Read 9989 times

  • gender8
  • Waygookin

    • 11

    • April 10, 2013, 10:28:31 am
    • Busan
Fun stories about living in Korea!
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:30:12 am »
The daily quagmire of complaints and bitterness on this site is depressing, so why not post some good stories about fun and usual experiences you have had in Korea?? What do you like most about living here? and so on! Class is starting but will contribute myself shortly! and let's try and keep the usual hate out of this thread


  • damof
  • Super Waygook

    • 352

    • April 29, 2012, 07:45:19 pm
    • Yongin
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2013, 10:55:54 am »
It's a noble effort, bro, but I fear it's a losing battle. The xenophobia from the kind of guys who expect all of Korea to be held accountable because their co-teacher is iffy about men wearing shorts in a professional working environment on display here is too thick to cut through, but I'll give it a go anyway.

There's a woman running a kiosk in my subway station who buy a coffee a snack from most mornings. Just this morning she gave me the snack for free, as I didn't have enough cash on me for both it and the coffee. Granted, it's the kind of thing that might happen anywhere. In my experience it's far more likely to happen here.


  • acousticr
  • Expert Waygook

    • 503

    • January 24, 2013, 11:42:50 am
    • Gyeonggi
    more
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 11:07:24 am »
There's an independent cafe near my apartment building that I go to pretty regularly. It's a really nice little shop, and the owner speaks a little English, so we'll talk about the weather and the music she happens to be playing. Occasionally I get a snack for free - usually to try something new or different, since I often buy the same things, and she'll suggest drinks. Not super special but a really pleasant part of my day.
$10 off your first order at iHerb.com with this code: BPC852


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 11:31:10 am »
I dropped into my old gym yesterday... hadn't been there in months. A older chap that I used to talk to came up to me and asked how my hometown was doing with the flooding(Calgary). I was shocked that he'd remember me telling him that 6+ months ago.

Great memory for an old dude.


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 11:34:52 am »
In my building, almost every morning I meet an elderly lady taking her cat out for a walk (Yep, her CAT...it has a leash and everything)

She always comments on what I am wearing, usually I'm heading to the gym so she tells me I have 'hard legs' (as she pats them) I'm guessing she means toned. Some days she learns new words and tests them out on me, It's a really sweet morning routine we have now!  ;D


  • ukukuk
  • Super Waygook

    • 283

    • June 26, 2013, 12:09:23 pm
    • nippon
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 11:37:25 am »
I have lots of cute stories like this

  - when i first arrived (first night)in Korea i was in a pizza place and the heavens opened, the lady saw my concern and gave me an umbrella although she had never met me before

- i was buying rabbit food (for my rabbit not for me) and the owner found out i lived quite far away, so she called her husband to watch the shop and drove me home!

- when i finished my first contract we went to the local kimbap nara, and although i spoke/speak no korean communicated to the lady that i was leaving the next day, she cried hahha


  • confusedsafferinkorea
  • Waygook Lord

    • 5292

    • October 08, 2010, 01:02:32 pm
    • Zhubei, Hsinchu Province, Taiwan
    more
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 11:38:38 am »
One evening we went to check out a new restaurant that opened and as we walked in the owner looked at my wife and said, Ah, you are a Filipina, I love Filipinas. He sat us down and gave us a meal for free and has done so ever since.

We feel a bit guilty about it because it feels weird to accept this kind of charity but if we don't go there for a while he calls us and tells us to come and have a meal.

Apparently he travels to Manila on 'business' a few times a month but his wife tells us it is so he can visit the casinos.   ;D ;D

There is no known medical cure for stupidity!


  • specter13
  • Expert Waygook

    • 794

    • November 29, 2010, 10:00:26 pm
    • Seoul South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 11:40:16 am »
I have a couple,

I was watching a movie by myself one time and there were two ladies next to me, maybe in their 50s or 60s. They gave me a napkin and then gave me a lot of their popcorn.

I was out getting BBQ with a friend, there were two middle age Koreans guys next to us. They are were really friendly and spoke English pretty well. My friend and I ended up hanging out with the guy for a couple hours, he also bought a couple of beers.

The one that caught off guard the most was when I went back to the Korean hagwon I go to after a year, the girl at the front desk remembered my name.


  • gender8
  • Waygookin

    • 11

    • April 10, 2013, 10:28:31 am
    • Busan
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 11:42:15 am »
not a story but something i'm continually amazed by is the speed and efficiency of services around here. i locked myself out of my apartment a few weeks ago after being to lazy to change the batteries in the electric door lock.  This was at 9 in the evening, from experience living in other places i just assumed i was locked out till the morning. But asked the maintenance man to call the lock the locksmith. 5 second conversation, and he says he will be there in 10 min. Amazed, i walk outside to have a quick smoke and the locksmith pulls up on his moped before I've even lit the cigarette.


