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10 Things I Hate about Korea

In honor of the announcement of a sequel to 10 Things I Hate About You(I think this movie is a bad idea), I decided it was only fitting to release a 10 Things I Hate About Living in South Korea.

Before I begin, let me clarify that this is a joke.  I don’t hate living in South Korea.  This is not my 95 Thesis of why someone should not come live, teach or visit Korea.  It’s just a few things that mildly annoy me.  I do not have a strong history of verbal tact, so there is the potential this is a bad idea since I’ve designed a blog around the fact that I live in South Korea.  Let me assure my Korean readers that this will be followed by a 13 things I love about South Korea.  However, if someone wrote a “10 things I hate about foreigners living in South Korea”, I would gladly post it.  Remember, this is all in good fun and my commentary does not reflect my complete understanding of what I describe below.  I could make a list like this for any place I have lived, especially Jacksonville, Florida.

10.  It’s easier to find Waldo than to find a garbage can.

I’m hip, I’m green, I even drink a coke zero because I’m passing up on diabetes to develop cancer when I’m older.  I get off of the subway and I’m ready to dispose of my 500 ml bottle but there is a small problem.  Where the hell is a garbage can?  I leave the subway station, walk for blocks and I can’t find any garbage cans on the streets or in any public quarters.  I see you(Koreans) eating your Pepero sticks, Diget Cookies, and finger sized yogurt drink/snacks on the subway.  Are you Houdini?  Do you stick this crap in your pockets?  How do you magically dispose of everything?

9. My trash cost more than my couch.

OOooh!  Someone is moving so they are throwing away a nice leather couch because it is easier to buy a new one than move an old one to their new place.  I’ll take it.  I love two things in life; winning and free stuff!

Let me just throw away my old couch.

“Rob, why is security chasing us?  What, they want me to pay 20,000 won to throw it away when I removed an equally heavy couch from the garbage in the first place.  That’s preposterous!  Quick! Run!  We’ll show them!  We’ll find somewhere to put this couch for free.   Screw the system!  How far is that guy going to follow us down the street!??  Obviously, not far enough.  This spot looks perfect.”

1 Year later…

8. Hello Kitty Doggy.

Yes, we all know that you(Koreans) eat dog.  However, I’m ok with this and I would still like to eat dog before I leave.  This is a specific dog raised with the intent of eating, just like how we raise specific cows and pigs with the intent to eat them in America.  If Americans need to be educated on this they simply need to watch the Whale Wars episode of South Park.

Nevertheless, my beef(or dog meat(걔 고기) if you will) with you is not about the dog you eat, but about the dogs you keep as pets.  These dogs drink your coffee with you at Tom и Toms, you dress them in tutus and pink sweaters, you paint their doggy nails and you color their hair.  As one straight guy might say to another, “that’s gay.”  Furthermore, on three different occasions I have now witnessed doggies dressed with Hello Kitty sweaters.  Do you understand there is not a more degrading thing you can do to a dog?  In English, we have the word “emasculating”.  It literally means to deprive a man of his identity of being a man.  In other words, it is something that makes him less of a man.  There is no word for what you to do dogs until now… Depoochifying(verb).  You have robbed dogs of their identities and made them less dog.  You are a nation of depoochifiers(noun) and your depoochified(adjective) dogs have suffered because of your obsession with cuteness.

Most people just take my balls, but you took my dignity.

7. Noodle Suckers.

You’ve told me I’ve been too loud.  You’ve told to use my “Korean Manners because this is Korea.”  Yet, when it comes to sucking noodles or ramen you seem to think there is a black hole attached to your face.  Seriously, you are not sucking a cobra into your mouth.  You do not need to summon a vacuum like force to ensure the flimsy noodle meets its demise(Slurping actually shows approval for the food but it’s still funny to watch.)

Korean family sucking noodles.

6. Crossing the Street.

I know. . . the traffic signal says we can’t cross.  However, you passed calculus six by eighth grade.  If there are no cars coming, you can safely cross.  Think of it as sticking it to Japan every time you do.

5.  Dress to Impress.

In the west, girls dress up to go to a fancy club on Friday night.  They make sure they’ve got that sleek black dress, perfected hair, and those sexy high heels that make them taller than me and also make me officially ineligible to date.  Well, that’s the type of preparation it takes in Korea for a woman to drop by the supermarket and pick up some Tofu.  That’s right, Koreans dress up to do everything.  There is no “throwing on a sweater” to run an errand.  What if your future husband sees you but he’s not misled by all the makeup and time you spend making yourself not look like yourself?  Rarely will you see a Korean on the subway without a perfectly matched outfit with proper layering, properly color coordinated themes and accessories.  This is annoying to me because I’m particularly gifted at looking like crap most of the time.

Koreans’ obsession with dressing their best extends to outdoor activities as well.  There is no t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes standard.  If they go hiking, they are bringing the backpacks, hiking sticks, and two hundred dollars of North Face gear and equipment to reach that 30 minute summit.  Granted, that gear usually includes a few bottles of Soju;)  However, can we say overkill?  I get stares when I run outside in 60 degree weather because I’m not covered from head to toe.  Imagine the disdain when I(from Florida) wore flip-flops to cross the street(A 10 second trip) while it was snowing outside…

4.  Dancing

Dear Korea,

You do know that shuffling is kind of a joke, right?  LMFAO made a catchy song, but shuffling is not a lifestyle.  It’s not like the surfing or bboy lifestyle.  “Everyday I’m Shuffling” is a fun thing to say, but we are not literally shuffling every day.  Sometimes it’s more productive to go out at night and talk and dance with people instead of increasing your shuffle steps with the boys in a corner.  For Koreans who don’t shuffle,  dancing involves more than just jumping up and down.  There are beats you try to match and other body movements available to utilize in your repertoire.  If you are a girl and I try to dance with you, you do not need to shout “no hotel” and run away.  I’m just trying to dance with you, not rape you.  Also, a faster beat or added noise to a song does not make it better; it just makes it faster and usually more annoying.

3. Boendegi

This is the delightful treat of boiled silk worm pupae(it actually has a very touching history).  It’s often being sold outside near places with lots of people(where you want to be).  It’s particularly putrid if you are pushing yourself running outside.  You might be feeling a little nauseous from overexertion and the aroma of the pupae, boiling and steaming in the sun, will immediately trigger those symptoms to manifest.

2. Ajummas

You are the old ladies of Korea.  You are to be respected, revered, honored and cherished.  You age at half the rate of all other women on Earth and you get to sit in the envied reserved section on the subway which is always empty.  SO WHY ARE YOU SO PISSED OFF!!??  You have pushed me down the stairs (out of a bus) because you were in a rush.  You always skip me in line.  You cut me off when I’m walking.  While I’m purchasing groceries and handing the cashier money, you throw your groceries on top of my arms and expect me to be nice about it!  Plus, you spit a lot and often near my feet.  It’s not just me, I see you do these things to everyone.

