How to use the toilet in Korea

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  1. peaches says:

    the first time i met my parents-in-law was in Feb 2012. I used the toilet to do #2 and put the toilet paper in the toilet bowl. The paper blocked the toilet bowl. I was so embarrassed! I used to just dump the paper in the toilet here in New Zealand. Now I can understand why some toilet papers in Korea are scented.

  2. I’d like to add a sign in the men’s room reminding men to pee in the urinal and not around it.

  3. peach says:

    I saw that in one like that in one of the subway station. my friend took a photo. we were laughing when we saw it.

  4. Asawa says:

    I have lived here for 18 years, and rule #1 makes me laugh. This is an old custom (still used in the Philippines also) which started when sewage systems were not as developed as they are now and toilet paper was not quickly absorbable. That has changed here in Korea, but old customs die hard. My asawa always wonders why I flush more than once when using her “comfort room”. I developed that habit early in life, and it almost NEVER fails to work. Most clogged toilets are the results of using too much toilet paper at the same time. Flush once in the middle…and once at the finish. Putting used paper in the trashcan next to the toilet is absolutely disgusting and not at all hygenic. I will be moving back to the Philippines soon. Guess what? There will be no trashcan next to our toilets. When questioned, my Asawa will explain how to “do things” to our female guests, and I will explain to our male guests. Of course, not everywhere in the world has modern facilities or sewage treatment systems…but simply putting a trashcan next to the toilet in those areas is not good enough! What is needed is a diaper pail! Hygenic, not open for flies, etc, and doesn’t have to be seen.

  5. C. S. Hamilton says:

    Thanks for this post. I’ll be studying abroad in Korea in 2014 and I wouldn’t want to clog anything. My friends there say the septic system has been upgraded and they flush used paper in their homes regularly. I agree that the trashcan next to the toilet isn’t hygenic; perhaps they should consider something like a diaper genie:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJxIVlgqZ30
    Just a thought and it’s much better than a trash can. Although I have a feeling the system is better now and if used properly (not too much paper at one time) won’t clog as much as people think it will.
    Thanks again for the info!

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