4 Foods in Korea You Probably Won’t Like

Not everything you can eat in Korea is going to be delicious. Many foreigners come here and right off the boat the moment they eat anything, they say it’s “delicious”. It doesn’t even matter what it is. It may not even be Korean food!

Don’t get me wrong, there are many, many foods here that are completely and utterly addictive. There’s no questioning that.

HOWEVER, there will be some things here available to eat that you’d probably wish were not available.

Here’s my list of 4 of them. Happy dining!

Suwon: A Great Place to Shite

Korea is not afraid of honouring the unusual. With any number of festivals for all sorts of reasons throughout the year, there is definitely a culture of self praise. Suwon, where I humbly reside, is no stranger to such honorific displays, and today myself and Herself decided to visit a recently famous tourist location in the city, Mr. Toilet House.

Yes, that’s right. It is a house that was built to celebrate toilets. And why not says I? Sure, isn’t it one of those things which we shit down on all our life and never actually turn around and congratulate for the good work they do, day in, day out, all over the world. So, toilets of the world, I salute you.

When Animals Get Wheels

Last weekend, along with finding the Love Bug, I found the weirdest mode of transportation- at the same mall. 

There's this cool below ground mall in Seomyeon set within the apartment complex called 'the Sharp'.

Get Your Puppy Fix in Jangsan

Golden Moments in Busan

Hostels in Busan


Golden dragons, Lady Gaga knockoffs and… Mike getting eaten by a shark?! A walk around Busan is nothing if not consistently entertaining. Besides bizarre city scenes, this photo set includes a lot of shots which highlight Busan’s connection with the sea.

Sighns II: the Next Chapter

I've had more than a few requests for another round of Sighns, so I've been keeping my eyes open for some really awesome ones just for you.


Korea really does have a lot of English signage. Definitely a lot more than I had originally expected.  And a lot of the time it's perfectly fine... and other times it's not. 

Sometimes you come across a sign so wrong that there's nothing more you can do except take a picture and share some giggles with the world. 

Make-up shops in Korea are almost the same...

I feel like this one pops up frequently amongst residents of Busan, but it's too good to not include:

Korea’s Captain Planet and other jobs.

The world is still reeling from the economic crisis. Unemployment in the US is just under 10%, England and France  are not far behind with almost 8% (April 2010). Greece’s economy has been in turmoil with a rescue package drawn up to save them. And what of Korea? Their unemployment is almost half of England at 3.8% (April 2010), so what are they doing different? With electronic giants Samsung and LG, car manufacturers KIA and Hyundai, they are contributing to Korea’s expanding workforce with their desire for a bigger global share in their respective markets.

One way to keep unemployment low in a country is to remove all bins in populated areas, that way people are either forced to carry their rubbish further, therefore increasing their journey or they can drop it.

The Frog and I

My first real introduction to Cambodian cuisine was about half an hour from the Vietnamese border.

Our coach had made an ‘unscheduled’ stop at a small deserted cafe. My stomach led me into the eating area. Attempting the mantra ‘do as the locals do…’ I decided to go with whatever the native in front order; rice vegetables and a little meat. I motioned to the food and the server’s response was to imitate a frog. I hesitantly nodded and was handed a plate of stir-fry frog’s legs… It was delicious and although there was little meat that moment changed the way I thought about doing things.


© John Brownlie 2012

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