Woohoo! A fun question to talk about, not necessarily because we’re raging alcoholics and want to talk about how hammered we get (in fact, we’re quite responsible), but because we’re very fascinated with the drinking culture here in Korea as opposed to what we’ve experienced back in Canada.

In a nutshell, we’ve seen a lot more drinking in Korea than what we’re used to in Canada. Maybe we’re wrong, and maybe Canadians drink an absurd amount and we just didn’t move in those circles, but from what we remember, alcohol’s expensive. Damned expensive. Bars kick you out if you’re drunk and are liable if you do something from getting too drunk at their bar. There’s no public consumption of alcohol. In fact, last time we were in Canada we tried buying a bottle of wine. I had my ID on me. Martina didn’t. They wouldn’t sell me the bottle, because Martina might be a minor and they’d be responsible if they sold alcohol to someone in the company of a minor. What the flipping farts is that all about?

In Korea, though, soju’s cheap. Beer’s cheap. You can get drunker than you humanly should be for under 10 bucks if you want. You can walk around with alcohol. They sell alcohol to you so you can walk around with it. Get too drunk in their restaurant? No biggie, from what we’ve seen.

Also, the big issue with drinking in Canada is that you have to drive to bars most of the time, because Canada’s so godforsakingly huge that you have to drive to get ANYWHERE. In Korea, though, everything’s so densely packed. You can walk to a bar most of the time, or you can take a cheap taxi if you’re too far away, while taxis in Canada are prohibitively expensive.

So, probably because Canada has these things going against them for alcohol consumption, it seems like there’s a lot more drinking going on here. I’ve never seen so many drunk people before in my life. I’ve never seen so many people passed out in the streets from being drunk. People sleeping on benches or outside of restaurants, passed out on subways. I’ve never seen so many people vomiting in public. I don’t want to give off the impression that the streets are slaloms of barf piles, but I can really say that there’s a lot more public vomit than what I’ve seen before.

You know, we just watched a program about Amsterdam yesterday, and how tourists go there, often, to smoke weed, and it’s been advertised well as a druggie haven. Why not advertise Korea as a drinking haven? Come to Korea to get drunk! No, wait: that might not be a good idea…

On a more fun note, here are some cool drinking games that we sometimes play in Korea:

1) Baskin Robbins 31:

You know how to count, right? Then you should know how to play! Here’s what you do:
The person who starts the game counts either 1, 1-2, or 1-2-3. The idea is that, on your turn, you count anywhere from 1 to three numbers. So, if the first person counts 1-2, the next person can count 3-4-5, and the person afterwards can count 6, afterwards, 7-8.

It sounds dumb, I know, but there’s a point to this. Eventually, you get close to the number 31. Whoever is forced to count to that number loses and had to drink. So, the end of the game usually looks like this:


Get it? Count anywhere from 1-3 sequential numbers on your turn. The person who counts 31 loses and has to drink.

2) Sam Yook Goo (in English, 3-6-9)

Another counting game here (yay math!). Basic rule of the game is you have to keep the counting going, but every time there’s either a three, six, or nine, you have to clap according to how many of those digits there are in the number. So, a round would go like this:


Get it? Once you get to the 30s, though, things are more complicated:

clap clap (because that number was 33, see?)

Whoever messes up loses and has to drink YAHOO!

High Low

Is that what it’s called?

Very basic but simple game. In the cap of your soju bottle is a number between one and fifty. The person holding the cap tells someone to guess the number, and tell the guesser if it’s higher or lower. Then the next person in the circle guesses. Whoever guesses right wins, and can make someone else at the table drink. Woohoo!

Yeah! So that’s it for now, I guess. I’d write more but I’m drunk! Ha, no, not drunk. Can’t drink on this diet we’re on before Singapore! Anyhow, if there are any other games you can think of, let us know! There are some that we don’t know the rules of, like this odd game where you clap and move your head and say a fruit according to the number that was dictated to you…or something. It’s mind-bottling. I’ve seen it done a few times but every time I just give up.

  1. I’m guessing Korea isn’t very prone to bar fights, then.

  2. Well, in Bulgaria where I’m from alcohol is very, very cheap (cheaper than Korea), it’s extremely easy for anyone to buy it even if they are a minor and also many people make their own alcoholic bavarages at home. It’s not illegal to drink on the street or carry a bottle of alcohol. Still, I have never ever seen people puking on the street as in Korea or young people passing out from being drunk, and I used to live in a place famous for partying! I think that Koreans drink only in order to get drunk whereas in my country people drink in order to have fun. If you lie on the street because you are drunk in Bulgaria this means you are an alcoholic and can I say that even the homeless alcoholics I have seen in my country behave better than drunk Korean ajushis. Actually, in Bulgaria if you see someone behaving in an obnoxious drunken manner on the street, there is a 99% chance that he or she is a British tourist. So I think it’s more about culture – in some countries peer pressure to drink is very, very strong. Also, for some reason Koreans don’t seem to bother trying to find a toilet or something when they want to vomit.

