Korean toilets are not puzzling technological space ship stations which we encountered in Japan, which makes matters less complicated.
I noticed that it takes me less time to find the button to flush business. There will be one and it will flush. Sometimes it may be hidden behind the toilet lid, if it is lifted up. However, I was always back in time without Tomek wondering if I had gone missing.
Just like in Japan, you will occasionally find squat toilets. Most of the time, if you check all cabins, there will be a western style relieve option. Sometimes western toilets will be indicated by a sign on the cabin doors.
The very last one was my saviour!
In the unlikely case that there is no option, this is what you will be faced with.
Always push the metal lever down, alternatively look for a metal button on the side of the toilet.
As far as technological advances go, this is as complicated as it will ever get: squat or not?
Well, okay, sometimes it can get a bit more complicated. In Korea you not always encounter your personal paper roll in your cabin, but instead you will learn to estimate the amount of paper you need before attending to number one or two.
Unless you want to come out again to get a paper refill mid-action, it is recommended to do test trials at home.
Also, do note that the ‘wiped paper’ does not go down the toilet but is collected in bins sanding next to the toilet. Koreans seriously do not flush their used toilet paper. You can see toilet paper of all colours in the bin and add your personal note.
Even the little ones with little toilets, use the big bins.
If you think the bin thing is gross, then Korean soap dispensers will be of challenge. Can you figure out how to use the blue soap bar sticking out next to the washbasin?
Well, I was going to make a video but then I reconsidered, for I am sure that I do not want my hand engaged in up and down sliding movements to create foam on You Tube. You get the idea. (And just so you know, I am a germaphobe – my hand stopped right there!)
Koreans are not afraid to share their microbiomes and like to engage with good old soap bars. Try to find sterile liquid soap in a dispenser! Also, automatic washbasin tap controllers are very uncommon.
The use of liquid soap dispensers can look like this. Germaphobes beware.
A neat thing is that Korean toilets are often customized to miniature sizes to fit kids.
In the end, whatever you do – follow your gut!