Here's the question:
My name is Bernal and I am 28 years old. I developed IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) a few years back. Thanks to that I feel uncomfortable at places without bathrooms. So every time I go to a place the first thing I do is try to find the nearest bathroom, and when I located it, I feel better. I will go to Korea for a while. I was wondering if you can tell me how often you can find a bathroom in Seoul, and if is true that since the world cup, is some type of law in which allows any foreigner to use any public bathroom, even buildings and stuff.That sounds pretty awful, Bernal. There's nothing better than a spastic colon on a hot June day here in Seoul.
I'm from Guatemala and here you dont find public washrooms.. only restaurants and stuff like that.
Determining bathroom locations is also a pastime of mine, but not because I have to poop a lot. My concern --while drinking usually-- is that I'll only have to go to the bathroom if I don't have the luxury of a bathroom. I think I developed this problem in college on backpacking trips. Before we started packing, I would try to force myself to poop so I wouldn't have to poop on the trail. I was fine dropping one at the campsite, but the hike-poop was always rushed and uncomfortable.
Bathrooms in Seoul are actually quite common. Depending on where you are in the city, you should be able to find some sort of public restroom within a minutes' walk. Some will be clearly marked with directions and others will be more allusive. The trickiest ones to spot are the ones that hide in the three or four-story "villas". There's usually a sign on or in the building somewhere that says "화장실". If not, just ask someone and they'll point in the right direction. Honestly, I've never had a problem. Even at the park, there are toilets all around.
Some Photo Warnings...
They don't care if you're there or not.
They're not all like this one, but...
...they're not like this, either.
This is pretty common...
...but this is the norm.
Confused? Don't be.
Just drop it in that trashcan.
Get used to it...
...but there probably won't be any soap, anyways.
Don't kid yourself. There will be plenty of smoking.
Just not much toilet paper.