How to Say Your Zipper is Open in Korean!

There’s always that awkward situation where you’re talking with someone but their zipper is open. It can be an awkward topic to bring up in conversation, so a lot of Koreans use a fun phrase to make that situation a bit lighter! Watch this video to see how Seoul’s ancient gate, Namdaemun, is used to tell someone to zip up!

Seoul built 4 Main Gates hundreds of years ago to protect itself from invaders: Bukdaemun (North Gate), Dongdaemun (East Gate), Seodaemun (West Gate) and Namdaemun (South Gate). And a lot of Koreans refer to a person’s pant zipper as Namdaemun (South Gate). It’s a fun way to bring up an awkward topic. And it’ll get your friend to zip up! 😀

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  1. Leah

    “Refresh themselves?”
    Dude, Keith, you’re awesome.

  2. Angel

    So… who’s the awesome singer??
    Keith, you are awesome, so funny!

  3. PJ

    Hi, how about if a girl wears jeans and forgets as well? Can I use it too??? Or it is considered not-polite?

    • Sure you can use it. Just a fun way to say it :)

  4. YH

    재미있게 봤어요. 그런데 “열여있다”가 아니라 “열려있다”라고 써야 해요.

  5. Karl(PHL)

    Yo Mr. Keith the singing part is the most funny way to say your zipper is open. Thanks for this

  6. hope

    this is freaking awesome hahah ur ur videos

  7. Guillaume Brière

    hahaha man that is so american style, but I’m surprised and I laughed a lot 😉

  8. sahar

    ya cool

  9. Ana

    I’m meeting my friend from SK today, he’s here visiting in the US… lol I can’t wait to prank him with this, thanks Keith!