If I asked you to picture an exotic country, you'd probably go with something like Australia or Japan. But after this exclusive list by Bored Panda, you'll probably consider South Korea one too.

To show how unique this country really is, we put together a collection of pictures that vividly illustrate its everyday life. We're talking solar-powered benches with USB and wireless charging, onion-flavored cereal, and pretty much everything else you can find there.

Continue scrolling to check out the images and the conversation I had with Hammer and Guillaume, A Fun Couple from Hong Kong and France respectively, who have been traveling the world and documenting their adventures on their blog and Instagram.

#1

Running Out Of Children Due To The Low Birth Rates, A School In South Korea Is Opening Their Doors And Allowing Illiterate Grandmothers To Enrol, So They Can Also Learn To Read

Running Out Of Children Due To The Low Birth Rates, A School In South Korea Is Opening Their Doors And Allowing Illiterate Grandmothers To Enrol, So They Can Also Learn To Read

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Otter
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11 months ago

That's something I've seen in real life, some Asian women of a certain age and social class were put to work as soon as they were old enough, and never taught to read or write.

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This Care Package The South Korean Government Sent Me While I’m In Quarantine Day 2

This Care Package The South Korean Government Sent Me While I’m In Quarantine Day 2

Translated letter that was attached to the package: “For people who are currently suffering from the Corona-19 virus, we send our regards and sympathy. We (the food ministry?) is sending this “environment-friendly health package” constructed with environment-friendly crops. We hope this helps you get energy for your daily routine. Furthermore, we hope you get well soon to return to your daily life. You can do it! Fight it! Go South Korea!”

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

Oh wow! That is very sweet

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This country in East Asia makes up about 45 percent of the Korean Peninsula and faces North Korea across a demilitarized zone (DMZ) that's 2.5 miles (4 km) wide. The DMZ was established by the terms of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War (1950–53) and runs for about 150 miles (240 km).

"We have been calling South Korea our home for 3.5 years now," A Fun Couple told Bored Panda. "What we liked about the idea of moving here was that this country is still not on most people's bucket list when traveling to Asia. Many travelers would rather prioritize neighboring countries such as Japan, China or Hong Kong when visiting the continent."

However, according to Hammer and Guillaume, South Korea has been making a name for itself over the last few years, with the K-phenomenon on the cultural side and large companies such as Samsung and LG on the business side.

"We were excited but also curious to live in a country that continues to develop fast yet remains a bit unknown to the Western world."

#3

Pink Explosion In Jeju City, Jeju Island, South Korea

Pink Explosion In Jeju City, Jeju Island, South Korea

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous

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#4

Korean Ktx Trains Play “Healing Broadcasts” Where They Just Show Newborn Puppies Rolling Around For Five Minutes

Korean Ktx Trains Play “Healing Broadcasts” Where They Just Show Newborn Puppies Rolling Around For Five Minutes

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Why is this only in South Korea. THIS NEEDS TO BE EVERYWHERE

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#5

Airports In Seoul Provide A Map To Your Gate On The Back Of Your Boarding Pass

Airports In Seoul Provide A Map To Your Gate On The Back Of Your Boarding Pass

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

This needs to be at every airport. I tend to find airports a labyrinth with hard to find gates.

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One aspect that really impressed the couple once they came to this country was the strong sense of solidarity amongst Koreans. "An aspect that's really astonishing and will help you understand what we mean by that is the gold collecting campaign."

"In 1998, South Korea was about $304 billion in debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As a national sacrifice, 3.5 million Koreans donated their gold to the government to repay part of the debt. About 227 tons of gold were donated voluntarily during that event. Impressive, right?!"

"This sense of solidarity can be felt in everyday life in Korea. For example, during the pandemic, people were very supportive of each other. Koreans made a joint effort to keep social distancing rules and wear masks at all times. This is also why South Korea was seen as a benchmark when managing the COVID crisis in its early stage."

#6

Took These In The Same Spot Over The Past Year. Korea’s Four Seasons: Yeouido

Took These In The Same Spot Over The Past Year. Korea’s Four Seasons: Yeouido

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Every season is so photogenic!

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#7

Glad To See My Favorite Tree Standing Healthy After This Year's Numerous Typhoons And Landslides, South Korea

Glad To See My Favorite Tree Standing Healthy After This Year's Numerous Typhoons And Landslides, South Korea

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

Beautiful photograph!