I do  not think America is a better or greater country than Korea, but I do think American grandmas are superior.  They make us ice cream and lemonade.  They tell us stories of old to inspire us.  They ask us to tell them about our future plans so we are encouraged to dream.  We love old ladies in America.  But my dear ajummas…  You wait for me to look the other way so you can stick your foot out and trip me.  If we’re in a line for mandu, you would take out one of my kneecaps to get the space ahead of me.  I just don’t understand.  I want to like you, but you make it incredibly difficult to do so.

1. Couple’s Outfits

Girls, if you can get your men to do this you either wear the pants in the relationship or you should be very concerned when he says he’s having a “boy’s night out.”

221 thoughts on “10 Things I Hate about Korea

  1. I laughed that you were pushed down the bus steps. HILARIOUS to think of. Those Korean grandmas are intense. I also laughed at the picture of the guy and girl with matching pink sweatshirts. And the depoochifier. We used to dress our Pomeranian in sweaters but never in tutus. And we did this to keep her warm not set a trend. Also, the women dressing up to go to the store. PRESSURE! I couldn’t deal with that. They’d think I was white trash =) Brent, your humor is brilliant. Better than that, the things you find funny are funny for us to read about.

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  2. The Ajumas haven’t pushed me around so much. Maybe it’s cause I’m from a big city and I’m constantly aware of my surroundings. Or maybe they are scared of the big foreigner. I dunno?! I prefer not to speak of odors cause we’re all dif’rent. These are some definite things to laugh about.

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    1. I guess my balding white head doesn’t scare them. Hey, if they leave you alone it’s a blessing. I had one push me when I was getting onto the bus yesterday. As far as smells, my students tell me I smell like a foreigner all the time. But Boendegi is still just nasty!

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  3. Maybe they like me because Im this wholesome looking white girl, but ajumma have been awesome to me. I still want to thank the one who started hitting an old man for harassing me on the train. Or the ones who tell me I am pretty everyday.

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  5. Funny list. Just one thing about the ajummas. Korea’s a weird country in that it was really poor until the 80’s so you have a mix of people that lived well off and those that didn’t. The older generation learned to fight for themselves and scrap to survive. They’ve been through a lot so they’re just a reflection of their time. They’re tough, rude and selfish, all the things you might need to survive. Let’s give them a little understanding.

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    1. The whole thing is really just a joke. If there weren’t cultural misunderstandings from ignorance on my part, this list would not be funny at all. Humor is rarely politically correct so to speak. But surviving does not equate to Ajummas pushing me down the stairs on the bus. That is just being rude-no matter what your past was like.

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  6. As an ethnic Korean chick, I enjoyed everything except that one tangent about the dog eating. Sure it would be hilarious if about 10 out of 10 people didn’t already make that same cliched joke about Korea at every five opportunity. But good post, nevertheless 🙂

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  7. This is so hilarious!!

    I’m Korean, but I also hate the smell of Boendagie(번데기).
    Also, It looks awfulㅠㅠ
    I just think the person must’ve been so brave who tried to eat 번데기 for the first time.
    (But it’s said to be very nutritious. Especially rich in protein.)

    I totally agree with no.5, Dress to impress.
    I like to see paparazies of Hollywood stars on internet.
    They are stars, but in private life they seem to wear whatever they want.
    Take Wentworth Miller for example. I really like him, but his fashion is…….
    I really envy that of your culture.
    Trying to look fashionable is so exhausting.

    +) They seem to wear whatever they want
    They’re seemed to wear whatever they want
    What is the correct expression? English is so complicated;(

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    1. This was a great response. I love your English! Please keep visiting. We’re interested in interacting with Koreans and we would love to have Korean writers on this site! I’m very glad you enjoyed this and it’s all in good fun. I love Korea!

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    2. I recentely learned a funny expression, ” Double Dip”
      I knew you guys don’t like sharing food,
      but after knowing this word, I can imagine how seriously you mind sharing saliva.

      We don’t like that either, but we have much higher threshold.
      Take 찌개 or 탕 for example.

      DIdn’t you have any trouble because of this different eating habit?
      If I were a foreigner living in Korea, that must be no.1 thing I hate about Korea.

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  8. AJJUMMA’s!!!!!! are my worst… I could pimp slap every last one of them.. I don’t care if you are old.. I don’t care if you have been hunched over for 50 years farming.. I don’t care if you all wear purple.. but I don’t get this complete disregard for every other human being because you are old.. It infuriates me..

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  9. Haha, this is totally true.
    Regarding 7, I am sure you know by now that Korean noodle is usually hot.
    Living in the states, I usually slurp Asian noodles, but not pasta…
    And 3!!!
    My granny used to buy me boendegi when I was little.
    I loved it back then, but I don’t think I can eat them now… lol

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  10. 😐 Well i’m korean and stuff but i hate my country. Like i don’t hate “korea” but i hate how i “live” in korea. the pressure that my own country give me for being “korean”

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    1. Groove Magazine just did a very nice piece on the pressure of Koreans. I didn’t understand before, but I get it now. I feel for ya and I understand what you mean. You can not hate Korea but hate several things about it like the bali, bali mentality or the pressure to stay ahead.

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  11. Pfft… Koreans think of shuffling as a trend? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Im white and i know better shit than u japanese people.

    Koreans dont follow shuffling; its old. Look at americans and gangnam style. I dont even have to explain.

    And really, you hit koreans with dog meat and shit. Americans eat mcdonalds all day, and its got rat tails and horse livers and many more of which i havent listed. Stop overreacting over dogs when americans eat worse shit.

    And koreans do throw away couches, but only when they dont need it. Your grammatically incorrect stories dont make sense to start off with, and also, throwing perfectly good couches away is something only stupid ignorant people like u would do.

    Stop hating on koreans. Just like we spread butter on every single fucking food we eat, they have their own culture as well. Get a fucking life and hit on ur own country. You’ve got faults.

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    1. Who hates Koreans? Shuffling was a trend in Korea when I wrote the article almost two years ago. Did you read what I wrote about dogs? My gripe was with how they dressed their dogs. Btw, Koreans also eat McDonald’s. If you actually read the article instead of skimming, you’d know this is not an “I hate Korea” rant. Finally, if you are worried about grammar, start fixing your own incoherent replies.

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      1. Being from N.Y. I love to be quick and witty…
        Anyway your article has my girlfriend and I crying from laughing…
        I couldnt have written it any better…
        Hope I used the correct English grammar and syructured my sentencing correct… LoL

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          1. Ditto, to alike sense of humor!

            I find, human beings are the funniest creature to observe (including myself).
            I laugh (internally) all the time, how we as a humans behave, at times.
            My motto is, laugh to live!

