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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 24th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Rules For Foreigners To Live By In Korea

Kangaji translated some rules for foreigners in Korea from the Ilbe website. Here is a sample of some of the rules:


1. Thou shalt pretend to be poor/pitiful.
Everyone will pity you.
2. When things don’t go in your favor thou shalt use English or your mother tongue
The police will take your side out of pity.
3. Thou shalt get close to Korean females.
You can thoroughly enjoy yourself as you steal your way to citizenship and get paid!

You can read the rest at the link, but these rules are actually pretty dumb by the people who posted them. Can ROK Heads think of some better rules that foreigners live by in Korea?

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    5:49 pm on February 24th, 2013 1

    1) Just because Korean men wear make up and eye glasses with no lenses does not mean you should.

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:57 pm on February 24th, 2013 2

    Thou shalt not defend thyself if assaulted by Koreans. Thou shalt take an ass whooping, lay down, and let them kick the shyte out of you.

  • keyinjpop
    6:43 pm on February 24th, 2013 3

    Thou shalt cake on BB cream to look the ideal beauty skin tone and reap the rewards. ;-)

  • Onezime
    7:12 pm on February 24th, 2013 4

    1) Don’t give a f about what you hear or read in the media.

  • Obama's Speech Coach
    7:38 pm on February 24th, 2013 5

    If you make one actual Korean friend, they can introduce you to others and you’ll be alright…

  • Anon
    7:51 pm on February 24th, 2013 6

    what rewards? All the Koreans i know that Aren’t rich move to the US or Japan

  • someotherguy
    8:14 pm on February 24th, 2013 7

    I like how whomever wrote those went to ole “dem furreners taken our wimin folk” route for #3. Not like their women can’t decide for themselves or anything right? No they need that big *cough* Korean adjushi to protect them and guide them in their lives.

  • Larry Anderson
    8:18 pm on February 24th, 2013 8

    It is sad that such feelings expressions are as such. I served in the USArmy 1967/68 and 1977/78. I enjoyed the people and families I had met and served. I was asked to do work with the people as nautral PR in helping those with whom we were in contact with some of the manuevers. I found the people genuine, generous and decent. I would like to thank the Korean people for their loyalty and service rendered to their own nation and their service thru the UN forces.

  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    9:08 pm on February 24th, 2013 9

    #7: What’s interesting about Ilbe bugs is that the majority of them compare Japanese women – who they call Sushi girls against Koreans women – who they call KimCh’i girls and overwhelmingly the comparisons are favorable to Sushi girls.

  • Kingkitty
    9:33 pm on February 24th, 2013 10

    Rule #9….Do not walk through traditional markets and take pity on seeing several mistreated cats in a cage…..then releasing them when no one is paying attention.

    I have found that not matter what decade it is….Koreans seemed very upset each of the four times Kingkitty rescued abused Cats

  • Bobby Ray
    12:50 am on February 25th, 2013 11

    Rule #10. If you got yourself a little Korean gal like me and her brother comes to visit and he brings himself some kind of Korean alcohol that tastes like a jockstrap soaked in vodka and corn syrup you put on your best Sunday smile and tell him it tastes like a virgin’s tears and then match him shot for shot and there will be harmony in the family specially if you tell him you sure wish there was some of that kimchee to go long with it

  • Bob
    2:31 am on February 25th, 2013 12

    Larry I find Koreans who where around during the Korean war, and during the recovery time period (I’m thinking the 50s up and until about the 80s) have a great deal of respect for Americans. However the generation after that came to dislike Americans because they didn’t see their need as much. And well, soldiers will be soldiers and make bad impressions.