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#8

This Subway Car In Seoul Has A Mini Library

This Subway Car In Seoul Has A Mini Library

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Every train should have this

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Of course, settling in another culture takes time. Hammer and Guillaume said the 'work hard, play hard' concept was probably the trickiest thing to adjust to.

"Koreans are very hard working. The maximum number of working hours per week recently changed from 63 to 52, but it's still a lot. Although the work-life balance got better over the last few years, working overtime (and not being paid for it) is still pretty common."

"It is also very common to go out with colleagues multiple times a week after work and have dinner and drinks until late at night. We definitely had to cut down on our sleeping hours, but it's a lot of fun to live and work in South Korea!"

#9

Apartment Complex In Korea Being Painted, So The Painters Shrouded All The Cars In The Parking Lot To Protect From Splatter

Apartment Complex In Korea Being Painted, So The Painters Shrouded All The Cars In The Parking Lot To Protect From Splatter

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

Very thoughtful!

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#10

Starbucks In Seoul Offering Used Coffee Grounds For Gardening

Starbucks In Seoul Offering Used Coffee Grounds For Gardening

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Anne
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11 months ago

Same in the Netherlands

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#11

Just Received This At My Door! S. Korea Gives Out Food Rations To People In Quarantine

Just Received This At My Door! S. Korea Gives Out Food Rations To People In Quarantine

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Avocadorable
Community Member
11 months ago

I heard about this. Good for people that can't get groceries home delivered or have no one to take care of them. Great job! Wish all local governments globally did this.

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#12

This Hand-Painted Underside Of A Temple Roof In Korea

This Hand-Painted Underside Of A Temple Roof In Korea

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Sara Rodrigues
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11 months ago (edited)

Beautiful work!

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"Since there are much fewer expats in South Korea than other Asian countries we've lived in, things are not always fully catered to foreigners. Opening a bank account, getting a local driver's license, getting a phone plan, using different apps; these things weren't always easy," A Fun Couple said.

"Besides there is still a language barrier and most of the documents are rarely translated into English. However, we've noticed that it has become easier for a foreigner to go about their daily life than when we arrived here 3.5 years ago. So we hope that this trend will continue in the future as well!"

#13

I Get To Walk Through This Everyday On My Way Home From Work

I Get To Walk Through This Everyday On My Way Home From Work

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

Fairyland paradise. You are so lucky to walk home through this. 🤩

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#14

This Sign Is Not For A Cat Crossing. It Means "Caution: Cat Is Around"

This Sign Is Not For A Cat Crossing. It Means "Caution: Cat Is Around"

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NsG
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11 months ago

A specific cat, or just cats in general?

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#15

This 2D Café We Visited In Seoul

This 2D Café We Visited In Seoul

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

🎶Take.... on... meeee..... *take on me* Take.... me... onnnnnnnn.... 🎶

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#16

Modern Korea Built Around Historic Korea (Seoul)

Modern Korea Built Around Historic Korea (Seoul)

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tiari
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11 months ago

Pretty normal for a large amount of European cities too. But really really beautiful nonetheless.

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During their time in South Korea, A Fun Couple discovered a beautiful country, full of contrasts between the modern and the traditional, amazing natural landscapes, and exciting cities like Seoul and Busan.

"South Koreans are very welcoming and positive-minded people. We met so many great people here and made very good friends. Therefore, we highly recommend South Korea as an expat destination. We started our blog so that more people can realize how great this place is and that they should add this destination to their bucket list!"

#17

Small Restaurant In The Snow, Seoul, South Korea

Small Restaurant In The Snow, Seoul, South Korea

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Looks like something out of a fairytale

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#18

Solar Powered Benches Here In Seoul, South Korea. Complete With USB And Wireless Charging Docks

Solar Powered Benches Here In Seoul, South Korea. Complete With USB And Wireless Charging Docks

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hyperunknown
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11 months ago

Every country should have this.

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#19

Bukhansan Yesterday

Bukhansan Yesterday

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Nora12
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11 months ago

I want to go on this trail. It looks lovely.