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  12. as a korean living outside of the country, this reminds me a lot of things in Korea.
    i was the one always complaining bout ajummas pushing me at the ssubway . hahha.
    i miss korea tonight.

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      1. Hey Brent. nothing to be offended. I agreed with most of them! I was totally smart phone and internet freak when i was in korea, but living in australia now made me totally differnt person!! i hated in at the beginning but now i quite enjoy the time without internet and just being myshelf. well everyone have different opinon and their opinion sometimes changed as time goes. Enjoy ur time in Korea!!!one of the most exiting country in the world. i think ! 🙂

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  13. HI Brent, I just stumbled onto your site from Robert Koehler’s. This post is hilarious! I used to love eating boendeggi as a kid. I’m not sure how I did it. During my recent visit, I thought I was going to throw up just smelling that stuff.

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  14. I am an American living in Korea now and I have to agree that this list is spot on. Another one that you could have including with the noodle sucking was the smacking that they do when they eat their food. I have traveled a good bit and I have never been anywhere except Korea where it is encouraged to smack when you eat your food. I understand that it is a minor difference, but sometimes it really bothers me when I am eating dinner with a few Koreans and when everyone starts eating, all that can be heard is smacking and slurping! They don’t all do it, but I estimate that around 80-90% do.

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  15. Next time I see a person spit on the side walk I will tell them to lick that up! I cannot stand girls spitting everywhere. O_O !!! I don’t mind the ajummas as much as I did before. But one time an ajumma threw her purse on a busy subway onto a seat and ran to it in order to get the seat! Talk about dedication! They look weak and old, but then they are the ones running faster than a cheetah to catch the bus!

    Although the couple outfits aren’t as bad as I thought they would be, some do shock me! So you match your hair, shoes, clothes, backpacks, socks…what’s next? I wonder what they do after the purchase all these couple outfits? Do they make the next boy/girl buy the same outfit as them (recycle? ) or do they purchase new ones all together? This is so confusing @_@ !

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  16. This is my first time ever to reply any posting, I’m new to this.
    In my browsing, I came across your posting and I was LOL!
    Your posting was very entertaining, I did not take it as offensively because
    I realized it was to put a humor to your surviving such an ordeal with Ajummas.

    I am a Korean who was adopted by American family so I had no idea things like 
    that was going on in Korea.

    About the Boendagie, as a child I never ate it because I did not like the smell nor looks of it.
    Even as a child, I would avoid any foods other people’s double dipping.
    On the noodle vacuuming sound, I don’t have a recollection as child but I did 
    witnessed after I got old enough and meet some Korean, I was shocked.
    I didn’t realized they made a smacking, suck noodles like a vacuum.
    I am a quite  eater, myself.

    I like the way you come back on people who offend you!:)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. People only offend me when they say something like I hate Korea. If anyone reads this, it’s obvious I don’t hate Korea and I was just making some funny observations.

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  17. Sucking noodle is regarded rude in Korea. Only impudent people or kids make some noise when they eat noodle.
    (In Japan, however, sucking noodle means it’s delicious. It’s a kind of cultural thing.)
    I hope you not to have misconceptions of korean eating habits.

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  18. bahahaha Hilarious article Brent! Couples outfits, dressing up dogs, the AJUMMAS!!!!! You nailed it! I think I might have to pull up this article when I go home just to explain some of the Korean things in better detail 🙂

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  19. “when it comes to sucking noodles or ramen you seem to think there is a black hole attached to your face. Seriously, you are not sucking a cobra into your mouth. You do not need to summon a vacuum like force to ensure the flimsy noodle meets its demise” 😀 This is funny at times.Honestly I love Korea and I didnt think I will like this post after reading the title. But Infact I loved this post. Simply loved it 😀

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  20. thank you for funny
    i’m korean and high school student grade 3
    i really agree about your comment
    especially dog and woman dressing
    when i go to subway there is many women who wear short pants(hot pants) , mini skirt , and sleevless
    i don’t know where i put my eye on her
    even i feel ashamed about this

    long ago , choseon dynesty
    our country’s nickame is ‘coutesy courteous in east’ (동방예의지국)
    but today this nickname is changed into ‘UNcourteous’
    country in east)
    i don;t mean that age is good but korea in today is something strange

    and i let you know somthing surprising
    in korea it is important to get high score in test and go to good
    college
    so our education concentration is the most intesive
    you know? deachidong(대치동) there are a lot of hakweaon(학원)(the insitute for admission?)
    and many hi skool student leave skool for sudy untill 10 pm
    after 10 pm high school grader 3 usally wake up untill to 2pm for study

    isn’t it suprising ?

    ( sorry for broken english ㅠㅠ)

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    1. I absolutely love your response. Your English is a million times better than my Korean and thank you for having a great sense of humor. I love Korea and thank you for sharing with my readers, you taught me many things!

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  21. 10. You’re not supposed to eat or drink things in the subway. They’re always announcing and they also have screens for those, too bad you don’t have eyes or ears to understand Korean? Fob much. Well nobody cares, so they’ve provided. If you look carefully, there are trash cans at the subway, and tons of them that you may confuse with newspaper recycle bins. Squinty eyes over the dull blues and browns.
    9. You also have to pay to throw away furniture in most of the US, and probably more expensive. You guys call for pickup trucks yourselves right?
    8. 개고기, not 걔고기, is just a cultural thing. You guys so love gays, and Koreans just started loving them. You guys so much consider less intelligent animals your family, and Koreans just started. So this dog-eating practice will probably disappear in the near future. You happy? But even now, why do the French eat snails? Probably because they are nutritious? So is dog meat, and was, thousands of years ago, when the middle class were poor and had nothing to eat. Should’ve starved to death so when little is left you bring them “democracy” like you did to the Natives?
    7. Sorry for using chopsticks and not forks. In Korea, forks are low-grade “imports” used by kids. Nobody cares about the noise except you, since we’re all grown ups and you a 5-year-old kid. Eww, you guys eat things with hands not with silver utensils. Same thing much?
    6. Sorry, you New Yorker. Guess you’ve never crossed a street at a red light?
    5. Again, New York, and US high school dresses-and-workout kids. Sorry for wearing uniforms all weekdays that we want to show off even a little bit outside of school when you guys have to work out to be a man? It’s not like we’re exposing our breasts like you all do, on purpose.
    4. I think we’re OK with it. This is better than going to the bar underage and getting raped. These Korean kids can’t dance because they spend much of their time studying and planning for the future when majority of your children think about having sex and getting raped.
    3. Same thing as 8. Obtain silk and recycle the leftovers. Eww junk foods. Nutritious vs. walking 400 pounds.
    2. Again, cultures. You all mighty descendents of the respected nobles and their servants, and 90% of us former slaves and poor farmers. We and you start different and probably end up different. Our Ajum-mas are like that in everyday life, and you guys are like that everyday at the court. Divorce, rights, money.
    1. Half of the outfits shown in the vids are uniforms and college shirts, jackets. lol. The rest can be explained by You muscles and breasts couples that cheat on one another vs. Korean I’m-all-yours couples.