  • Larry Anderson
    8:04 am on February 25th, 2013 13

    I wonder how much we, as Americans and our Government accounts for such attitudes. Surely many posts demonstrate disrespect for our hosts just as we both need each other more then ever. China is the enemy, that should be clear to everyone, is it that Korea sees America now as Vietnam turned out, we will cut them off, abandon at the worst moment so all who support the US are sacrificed as the nation collapses with No. Korean/Chinese massively over running the country, where will we be. Is it because the US has sacrificed the integrity of the people, and our own soldiers, by covering, lying and denying use of AO in Korea so that our government could escape responsiblty to everyone. Is it because even today, our government denies and has never revealed the disposal sites of agents that are still endangering and affecting the people there? I met with 3 media mogals of Korea here at my home about 1 year ago as to their investigations as to AO, the interest seems more to be to help the people as we are obligated, the Koreans as well as US Soldiers. The most important issue, safety and security at this most crucial time of pending war with China and their allies. No. Korea is and has never been more then a toy for China and a front for them to use their threat and power thru a 3rd party. The US is at serious risk if we loose support of Korea as well as the entire Pacific intersts of all involved. Time is short to wake everyone up and individually respect and honor one another, what American Solder who ever saw, met or served with the Korean Soldier could doubt their courage, duty and dedication as solders.

  • Chris In Dallas
    8:44 am on February 25th, 2013 14

    I have to admit #2 worked well for me. I got stopped by a KNP for running a stop sign (yeah, I was kinda shocked too!). I whipped out my SOFA card, gave him a smile and a hearty “Good morning!” and waited. The poor cop got all flustered, called me a “nappun saram” then shooed me off.

  • Ole Tanker
    9:44 am on February 25th, 2013 15

    Don’t wear an Apolo Ohno T-shirt.

  • Bobby Ray
    6:32 pm on February 25th, 2013 16

    #12 impress the natives as an unfearing and unkillable superman by eating all that there charred black stuff on the grill and sleeping with the fan on.

  • Larry Anderson
    6:49 pm on February 25th, 2013 17

    Sad representative of American’s even on these posts, did anyone forget that we were there, they were not hear, we may not have wanted to be in Korea and our vets in Vietnam did not want to be there or likely no other hot spot. YET, a place many grew up, matured, refer to for the rest of our lives. No one can tell me they had no Korean friends or good experiences, BUT we don’t have to live, for now, with our lives, nation, threatened by the most agressive and burtal regimes and that we may be under attack any day. We, American’s, were not invaded and enslaved, brutalized, raped, murdered, etc. by Japanese, Chinese, No. Koreans sponsored by China and Russia. before such ignorance perhaps reflect as to how grateful we should be for what we have, so far, in our country. Be prayerful and thankful because it may not always be so safe in America for long either. And as we are invated by millions of illegals, do we appreciate and respect them here? So why should the Korean’s be excited for those invading their place? Some thoughts should proceed our comments.

  • Kingkitty
    7:15 pm on February 25th, 2013 18

    #13…No mater what you will get one of those nasty stickers on your car for not parking correctly if you are not Korean…..Oh sure they can park sideways….in handicap spots….line straddling…Or just plain too dunk to park so they leave the car in the middle of the parking ramp road….Oh but you leave your car over the line just a bit and you will get the sticker

  • Villain
    8:06 pm on February 25th, 2013 19

    If you are not US military and plan to visit an entertainment district near a US military base make sure you have long hair or have on a wig as patrols will harass you as US military think they have control over all foreigners that are in Korea.

  • Cooper
    10:03 pm on February 25th, 2013 20

    This issue with overstepping patrols comes up every couple of years or less. They have no authority over anyone in a Korean entertainment district. Someone up the chain of command knows this even if the patrols don’t.

    You may keep your appearance any way you wish and you may tell the patrol to pound sand over any request or command they may issue to you. Any further action on their part due to ego or poor training will result in problems for them and profit for you, if you choose to loudly pursue it. Not accepting their empty apology and not being too lazy to make a stink are the keys to success.

    It is disturbing to hear someone suggest any American citizen should change their legal behavior to accommodate illegal actions by the American military. This just show how compliant the American public has become in accepting arbitrary authoritarian rule.

    I would like to think Canadians would fight against this but the incidents I have seen have all resulted in shamefully meek compliance followed by whiny anti-American muttering. This is a positive indicator of how easy an American occupation of Canada will be once the proper rationalizations, such as national security or resource protection, are established.

