We got another Korea Q&A with Serine from 11x11PM!
Here’s your questions, and here’s our answers
Jeff Scott Elwell asks: Is it easy to go to places outside of Seoul and get back with the same day? Like the huge amusement park, the beaches or even Jeju Island? Thanks again for the other vid
It is definitely possible. But it’s might not be very practical. Flights are quick and they’re not too expensive. Jeju is the farthest destination, and it is only 1 hour away from Seoul if you’re taking a flight. So it is definitely possible. But why would you go all that way and not stick around to explore a bit?
Hc Hoo asks: Can one travel in Korea without understanding korean language?
Yes, you can definitely travel in Korea without knowing Korean. Everyone will understand simple questions like “how much” and “where’s the bathroom.” So anything that a tourist might need will be no problem when traveling. But just a warning, the smaller the place you visit, the more you’ll need Korean. The countryside will definitely have lots of people who can’t understand much.
Jeremias Ivan Secoff asks: I’ve heard the relationship between koreans and japanese is not very good because of history, but I’ve never seen any friction between the two of you so far (in dramas…) Can you tell me the korean’s view about that?
50 years of colonial rule buddy. And it wasn’t all happy times. So yes, there’s definitely tension. Even to this day there are historians and politicians from both countries that dispute what went on in the past, who did what, etc. And there are still protests at embassies and crazies that do crazy things like burn stuff. But it’s actually cooled down a lot. Generally, younger Koreans have no problems at all with Japan. And there are of course many Koreans that go to live in Japan as well. It’s a really complicated situation
Febian Alaina Phoebe asks: What is one thing in Korea you think foreigners should never miss out on?
Food definitely. But you’ll have to eat anyway. So we’re going to say 찜질방 (jjimjilbang)! Jjimjilbang is a Korean dry sauna. They’re seen all the time on Korean dramas if you’ve never seen it. But basically, more than sauna, you go there to relax and hang out with friends. There’s food inside to eat, there’s places to sleep, movies and TV shows to watch and a whole bunch of other things you can do.
Note: In the video Serine mentions getting naked, but that is specifically for 목욕탕 (mokyoktang), a bathhouse. Jjimjilbang you only get naked when you change into your sauna clothes (provided).
Arnab Sen asks: Why are many rooftops painted green?
Super observant question! Apparently it’s a paint that protects against weather. And it just so happens to be green.
Kathi Strie asks: Is it true that foreigner man/ white man do have a bad image in Korea? I´ve seen a korean-doku about foreigner man which just cheat on korean women like make them pregnant or steal money and leave! Is it true that most people think bad about foreigner man?
Foreign men don’t have a reputation of impregnating Korean women, stealing their money and then leaving. That sounds like a wild child that somehow made the news. Not everyone hates foreign men. It’s totally up to the individual of course. Some Koreans are totally racist. Of course! But there are also people that prefer foreign men more because they think they look like movie stars
If you got a question, leave it in the comment section!
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