9 Things Korea Does Better Than The UK

Living in Korea was without doubt one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done in my life. Experiencing a vastly different culture, language and customs certainly made for an interesting year, even if it wasn’t all as perfect as I’d been led to believe before heading out there.

I’ve already written about the things I loved and hated about Korea. But now I’m back in the UK, I’ve had a chance to properly compare life in the two vastly different countries.

I’ll be honest, I was so relieved to be back in the ever-grey and rainy south of England. But there are definitely some things I miss about Korea. And only now can I appreciate how much better certain aspects of life were over there.

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” That’s what they say, right?

Anyway, let’s get on with it. Here are 9 things I think Korea does better than the UK.

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How To Upgrade Your Life In Korea

When you first arrive in a new country, it’s easy to feel a little lost. When that country is as vastly different from the West as Korea, it’s even easier.

Everything is different, the language is difficult to understand and what on earth is that weird smell?!

Here’s 6 things that’ll make your life run a little (or a lot) smoother in Korea.

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5 Things I Hate About Korea

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 5 things I love about Korea. Sure, there’s a lot to love about this weird and wonderful place. But it’s certainly not perfect.

I’ve been living in Korea for a whole year now, and generally I’ve enjoyed my time here.  However, like every country, it has its faults. There’s plenty of things I’ve found surprising, gross and downright irritating about being in Korea.

The time has finally come to expose the absolute worst things about living in Korea. Or, more specifically, a few things I’m personally not a fan of. Let’s begin!

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A Definitive Ranking Of Soju Flavours

The popularity of soju in Korea is unlike anything I’ve seen before. You’ll find its distinctive green bottles at every convenience store, on the table at every Korean restaurant, and resting beside a passed out Korean on almost every street corner.

If you ask me, soju tastes a lot like watered down vodka, and its original “flavours” are pretty hard to swallow. It is also pretty lethal stuff which famously gives you an awful hangover.

But there’s a reason it’s so popular with Koreans and foreigners alike. Soju is strong (about 13%), incredibly cheap (a bottle costs about £1/$1.50) and super fun to try while you’re here. It’s all about embracing the local culture, right?

Thankfully, there are a variety of different flavours to try too – some of which taste better than others. I ventured out to buy as many varieties I could find – there were 8 in total – and got some friends together to carry out a very scientific and not at all tipsy taste test. Here is the definitive ranking of all the the soju varieties I could get my hands on, from worst to best.

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What To Eat When You Hate Korean Food

I live for food. My life revolves around what I’m cooking, what I’m eating and where, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time browsing the internet for new restaurants to visit or recipes to try. Before venturing to Korea, I researched its cuisine thoroughly, and was eager to get my first taste upon my arrival. Not once did I consider I wouldn’t like it. How wrong I was.

As I sat down with my first ever school meal in Korea, my expectations were high. However, when I took my first bite of the surprisingly crunchy kimchi, my dreams of falling in love with Korean cuisine crumbled before me. Did no one think to mention that kimchi is an acquired taste, to say the very least?!

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