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#20

"Root Bench" Is A Public Installation By Architect Yong Ju Lee In Hangang Art Park, South Korea

"Root Bench" Is A Public Installation By Architect Yong Ju Lee In Hangang Art Park, South Korea

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

Now this is pretty!

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#21

South Korea Puts Traffic Lights On The Ground So That People Who're Looking At Their Phones Can Still See The Light

South Korea Puts Traffic Lights On The Ground So That People Who're Looking At Their Phones Can Still See The Light

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Andy Acceber
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11 months ago

Smart!

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#22

This Ice Lolly I Bought In Korea Has A Little Tray To Prevent It From Melting All Over Your Hands

This Ice Lolly I Bought In Korea Has A Little Tray To Prevent It From Melting All Over Your Hands

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Sue Hazlewood
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11 months ago

Real strawberries mmmmmm

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#23

Korea Is So Beautiful

Korea Is So Beautiful

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Gerard Neaux
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11 months ago

It really is

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#24

An Old Pine Tree, Daedunsan, South Korea

An Old Pine Tree, Daedunsan, South Korea

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

Beautiful!

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#25

Every Half Kilometer They Have A Resting Place Made For Pedestrians In This Korean City Ansan

Every Half Kilometer They Have A Resting Place Made For Pedestrians In This Korean City Ansan

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Kevin Gerke
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11 months ago

There is a lot of park-like things integrated throughout cities. I love it.

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#26

Chips Organized Into A Rainbow In Korea

Chips Organized Into A Rainbow In Korea

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Avocadorable
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

My ocd thanks you.

Fiona E M
Community Member
11 months ago

Do u actually have ocd or are u using it as an adjective for being neat

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
11 months ago

For all those rainbow organisers out there : AMEN!!!!

A Jones
Community Member
11 months ago

oh this is pleasant, also easier to find specific coded flavors. :D

HappilyEnderAfter
Community Member
11 months ago

Thanks for the year-round pride decorations! :) pride chips 😌🤤

Chxrm
Community Member
7 months ago

🏳️‍🌈

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VogueGal
Community Member
11 months ago

This makes me so happy somehow!

Arran Walker
Community Member
11 months ago

Wouldn’t work well in the US grocery stores, where vendors have contracts to keep their branded products together on the shelves (if they have multiple products in the same category, like chips).

Candia Lee
Community Member
11 months ago

Yes, and a brand tends to use same basic background, like all our store brand chip flavors.

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Donna Red
Community Member
10 months ago

Mmmm, calming. 😊

Michelle Miller
Community Member
10 months ago

Beautiful as well as useful.

Pam Davis
Community Member
11 months ago

Organization skills must be taught starting at an early age!

Mari Scott
Community Member
8 months ago

This isn't solid organization though. This is simply color-coding. Real organization is like with like. On this display you could have potato chips, tortilla chips, and popcorn over and over bc of the colors, instead of each type together for ease of purchase. Conversely, as Arran Walker said, in the States we put brands together. Which is also a better form of organization than by color. I'm currently on the lookout for All Dressed chips from Ruffles. I know to go to the Ruffles section to find them.

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oli
Community Member
11 months ago

In all shop? Or is only someone like me?

Jorg Lewis
Community Member
5 months ago

Gay Crisps (Before you ask yes I'm British)

Henk Loorbach
Community Member
8 months ago

this is a terrible idea for spotting your fav in an instance.

lil_gremlin
Community Member
11 months ago

chef kiss

Mare Freed
Community Member
11 months ago

So many flavors!

Sharon Heim
Community Member
11 months ago

Love it!

Betty Sanchez
Community Member
11 months ago

Funny.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
11 months ago

I see Nachos and Cheetos!

Evangeline Valhalla
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11 months ago

Lol I’d move a few

Mel
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11 months ago

ROYGBIV

JUINNO TAN Moe
Community Member
5 days ago

hopefully no chips are in the wrong color. that will be so unsatisfiying.

Carter Mosoff
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1 month ago

RAINBOWS

Crybaby 222
Community Member
1 month ago

Very pleasing

S. Elizabeth Bobo
Community Member
1 month ago

👍👍

Deb Durio
Community Member
2 months ago

Does this increase sales? Looks so organized.

underapalm
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2 months ago

A country should never be without Cheetos.

