When That Korean Towel Is Too Small For You

Many visitors to Korea are surprised by the size of the towels commonly used in the country. This is particularly the case for those provided in hotels for drying off after a shower or bath. Such towels are often much smaller – even tiny – than what foreigners might be accustomed to. However, there are … Read more

Koreans Just Won’t Drink Tap Water

The vast majority of Koreans have access to potable water, with well over 90% coverage. Yet a majority are still not in the habit of drinking straight from the tap. Instead, they either only consume boiled water, use water filters, or drink bottled water. According to an article in the Korea Herald, a 2013 government … Read more

About Korean Webtoons

Korean webtoons (Korean: 웹툰), digital comics that originated from South Korea, have surged in popularity. The term “webtoon” merges “web” and “cartoon,” highlighting their digital essence. These stories, designed for easy consumption on smartphones, have revolutionized the comic industry in Korea, with some even securing Netflix adaptations. As global print manga sales shrink, the webtoon … Read more

How To Eat Alone in Korea

In Korea, a country known for its collectivist culture, the act of dining alone, or “honbap”, was once viewed with bewilderment. There was a time when solo diners would garner curious glances or even a sympathetic look from other people. Korean traditions emphasize group meals and shared dishes, which has contributed to the view that … Read more

Comparing Sugar Consumption in South Korea and Japan

Although Japan and South Korea share many similarities culture-wise, they sometimes have very different tastes when it comes to food. In 2022, South Koreans managed an average intake of 30.5kg of sugar per person – only slight less than in the United States, where people consumed 30.8kg of sugar on average. In contrast, Japan’s consumption … Read more

Spam: The Unlikely Popular Holiday Gift in Korea

Each year in September or October, South Korea becomes alive with festive spirit as Chuseok, one of its most important holidays, approaches. Everywhere you look, there are gifts for loved ones. But out of all the fancy options, one unexpected item jumps out: Spam, the canned meat. You might be scratching your head, thinking, “Why … Read more