Friday June 22, 2012
Good time shopping and eating in Seoul
I HAVE to disagree with June H.L. Wong on most of the points in her article on South Korea (The Star, June 21).
I was there in March in a group of three and stayed in Itaewon.
The taxi rides were good and we never had any problem with the drivers or the infrastructure.
Of course, we did enough homework about our destinations prior to catching a cab.
Our shopping and dining experiences were also fantastic with friendly sales staff and cafe/restaurant owners who served us fantastic food.
Amongst them were a family-run beef brisket restaurant in Samgakji, a fried chicken outlet run by a very friendly old aunty near Itaewon, and the restaurant above the seafood market in Noryangjin run by a bunch of ladies.
If there is an issue that I’d like to take up, it is the Korean attitude towards farting.
There was an occasion when we were having daegutang (Korean cod fish soup) in Samgakji where an old man who sat next to us farted loudly and released such a stinker that it made me feel like throwing up.
He did it a second time and all of us rushed out of the shop thereafter.
That left me wondering if breaking wind is a normal and civilised thing to do in public in South Korea!