Anyways, today I will be talking about the state of the Korean washroom. You might remember my posts about Seoul's Best Toilets, but today we're going to take a look at a washroom in Korea that clearly didn't win that award. The following washroom was located in the building beside Dos Tacos in Gangnam (some of the best Mexican food in Korea!).
What makes this washroom special is the old school bathroom doors, straight out of a Western movie. This "saloon" style door makes it awkward because as you're standing there doing your washroom duty (the men's washroom), people walking by can clearly see you! Umm...can you say awkward and disturbing? I shouldn't have done this, but I did anyways just to prove a point. Check out the picture of this guy--now imagine seeing the upper body of a 6 foot 2" Chinese guy instead of him and you'll know how I felt!
BUT BUT BUT...wait, it gets better! You've heard of "Soap on a Rope" right? That's the ultimate gift (consisting of soap on a rope, duh!) to buy your friends and family on special occasions. Inside this bathroom, there was what I'd like to call "Soap on a Metal Arm Attached to the Wall"--now this is creative:
Want a closer look? Here you go! Generally the bathrooms in Korea are very clean and well maintained. However, you will run into the occasional squat toilet--now those are fun, right ladies? ;-)
It's time for a special segment I'd like to call: Did you know...ready?
Did you know that in Korea, generally people do not flush toilet paper down the toilet? It is placed in a small waste basket that is placed beside the toilet. I don't know if this is the most sanitary idea, but that's what happens in the country. I took this picture for you guys (part of my bathroom picture taking spree). This is something to keep in mind for all you teachers coming over to teach English in Korea. I will admit though, I never did use those garbage bins--I flushed my toilet paper! I have seen the bins in squat toilets around the world, but to have them near flushing toilets is a very interesting idea!
Does anyone have any good bathroom stories to share? Open your lid and flush out your system here! ;-)