Where is the bathroom?

7 Dec

by Baden

Surviving Korea

How to say “Where is the bathroom?” in Korean:

Hwa Jang shil Ee Aw Di Ae Yo 화장실이어디에요


The South African squatter versus the Asian Squatter

 When I was asked if I knew about the “squatter”, coming from South Africa, I said ‘yes!’:

“Squatting is the occupying of an abandoned or unoccupied area of land and taking residence there, and it’s said that there are one billion squatters globally, about one in every seven people on the planet.”

Then I was corrected, no, the squat Toilet. We were soon introduced.

Now the squat toilet is a toilet used by squatting, rather than sitting. There are several types of squat toilets, but they all consist essentially of a hole in the ground. Other countries that practice this fine art include Arabia, France, China, Japan, Korea, Iran, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. In some of these counties it is known as the Natural-Position toilet and claims to have health benefits.

Feeling right at home

 You know you are accustomed to a place when, 9 months after living in a foreign country, you notice that the place where you’ve been working for the last 9 months actually has a restroom with a western style toilet. And with this new found knowledge and the western style toilet freely available, you still choose the Asian squatter.


Things to remember while engaging a squatter:


  • Always keep tissues available: loo paper is not always provided.
  • It’s ok to use the wall for support, until you find your feet.
  • Wearing shoes with a slight heal helps.
  • The bin in the cubicle is for the loo paper: flushing it down is not allowed.
  • When traveling to western countries and feeling a little confused, don’t feel strange asking: “What should I do with the loo paper?”
  • Try imagine you at the top of Cathedral peak admiring the beauty of God’s Creation.
  • Make sure you don’t have loose change in your pocket.

One Response to “Where is the bathroom?”

  1. tutortrish December 7, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Ha thanks. I will begin practicing the squat position!!! And remember my tissues!

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