Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hotels in Korea




This is just a quick informative post about the hotel scene in Korea. In the picture that looks like a door, it is a hallway. In the box on the wall on the right is a place to put your key. You must put the key in this box in order for the electricity to come on. Since here they pay for rooms with cash it is a way to save money on anything electrical. When you leave you take the key out to lock your room and when you do this all the lights (and other appliances) automatically shut off. Another weird thing is the plumbing in Korea. Tubs are not typical. Many floors are a really good tile and then drains are in the floor, so many times you shower without a tub. The other room is pretty typical for a hotel room: bed, TV, dresser. Things that are not typical is that instead of having travel size shampoo, conditioner, etc. there are regular sized amenities that you leave in the room. In Korea many hotels are nicknamed "love motels" because here it is customary to live with your parents until you get married so it is not likely that you take a date home at the end of the night, you take them to a "love motel", I think you get it... Another interesting thing about Korea is that buildings don't contain only one type of business. I am staying in a hotel, but the hotel is only on the 5th floor. Below me on the 3rd and 4th floor there are bars and the 2nd floor has a beauty salon and the 1st floor is a restaurant. But anyway I just thought I would let you know what it is like for future reference.

3 comments:

jilllenz said...

I don't know why you didn't want me to see these pictures, it doesn't look bad.

yo mamma

Anonymous said...

Ha.... "love motels"! They had those all over in Buenos Aires, too. Quite sleazy seeming, undoubtedly filled with dimmed lights and hot tubs, but hey, it's the norm for them! I'm enjoying your posts... keep it up!
--Maggie

Amanda Lenz said...

Question 1: Mom, the pictures look better than the real thing, it isn't bad and Korea is a safe country but the hotel is sorta sketchy...
Question 2: Maggie, mine does have a red light in it over the oversized mirror by the bed, but luckily I can turn it off. The thing about the hot tubs would not happen here, as I am told it is novelty to have a tub here at all. Many times the bathroom just has a showerhead attached to the wall and it drains on the floor. I am only here for one more night though so I don't really care. Thanks for tuning in though!