  3. We have the Baskin Robbins one where I am in England, though it’s just to twenty one (because hell sometimes you’re lucky if you can count past ten when the only thing available to you is absinthe some idiot left at a house party). If you count say “1, 2″ then the circle is reversed, “1,2,3″ and the next person misses a go. If you wait too long/mess up the order then you have to drink and it starts again.

    We also have games like “Never Have I Ever” But I don’t think that game would help the whole “western girls aren’t easy” stereotype. |D

  4. Omg we played Sam Yook Goo in our Korean class when we were learning numbers and I messed up while sober… I can’t even imagine playing drunk LOL

  5. Hello Martina and Simon. My Question kinda relates to CL’s new single. If the “gangster” culture is not like or close to what the music video shows, how about the underground rapping culture? I’ve heard some of the k-pop rappers are from there…? Can you two give more information or how the society is in general when it comes to rap, gangster style, etc. Have a wonderfulu Day!

  6. Hello!

    I was surprised when I saw “beer warehouses” in Seoul – I’ve never seen anything like it EVER! A place where you just pick the beer yourself from the fridge, where it’s OK to bring your own food or order pizza…. It’s so strange and wicked!

    As for the drinking games… no wonder Koreans are N.1 at Maths for few years now…

  7. Where can I find this magical park with free drinks?!

  8. HAHA I love watching you gus correct each other when someone says something funny, it’s hilarious! i don’t really like drinking alcohol but I want to try makeoli, I only had soju before.

  9. Micheal Paige Gmaz Sandbank

    Even though it’s generally thought of as more traditional and working class, Makgeolli is becoming increasingly popular with younger korean hipsters. The MOST EXCELLENT MAKGEOLLI BAR EVER is in Hongdae. It’s called Wolhyang, and they sell the most delicious chestnut makgeolli!

  10. Wow, it is very good to know how alcohol works in different countrys, I’m from Brazil, and just heard once that in USA is ilegal to walk in streets with alcohol, my teacher said once that they have to put a bag to hide the bootle. He and all of my friends thought it was an absurd, since here in Brazil, you can buy drink, and do all these kinds of stuff everywhere.
    But drink alcohol here is not that big deal, everyone drinks, it is legal +18, but every party has alcohol’s drinks, and there is not much control of the sale of bottle of alcohol, so if you’re underage, the chances you can buy whitout no worriers to get caught is up to 80%. Nevertheless, we don’t see a bunch of drunk people in the streets, just homeless, since here, alcohol is very very very cheap, you can get normal beer 350ml for about 1.50-2,00BRreais/0.75-1.0USdollar or a 300ml of cachaça (30-40%) for about 2 reais/1 USdollar. Normally, the homeless are aways drunk/or drugged.

  11. I know the game named Baskin Robbins 31 in Argentina we play, but a little different. First, the count is up to 21. Second: the loser has to say that the number 21, after a drink, change any nuemero by a word. example number two is changed by the word “table” then counted. 1 table, 3 … is fun and very difficult when many numbers have changed by different words

    Conozco el juego llamado Baskin Robbins 31, en Argentina se juega, pero un poco diferente. Primero: la cuenta es hasta 21. Segundo: el que pierde por que tiene que decir el numero 21, luego de beber un trago, cambia cualquier nuemero por una palabra. ejemplo: el numero dos es cambiado por la palabra “mesa” luego se cuenta. 1, mesa, 3 … es divertido y muy dificil cuando ya se han cambiado muchos numero por distintas palabras

  12. Hey there! I’m the self-described East Coast writer for SeoulSisters(dot)com, a site following the exploits of the Korean players on the LPGA Tour and Korean female pro golfers in general. My questions: just how big is golf in Korea; what other spectator sports are popular there and have you guise visited the statue in Seoul of Korean women’s golf pioneer Pak Se Ri? Her LPGA rookie season in ’98 inspired a whole generation of Korean players, including current world #1 Park Inbee. I just also would like to add that there are lots of Korean men playing professional golf on the PGA Tour and elsewhere, notably KJ Choi and YE Yang, but not nearly as many as in the women’s ranks. Do you agree that it would be because men are expected to follow a more conventional career path and/or would the mandatory military service be hampering the development of male pro golfers? Love your site, guise!

