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Pickup Lines

Favorite thing: Ok, I took this info from JoongAng's online paper...but it just sounds like info that a VTer would need here.

According to our informal survey, the two most common pickup lines in Korea are universal: "Sigan isseoyo?" which literally means "Do you have time?" and "Eodiseo bongeot gattayo," which means "You look familiar."

A popular pickup line among young Koreans of both genders is telling the person of interest that your cell phone battery has died ("Jeonhwa batteriga da tteoreojyeot neundeyo...") and asking if you can borrow their phone ("Jeonhwa jom billyeo jusillaeyo?"). Because cell phones in Korea are equipped with caller ID, this move lets you find out your prospective date's number by calling your own mobile. Their number in memory, you can ring them or leave romantic text messages later.

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  • Updated Jan 2, 2005
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A wide selection of seaweed and rice and stuff. - South Korea

A wide selection of seaweed and rice and stuff.

Great Snack Anytime of the Day or Night.

Favorite thing: When I\'m coming home late or up early and heading to work there is one place that I like to go to get a snack/meal. Seven-eleven. Yes, it sounds weird, but 7-11 has some great \'sam-gak-kim-bap\' (Three angle seaweed and rice...Triangle Kimbap).

It is fresh (they deliver daily at about 1AM, don\'t ask how I know this), it\'s healthy (usually rice with 1/3 the fat of bread, and includes other good stuff like tuna or beef), easy (just tear off the plastic covering and you\'re good to go) and, most importantly, delicious. I\'ve introduced many foreigners to this and after some initial hesitation (seaweed and what?) everyone is an instant convert. Oh, did I mention they\'re cheap? About 700 won (USD 0.60) apiece compared to 1,500 won for a ham sandwich. I usually get 2 and they are pretty filling.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2004
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View from Top Cloud Bathroom (Unreal) - South Korea

View from Top Cloud Bathroom (Unreal)

How to Find a Bathroom

Favorite thing: Finding a bathroom in Seoul can be a challenge sometimes. Many of the restaurants (even Western food ones) do not have their own bathrooms--especially if they are located inside a building (which most of them are). Also, from the street it's tough to know where to turn when nature calls.

A few tips: (i) all buildings have bathrooms on the main floors that are (generally) open to the public. Just walk in and look for the signs.

(ii) Learn how to say "Hwa Jang Shil Oh-di-say-o" (Where is the bathroom?). They may call it a toilet, restroom, washroom, water closet , W.C., or any number of other things, but the Korean phrase is Hwa Jang Shil.

(iii) Learn how to squat in the Asian (hole in the floor) type toilet, as you may HAVE to use one at some point. Basically, it's like going in the woods, except you have to aim.

Fondest memory: A white couple and their friend were in downtown Seoul with what looked like a 3-4 year-old. I couldn't really tell the age of the child because its butthole was pointed my way...they had changed it on a cement step right in the middle of town. I guess they couldn't find a bathroom.

Another one: saw an ajuma (lady, aged 40-50) go behind a short wall, squat and appear again. Looks like women value convenience as much as men (drunk men here seem to have little problem with relieving themselves in public as well).

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 6, 2004
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