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    1. Your reading comprehension is poor and you totally missed the point of this article. It’s not really hateful, but I find your comments to be very negative. I won’t delete, but I don’t really understand half of what you wrote.

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    2. 10. hmmm, Koreans eat in the Subway all the time.
      9. I never had to pay to throw away furniture in the United States. Often, I sold it and got money for getting rid of it.
      8. I have no problem with the eating of Dog meat. I do have a problem with dressing dogs like fairies.
      7. I love chopsticks.
      6. I’m not from New York, but it’s ok to cross if no cars are coming. You won’t die.
      5. Koreans have amazing fashion and I envy how well the men dress. But… heels to the beach. C’mon!!??
      4. ???? Were you sexually abused as a child?
      3. I think Silk worms smell bad… what are you talking about.
      2. Again, your use of commas don’t clarify your writing.
      1. Koreans actually have a huge issue with infidelity, prostitution, etc. I can think couple outfits look funny and you cn think my baggy pants look funny. It’s all good.

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  22. well dun it say it’s a joke :X dont take it too seriously. u said it was a joke too. this whole post is a misinterpretation of my everyday life :O so dont cry. 🙂 병신새끼가 영어 ㅈㄴ 잘해서 좋겠네 코마로 나누는 Fragment 좀 쓰면 안되냐. ㅋㅋ 영어 문법 다이어그램 하라고 하면 한국보다 못하는 시키들이 ㅋㅋㅋ
    ㅕ ㄴ먕 ㅕ 애ㅜㅅ ㅕㅜㅇㄷㄱㄴㅅ뭉 ㅗ밀 ㅐㄹ 좀ㅅ ㅑ ㅈ갯ㄷ ㅛㄷㅅ ㅕ ㅏㅜㅐㅈ ㅑㅅ’ㄴ ㅜㄷㅎㅁ샾ㄷ? ㅣㅐㅣ ㅑ 여ㅜ ㅕㅜㅇㄷㄱㄴㅅ뭉 ㅛ 쇈ㄷ ㅅ두 소ㅑㅜㅎㄴ 채ㅕㅣㅇ ㅠㄷ ㅁ ㅔ개ㅠㅣ드 냐ㅜㅊㄷ 소됴 ㄴㄷ드 내 ㅜㅐ그미 새 ㅡㄷ.

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    1. 글이나 제대로 읽고 악플 달아라. 개고기 비난하는 내용 없고 젓가락 얘기도 없다. 다른건 그렇다 쳐도 실제로 쓰지도 않은 내용까지 싸잡아서 비난하며 무례하게 구는건 진짜 무식 인증이다. What’s your problem??

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  23. Hi! Never mind the rude comments above. Even as a Korean, I found this post extremely funny and totally agreeable in some points. I get frustrated all the time with “no garbage can” situation in the subway stations. I heard it’s because of the bomb terrors, but it’s still frustrating.
    As for #5, I truly hope the other girls wouldn’t dress up so much all the time. It’s so stressful!! although I just stick to not dressing up when going to supermarket. It was funny to read that you’re also annoyed comparing yourself to those people.
    Also, I always wonder if I’ll be like those Ajummas when I get old.
    Anyways, I enjoyed your article a lot. I’ll have to go and read other things too.

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  24. Hello there. I live in South Korea and just thought that everything you said it not ALL right. Still.. there is some people poor, but think about the country YOU live in. I was reading it, and I felt dissapointing. Please take the bad mind about Korea off from you.

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  25. Hi Brent,
    I find this post a good one to share ! Korea is said to be the soul of Asia in most commercials and a highly-recommended vacation country because of its unique culture, fine manners, fashionable people and wonderful cuisine. On commercials, dramas, magazines…one is easily made to believe that Korea is a wonderful country with the well-mannered and educated people here. Unfortunately, one has to experience the REAL life here to learn the in-depths of the well-concealed and over-exaggerated goodness said in most circumstances. It was a result by some unwanted culprits.

    Not to be biased or prejudiced, “ajummas” is the main issue that I personally think would bring up lots of threatening images to the country. Many of them are dirty-mouthed by scolding harsh words to people on the street anytime they feel unpleased. Some of them would spit on your feet; push you on the queue; skip you in line; step on you but pretend nothing happens, etc. I always think seniors are to be cherished, respected, honored in a pleasure way; however, the experience with the Korean “ajummas” have proven that the grandmas in many countries are superior and well-brought. As a senior in a country, one should educate the juniors to be polite, one should share their valuable experiences with the youngsters to inspire them for future plans and make a better achievement in life, one should make the country they have spent most of their lives to be a better place for the next generations and make the country proud. Regrettably, I see no such values and morals in most of the “ajummas” and “ajaeshis”. The seniors are said to be completely shameless and can get away with virtually anything purely based on their age.

    My experience with one of the staffs in Hollys Coffee located in Garosugil was really frustrating and disturbing. Situated at the tourist attraction spot, the management of this particular branch is doubted that one of its female staffs portrayed her boorish and uncivilized behavior in disgusting foreign customer simply because she couldn’t understand English and was requested to refill the toilet paper in the washroom by me. A simple request was returned with a barbarous 3-times bang on door and a kick on the trash bin with a word ” BaBoh”. Worse still, when she saw me with a Korean friend after coming out from the washroom, she shamefully masked her ugly behavior with a forceful smile on face and said thank you to us in Korean. I decided to mark down the incident and sent a complaint in May 2013 to the headquarter of Hollys, and yet to receive their apology and reply in regards to this matter until today.

    My overall impression of Koreans was of their uncommon rudeness. Some of the Koreans we bumped into were unfriendly and inconsiderate. Some men look fit and energetic yet they possess no gentlemen values; and some really beautiful women dress well and very presentable yet they split out swear words. Some of the locals walk in front of, into, and through other people, without acknowledging their existence. They drive at high speeds on narrow streets with their side mirrors whooshing by mere inches away from pedestrians. They are abrupt and tactless, and make offensively frank comments about others’ race, ethnicity, and physical appearance. When introduced to foreigners, they ask intrusive questions about age, salary, and marital status; yet they can work side by side for years and not know even the most basic personal details about each other in the offices.

    Generally, the culprits have put the country on a negative impressions to many foreigners. Many of my Korean friends are upset too with this groups of people who spoil the image of the country. Korea is a beautiful country with great resources and natural beauties. Sadly, I find it astounding to see the amount of respect many Koreans have for their elderly but once they associate with other nationalities, all respect goes out the door. This attitude is rather disappointing. If in a contrary imagination, the locals can be educated to make the country a more charming and harmonious place to live in as well as they learn to be more courteous and always willing to learn different cultures, be more polite, share ideas and knowledge openly; I believe Korea would become a great country to be posted as one of the world’s most preferred places to visit.