At my previous Hagwon job the school decided to replace the wallpaper and those faux floorboards in my apartment. pretty sweet. but then they employed these two Ajumas to do it, and i figured my apartment would be off limits all day/ if not 2.  Went to teach some classes, came back 3 and a half hours later and not only had they re-floored and put up the wallpaper (and a damn fine job) but between the two of them they had moved out and back in all of the furniture in the apartment.  Again, two very old ladies.


  • newb
  • Newgookin

    • 0

    • November 20, 2012, 10:38:27 am
    • South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 11:42:42 am »
Well, it was fun for first couple of years, but went downhill and hit the rock bottom and even went below ground level for last three years.
HEY CAN YOU FILL THE OIL AND CHECK THE GAS PLEASE!!!!


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2013, 11:48:57 am »
Several months ago I met an old guy on the subway who spoke just enough English to communicate. I will never forget him for as long as I live. He had this long chin beard, and used a walking stick to get around. He told me that he was 92 YEARS OLD  :shocked:

Immediately he asked us (me, my wife, and her father who was visiting) where we were from and we told him Mi gook etc.  All of the sudden he brightened up and immediately started talking about the days of the Japanese occupation (at 92 he would definitely have been old enough to remember some of it). He was talking with a muddled mix of English and Korean. Whatever he was saying must have been very interesting as several well-dressed middle-aged Korea folks across from us were discretely hunching forward trying to understand him. The only reason I knew that he was talking about the Japanese occupation was because a Korean guy next to me was loosely translating.

First of all, I love meeting old people by gone eras. The climax of this meeting came when he said "America... dropped uhhh MANY BOMBA.... Hiroshima... GO BOOM!!! :laugh:" " I RIKE AMERLICA" :thumbs up: The guy promptly announced that his stop was next, shook our hands and walked briskly right off the train.

Maybe you would have to have been there to understand how funny that was, but it was definitely one of those blast from the past moments.



  • Nobbie Q
  • Veteran

    • 177

    • June 17, 2012, 05:15:58 pm
    • Seongnam, South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2013, 11:49:15 am »
Ahhh...a happy thread. All is not bad in Korea afterall!

-I always saluted my old security guard in my building when I saw him. LOL, I have no idea why I did this, but he gave me a Korean sentence to say too along with it (to pledge allegiance or something).

-Some guy named "Chee" in Gecko's in Itaewon was like hitting on me while sitting next to me at the bar. He was  like "oh do you remember me? My name is Chee" with this weird smile. Riiiight.



  • gender8
  • Waygookin

    • 11

    • April 10, 2013, 10:28:31 am
    • Busan
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2013, 11:49:27 am »
Thanks OP for starting this thread! We can all use a break from the unpleasant episodes we go through here...

After a night of drinking and dancing with my friend, we did the usual and grabbed kebabs from the kebab truck guys. We were happily munching away on the sidewalk when a drunk guy comes over and takes a huge chomp out of my friend's kebab without a word. He stumbles away obviously pleased with his free mouthful of kebab, my friend is on the verge of tears (she's a bit of an emotional drunk), I'm trying to hold back laughter long enough to comfort her, and a nice stranger who saw all this happen bought her a new one.
 ;D



haha amazing


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 12:08:01 pm »
All you have to do to get a free lunch and end up drunk around here is go on a hike! You'll be adopted by at least several different hiking teams who seem most pleased to share the mountain with others.


  • specter13
  • Expert Waygook

    • 794

    • November 29, 2010, 10:00:26 pm
    • Seoul South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 12:16:03 pm »
All you have to do to get a free lunch and end up drunk around here is go on a hike! You'll be adopted by at least several different hiking teams who seem most pleased to share the mountain with others.

I couldn't agree more, I was hiking with the same friend that I mentioned above, we went hiking and meet a retired Army general. Really nice guy and he told interesting stories and a lot of history involved with bukhansan.


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2013, 12:30:26 pm »
I was at a Ho Bar in Busan when I was approached by a guy saying "Hey I know you!!" When I asked him where. He said he saw me at the Subway. Nice individual, but I would have wished he was a she. Kind of sad when you get more attention from guys here than girls. FML


Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2013, 12:40:03 pm »
This morning I woke early to walk the noble beast of a dog we are fostering. While I was gone, distant neighbors driving past the house noticed the dog missing from its place and frantically called/knocked on an empty house to let us know that the dog had either been stolen or had run away. They were still parked there trying to figure out how to help when I returned with the dog.

