Yo – the bedspread

If you’ve ever used Altavista’s Babelfish to translate Korean to English, you most likely have seen the word “bedspread” in the translation. That’s because the word 요 (yo), used as informal polite ending, is also the word for the Korean sleeping mat.

A site visitor once sent me an email asking me if ordinary people have beds in Korea. He’s been watching Korean dramas and he sees that rich folks have beds while the financially challenged use the floor mattress to sleep on. On the average, Korean houses are small and the cold months are long. The heating system is “ondol” style (from the floor) so you trap more heat with the Korean style bedding. Most people prefer to sleep on the floor for the heat, but more people prefer a bed.

16 thoughts on “Yo – the bedspread

  • April 5, 2008 at 9:59 am
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    Haha, that is cute. I do not have a preference myself, but I like a bed that is removalable. That way you get the space back during the day. I have seen bed versions too.

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  • April 9, 2008 at 10:51 am
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    ^^ Aww! it’s really tiring to make the bed day in and day out…

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  • April 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm
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    Hi, I was wondering where do I get the yo-bedspread here in California in San Francisco? Thanks so much for your time.

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  • July 10, 2009 at 9:34 am
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    Where Can I buy A yo mattress, I live in San Francisco,California?

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  • November 3, 2009 at 9:55 am
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    I have been searching for 요 yo bedding for over ten years in the states. Currently in Chicago – any advice on where to buy would be greatly appreciated.

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    • November 4, 2009 at 10:21 am
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      You might want to check a “Koreatown” if you have one in Chicago. Or you can just buy a thin mattress and make your own cover.

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  • November 8, 2009 at 10:25 am
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    If you live in the bay area or in San Francisco, there is a Korean Supermarket in Daly City called Kukje Market. I was there the other time and i’ve seen som yo beds there.

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  • November 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm
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    I live in Seattle, WA and I want to find a yo. But I have looked and still no luck. Can someone give me website I can order off of or a store I can look up to go purchase one?
    Thx

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  • June 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm
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    hi, I m living in Singapore, where can buy this Korean Yo mattress,,, thks…

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  • August 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm
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    Where can I buy a Yo Mattress in Singapore?

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  • September 19, 2011 at 5:31 am
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    I acquired an original Korean Yo from a elderly couple who brought it back from Korean. I thought it was an over stuffed bed spread. This is what they told me it was a Yo but in reading other websites I think it rolls up and not a tri-fold. I will have to get it out and see. Is anyone interested in it. I could take some pictures and post it on Craigs List.

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  • October 14, 2011 at 5:29 am
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    you should definitely post it on Craigslist!

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  • December 14, 2011 at 4:21 am
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    I found the entire yo set (floor mattress, comforter, decorative pillow and 2 buckwheat neck rolls) in Atlanta/Duluth. Truly amazing pieces! The store was called living art in the Korean strip mall@ 2550 Pleasant Hill Rd. These are spendy though…

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  • April 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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    Try a google search or amazon under tri-fold mattress.

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