Yafa-Lei Enlet
Community Member
2 months ago

gay

Matan Yussman
Community Member
2 months ago

Are those yellow Doritos that I see?

Cooper Terry
Community Member
3 months ago

I see Cheetos + doritoes

T M
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3 months ago

💕 I want to shop here

Pluto
Community Member
3 months ago

Rainbow lists, rainbow books, RAINBOW CHIPS, this is a new level of perfection

Shnookumpie
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3 months ago

THAT IS SO COOL!!

SakuraCaticorn
Community Member
3 months ago

Oof

Lazy Cat panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Warms my soul!

Sophia Semchenko Detsch
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooooh pretty

Ender Markoth
Community Member
4 months ago

my gay side salutes the rainbow.

Kat Salazar
Community Member
4 months ago

OCD: cured

Pamela Jamerson
Community Member
4 months ago

THAT'S COOL

Kalee Ford
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful

leo roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

same here

Adam Ryan
Community Member
4 months ago

Pride month be like😂

Ethan Thear
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautiful.

Charlene Eve Terol
Community Member
5 months ago

Most preferable employees in supermarkets and restaurants are people who have ocd xD. Management will never have to worry anymore

Randomly Flying
Community Member
5 months ago

Beautifal

Mary Julia McIntyre
Community Member
5 months ago

Fun

DJ_Legend404
Community Member
5 months ago

this is so satisfying wow lol same

moonlight6315
Community Member
5 months ago

i organise the milk cartons when im in the lunch line at school, si i would probs end up doing this

Kimberly Patton
Community Member
5 months ago

But what if you don't keep track of your favorite brands color?

e schwarz
Community Member
5 months ago

Making beauty out of something overwhelming and irritating

moonlight6315
Community Member
6 months ago

skil

Allams
Community Member
6 months ago

Where's the cheetos?

Peggy Lucki
Community Member
6 months ago

South Korea looks so beautiful ,thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos .

J Wright
Community Member
6 months ago

hmm Korea would be a good place for color challenges

Linda Rhyne
Community Member
6 months ago

I see Cheetos!🤣

¿periwinkle?
Community Member
6 months ago

I can deal with this..

Altezzoso Burton
Community Member
7 months ago

Wholesome

Miguel Payano
Community Member
7 months ago

This made me feel so good. It's beautiful 😍.

Zia Easterling
Community Member
7 months ago

This just makes sense! 😍

Hugo Santos
Community Member
7 months ago

LGBTSJIRVXGJ+-* store...

Liyah Handelman
Community Member
7 months ago

This made my day

Keara Ritson
Community Member
7 months ago

agreed

BoredPanda2.0
Community Member
7 months ago

A relief for ocd peeps

Kasey Lee Bao Ting
Community Member
7 months ago

it look so satysfying

Saolong Zhao
Community Member
7 months ago

XD

Lissy 🤘
Community Member
7 months ago

Wow

Defne Tosun
Community Member
7 months ago

My ocd would love it

Trixster Million
Community Member
7 months ago

Indigo NEVER gets any respect. "My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my color. Prepare to diet!"

Tony Gong
Community Member
7 months ago

Did I mention I have OCD? thanks! :D

Alice Zhang
Community Member
8 months ago

amazing!🌈

IamTheWeirdOne
Community Member
8 months ago

*skittles slogan*

Chris Machabee
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

I'm wearing a big smile. Look at all the variety.

Grace Walsh
Community Member
8 months ago

I don’t think I have ocd but I like neat things like this so I thank you

Amy Stone-Chandler
Community Member
8 months ago

Just curious. What if people are colour blind? Do they have signs they can read or audio playing for the blind in general?

GFS gogo
Community Member
9 months ago

I like chips!!!!!!!!!!

Erika
Community Member
9 months ago

Love it!

Paul Z.
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

We employ only people with ocd

Matthew Squadrito
Community Member
9 months ago

This is the proper way for orginization

Connor & Noah's Mom
Community Member
9 months ago

wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttt

Lea
Community Member
9 months ago

Very pretty!

Ceci Averos
Community Member
9 months ago

woooooowww

Yvonne Torburn-Clark
Community Member
9 months ago

mine, too.

Avryl Oh
Community Member
10 months ago

I see all of my favs

Amy Beckler
Community Member
10 months ago

Chip aesthetics.

