Christianity....

those funky little fake police cherries everywhere....supposed to make people think they are cops??

and the huge numbers on all the apt buildings....I guess b/c there are so many and they all look the same.


Those were my first observations too. Well not the police thing but the other two.
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matthews_world



Joined: 15 Feb 2003
Location: Coming to a norae-bang near you!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed I couldn't read Hangul. That was fun whilst ordering food.
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