Korean dining tables


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There are three kinds of dining tables in Korea. One is the short folding table called 상 “sang”, second is the regular western style 식탁 “shiktak” and the third is the pull-out table, which is usually attached to the kitchen cabinet.

We own two folding tables and a pull-out table. I really wanted to have a proper table, but having additional dining room furniture at our apartment would mean less playing space for my son. He has an electronic car, two bicycles and a slide, all occupying our kitchen/dining room.

The folding table is a space saver. Our medium-sized folding table would accomodate up to six adults. Regular dining tables in Korea are available for 2, 4 or 6 people. When my husband’s family is here, we would just put two folding tables side by side and it would sit up to a dozen people. It’s really practical specially in a small apartment.

8 thoughts on “Korean dining tables

  • June 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm
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    Aww I want a 상 too ^_^ I think I saw that pull-out table in one of the Korean dramas I’ve watched. I just don’t remember what. I’m tired of the western style tables and I would like to try out the other two for a change. ^_^

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  • June 4, 2008 at 4:35 pm
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    Haha, I actually prefer space-savers! I’m very minimalistic. But maybe, this time, it’s just because “the grass is always greener on the other side.” we have a dining table, but no one uses it. It’s such a hassle, and we’d rather watch TV or something (we keep the dining room and TV rooms separate).

    *adds Betchay’s photo to his Anki flashcards* Nice little thing to know, hehe… While you’re teaching English, toss us a few 1337 Korean lessons! How did you learn it? Cold turkey immersion?! =P

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  • June 5, 2008 at 8:59 am
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    @AzureWolf >> LOL! how did you know?

    @Beena >> a 상 is really nice when you have a small room… perfect in korean households

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  • September 18, 2009 at 6:15 am
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    Does anyone know where to buy those low, folding Asian tables online? I had them growing up, but in Kentucky, USA they are difficult to find. Thanks!

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  • March 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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    My boyfriend has one for sale with a peacock on top it hangs on the wall as art when not in use

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  • August 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm
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    Hi, Can any body please tell me the exact measurements of SANG. Especially what is the height from ground to upper level. Waiting for reply.
    Dr.Rajesh,
    Hyderabad,
    India.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm
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    What Iam look for is table to eat sit on, i have seen them out in the country
    so people have them in there front yard , you can eat on them or just sit
    and talk. I would like to build one for my back yard. can you help me. daniel

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