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27 Signs You Studied Abroad In Seoul

It's so much more than just kimchi.

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1. You miss the free sides that come with every meal.

Banchan, or side dishes, accompany every meal. Every. Single. Meal. And they're totally free! You can't even imagine a meal without kimchi, bean sprouts, and odeng.
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Banchan, or side dishes, accompany every meal. Every. Single. Meal. And they're totally free! You can't even imagine a meal without kimchi, bean sprouts, and odeng.

2. What's tipping?

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This is a small mercy for any college student. No tip=more money in your pocket. Just what you need for that convenience store ice cream.

3. Korean barbecue is not a joke.

You know the drill: grill it, cut it, wrap it in lettuce and eat it with rice and sides. Take a few shots of soju and repeat.
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You know the drill: grill it, cut it, wrap it in lettuce and eat it with rice and sides. Take a few shots of soju and repeat.

4. Clubbing in Gangnam has ruined you for all other clubs.

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The boys are smooth, and the girls are hot.

5. You scoff when parties end at a mere 2AM.

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Remember partying until 6AM waiting for the subway to open and take you home?

6. How are you going to cure late night munchies, find a place for late-night studying and/or recover from a night out without the 24-hour cafes and restaurants?

7. These food stands were the reason you survived that many hangovers.

8. You miss the spaceship-looking architecture.

Case in point: The Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
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Case in point: The Dongdaemun Design Plaza.

9. And the super clean subway.

Compared to New York, the Seoul metro is the "after" in a Lysol commercial.
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Compared to New York, the Seoul metro is the "after" in a Lysol commercial.

10. What happened to all the street markets that sell $1 socks?

Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, Gwangjang... the list goes on and on. These markets are a shopper's paradise, stocked to the brim with anything you could hope to find. Some are even 24-hours, just in case the shopping bug bites late at night.
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Dongdaemun, Namdaemun, Gwangjang... the list goes on and on. These markets are a shopper's paradise, stocked to the brim with anything you could hope to find. Some are even 24-hours, just in case the shopping bug bites late at night.

11. You shake your head at the fashion choices on your home campus.

The kids in Seoul play by a different set of fashion rules. People dress to the NINES even though they're just going to class. Girls wear heels, boys take time to gel their hair. What happened to American students...
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The kids in Seoul play by a different set of fashion rules. People dress to the NINES even though they're just going to class. Girls wear heels, boys take time to gel their hair. What happened to American students...

12. You freaked everyone out at home with videos of you eating THIS.

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Sannakji, or live octopus, is a Korean specialty served with a side of sesame oil and salt. The octopus is fresh out of the tank when it is sliced up, so all the nerve endings are still firing away when you eat it.

13. You want a convenience store at the end of every block.

14. Because you never know when you're going to want ramen, kimbap, snacks and/or ice creams and alcohol.

15. SOJU.

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It costs less than water and is a stable of the Korean lifestyle.

16. FLAVORED SOJU.

17. You're fine getting drunk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and EXTRA wasted on the weekends.

18. You've significantly upped your selfie game.

Hollering at you, selfie stick and photo apps. Don't forget to take it from an upward angle to make your face look smaller. Throw up peace signs for good measure.
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Hollering at you, selfie stick and photo apps. Don't forget to take it from an upward angle to make your face look smaller.

Throw up peace signs for good measure.

19. Whether you liked it or not, you were sucked into K-Pop. And I mean K-Pop beyond "Gangnam Style" K-Pop.

Maybe you're into old school groups like EpiK High, or maybe you're into the biggest groups like Big Bang and SNSD. How about hip-hop artists like Beenzino and Dynamic Duo.Or, maybe, you've fallen so deeply into the K-Pop rabbit hole that you've even found the indie artists like 10CM and Hyukoh.
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Maybe you're into old school groups like EpiK High, or maybe you're into the biggest groups like Big Bang and SNSD. How about hip-hop artists like Beenzino and Dynamic Duo.

Or, maybe, you've fallen so deeply into the K-Pop rabbit hole that you've even found the indie artists like 10CM and Hyukoh.

20. If you went to a bigger, well-known Korean university, you probably experienced a huge-ass spring concert.

Big name K-Pop artists put on a free show, and people get festively drunk. Together. Like a family. <3
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Big name K-Pop artists put on a free show, and people get festively drunk. Together. Like a family. <3

21. You've people watched and tried to differentiate between the ones who've had plastic surgery and people who haven't.

Unknown to many Westerners, Korea is the world capital of plastic surgery per capita. A LOT of people have had work done... can you tell?
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Unknown to many Westerners, Korea is the world capital of plastic surgery per capita. A LOT of people have had work done... can you tell?

22. Face masks.

One for whitening, one for blemishes, bamboo, snails, animal prints... face masks are a part of a daily routine.
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One for whitening, one for blemishes, bamboo, snails, animal prints... face masks are a part of a daily routine.

23. You're starting to miss all the same, familiar Korean faces endorsing goods from sodas to coffee to soap.

Kim Soo Hyun for Tous Les Jours vs. Lee Minho for Twosome Place.
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Kim Soo Hyun for Tous Les Jours vs. Lee Minho for Twosome Place.

24. You're still unsure if you actually want an SO or if that was just something Korea rubbed off on you...

Maybe it&#x27;d be nice to have a someone to coordinate outfits with...?
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Maybe it'd be nice to have a someone to coordinate outfits with...?

25. If you've ever gotten frisky while in Korea, chances are you visited one of these.

Because most young Korean couples still live with their parents, Korea has a thriving Love Hotel industry, which provides couples with a place to frick frack. Rooms rent by the hour or by the night and come with a fully stocked mini-fridge, shower supplies, and a menu of sex toys. ...Hopefully tourists don&#x27;t mistake them for actual hotels.
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Because most young Korean couples still live with their parents, Korea has a thriving Love Hotel industry, which provides couples with a place to frick frack. Rooms rent by the hour or by the night and come with a fully stocked mini-fridge, shower supplies, and a menu of sex toys.

...Hopefully tourists don't mistake them for actual hotels.

26. Slowly but surely, you've started to piece together the Korean alphabet and can sound out some words... but you still have no idea what they mean.

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27. And most of all, you can't imagine your life without having lived in this beautiful country and learned from this vibrant city. We love you Seoul. Fighting!

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