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Korean Gas Stations

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For those of you who might visit Korea, you might notice something about Korean gas stations. What is that? Look carefully and tell me what you can find in the photo above and below: If you look very carefully, you will notice that there’s gas handles coming from the top! Yes, that’s quite the norm for most Korean gas stations. And Korean gas stations are all “full service”, they will not let you pour your own gas. No, no need to tip them either, there’s no tipping in Korea unless you “really” want to. Most of these gas stations will also give you free stuff like napkins everytime you fill up. When you fill up your car at a Korean gas station, you just need to tell them how much you want to fill up. For example, tell them “20,000 won” if you want to fill up 20,000 won worth of gas. If you want full fill-up, just say “Man-Dang”.

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Korean Moving Portable Elevator!

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Just when you thought, “it would be easier to move if they made a moving portable elevator”, Koreans make it. The other day I was walking and noticed this moving portable elevator that was moving stuff to an aparment. I can’t understand why they don’t have this in America. This is definitely going to save me some time moving and stop people from clogging up my apartment’s elevator or destroying things while moving. They used to actually have an elevator that was attached to the roof of most apartment buildings back in the day when I used to be a kid in Korea, now they have this, certainly much better idea. In Korea, labor is so much cheaper, especially for things like moving. On the other hand, because labor is so cheap, you won’t get rich being something like a plumber or electrician.

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Tour of Korean High School!

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The other week, I happened to be walking by a Korean high school by Apgujungdong and decided to take couple photos to share with you. This is a typical Korean high school, made with bricks with 3-4 levels, sand soccer/basketball field, fountains, and some room for teacher parking. No, don’t expect your high school kids to drive to school like in America, that’s never going to happen, it’s so “wrong” in Korean culture. Of course, in most parts of the U.S., you can’t even “survive” without a car so let’s say it’s different. Soccer is the most popular sport in South Korea, that’s why the soccer field invade the center of the sand field while basketball courts are put to the side. In Korea, there’s no really option to build 1-level buildings, especially in Seoul where land in scarce. Some parts of Seoul are as expensive as luxury mansions in New York. This is what typical fountains look like in a Korean school. This is the guide for teachers to park, you can only park here on certain days when your license number ends in the numbers shown on the chart. It says, “Dreams come true.” Apgujungdong is actually one … Continue reading

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Emergency Button for Residents!

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While walking through some aparments in Apgujungdong(압구정동), Seoul, Korea, I happened to notice this “button” that I really wanted to press. Upon closer investigation, it turns out the button is actually an emergency button residents can press in case of an emergency. I am not sure what would happen but I’d imagine a big alarm would go off and maybe alert the residents. It also says, “Do not press to have fun.” Maybe this is a good idea and could help in case of adbuctions and whatnot.

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Motorcycle Korean Cops!

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Korean economy has certainly gotten better over the last 20 years or so and now Korean motorcycle cops get to drive some nice bikes like a BMW or Harleys. Not sure why Korean cops chose to drive foreign-made bikes but most likely because they like them. Not all motorcycle cops get to drive the nicer bikes but the higher-ranking police do. BMW and Harley bikes are pretty popular in Korea and I will have some more posts on that soon too. By the way, motorcycle is called “Auto-buy” in Korea.  Not sure why but it’s called “auto-buy”. [오토바이경찰] (Mr. officer guiding the traffic near Kang Nam station.)

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PatBingSu – Korean Ice Cream/Yogurt!

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PatBingSu is probably the most delicious Korean ice cream/yogurt, it’s the most delicious (and healthy) delicacy you will try in Korea. What is PatBingSu (팥빙수)? It’s a mix of milk, shredded ice, sweet beans, and lots of fruit (and sometimes candy). You usually eat PatBingSu during summer because it gets so hot and PatBingSu will cool you down quickly.  Also it’s very good for you because most of the ingredients are fruit and vegetables. Even KFC, McDonalds, and Burger King in Korea will sell PatBingSu during the summer so the next time you are in Korea, don’t forget to try PatBingSu. To eat PatBingSu, you can eat a little bit at a time or mix it all up like how I like to do it and enjoy some delicious Korean yogurt. In Korea, they actually sell PatBingSu ice shredding machines so you can make it at home too.  My mom used to make them for me when I was younger, this is something you cannot miss. Usually you can’t find PatBingSu during winter months but if you are there during non-summer months, you can go to Rossi Mango at COEX mall in Seoul, Korea to enjoy it like I dido.

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Korean Cold Noodles!

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Another one of my very favorite Korean food is the Korean cold noodles.  It is just insanely delicious in Korea.  There’s not that many Korean restaurants that make it right here in the States so if you want to taste the authentic, Korean cold noodles, you have to get it in Korea. Even these cold noodles I ordered at the COEX fastfood mall was better than anything I tried here in the States including San Francisco and Koreatown in L.A. The reason is that there’s so many restaurants in Korea and so much competition, if they don’t make it right, they go out of business.  Whereas here in the States, the Korean restaurants have a monopoly on Korean food and they don’t have to make it right. Dang it, I miss eating Korean cold noodles, it’s SO GOOD!

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Super Large Korean Brush!

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On the streets of Insadong in Seoul Korea, I was walking and spotted this super large brush.  I believe this is what they used back in the day (like since 3000 years ago) to make signs and whatnot.  Pretty cool huh? And check out some of other varieties of traditional Korean brushes this store sells. Click Here for the GoogleMaps GPS location of Insadong in Seoul Korea.

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