  13. Warning! Makkeoli man is so nice and an important part of Seoul life, BUT DON’T BUY THE MAKKEOLI. It is my favorite drink in Korea, but I hide when he comes by because 1. you can’t say no to him, and 2. his makkeoli is NOT DELICIOUS! Or, if he gets you, just know that the two marts across from the park offer more delicious options. ^^

  14. HAAAAAY,
    Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, I really just started browsing the site >.<

    Martina, do you color your hair yourself or do you have it done at a salon? I am going to be in Korea for a month and want to keep my hair purple, I usually color it at home but I wouldn't mind going to a salon if someone knows how to color pastel hair! Thanks for any help ^^;

  15. I LOVED cocktails to go! It was just down the street from my campus in Wonju!

  16. Hi I’ve always wondered if people in Korea knows about North American artists like Katy perry, one direction, justin bieber, pink, and etc. but do they also know about famous people that are famous for nothing like snooki or Kim kardashian

  17. Martina! You have such nice skin! You should do a video about your skin care routine!

  18. aww, i was expecting to see some funny drunk stories!

  19. OH MY GOD!! This would be my first comment on your site. And I couldn’t help it!

    The makgeoli (however you spell it;) guy!!! I used to see him around Ihwa university area all the time, more than 12 years ago!

    I can’t believe he still does what he does. Incredible! If I am correct, he should be about late 50 or older.

    Your videos about Korea, always make me feel so sentimental since I grew up and hung out in Hong dae.

    I’ve been living in NY for about 7 years and I miss everything about the neighborhood. :’(

  20. In the Netherlands we also got the sam yook goo game. But we got a game called kinges as well. Which is a card game in which you take rather a lot of shots depending on which card you get and which assignment you’ve got ….

    I’ve seen a game in running man in which they had to break chopsticks by putting them between your fingers and then slam it on the table but I’m not sure if it’s a drinking game!

  21. Martina, I love your hair here! :D

  22. I have a question, if I was to move to Korea, would I be able to watch Netflix or Hulu? Just wondering. And if not why and how do you keep up with tv from back home?

  23. kpopfan123

    I’ll never get why people get so keen on drinking… – . – I know that after half a glass of wine I’m just going to sleep… so that’s the only thing alchool is good for… oh and a forever riddle for me will be bear…. the taste is horrible and people still like to drink it … I shouldn’t trouble my head with unanswerable questions – . -

    ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  24. What stereotypes do Koreans have about foreigners or foreign places?

  25. What is behind the scary door in your studio? What scary things have happened behind it? You guys only talked about it once or twice but I am really curious .

  26. I played drinking-Jenga once with a group, a few other foreign teachers plus the owner of the bar we were at with some of his friends. Basically just Jenga, but whoever loses gets to choose the shot. Everyone drinks, loser just gets to choose. Played a few rounds of that one.. O_o Then we did something with dice, but I was obviously a bit… tipsy… by then, so I don’t remember the rules completely. We had little dice under metal shot glasses, shook the dice, then slammed them on the counter. One person called out a number and if you matched the number called… I can’t remember now. You had to drink, I guess? I think? Something like that… *shrugs* XD

  27. i still couldnt watch this. it keeps freezing and im not sure why

  28. How was your birthday, Martina? What did you do?

  29. How expensive is whiskey in Korea? Where can you find it?

  30. I have a TL;DR question. Why do Koreans ask one another if they are good at cursing? Is there a specific way of cursing in Korean? How is someone bad at cursing? I know S. Korea is conservative and all, but do you know why its such a big deal?

  31. Hey you guys, I happen to visit South Korea in August for about three weeks and I was wondering, since the two of you actually live in Korea, if you have any ideas which places I could visit in Korea?Any Recommendations?

  32. In other words, Sam Yook Goo is the Korean drinking version of that “hand game” where you have to count but can’t say the number 5… (some little kids taught it to me. idk)

    So, for my 19th birthday, imma go to Korea and drink legally! >XD haha! screw you 21 drinking age in America!!!

  33. Hello ; I have a TL;DR question ?
    Can you please explain why Korean guys don’t have mustaches or beards? or facial hair? … im really curios? Why?

    Its known in most of the world that a guy with mustache or beard is considered attractive , and most women love guys with a beard , its considered more manly ?? so?? …
    Its really confusing me!! i’m curios to know why ? do they hate hair (since they even shave their legs and hands?)? Do they like to take care much for their skin (More than some women? :P) or sth? … and what does Korean women think about it? Do they like it? … And what does people think about foreigners with hairy long beards :P ? … Sorry for the weird question? …

    Thanks :)

    • I’ll be honest, I don’t like when a guy has facial hair. Coming from an American girl.

    • One thing: Some Asians have difficulty growing facial hair, so it could be a cultural cover for such so that one who can’t doesn’t stand out.
      Also, I think saying “most” find facial hair attractive is too strong. Many cultures view facial hair differently and whether it’s attractive or not is very cultural sometimes. I’d say only around half to 60% of women in populations where facial is considered to potentially be attractive or to be “masculine” actually find it attractive themselves while another 20-35% are indifferent about it/believe it depends on the person and the last small remaining percent view it as unattractive.

