Lately, I have come to the realization that Korea is a country that uses things most countries don’t. But they are so helpful that everyone should start using them! These things make life easier, and everyday life more comfortable. These are everyday things in Korea that just make sense.
Aprons Just Make Sense for Dinning
Back home there is no way you can get an apron in a restaurant. But let’s face it, aprons are the most useful when it comes to making sure your clothes stay pristine. No food will go anywhere near your brand-new white shirt while wearing an apron. It just makes sense to offer them in a setting where you can stain your clothes!
The only time I have probably witnessed aprons in restaurants outside of Korea was one time in the US I went to a crab restaurant. But here, every restaurant has them if you ask for one. Sometimes, the waitress will come with some because your clothes are white and you should care for them.
2. Scissors and gloves:
Scissors and Gloves Just Make Sense for BBQs
Okay, so why haven’t we thought about this? Imagine going to a barbeque at some friend’s house and they have meat that you can eat with your hands.
Instead of getting your hands all greasy and having to go wash them repeatedly, you could wear disposable gloves. And to cut the meat, that sometimes fights against the knives. But it turns out that scissors are actually the ideal utensil to cut meat with. It is so much easier with scissors!!
Both gloves and scissors make barbeques more enjoyable and there is less risk of pieces of food flying because you accidentally pushed it out of the plate while cutting it with all your might.
Umbrella Dryers and Rain Bags
Monsoon. That’s all I have to say. Here, whenever you go out in the summer you need to take an umbrella with you. That’s because the weather here is so unpredictable that you can go into a store and it’s sunny, but come out to pouring rain. And, if you are walking after being in the rain, your umbrella will be soaked.
So, in order for the umbrellas to not soak the floor at indoor places and also to make sure no one slips, at the entrance to most buildings you will find an umbrella dryer. Or, rain bags to place your umbrella in. These plastic bags keep the water from your umbrella contained for a more enjoyable rainy day experience.
This is another one that’s great. If you happen to be sipping on an Iced Americano (the Korean way), or any other beverage, going into shops and other places like photobooths is a bit complicated. You don’t know where to leave the cup.
Sometimes, it gets wet due to condensation because of the temperature difference. And, you may end up spilling it or dropping it. That’s why in most big stores and other facilities, such as pharmacies, have a cup holder rack at the entrance. There, you can leave your beverage and come pick it up when you are done shopping.
I could probably list a bunch more incredible things in Korea that just make sense. Koreans do a lot of little things to make their lives easier, but I wanted to share with you the ones that stood out the most to me. And you? Is there any that has blown your mind? I can’t wait to find out from the comments!
Interested in learning more about daily life in Korea? Click Here for some things that may be common in your country, but that Koreans don’t generally do.