Elise Hansen
Community Member
10 months ago

yellow... doritos?

Margaret Weaver
Community Member
11 months ago

I'm going to cry.

Ramona Jackson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

It's correct as well. Kudos to the artist who created this Crisps Rainbow.

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#27

This Latte Art From A Cafe In Seoul, South Korea

This Latte Art From A Cafe In Seoul, South Korea

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Firstname Lastname
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11 months ago

Is that a drinkable Charlie Brown?

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#28

South Korea Isn't Joking When Battling Covid-19

South Korea Isn't Joking When Battling Covid-19

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Anne
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11 months ago

but.. in the sun you get hotter right.. so how would that work?

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#29

I'm Staying In Korea Right Now And Apparently There Is A TV Channel Dedicated To Dogs, As In Programming For Dogs

I'm Staying In Korea Right Now And Apparently There Is A TV Channel Dedicated To Dogs, As In Programming For Dogs

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

Umm, of course there is!

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#30

This Here Is The Entrance Of The Club Chroma In Seoul, South Korea By MVRDV Architecture, Which Is Said To Be The Largest Nightclub In The World

This Here Is The Entrance Of The Club Chroma In Seoul, South Korea By MVRDV Architecture, Which Is Said To Be The Largest Nightclub In The World

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

That looks epic

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#31

Daegaksa Temple Near Jongmyo Shrine In Seoul

Daegaksa Temple Near Jongmyo Shrine In Seoul

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

So stunning! I can't stop staring!

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#32

Well, That's One Way To Encourage People To Use The Stairs

Well, That's One Way To Encourage People To Use The Stairs

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EVERLEIGH
Community Member
11 months ago

I don't think they should put that one there like that. There are people that may have physical disabilities that can't walk steps. It doesn't mean that they choose to be fat or being lazy. Not a good idea and I born in S. Korea myself.

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#33

Escalator Sanitizer In South Korea

Escalator Sanitizer In South Korea

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Ellen Ranks
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11 months ago

I wish we had that here.

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#34

Self Cleaning Roads In South Korea

Self Cleaning Roads In South Korea

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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11 months ago

Wonder if those spray de-icer in the winter time?

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#35

Supermarkets In Korea Offer Toilet Paper Samples For You To Test

Supermarkets In Korea Offer Toilet Paper Samples For You To Test

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Firstname Lastname
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11 months ago

Please say the customers aren't testing them on their heinies in there...

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#36

Cakes Sold In South Korea Usually Come With Free Candles And Matches Hidden In The Plastic Cake Knife

Cakes Sold In South Korea Usually Come With Free Candles And Matches Hidden In The Plastic Cake Knife

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Daria B
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

No, not usually. Sometimes that is. Usually, you only get a free plastic knife, but the rest depends on the shops individually. In bakeries they will, however, ask you if you need candles and how many, these are free and come with a free match as well. Unless you bought the fancy ones separately. Still, you'd get a free match to light them.

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#37

Traditional Korean Architecture

Traditional Korean Architecture

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

Something simple and minimalist yet so peaceful.

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#38

In Korea, They Have Single Person Karaoke Booths On The Train

In Korea, They Have Single Person Karaoke Booths On The Train

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James016
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11 months ago

That is oddly specific

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#39

The Wavy Building Called The GT Tower In Seoul, South Korea

The Wavy Building Called The GT Tower In Seoul, South Korea

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Avocadorable
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11 months ago

My eyes, my eyeeeeeees!!!

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#40

Pump Toothpaste In South Korea. One Pump Is The Perfect Amount For A Toothbrush

Pump Toothpaste In South Korea. One Pump Is The Perfect Amount For A Toothbrush

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hellomynameisT
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11 months ago

I would buy this

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#41

Found Totoro On The Side Of The Road

Found Totoro On The Side Of The Road

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Eva the Egg
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11 months ago

Look in the background around the bush and you can see some sootballs 😉

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#42

These Helpful Robots That Wander Incheon Airport, Seoul, That You Can Use To Check Flight Information

These Helpful Robots That Wander Incheon Airport, Seoul, That You Can Use To Check Flight Information

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Otter
Community Member
11 months ago

Didn't the guest star on Doctor Who, and turn sinister if you failed to smile at them?