    There is no one place in the world we could rate as the PERFECT one. The people and the perceptions of a country are the keys to create a reputable and admirable impressions in general.

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  26. Dont be affraid to say you hate the squat toilet. Hygenie is terrible here. People picking their nose and rubing it on you. Back ward thinking. No weed. Crap houseing. Hell is sums it up.loud people too.

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    1. I’m not a native Korean speaker. I love Jimjibangs but I think I need to find someone to write about them. I have quite a few friends who visit them frequently. Hot tubs, same sex nudity, warm floors to sleep on, cheap prices – my take is they are a good thing even if they seem awkward to Americans like myself at first.

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  27. Stay away from the evil old women in korea! They still haven’t gotten over the comfort woman era and are out for revenge by their snaggy teeth and crooked fingers!

    DEVILS I TELL U, DEVILS!!

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    1. i had no problems with the k-rans until i went to work for them at hyundai….self centered….wow, this factory had 1 trash can….no problem as they only had one broom and no dust pan…on a different note,whats up with being 1 yo when they are born…also why are the men trying to touh other men all the time and very girlish?god forbid you motion them to come over to you like a normal person….thats a whole different lmao situation….its their way or the hwy, they have no interest in improving the system….they go to work every day, soju or not….thyey all drink and note very good at it…loli could write a book on how screwed up this factory was so i can really guess how long they look in the system to see if i still work there, very vindictive people….DO NOT WORK FOR THEM UNLESS YOU ARE KOREAN…..FOR REAL…

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  28. They raise a dog breed for meat, no that’s not true at all, they eat other pet dogs breeds also, see Korean Rights advocates. They also beat the dogs before, they even boiled alive the dogs, NO I will never be ok with that!, that is pure sickness and evilness, eat what you want, but give then a fucking good treatment or be vegan like me.

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  29. I’m in Korea now and when I get especially annoyed I tell Koreans that ‘I can’t understand them because I don’t speak Japanese.’ When the say “WE SPEAK KOREAN” I simply respond “I’m pretty sure it’s the same language.”

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  30. I love the saunas. The rich and powerful are all naked with their tiny penises and obvious envy. I strut around the place with my regular sized (huge in Korea) manliness flopping around. It’s hilarious.

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    1. I stopped going to saunas because of the stares. Like you, I am average, which is horse-sized here. I was made to feel so self-conscious by the stares that I never went again. I also suspect that there was more than just curiosity involved, if you get my drift.

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  31. None of the clothes fit. The men are built like women and the women are built like men. The men are allergic to upper body strength and the women have these bodybuilder sized calves. It’s freakish. Plus, don’t bother trying to buy a hat, Koreans have HUGE heads.

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    1. hahhaha almost died i think that Koreans are ugly as hell and really short and just some ”wannabeeeeeeeeeeee”. Their ideal women is so skinny that she doesn’t even have breasts or some booty just saying.

      I really liked Korea and Koreans before but after I saw how their society was built up it just made me angry and i stopped watching their shows and dramas

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  32. I don’t know why you’re posting such things. Seriously, do you really think writing can make up this article? At least stop others from writing comments!

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    1. I don’t see a problem with it. While some of these things on this list make more sense to me now that I have lived here longer, there’s nothing wrong with writing about things that seem funny to westerners even if they are misguided. It’s ok to laugh at ourselves and explore what we see.

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    1. Hey fucktard, your parents too poor to educate you this bastard? Or you had been educated but just with retard brain? What a waste and shame on you. Every country has it’s good and bad. If you don’t like Korea, just fuck off.

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      1. Wow, you should be asking yourself that question. Did your parents teach you to swear with such ugly words as “Fuck you Idiot” “bastard” and “fuck off”? Did your father use that word a lot to your mom or something or vice versa? Wow…

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      2. Man what do you know about Korea have you been born there. Have you experience it? I have and your statement is just a fallacy of ad hominem and ad ignorantium were you just swear just to sound right. YOU fucking inexperience MORON.

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    2. Ive been raised in korea even though im not korean
      and your just so fucked up
      the only reason why you see clubbers every friday night or prople eating weird things is because you visited or lived in a shitty place. All country has rich counties and poor counties. Maybe you just couldnt afford to live in a nice apartment or nice neighborhood. and also, ramen is what they ate to survive in the 50s and 60s during the war. To koreans, Ramen is just like a sandwich. So if you dont know anything, just shut up and stop being retarded cause youre making fool out of yourself ㅗ

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  33. The thing I don’t like about Korea is that most are absolutely rude. You try going on an open well known Korean site and looking at the comments without a single comment swearing like their life depended on it. Absolutely impossible. I hate hearing swears as well so this sucks. And a lot of Koreans are proud of their country so they just force you to learn and like the country. I have stayed in Korea as a student for a few years and it’s pretty bad so far. I want to try and see it with a better perspective but a lot of it is too dark for me and that’s why I hate going out for even something I like.

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    1. I served in an airborne unit in the U.S. Army and I rarely heard soldiers curse. Medal of Honor winners, Silver Star recipients – the toughest troopers at Ft. Bragg are usually polite people who use proper English. In high school and at my university, I rarely heard anyone use bad language. Korean students,by contrast, use terrible language all the time. They are mostly cowardly, sissy-boy punks who have never done anything courageous or faced any kind of real danger, but I constantly hear them swearing like the worst kind of low-class criminals. Most Korean teenage boys are nothing but cowards and bullies who cry for mama whenever things don’t go well, but they shout and curse to convince themselves that they are tough guys, which they aren’t.

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  34. “If anyone reads this, it’s obvious I don’t hate Korea and I was just making some funny observations.”
    It is obscure that you don’t hate Korea when people reads your title. When people goes through your contents, that somehow, might change their thought. My suggest for you, as you said you are busy with your master degree (are you here to show off your education? Well done, everyone in this world who reads this article are proud of your education), go ahead to your library and study well instead of writing an article when you don’t even know the naming and contents. Or your degree is about journalist? You would fail it! By the way, it’s not what “funny” observations. It’s just your own observation, not funny at all. If you want “funny” go to your mum’s bosom and have fun with it. Moreover, if you write an article online for public, please just accept other people’s positive and negative feedback. It’s common, don’t get mad like a kid okay? You are in your master degree not kids anymore.