I guess if you spend your contact length here believing Koreans are evil liars, this type of thing would be shocking, illogical, you might not even notice it and certainly be unable to appreciate it.

Or one could enjoy most days with all the nice and interesting things that happen from time to time.


  • tazz
  • Waygookin

    • 11

    • March 03, 2011, 09:17:24 am
    • Daegu, South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2013, 01:10:55 pm »
One Sunday I went down to the local river to read my book while my boyfriend went running. I was sitting reading, and before I knew it 3 older ladies (60 odd) were sitting next to me and insisting that I eat their picnic with them. They couldn't speak a word of English and I couldn't speak any Korean, so they just force fed me their food. Kimbap, soup, tomatoes, sweet potato, kimchi, the works.

When my boyfriend got back from running they decided to feed him aswell, he thought this was hilarious and spoke to the ladies for awhile. (He can speak Korean)


  • iamrhart
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1938

    • November 16, 2011, 01:20:16 pm
    • XXXXXXXXxx
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2013, 01:19:54 pm »
My funny story about Korea....

My very first year here, i taught in a Public Elementary school. The students were (mostly) well behaved. The older grades seemed to be most cooperative.  Grade 6, was fun.
One day, i had an After School class with my Grade 6 Girls. I assigned them a task, "Find an English Speaking Country, and research it. Tell me about it. things like "why is it interesting? What language(s) do they speak, brief history, economy, etc.". nothing "college level". just basic research and knowledge finding.

well, i didnt tell them NOT to use a translator. So, one girl uses her resources and goes on Naver or Google, and types in her report/sentences.

yeah....comedic reading/hilarity/smiles ensued (for me).

one sentence, i find hard to forget, was about her country (Netherlands).
she WANTED to say something like "The Netherlands people love nature and are very close to nature".  but the translator said "The Netherlands people quite freely f^cked nature". 

even today, i find it funny. though she didnt get it, and i couldnt explain it to her. but she did a good job regardless.


You only live today once. You wont get a second chance. You wont get to live it twice. So make the most of it.

A sane man in an insane world will appear insane.


  • Mezoti97
  • The Legend

    • 2702

    • April 14, 2011, 03:02:50 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Fun stories about living in Korea!
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2013, 01:51:08 pm »
- when i first arrived (first night)in Korea i was in a pizza place and the heavens opened, the lady saw my concern and gave me an umbrella although she had never met me before

A similar thing happened to me and my friend once, about a year ago. We went to a kimbap cheon-guk to get some takeout to bring back home for dinner, and it started raining while we were there waiting for our food. Since we didn't know it was going to rain, we didn't bring an umbrella. One of the ladies working at the kimbap cheon-guk insisted that we borrow her umbrella, which we did. It was very nice (and we brought the umbrella back the next day, of course).

There's a Paris Baguette in my current town, and the ladies that work there always remember me and my friend. If one of us goes there alone, they usually ask where the other one is. If we haven't been there for a while (for example, when we went back to our home country last winter vacation for a couple of weeks), when we come back, they tell us that they thought we moved back to our home country. Also, if we forget to bring our point card, they offer to type in one of our ARC numbers in order for us to still get the points.

The point card is actually a funny story. For a long time, we had accumulated a lot of points but we never registered the point card online. There was an error every time I had tried to register it online in the past, so I was never able to successfully register it. Anyhow, we had a lot of points on our card, but we couldn't redeem them because we weren't able to register it online. The Paris Baguette ladies were really concerned about this and even offered to call the point card customer service number and register our card for us.  In the end, I asked someone I know who's Korean to call and register it for me. Once the card was registered and we were able to finally redeem our points, the Paris Baguette ladies seemed really happy about it. Haha.

Also, there is a homeroom teacher at one of my country schools who started working at my country school last March. She doesn't really speak English that well, but she's always been extremely friendly and kind to me -- always makes an effort to say hello to me and say something nice to me whenever she sees me, etc. Last weekend, she even offered to take me out to do some sight-seeing around our rural area, because she always asks me which places I've seen around our rural area, and she's always surprised when I tell her that I haven't really seen anything in our rural area yet. She treated me to lunch and we visited a really beautiful temple. Both were great, since the food was the exact kind of Korean meal that I like (lots of vegetable side dishes) and I really enjoy visiting temples. We also had tea at a traditional tea house afterward, which was also really lovely and the tea was delicious. It was a really pleasant day and I had such a great time. It's kind of funny to me how this Korean homeroom teacher at one of my small country schools has gone out of her way to reach out to me and be so kind to me, whereas my co-teacher would never do something like this, much less make any effort for me or help me at all.  It almost makes me wish that this homeroom teacher were my co-teacher instead.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2013, 02:05:14 pm by Mezoti97 »