15 Things That Aren’t Quite Right

To a foreigner, Korea is one of that countries that sometimes just makes you scratch your head. 

When you first step off the plane into South Korea, everything seems bizarre. But as time passes and each day becomes just another in a long sequence of eccentricities, it’s easy to stop noticing the little things that make most visitors scratch their heads and wonder.

Sometimes it’s Konglish, bad translations, awkward wording, a sign or concept, or simply just something that makes you wonder how it even exists. I’ve never really written about any of these things, so here is a long overdue collection of 15 things that just aren’t quite right.

All photos in this post are by Michael Johnstone

Okay, I’ll try.

I do dream of all those things.

I always crave these two things at the exact same time…don’t you?

Someone has a lot on their mind.

One of the best breakdowns of language I’ve seen thus far.

It’s not that the language isn’t clear, it’s that I’m not sure who wants to attend this.

There are no words.

It’s packed on weekends.


Mr. Pizza is a womanizer.

There’s a PLAYGROUND in the women’s washroom? Is that why there’s always a line?

I’ll do that.

Because everyone wants a tattoo from an artist that’s buzzed.

Your period: no woman has ever told me how magical it is.

Take a break from riding the subway. Stare at this flower arrangement and hideous wall.

I don’t know how they knew I was a blogger.

4 Responses to “15 Things That Aren’t Quite Right”
  1. LiveLauren says:

    This made me laugh out loud! I love spotting misinterpreted konglish – it’s one of my favourite things to do in Korea! I made a similar post about the ‘culture differences’ I first noticed when I arrived here: http://livelauren.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/pizza-in-a-cup/

    I think it’s time a made another one as they are never ending!

  2. Enjoy your magic day?!?!? Must have been a man who made that slogan. hehe. Loved this post! 😀

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