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  35. To everyone might click to this page, this retard journalist who educated in master degree, deleted those comments which points out his mistakes. Halo Brentass, are you even a secondary school people? Unable to accept when we found out your mistake? Fuck your title and your contents which is irrelevant. Come on, don’t be mad, i guess you might delete this comment again but nevermind, I don’t write to show other people, it just you, brentass sheffieldtard, a master degree student with retard brain. Read this and get mad about it, loser. hahah

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  36. I hate these little urine colored bastards. There is no difference between a north Korean and a South Korean. Except a fence. Those little dog sucking bastards need to get off this planet earth. There is no other country that wants them, or will take them. In a few years, we will be sending men to Mars. How about sending these little Kimchee eating stains to the Sun. I think that would be fair. Only 93,000,000.00 miles away. If you put them end to end, they should be able to make a chain to the Sun. God, I hate the way they look, smell, the way they talk. Just everything about these little woks. Ok, enough for now, God Bless. The Reverend Jessie Jackson.

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  37. i hate Korea i just fucking hate this place everybody must and should know that koreans are fucktarded pussies who just cares about their “passionate” cloths and trying hard to change their shitty faces into factory made faces which is WEIRD AS FUCK… and these students (i meant youth) all they know is study study study WTF? they have no fun in their life and i think this explains why koreans are little pussy who have no fucking courage to stand up to what’s not right, like what? like blocking porns (emm.. all i can think of) and thus since they have… very “few” sexual activities involved in their life their dicks are small as shit (i think :P) unlike me :D) so Korea is shitty place to be in.

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  38. I’m Korean and holy shit I regret being born here. I been living and travelling around the globe and experienced many culture but Korea…. man….. This country is a dystopia. They are so strict and complicated with EVERYTHING to the point I want to kill my self, they say they are respectful and everything but pfff stereotypical. I wish I was Japanese even if everything is a little expensive because they have what is called freedom and respect. Korea is a cage that suffocates you little by little. And that is coming from a Korean with multiple cultures.

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    1. My Korean girlfriend killed herself because she couldn’t stand living here. Koreans drove her to self-murder; it was better to be dead than to live here, Koreans were so cruel and cold. I blame Koreans for her death. Every time I see a kimchi b___h, with princess disease here, who would look like an ugly country pumpkin if she didn’t have surgery, I think, “Why are you alive and _________ (my girlfriend’s name), who was a much better person than you, is dead?” Korean women are evil, vampires from the crypt, predatory zombies from Hell. Thank God they don’t want to reproduce.

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    2. Forgive me, please. It is late at night and I got carried away. In fact, there are many good women here, but I think they either leave, have mental breakdowns or kill themselves like my girlfriend, because the society is so evil and cruel.

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  39. not all koreans are like that. And stop with the hatred. it is very insulting to the people that live there.NOT ALL people eat dog, NOT ALL people match outfits with couples. And oh please what do you know about noodle sucking? LOTs of people are loud noodle suckers. but is that a problem?

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    1. My point was that Koreans dress dogs up as cats and do things like paint their nails. This is not uniquely Korean, but Koreans do have a tendency to treat dogs more like accessories than pets. Regardless, if you are stuck on the dog eating thing you completely missed the point.

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  40. oh when you were writing weird things about korea, did you think about what it would be like to be made fun of the country you were from? CONGRADULATION! you made me feel terrible about being korean! are you really going to do this to people? here i ‘ll say this, i think some places in america are very dirrty places to live in or be in like subways. and i think people here are more impolite than in korea. BUT GUESS WHAT, i am not judging everyone like you did of all koreans. How dare you. i mean i don’t judge all people because some people are like that. like america, lots of people are mean and strange but not everyone is like that. lots of people are kind and amazing right.

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    1. Did you even really read what I wrote? There are plenty of things that annoy me about America as well. I think you should review the first two paragraphs and not be so stuck on the title of the article.

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  41. This list could absolutely be the 100 things I hate about Korea…
    . The food is boring (gochujeon spicy or sweet.
    . Full of meat
    . And the ruin perfectly good food from other countries (why is my bread sweet? Why does my pizza have corn?)
    . The kids favourite activity is video/computer games and they are mindless morons whose only response to you is “headshot.”
    . A complete lack of curiosity in the world around them
    . A complete lack of curiosity as to what the English shite on their shirts say
    . They can’t drive. If I almost get clipped on the fucking sidewalk one more time, heads will roll.
    . Their music sucks
    . They don’t actually like music, only whatever is new and whatever they think they should like
    . Movies, too. “My favourite movie is Trabsformers 4” is bullshit.
    . This country is racist as fuck
    . And they systematically stamp out individuality. By middle school, they are expected to essentially look the same. If your hair is anything but straight and black, you get a demerit, thus eliminating even yhe idea of a non-Korean attending school here
    . And they don’t ask why
    . Gag Concert
    . They are sexist
    . Alcoholism is promoted
    . Smoking, too
    . They are nationalistic to a fault and are pretty much only aware of Korean history until they’re in university
    . They are a buch of sore losers who hate any country that has ever faulted them throughout history (don’t bring up Yuna Kim…)
    . And they, so blissfully ignorant, think they’re the best

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  42. Ive been raised in korea and your just so fucked up
    the only reason why you see clubbers every friday night or prople eating weird things is because you visited or lived in a shitty place. All country has rich counties and poor counties. Maybe you just couldnt afford to live in a nice apartment or nice neighborhood. and also, ramen is what they ate to survive in the 50s and 60s during the war. To koreans, Ramen is just like a sandwich. So if you dont know anything, just shut up and stop being retarded cause youre making fool out of yourself ㅗ

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  43. Damn It Korea,I’m so happy for ur shitty place. U r such a pain in the ass. My people r so addicted to all ur shit of ur lies and try to be like western country. Ur the worst country in North eastern Asia.plus u have nothing better than Japan.

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  44. 미친 좇같은새끼들 아
    한국욕하지마
    한국이 나쁘다하면서 니네나라는 좋을꺼같음?

    짱깨ㅅㄲ들이랑 쪽빠리새끼들도 ㅈㄴ 더럽고 가식같아
    그니깐 한국만 욕하지마

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  45. Cleaned out some of the hate. Keep it clean folks. No reason for the Korean/Foreigner hate. This post was more or less a joke with kernels of truth, every culture and place has things that are annoying. The title is simply a title.

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    1. No please, the post itself was fine. But the comments? They sicken me. Have you read them? You said you’re getting rid of some hate and tell us to keep it clean, but what about those who hate on korea? Why don’t you remove comments that blindly state that korea is a fucking shithole without a reason?

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  46. Stay out of Korea. Koreans don’t want non Koreans there. We love OUR people. Racial segregation is best for the dna privileged but once we cannot any longer avoid the global toilet….then genocide is to follow. Tolerance will be tolerated as long as our quality of lives are not reduced/obstructed by the global mess certian caucasians/ all blacks / all mexicans and other dna toilets are causing amongst themselves. To ALL non koreans..stay out please. You are not welcome. We South Koreans thank the Americans for the introduction of capitalism and democracy but that is where it ends. Your dirty nigger infested liberal country is a shame and the destruction is imminent. Just refer to your major capitols….a infested parasitic liberal populace with a low IQ and a high reproductive rate. Koreans will isolate, innovate and continue being ourselves. Foreigners, please stay out of Korea. NONE OF YOU ARE WELCOME.

