Last week I wrote about why I think Korea is amazing, and this week I have even more reasons to share with you.
- Bus schedules with time and announcements - When waiting for the bus, it is frustrating to miss your bus by a minute because you left your house late thinking you had extra time. There is now an app in Korea that allows for you to check when the bus is coming. When arriving at the bus stop, it also gives you a schedule of how long the bus will be and when it is two stops away. How awesome is that?
- Floor seating (or should I say sleeping) outdoors - Yes, whether you are on a hike or somewhere in public, you will find traditional Korean square tables. These are places for you to lay down and take a rest. These areas are also utilized by the older generation to have lunch as well as a nap right after.
- Create your own play-list - It's a bit crazy, but music is pretty important in Korea. There are a handful of places in Korea that allow for you to create your own play-list, I've seen this most at bars. They're extremely friendly and want you to enjoy your time. The best part is being able to have a good time on a night out, even if it is at Taco Bell. Yes, Taco Bell allows for you to create your own play-list!
- Drinking in public - So, this should be done responsibly and with caution, but you are allowed to drink in public. The best part might be drinking on a hike with the older generation who will generously offer you some of their magkeolli (traditional Korean rice wine) and speak to you in broken English. How about that for a cultural experience?
- Eating what you want, even if you are a hospital patient - This is definitely a little weird but for the most part, it is great for those who are looking to get a breath of fresh air and enjoy some time with family. The weirdest part may be though, that some drag their IV with them in public. Yes, I've seen a patient walk across the street attached to his portable IV.
- Sitting in a wet ride and not getting 'too wet'- This may defeat the purpose of a water ride, but they have a protective film where you can sit and hide under so you do not get too wet. If you do get extremely wet, there is a 'drying' station with fans and heat that help you to dry off quickly. That's probably one of the best parts, how considerate of Korea!
- 4D Theaters - They totally beat 3D theaters because you feel more involved in the movie. How does this work? Water spraying at you, air blowing in your face, a bump on the bum area, and a handful of random things that you have to experience on your own. Definitely go for an action movie to get the full experience!
- Mirrors everywhere - Yes, this is serious for women, but it may change you. After living in Korea for almost two years, I realize I have a habit of looking into a mirror as I pass by. I see my Korean co-workers looking into their stand-up mirror at the office all day. I refuse to have one there, just because it's a little too much, but in case you need to check your teeth before going on a date, you'll easily find a mirror.
- Best airport in the world - Please don't take this with a grain of salt because it actually is the best. I almost always travel out of Incheon, regardless of how much closer Gimpo Airport may be. Incheon is just a gorgeous, huge, and clean airport. So if you can't make your way to Korea, take a layover in Incheon Airport at the very least!
- NO TIP - This is the ultimate perk about living in Asia because almost all places follow the no tip rule. Although some restaurants may charge an extra 10% as their tip, it beats having to pay a minimum of 15% back home. That's a lot of saving when you're living abroad and constantly eating out!
Keep in mind, there is another list coming soon because Korea is that amazing and I definitely refuse to leave. What to do when I have to go in two months :[ ?
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer