Postcards: So Korean

It's been over six years since I left Korea and moved back to Canada, and yet, somehow, I'm still sorting through my two years' worth of photos. 

These are a few of my favourite things from Korea. Looking back, these are the things that, when I see them, I think "that's so Korean."

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below!^^

Koreans don't do things halfway. Going for a bike ride? Better get your gear.

Koreans don't do things halfway. Going for a bike ride? Better get your gear.

Hanguk signs everywhere. Fitting 10 million people in a relatively small space means building up. Businesses are stacked, and so are the signs.

Hanguk signs everywhere. Fitting 10 million people in a relatively small space means building up. Businesses are stacked, and so are the signs.

In two years I never found a single shirt with Hanguk (Korean language). It was all English.

In two years I never found a single shirt with Hanguk (Korean language). It was all English.

Number 4 in Korean is the same word for death: sa. Thus, it's as unlucky as the number 13.

Number 4 in Korean is the same word for death: sa. Thus, it's as unlucky as the number 13.

Convenience rules. Vending machine book, anyone?

Convenience rules. Vending machine book, anyone?

Korean's obsession with small faces has opened up new markets for small-face-related goods. Like these face rollers, which massage your face into a more favourable shape.

Korean's obsession with small faces has opened up new markets for small-face-related goods. Like these face rollers, which massage your face into a more favourable shape.

A love motel, where people can sneak a little side action discreetly. 

A love motel, where people can sneak a little side action discreetly. 

I got used to seeing mirrors in unexpected places...like a shower or a toilet.

I got used to seeing mirrors in unexpected places...like a shower or a toilet.

Outdoor exercise parks! A fun way to stay in shape wherever you are.

Outdoor exercise parks! A fun way to stay in shape wherever you are.

Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, was not very common. 

Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, was not very common. 

Seoul lacks the green space necessary for golf courses, so people have gotten innovate. These green nets enclose driving ranges, megacity-style. 

Seoul lacks the green space necessary for golf courses, so people have gotten innovate. These green nets enclose driving ranges, megacity-style. 

Many people means many cars. People may need to double-park, so they leave their phone number in on the dash so that they can be contacted if necessary. 

Many people means many cars. People may need to double-park, so they leave their phone number in on the dash so that they can be contacted if necessary. 

Unlike westerners, who generally enjoy suntanning, Koreans prefer to protect their skin from the sun. 

Unlike westerners, who generally enjoy suntanning, Koreans prefer to protect their skin from the sun. 

I definitely embraced the photo booth action while I was there.

I definitely embraced the photo booth action while I was there.

Kimchi, endless side dishes, a silver bowl of rice - this is a typical Korean meal. But save the (warm) glass of water until you're done eating. It's better for digestion. 

Kimchi, endless side dishes, a silver bowl of rice - this is a typical Korean meal. But save the (warm) glass of water until you're done eating. It's better for digestion. 

Car colours pretty much stick to greyscale. 

Car colours pretty much stick to greyscale. 

Couple wear! 

Couple wear! 

Cooking on a grill at a restaurant table - I may be a vegetarian now, but I sure would not have made it through two years in Korea. 

Cooking on a grill at a restaurant table - I may be a vegetarian now, but I sure would not have made it through two years in Korea. 

Soap on a stick in public washrooms.

Soap on a stick in public washrooms.

Proper footwear is important. Be prepared to alternate between outside shoes, indoor slippers, and washroom sandals.

Proper footwear is important. Be prepared to alternate between outside shoes, indoor slippers, and washroom sandals.