      Just my opinion/observations coming from an America perspective…

      (Also, I have to agree with Lexi_Lee, that, as an American girl, I don’t like guys with facial hair and I personally find it highly unattractive. Guys with facial hair are imediately friend zoned with me…

  34. From my experience with Korean drinking games, I’ve learned two from my Korean friends.

    1. Chubby Bunny
    It’s a hand game, like patty cake. One person starts by facing palms to face and making a bunny pose and then passes to another person. The person who receives the ‘bunny’ has to do the same motions, while each person on either side has to move their arms up and down saying tanguk, tanguk (carrot). If someone messes up they drink. I think this game is more fun to play while sober!

    2. Ichi ichi (so I don’t know the real name so I made this up ^^)
    First person starts by saying something like ‘ichi ichi’ and moving their head side to side, then next person repeats and adds on two more movements (like moving head up and down). When someone messes up, DRANK!!!
    So I’m not too sure on this game, since I don’t remember the exact details. Whenever one of our friends messed up though we would all yell at the person to DRANK!!!! So it was pretty fun.

  35. hi guys love the insight on
    Drinking and Drunkenness in Korea It reminds me of some of my experiences i’ve had with some of my foreign co-workers (THEY WRECKED ME) and the sad thing this was done state side (& yes this was done during a business meeting,(free booze & not paying for it WIN WIN in my book) my boss at the time wanted to see my tolerance level for soju he keep on saying american liquor was girly no real kick.i was always told how much of a kick soju has plus i had some strong liquor from the caribbean islands so i wanted to see and feel the difference (plus my dumb american pride kicked in)

    lets just say it was an eye opener i was able to hold my own with my boss 3 bottles total made it home but for the rest of the night me and my porcelain shrine were best friends,i made it to work the next day but don’t remember how i made it thru the day.just wanted to share one of my stories with you guys

    Question to ask for a future

    what is the sports culture like in south korea is it anything like it is here in north america and canada do they have anything like an ESPN or TSN,how do they feel about their players coming over to play (MLB – Hyun-Jin Ryu,Shin-Soo Choo,) (NHL – Jim Paek -the first Korean descent to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup, Richard Park)
    just curious
    keep up the awesome work guys laters

  36. Have you played The Game of Death? My Korean friend taught it to me when I was in Korea and we were at the Makgeolli bar/restaurant. I am horrible at explaining though…anyone else want to explain?

  37. Omg! I can’t believe they wouldn’t sell you alcohol just because Martina didn’t have her id. When I was a kid and my parents needed to go to the SAQ (Quebec’s version of Ontario’s LCBO) to buy some wine, no one ever made a fuss about the fact that they were accompanied by a minor and buying alcohol.

    Ok, now a TL;DR question: do many people smoke in korea? I know that in Japan, it was such a problem that they recently banned smoking from public places (interior and exterior, including the street). So, is smoking a problem or not in Korea and are there any anti-smoking laws?

  38. Hiring substitute driver is a unique(?) aspect of Korean culture. If you are drunk but have a car to drive home, you can call to hire a substitute driver and he/she will drive you in your car to your home. This is very common, almost every car driver have used this service.

  39. omg i just checked online and south korea’s alcohol consumption is 7th in the world

  40. kawaii_candie

    I like when you do TLDRs like this!!

    I wanna see you do a fapfap at the bar under the stairs with the little drink bags!!

    this is very interesting… similar to Japan and yet, a lot different. i wonder how “resistant” to alcohol korean people are? just japanese people get drunk after one glass of beer so… lol. i can’t imagine them drinking soju!!

  41. hi there…
    this was a question I asked myself some times ago: when you give a price in dollars is it Canadian dollars or US dollars?

  42. living in canada, toronto ontario to be precise, and as a university student i’ve experienced sooo much drinking. i don’t know about you guys but we drink a whole lot here (at least as youngins) in fact my high school had a tradition for the grads called tequila sunrise where we get drunk in high park (the central park of toronto) and make our way to the lakeshore to keep drinking until we see the sunrise. man, i can’t count the number of times i have taken care of overly drunk friends (i once found a friend passed out on the beach after getting a phone call from a random stranger), and the number of times i have stumbled my way home after a long night of flip cup and beer/wine pong. normally in university people drink in residence buildings, outside if it’s nice enough, etc etc. and many university students host keggers, though they are more common in university towns like kingston, ON.

