It’s kind of interesting to compare the sights during rainy days in Seoul and Singapore. Here’s some interesting things I’ve seen.
1. Huge umbrellas during a slight, almost non existent drizzle
Looked out of the window and see everyone on the street using their large umbrellas. Didn’t see any raindrops but thought I was just being blind. Walked out with an umbrella, only to find that there is ALMOST no rain. -.-
The above happens to me really often here. Drizzles here are kind of fine, instead of the heavy water droplets we have in Singapore. In Singapore, most of us don’t bother using the umbrella if it was a slight drizzle. It’s a common sight to see people walking in the rain (drizzle), especially the guys. Most guys don’t carry umbrellas, unless it’s really raining. But in Seoul, I’m puzzled by how everyone uses umbrellas in the slightest rains. Huge umbrellas. And I’m just walking normally.
My Korean class is now learning about 환경 (environment) and our teacher told us that it’s dangerous to be in the rain without an umbrella because of acid rain in Korea. All rain is acidic and unless you have loads of hair to spare, do use an umbrella.
Is that really the reason? I’m really curious.
(I’m sure the rain in Singapore is acidic too..)
2. Huge umbrellas
Singapore is known for its rainy season but strangely, we seldom use those big umbrellas, preferring instead the foldable ones. As a general rule, the smaller/lighter, the better. Especially among the girls. However, Koreans seem to prefer larger umbrellas. Guys go for the long ones in dark colors while the girls, being fashionable, has the pretty, patterned ones. Seriously, umbrellas are really pretty in Korea. And expensive. I own a 28,000won umbrella and I’m always scared of losing it.
We get all the rain in Singapore, but I seldom see pretty umbrellas. We usually use the same umbrella for sun and rain and thus, they are usually those ugly silver ones with the UV coating. D:
3. 3000won umbrellas
I love these umbrellas. I’m sure many of us have the experience of not having an umbrella when it starts pouring. 3000won umbrellas are the best inventions. They are sturdy, last for quite some time, pretty enough and cheap enough for you to buy them without batting an eyelid.
‘It’s too troublesome to bring an umbrella out today. Oh well, if it really rains, I can always buy the 3000won umbrella anywhere’. I’m sure alot of Koreans have this mentality.
They are sold everywhere. Subway stations, convenience stores etc. I’ve seen florists, handphone shops selling umbrellas. And you find these umbrellas at shops that seems to sell everything.
Umbrellas are for sale everywhere in Seoul, but it can be such a chore to buy one in Singapore. My friend once walked through the entire mall in Singapore but fail to find an umbrella.
This is my own photo of the 3000won umbrella. Will try to snap one next time!
Here’s another common design in Korea.
The must-have item for every Korean girl. When I first went to Korea, I thought it’s ridiculous that the fashionable girls there are wearing these ugly, fishmarket-like boots. I’ve never seen them in Singapore.
But taking into account the heavy rains and the uneven roads in Seoul, I can see why they are so popular here. And I secretly wish I had a pair too.
Is there any interesting sights during rainy days in your country? ^^