Oh the Lines

Singa Elementary School was built in 1987 and opened in 1988. Which was before (Western) toilets were widely available and found in Korean households, so obviously most of the toilets at Singa are of the squat (Turkish) toilet variety.

I’ll be honest, I always use the Western toilet because it’s generally cleaner and during my off-periods, it’s usually the one that’s open. But in-between classes, when the first graders are running around and using the bathroom, there’s a bit of a line for the Western toilet. And they’ll stay in the line until it’s their turn, refusing to use the squat toilets.

And then I realized that they’ve never seen or had to use a squat toilet in their lives, especially since they’ve lived their entire short lives in Song-pa-gu (the second richest part of Korea).

It’s another example of how much Korea has changed in the last two decades, at least monetarily and technology-wise.

On a related tangent, in Korea, because some/most of the sewage lines are old or not that big, used toilet paper goes in the trash, so to keep the lines from becoming blocked. While I was in Russia, frequently there were signs in the bathrooms of major tourist attractions, telling people to flush their used toilet paper and not put them in the trash.

One response to “Oh the Lines

  1. maplesyrup21


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