    I must admit though public drinking is sorta dangerous around here, cause the police are actually sorta serious sometimes about giving you a fine or whatnot. it’s also hard to use fakes at LCBO (the government liquor store) and the beer store, so usually people get other people to pick up for them.

    as for bars being far away, k Martina, you lived in etobicoke, THERE IS NOTHING THERE BUT IKEA, COSTCO, CINEPLEX, AND ADULT SEX SHOPS AND YOU KNOW IT. downtown there is a plethora of bars, especially along bloor in the annex. today, as i walked home from work, there was crowds outside the many bars on bloor st watching the NHL stanley cup playoffs (AFTER 9 YEARS TORONTO IS FINALLY IN THE PLAYOFFS WOOOOOOOOOOOOO) on tv screens. i had to walk on the street and pray i didn’t get hit by cars cause there was no room to walk.

    come back to canada guise and we’ll go drinking k?

  43. You can’t play high low in America because soju caps don’t have the number on them! It’s very sad… The Frying Pan drinking game is a fun one. I don’t even know how to begin to explain it though but it involves clapping, snapping and saying your name. There is also the game where you point at someone in your group and then someone picks a number and you follow the points from one person to the next until you reach that number. I forget the name of it though.

  44. I suddenly feel like trying all those drinking games xD

  45. Can you guys do a TL;DR about Korean Fan Culture? I’m new to KPOP and while I get Western fan culture type stuff like Cos-Play and super collectors/Die Hard fans, but Kpop specifically seems to be an entire order of magnitude more involved. Can you describe what’s unique about KPop fandom, and maybe some about Saesang(?) fans too? I was surprised by the fact that fans send stuff like food to their favorite artists, and make their own memorabilia, clothes, etc. Where western bands sell that themselves. Why? Does it seem to be a better way of marketing a group then then we’ve got in the west?

  46. Hey, guys!
    Over here in the states we have a huge story going around about 3 women who were kidnapped as teens and kept in captivity for TEN YEARS and just now escaped.
    What I was wondering was if there are any type of stories such as this one that happen in S. Korea? Is there anything like this that causes a media outburst? Over here it seems like kidnappings happen way more often than they should. Does anything like this happen over there?

  47. Hey, guys!
    Over here in the states we have a huge story going around about 3 women who were kidnapped as teens and kept in captivity for TEN YEARS and just now escaped.
    What I was wondering was if there are any type of stories such as this one that happen in S. Korea? Over here it seems like kidnappings happen way more often than they should. Does anything like this happen over there?

  48. They’ve actually been selling those IV mixed drank bags here in Miami for years. Lol. I love them. They especially sell them in Orlando Universal/Islands of Adventures during Halloween Horror Nights but those are jello shot bags and they’re derishus.

  49. I’m studying in Beijing and there are a lot of Koreans here, so they teach us lots of drinking games, and of course THEY are usually the one’s in charge of them, and what words to say during the game (like “ttalgi” for example). So whenever we non-Koreans want to play a game, we have no idea what to say, so we just say “something in Korean, something in Korean!” Works just as well.

  50. Why don’t you guys show the games using juice or something?

  51. I’m (currently) the only foreigner in the Jeju Windsurfing Association, and if I were to play the “foreigner card” I would basically be disassociating myself from the other 300 members or so in our group. Also my ability to drink was absolutely part of why I was accepted early on. I was not a big drinker before I came to Korea, and I’m not especially sold on soju, so I try to steer the “second and third places” to makkeoli bars where the alcohol is a little less gut rotting (although as others have posted many people seem to get makkeoli hangovers, I’ve yet to have a hangover in my life, even post drinking contests with the other surfers)…I’ve also found some other tricks (if you do end up working or playing in all Korean company) never drink all the way to the bottom of the glass, poor for your bosses before they poor for you, rotate tables so people don’t notice you aren’t “keeping up”. It can be done.

  52. I’d love to play 3-6-9 xDD sounds interesting haha
    when my friends get drunk they don’t know where they hands are so it would be hilarous to see them trying to clap hahaha XDD

  53. Hahaha. :) I read 3-6-9 and now I got Lil Jon’s song “Get Low” in my head…..”to the windowwww to the wall!” Lolz. ;)

  54. Everything I learned about Drunkeness in Korea prior to this video, I learned from Simon D…


  55. Some things about Makgeolli:

    1) While often referred to as a rice wine, because of the process, it is technically an unfiltered beer.

    2) It is becoming increasingly popular to find Makgeolli cocktails served the US – be on the look out if you live on the west coast of the US.

    3) If you are in the “rice bowl” (RE: “breadbasket”) of Korea – Jeolla province, you will, with a bit of help, find Makgeolli restaurants. Order a kettle (yes, a kettle) of Makgeolli, and they will bring you food. You don’t order food, they just bring it. This was my experience: First kettle – standard bar munchies like dried squid, seaweed, and peanuts. Second kettle – sandwich fixings (including cheese!). Third kettle – smoked turkey leg (WTH?). Fourth kettle – Rice and jjigae. Fifth kettle – still-moving squid. By this time, my companions were amazingly drunk. This is when we discovered the following:

    a) Makgeolli makes you drunk from the neck down. You do not notice that you are hammered until you stand up to go to the bathroom and can hardly move – and definitely not in a straight line.
    b) When going back to your apartment after drinking makgeolli, making spaghetti bolognese is a bad idea.
    c) The following day, you will wish you were dead. Makgeolli is the devil.

