Airing some dirty “garbage.”

May 14, 2007 at 12:57 pm 6 comments

Seoul has a lot going for it.  It has an incredibly efficient public transportation system that is super cheap.  You are never more than a few minutes walk from either a drugstore, a mini-mart or a cheap place to eat.  But one thing I have said from the begining was that if could do one thing to improve the city, it would be to put trash cans on the street.  They really don’t exist.  Well, they’re few and far between anyway.  Consequently, ALOT of trash piles up in the more active parts of town.  One would think that there is an easy solution.  Things are never that simple. 

Here’s an atricle from one of the English newspapers in Seoul.  It describes some of the trash problems the city faces.  This is something I have been opining about with other foreigners for the past several months.  While now at least I have an explanation for why things are the way they are, I still fail to understand.  It is a perfect example of something one of my friends calls “TIK” (This is Korea). 

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Scott  |  May 15, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Austin,
    that is SO stupid and SO Korean too. Typical “smart” thinking by Koreans which doesn’t make sense at all. Ugh, honestly it’s things like this that I get so frustrated with as a Korean/American. Keep up the good work buddy

  • 2. mkchoi  |  May 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    우연히 글을 읽었네요,잘보았구요.
    쓰레기문제는 다소 별개의 문제이겠지만, 핍박받던 민족성과도 (억지로 연관시켜본다면^^) 다소 연관이 있지않을까싶네요,
    나라가 강해야,국민이존재한다.나라를 잃어본입장에서.그래서,
    국가가 잘되려면 국민의 약간의희생(?)은 필요하지않을수없다..아마,아직은 이 원리아닌 원리가, 국민들에게, 절반은 이해될수있지도 않나싶습니다.고통을 겪어본 우리의 먼 민족성에근거한다면..

    하지만,개인적으로도 국민개개인의 편리를 생각하여 좀더 성숙한 정책이 시행되고,보강되었으면 하는 바램이 많은건 당연하지요. 늘 불만가져오던 사항을 딱 찝어 이야기해주셧네요^^

    그냥 몇자적고 갑니다^^

  • 3. Global Voices Online » Where are the garbage cans?  |  May 28, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    […] are the garbage cans? ‘Bearing my Seoul’ wonders why it is so hard to find garbage cans in Korea and finds some explanation in a recent […]

  • 4. Mom  |  June 7, 2007 at 9:48 am

    This article is available only to premium service subscribers. I guess you are one?

  • 5. sammie  |  February 28, 2010 at 5:33 am

    whats this?

  • 6. karaquicksome231  |  February 28, 2010 at 5:35 am

    korea is weird or no
    whatever

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