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    1. I could have mentioned sexism, racism, prostitution, child abuse, xenophobia, and homophobia as actual real things I don’t like about Korea. But, I was being nice. I doubt Koreans like you my good sir.

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    2. Actually I kind of get the feeling this is just honest sentiment. I don’t feel welcome here. My kids aren’t welcome here. We are “other”. not hated, loathed, or attacked… But still, not welcome is not welcome. And I’m ok with that. I’ve made my peace and I’m gettin the hell out.

      Maybe as tourists, businessmen, TV stars, or ESL teachers – foreigners might be welcome in this society, but an average Joe or Jill…nah-ah. Just slap a big “외국인” placard on their foreheads and get yer kicks and giggles at the foreigner zoo attraction!

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    3. Hey, um, sure. A few of those might be true. But, it does truly hurt me to see comments like this. I- personally living as a Korean- never EVER try to even THINK about racism. And also please mind the fact that we don’t close ourselves! In fact, we are trying our best to take our step out into the world! I will never ever think such things as korean. Thank you.

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    4. I was just passingby this website till i read this stupid comment. If koreans hate foreigners why then do they establish embassies in other countries? Why do they even bother copying americans? Ive been having issues living with koreans and honestly living with you people makes usbrealize thatbyoubate notnwhat you potray. Its good that no country is your colony but talking like this to people is way out of line yet you people potray yourselves as well mannered. I think everything potrayed about koreans isnt true. 80 percent of it is false. If you hate foreigners this much i think your post wouldnt be in emglish.
      Thos post wasnt all that bad, it was just humour. These are things we find in every country to some of us who travel here and there. I had a different picture about koreans before coming to korea but am shocked by my findings. And thatnks for confirming this to some of us. Very shameful!

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  47. Ha.. well i am korean n i hate fuckn korean.. but many ppl say it used to be better than now.. getting sucks.. seriously your writing took my breath while i was reading n made my head keeps nod(?) Anyway love it!

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  48. There are the thing that i hate most in this country.

    1.As soon as actors from abroad arrive in the Incheon international Airport, Almost every of them are asked “Do you know psy?” “Do you know gang-nam style?” “Do you know blahblahblah….” Those Korean idiot journalists have to stop arsing about.

    2.A lot of Korean drama writers make up the story in feminism by which Korean women have been affected and are filling with mammonism so their boy friend should be perfect in making money and also having BMW or expensive cars that i have never seen before.

    Even as of now i am hearing the women’s gossip because i am working in goverment office with them…i am so sick of it.

    When i told this story to one of my friends (foreigner) “Korean men are too pity and must have been tired”

    3.Being with surveillance cameras, i mean.. In this country No individual actions are allowed, wherever You go or work or hang out with Korean, you have to be kept abreast of them, too tired…

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  49. If you came to korea to try different cultures, you must respect korean culture even tho we eat beondegi. Why are you complainning because you and us are different? And korean ajummas make kids lemonade ,awesome foods and tell them good stories too. I have been to american few years ago. Some Old female been mean to me too. They kept beat me with fat ass on the bus or train. Sounds like…To pick up your cup from the sea, and you say there is no whale. Do not judge us as you seen one of facet that lightly.

    Couple look isnt bad as you thought. That is one kind of way to prove the love. Its culture difference
    Plus i have seen many trash on street in america too. And these student guys didnt dance shuffle.
    Just dancing of club no named.

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    1. I totally respect Korean culture. There are probably things you would like and dislike regarding American culture as well. This is just a list of a few of my dislikes. I included another list of my likes as well.

      These things are just my opinion. Most of these things are neither good or bad. Grandparents in the states though are way cooler and Bondegi, despite it’s beautiful tradition, smell awful – just my observation.

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  50. Basically, I absolutely agree on your post Even i am a korean But what i am worrying about you is that Korean would get your blog down because they never accept bad thing to hear from other.

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  51. Well… I agree with you for some reasons though I’m a Korean, but really, it’s not even your body. “Dress to Impress”, “Dancing”, “Couple’s Outfit” ?? I don’t know what’s bothering you. Maybe you should just ignore them instead of posting it on your SNS. Because first, some Koreans will terrorize your SNS because they think its insulting and second, some foreigners can think Korea negatively.

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    1. if I had known what I knew about Korea before coming here, I never would have come. I for one want to warn as many
      “외국인” as I can. Don’t come to Korea!
      …and yes, I am leaving this shit hole just as soon as I can get the plane tickets

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  52. I am a Korean, and I just want to say that…
    Even though there are so many other things to hate in this country.
    I couldn’t agree more… I absolutely loved it including your hilarious humors and usage of words.

    No matter what these stupid comments tell you, your article was awesome!!!

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  53. I lived in Seoul for three years, absolutely hated it. Now Im in Tokyo, absolutely love Japan. I really should have came here from the beiginning.

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  54. Holy crap there r a lot of comments!!!

    Well, here’s my 2 cents… I’ve invented a new game. Street bowling. When I’m walking on the street and some poor soul in my path is oblivious to his/her surroundings (ie: texting while walking, playing phone games while walking, talking while walking, chewing gum while walking, et al), I give ’em a good hardy shoulder check! Now, hear me out. That may sound cold hearted and just downright ass hole’ish, but I don’t actively lean into them. I just don’t move out of their way. I let them run into me if they don’t realize what’s going on at the last minute. But I slightly lower my shoulder and stuck out my elbow.

    Where bumping into people used to irritate me to no end, now it’s the highlight of my day 😀

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  55. Haha interesting comments on Korea, and I agree sincerely with you about ajummas. You can never spend a single day without their stare, push, spit, rudeness, etc. One day, I saw an ajumma wearing a T shirt that reads, “Up Yours”, and she looked really pissed off!!

    Yes yes maybe ajummas did not have rosy days when they were younger, but young Korean people looked pissed off as well, and young people can look really shady sometimes.

    Currently, I’m dealing with them with much more rudeneses, but I don’t think that should last any longer. I don’t want to be pissed off all the time while I’m in Korea. Something needs to be done.