    • Something interesting to add to this: I didn’t see makgeolli when I vacationed for 2 weeks in Korea, but when I came back to Japan, I noticed the ability to order cocktails of it (Usually with Calpis/Calpico) at various Izakayas/Japanese style bars. I have never seen Soju or Makgeolli elsewhere in Japan, however… (and Shochu on Japanese menus, though the Japanese will tell you it’s the same as soju, it is not and has a very different taste from my experience…)

  56. I snorted at the fruit-number game explanation. It sounds so silly and abstract, it might just be fun…

  57. Hi Guise!

    I was wondering – How aware are Koreans of other religions (such as Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc) as well as other Ethnicities? Are they taught about these in school or do they only learn about it through the media?


  58. do college kids play flip cup, or beer pong in korea?

  59. My sister, friends, and I (or maybe just one friend and I) will definitely be in your neighborhood partaking in the boozy good-times. :D We’re actually planning on spending a whole day in Hongdae during our first week. ^^ And my sister mentioned wanting to go to Vinyl for those carry-bags. I’m guessing they’re like the Daily’s and Shmirnoff frozen drink bags we have here… but obviously not frozen. I just want to try one makgeolli drink (plain or mixed with yogurt or whatever, doesn’t matter), and take in Hongdae’s night life~

  60. Hi Guys..I’ve seen in many variety shows that showing how fans like to take photos if the see something unusual..You know, celebrities, people shooting on the street (I think It shows on one of your video where people simply take your photos and walked away),absurd behaviour that they encountered like peeing on the subway..err I’m sorry it sounds gross but I’ve read about it somewhere..Can you say something about this?

  61. my korean friends kick my ass at drinking. end of story. they drink get drunk, and they keep drinking.

    my bestie got a dui in korea when he was underage with a suspended license from getting a dui in the united states. Luckily his mother paid someone off to merely have it reduced to a driving without a license.

    s/n martina, your hair looks amazing like that.

  62. Can I still play the games and just drink coke or something? I don’t drink xD A sip of tequilla and my head will hurt sooo bad the next day. What if I drank soju that has 19% alcohol content!? I’d die o.o

    • I sometimes do that when with Koreans. I’m not a big drinker so I’ll have coke or something and I can still participate and do “cheers” and everything.

  63. Another component to the drinking games is quite often, there’s a ‘common cup’ as the penalty drink. Everyone pours a bit of what they’re drinking in that cup, and it’s what the loser has to down in ‘one shot!’ so you may end up with some blackberry liquor, beer, milky cocktail, soju, whisky….nom nom tastes real fine going down!

  64. “Library. DRANK. SAT. DRANK.” Hahaha I loved this. Since I’m under aged and don’t drink, when you guys were explaining the games I zoned out. Here’s a basic play by play of what went through my head: “Awwwh this doesn’t apply to me T^T I wonder if Simon and Martina get Spudgy drunk… Is that a banana behind Simon?? HEY UBEAT CD. Mmmk i c u. I c u cd. I WAAAAANT IT. Omfg is that Kevin’s handwriting? I LOVE YOU KEVIN. Why is ubeat so perfect? Oooh Martina’s hair looks puuurddy. :D” Then I heard the word vomit, snapped back to reality and had to rewatch the video since I missed a good chunk of it x) I won’t be surprised if I say DRANK at the end of everything for the rest of the night… #nastyproblems

  65. kaward

    you should totally do a drinking game wank, and with the drinking in canada and you guys not being able to buy alcohol because martina didn’t have an ID might just be a ontario thing. I am from alberta and underage kids and such are allowed to go into stores with parents and older people when they are buying alcohol. but then agian the drink age here is only 18. oh and i very much agree with the whole cabs are to expensive it cost $10 just to get in one in here

  66. *basic and simple
    *mind boggling
    yes I am that person

  67. irritablevowel

    Simon (to Meemers): Who taught you that bad behavior?
    Meemers: Yew, I learned it from watching Yew!

  68. The 31 game is how we play truth or dare in the uk but just up to 21

  69. I imagine Soju being the Skol Vodka of Korea. Lmao. xD The cheap drink that tastes like nail polish remover.

  70. ^_^ In the Netherlands there’s a freedom for alcohol but not like in Korea. When we are 16 we are allowed to drink and buy alcohol. On the age of 18 we are allowed to use alcohol (drugs) with high percentage of alcohol. We do have rules when it goes about alcohol but that doesn’t mean that it happens. Rules are broken from time to time when it goes about alcohol and such thing.
    When we are together with friends and go out it’s mostly a habbit to visit each other at on of there homes and drink there some classes of alcohol. It’s something like let’s drink something so that we have some fun.
    Also when you go with the car the driver isn’t allowed to drink anything we call it B.O.B or better be said as bob.
    This is to prevent accidents with the car.

