How to Say Your Zipper is Open in Korean!

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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! 😀

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Leah says:

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

  2. Angel says:

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

  3. PJ says:

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

  4. YH says:

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

  5. Karl(PHL) says:

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

  6. hope says:

    this is freaking awesome hahah ur ur videos

  7. Guillaume Brière says:

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

  8. sahar says:

    ya cool

  9. Ana says:

    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!

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