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  56. There are many interesting comments posted here. Many people point out negative aspects of Korea, and I understand where they are coming from. I can especially relate to those points made by Korean-Americans because I am Korean-American, too. To make a long story short, I have been back and forth between Korea and the United States over more than 30 years. I went to school in both countries and worked in big conglomerates in both countries. So, I believe that I know both countries pretty well inside out. What I don’t like about America is that if you are not “white,” you are not completely “accepted” no matter how smart or perfectly fluent you are in English. What I don’t like about Korea is that it is a very competitive place with rampant corruption and general disregard for others’ well-being, which is perceived as lack of manners by non-Koreans, IMHO. The bottom line is, there is no perfect place in the world. Korea has its issues. But America has its issues, too, such as lingering racism. I still get this question, “Where are you from?” after all these years. So, as an Asian person, I feel that it is impossible to blend in in this “great country of ours” ‘no matter what. But at the end of the day, we are all humans, and humans are selfish and aggressive by nature. Those who settled earlier in America (i.e., Americans with European ancestry) want to maintain their dominance over new comers such as Asians and Latinos after they have wiped out the indigenous population and enslaved Africans. Native Americans treat pale faced new comers with turkey and other goodies, and what do they do? Anyway, My take on having lived in both countries extensively over the years is that America is overall a better place to live in because it has more resources compared to Korea. People in general are less harsh against each other because there are more materials to go around. That is all. There is no reason to hate a group of people or nationality because of any perceived traits or lack thereof. We are all creatures of our environment. The simple answer is, if you don’t like Korea and are able to leave the country, please leave the country as I did. To each his own.

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  57. I really don’t know where to begin but to start off I want to say It’s good to hear everyone’s opinion. I’m quite fascinated with how Koreans and Foreigners throw their crashing and matching experience. Well I learned a lot reading these entire comments from 2013 and current. Honestly I’m suffering now from headache after reading the entire conversation. I think negative comment is really a concern for me because I have this dream of working and living in Korea just like any other K-POP living in every corner of the world ( I bet there’s no corner haha ). But who knows Korea might evolve into more preferable country ( you know what am I saying right?). I think this is an eye-opening and worth-reading post so I want to thank everybody ( haha am I being hillarious now?). No I just thought if you like something you should embrace it’s pros and cons. Korea is really a unique country and I’m still curious how does it feel living there. I can never know enough unless I experience and see it myself.

    I’m actually seeking flaws of Korea to stop myself from going crazy over k-pop stuffs and I’m glad I hit this page. It helps me see different perspective and attributes of Korea and it’s people. I’m looking forward for your update about living in Korea.

    What about cost of living in Korea? Actually I’ve read a lot already but I wanted to hear one from you so if you don’t mind please write an article about the cost of living in Korea including education and stuffs. I believe you could write better and I hope I get a response from you tho it’s already an old post.

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  58. Yeah, I agree. Also, by living as a Korean, it really sucks that you have to have 12hours of education very day. ;P I just finished my academy and came home. xd

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  59. Untruthworthy.
    Spiteful.
    Vindictive
    Shallow.
    Vain.
    Self-pitying about their history (they were the worst concentration camp guards).
    Touchy
    Arrogant
    Foul-mouthed
    Grasping.

    I have lived all over, but Koreans are the only entire ethnic group I learned to loathe. What a hell-hole.

    Child-hood = 14 hours a day not learning to speak English
    Adulthood = being bullied until you have enough seniority to be a bully

    They are very good at applying other people’s technology. We are stupid enough to trade with them.

    The Japanese are better in every way.

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      1. That was the mild version of my views on Koreans and I seem not to be alone. I am glad that you have had a positive experience there. I have left Korea and now simply refuse to interact with them in any way. Part of my problem is that I speak Japanese and started to pick up the language fairly quickly. It’s easier to like them if you can’t understand them.

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  60. This is what I’ve experienced when talking to the younger generation..

    When I talk to some Koreans all they do is complain about other countries and make heinous claims about their people.

    Then you ask about Korea and they get defensive as hell.
    I mean, why bash a country then get mad about the same being brought out about Korea? It’s driving me nuts.

    One Korean person complains people from this country are loud and ‘stupid.’
    But can’t even defend his own reasons why and resorts to swearing to other people to prove a point.

    *This is face-to-face conversations mind you.

    Its because of this, the mainlanders in our school are completely ignorant of the Koreans altogether.
    Yikes, and they have to deal with this for 4 years.

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    1. Yeah, I get your general point. But doesn’t everyone want to get defensive when their country is viewed negatively? And what makes you believe that only Koreans do this? Americans also post rude things of other countries and yet they tend to get defensive when opinions come in the way. It hurts us, too, when we see negative things like this.

      Also, that Korean guy was hella rude and I apologize on his behalf. However, please don’t group us together as people like him. There are different individuals in Korea. Some of them are annoying like that guy, but others might not be. And also how many Koreans did you actually meet to confirm this? I mean, people around me are actially decent, so I once again aplogize instead of whoever people you met.

      I respect this post and I respect your comment. But I just really want you to know that not all Koreans are horrible. Please, wouldn’t it be nice to at least reconsider the Korean race again?

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  61. I like korea and the koreans i’ve met whilst visiting there a few years back. I was planning on returning however hearing about the ways they kill dogs and cats for meat and torture them gives me nightmares and i dont want to support a country that treats such intelligent animals that way. I could never eat dog but i knew i couldnt stop koreans from eating dog and so i learmed to cope with it when i lived there for a couple of years however at least kill the dogs properlly and so they dont suffer. The way koreans kill dogs for meat is just plain evil and cruel. I still keep in contact with close friends i made whilst in korea and im glad to hear that they have the same attitude towards dog meat eating as i do and all of them would never eat it and im so glad because hopefully as the new generations come in and see dogs and cats as loving animals not food then eventually maybe i can visit again because the country does have some wonderful history and scenery.

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    1. You really have to know that it’s not “Koreans” who eat dog meat(and no cat meat! No one eats cat meat!), but it’s a very chosen few of them who do. The majority of Koreans are very against the idea of eating dog food, and they are trying very hard to keep others from treating them wrong. It really pains me to see how people think that because a few do wrong, all of Korea eat dog food and treat animals horridly. It’s the same as assuming that America is a place full of crime just because a few people does bad things.

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      1. According to a national survey in 2006, 56% of adults in Korea have “tried” dog at least one time in their lives. Even that trend, however, is sharply on the decline. While many older Koreans still desire dog soup during the three hottest days (sambok) of summer, the Korean government has steadily guided their country away from eating man’s best friend since the 1988 Olympics. Furthermore, pop culture, animal rights groups, and Korea’s expanding culinary scene have created a distinct generational gap between dog consumers and non-consumers. I’m not saying I would want to lose my dog in the streets of Seoul; dog meat vendors are real and slaughter between 2 to 2.5 million dogs every year. Nonetheless, it’s safe to assume that most Koreans do not snack on canine anymore. I promise you can let a Korean safely pet your dog. . . If they’re not afraid of it.

        My thoughts on the subject – Brent

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  62. I hate how adults in south korea teaches hatred against people of other nations. My country has also been occupied by Japan, but I had never been taught to hate other nations in schools. we do not need an expert to know that people who teach hatred against fellow human beings is sick person

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