    Also you are not allowed to drink on the streets. For the rest you are not really allowed inside disco’s when your drunk some even prevent you from coming in also you need to be 16 years or older. This is many times broken and can just get inside while being younger then 16 years. I where one of them being able to sneak inside while being 15 years and drink some alcohol.
    In some disco’s they use bracelets so that people can see that your 16 years and older.

    For the rest we do have cases of people that are drinking so much that they get into coma but maybe Korea has that as well?

    Also about the drugs, just recently foreigners aren’t able to buy drugs in the Netherlands or at least for now…

  71. Just to let you know… the makgoelli man sells very low quality makgoelli. It should be made with rice, right? Well his is made out of flour! Mmmm..

  72. My question is:
    Have you guys ever dealt with haters?
    Not like the ones who occasionally will hate your opinions but full on anti nasties.

    What are some of the things they have said, have they ever said anything that really hurt you guys/ held you back anything of that sort.
    What are some of your stories/ encounters with them, and if you guys could say one thing to them what would it be?

  73. The only one I can remeber is “barquito inglés” (english boat) you sit around in a circle and 1 person starts by saying:
    The english boat sails with: “something” (ex: car brands,constelations, disney movies), Then every player has to say one example and when someone repeats the word or can’t come up with one, he/she has to have a drink.

  74. So do you see much alcohol related fights in Seoul?

  75. I played non-drinking versions and have seen non-drinking versions of the first two games (Baskin Robbins 31 and 3-6-9)

  76. What about alcoholism and things like AAA? Is there a big culture of denial about it there or what, because in the kdramas I’ve watched, people die by the dozens from cancer, heart attacks and etc., but no one ever dies of alcoholism related diseases or accidents, except for a drunk driver maybe.

    It seems like Korea would have a big problem with that, considering the amount of consumption there, yet it doesn’t seem to be addressed. I know I watched this show once about a girl group and they talked about one member who was so into drinking she took a bottle with her when she had to go on a trip. They were laughing about it, but all I could think was man, she has a serious problem and NO ONE seems to be acknowledging it. Apparently, her drinking was even starting to interfere with her life, yet they didn’t seem to see it as a big problem.

    • Yeah, they made a HUGE fuss about the tiny amount of THC found in G-Dragon’s hair, but when a MC says “idol XYZ can down 2 bottles of soju at one go”, everyone just laughs and claps… Scary and pathetic.

  77. The drinking i hear about kind of terrifies me. Are all koreans calm drunks? Why would a club or bar want ppl passing out inside of them? Do the bartenders ever call cabs to get drunk ppl? WHERE ARE THEIR FRIENDS? I’ve seen dramas where one person just leaves the other drunk person asleep at the bar or outside…

  78. LOL you should do a video about a drinking tour, it would be awesome! love you guys ^~^

  79. I’m from Wisconsin, which hosts the highest number of functional alcoholics in the nation (seriously, we have more bars than grocery stores). I’v always thought it would be interesting to see how it compares to Korean drinking. Does the drinking start as early? My cousins seriously started drinking beer at about 12 and by high school no one batted an eye if they reached for something harder. WI law allows parents to serve their children, but they can’t drive after consuming until 21.

  80. There’s a lot of drinking in the US

  81. Justyna Krasnodębska

    in Poland we drink a lot. to me it’s ok but one thing freaks me out – kids from elementary school who can drink more than I and spam facebook with ‘ohhh, yesterday was soOoOoO CooL, I vomited my lungs. shiiit, I have hangover’ D:

  82. I’m going to try soju next week! :3

  83. For the next TL;DR can you talk about the differences between Korean talent and singing competition shows and American and British talent and singing competition shows.

  84. I don’t understand the 3-6-9 would it just be multiples of three? Or just numbers with the digits 3, 6, and 9? (I was confused when 12 showed up and there was no clap that’s why I’m asking)

  85. Even though I was aware of how important alcohol is in the Korean culture I was a bit shocked to see it with my own eyes when I was there last semester – but maybe this is just me being old fashioned. I saw a girl – a university student – lying on the road, totally passed out, and her friends who were just a little less drunk than her were trying to get her in a cab. I’m not really fond of parties and night clubs and all that comes with it so I’m not used to see drunk people every week. That’s why ‘drunk behaviors’ may shock me more easily…? And the fact that in France – at least the people I know – people don’t get drunk until they pass out every time they gather and drink some alcohol may explain how taken aback I was when I saw that girl lying on the ground – on the freaking road! while cars were driving right beside her!