    You would think USFK learned their lesson after that little incident down in Songtan but since that was swept under the rug pretty quickly, there was no real lesson except how to sweep things under a rug.

  • Leon LaPorte
    1:33 am on February 26th, 2013 21

    Be prayerful and thankful because it may not always be so safe in America for long either.

    I guess those would be wasteful prayers and needless thanks. :roll:

    /think about how that sounds

  • G.I. G.I. Joe
    2:39 am on February 26th, 2013 22

    **Do not tell them what you really think about Dokdo/Takeshima. Do not ask, “if Korea’s case for Dokdo is so indisputable, then why not go to the ICJ?”

    **Do not play the devil’s advocate in any argument with a Korean about Korea.

    ** If you are a teacher, give’em all A’s.

  • Bob
    2:48 am on February 26th, 2013 23

    I’ve had very few issues with MPs. They generally leave me alone the few times they’ve tried to card me I advised them “I’m a civilian” and only one time they not accept that answer.

  • Larry Anderson
    9:43 am on February 26th, 2013 24

    Korea is for Koreans, as America is for Americans. We have our issues, and much worse in many cases then Korea. We are visitors regardless of our status there, we are in their place, their laws, their nation, their laws, their families. Act as such, apprecaite as such, and compare just how you would be, feel, say, act, do as others are as you are in or with Koreans.

  • Kangaji
    12:16 pm on February 26th, 2013 25

    As a follow up to this post, just to show that Ilbe people aren’t so bad, I translated a A Pro-USFK rant on Ilbe. He makes a really strong argument for keeping USFK.

  • Mooseknuckle
    5:35 pm on February 26th, 2013 26

    #18…Understand that if not for your presence in South Korea there would be no drugs, prostitution or North Korea.

  • Avatar of kangajikangaji
    6:02 pm on February 26th, 2013 27

    #26? 賣春은 Konglish?

  • Conway Eastwood
    9:48 pm on February 26th, 2013 28

    KNP enforing traffic violations? ROK has finally entered the 20th century.

  • Kingkitty
    2:05 am on February 27th, 2013 29

    Smuckknuckle did you know Hangul is one of the few languages you can sneak a “meow” into almost every type of greeting (and there is a lot of greetings) and no one really notices.

    Oh yea this is rule #18

  • WangKon936
    9:54 am on February 27th, 2013 30

    Hey Larry. Nice comments. I’ve been saying the same thing in the Korean Anglo blogssphere for several years now with mixed success. People are people and care about their comfort first before all that historical stuff. Can’t really expect them to listen. They want Korea to be just like their own country and are not willing to change with the circumstances. Few have Korean friends and even fewer can speak Korean to actually interact with Koreans on a deeper level. So, they just make a lot of judgements based on incomplete evidence. A lazy, or surface evaluation and an absolutist, smug judgement that is a bit old-world colonial in attitude.

  • Helix The Cat
    5:50 pm on February 27th, 2013 31

    Rules for living in Korea? There’s always room for more people on the bus. If you think you’ve tried spicy food wait until you try spicy octopus. If you’re breathing you can put down another round. No one in Korea is gay, especially not those men and women holding hands, going to Itaewon gay bars together, and going to love motels with each other. They’re not gay. No one who is married is gay, either. Being married cures it. Oh, and kimchi cures everything.

  • Obama's Speech Coach
    7:11 pm on February 27th, 2013 32

    Like I wrote earlier, “If you make one actual Korean friend, they can introduce you to others and you’ll be alright…”

    Korea still has bits of the Confucian schtick going on and Koreans are kinds shy until they know how to deal with you. Once they see you have a Korean friend, they warm up to you….

  • Kingkitty
    5:13 am on February 28th, 2013 33

    Rule #19.5 During rush hour on the subway all courtesy needs to be abandoned….Push the out going people out of the way and cut off anyone that is doing the same as you and run for the one tiny seat between the two hot first year college girls….The ride will be much worth your time


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