    Another thing that kind of scared me: a Korean friend of mine told me that one day she was having a small party near Hangang River with her friends and one of them was so drunk that he fell asleep… and they left him on a bench. ALONE. For the rest of the night. They all went home, leaving him alone, drunk, on a bench. My friend said that it was okay because he was a man. No! That’s not okay, he’s your friend! (sorry, i’m getting off topic…)

    My teacher of Korean civilization told us that liver diseases are on the top ten of causes of death in Korea… I think that sums up every thing…

    But I did enjoy all the drinking games I learnt there. It makes drinking alcohol more… innocent? And I’m missing drinking makgeolli >< I didn't get drunk while drinking it but I woke up a few times with a huuuuuge headache the next morning xD

  86. if you can’t bear the taste of makgeolli try carbonated makgeolli. They sell them in cans.

  87. If you want to see what Simon explained to you about puking or sleeping on the side-road because people are too drunk, you might want to open this blog site http://blackoutkorea.blogspot.com/ it’s pretty much hilarious and sometimes disgusting, and yes I do feel bad for the ahjussis…
    Anyway people, is it okay to post another blog site link in here? If it’s not I’ll delete it right away!

  88. These games were also played in some earlier episodes of Running Man except there’s no drinking involved.

  89. Mind-bottling..was this on purpose? Haha, so funny though. But seriously, I’m not sure if I want to visit Korea and see the piles of kimchi colored vomit. *bleargh*

  90. Drinking/Drunkennes in Korea sounds like Vegas XD

  91. As someone with a severe fear of vomit in general I’m now scared to go to Korea……………please tell me this is irrational because I really want to come to korea but if everyone’s puking in the streets I’ll probably have a panic attack ;3;

    • i couldn’t agree more! Im terrified of puke…seeing it, hearing it, just the word ‘puke’ makes me..well, want to puke! I am a drinker but the fear of seeing vomit has many times put a damper on my going out…

      • It doesn’t even make me nauseas, it makes me terrified! It’s a phobia I can’t explain :( I don’t even drink because of it, and it’s definitely kept me from going out a lot, kids my age aren’t exactly responsible with their alcohol consumption…

  92. I know the sam yook goo game as well, but it’s just not under the same name. That game is so hard. I can never play it past ten!

    Anyway, I really like maggoli, and all my friends that went on the same trip liked it as well. However, we find it taste better when we have it in the Korean pancake restaurant. Perhaps it’s the atmosphere that enhances it.

    Soju though, is the evil drink lol The story is that one time our lot went out in Korea and we’ve been dancing all night so we’re quite tired and dehydrated. Then, our Korean friend gave us water bottle with some liquid in it so we all thought “Ooh! Awesome! I really need some water right now”. But soon after I had a glup I realized that it’s not water but Soju! My Korean friend was laughing his a** off already cos all eight foreign people got fooled by him (tbh, i thought that was a good trick as well. it was funny lol). One of my friend, though, really love that stuff because she’s so used to having vodka and soju is pretty much less strong by half so she was drinking it like water.

    Now I’m sure you can guess what happened. We realized that she was too drunk to continue the night so we took her home, and yes, she threw up. hahahhahha
    It’s been almost a year after that trip now but this is still one of the story that we still bring it up every time we talk about the Korea trip xD

  93. haha yay! I’ve been waiting to see a video of them drinking for sooooooooooooooooo long. like literally years lol.
    oh and Simon and Martina also in America we have the bag mixed drinks too ^^

  94. :D can’t wait to play those games when I visit Korea ;)

  95. Sorry I was alright up to the point Simon said He was the responsible one and my brain froze up….

  96. Sorry, S&M, I’m going to have to disagree with you – soju is awesome! <3

  97. Drinking games? Ring of Fire — that’s one I saw a lot during my first term at university. It was actually a whole lot more fun, too, because I couldn’t drink at the time and so I got to “oversee” the game instead. I can’t remember the exact rules, but you sit around in a circle and put a cup in the middle. Then you shuffle a deck of cards and spread them out face down in a ring, three or four cards thick and so that there aren’t any gaps, around the cup in the middle. Then you all grab an alcoholic drink and go round the circle turning over the cards. Depending on which card you turn over, various, some, or none of you will have to drink. People are usually absolutely hammered by the time this game is over. As far as I can remember, it goes like this (please excuse some rather crude terminology):

    Ace: waterfall (everybody has to keep drinking until the person who picked the card stops drinking)

    2: “you!” (you pick somebody else to drink)

    3: “me!” (you have to drink)

    4: Wh*re (all the girls have to drink)

    5: Thumb master (if you put your thumb on the ground, everybody else has to copy, and the last person to do so has to drink. This continues until somebody else becomes the thumb master)

    6: d*cks (all the guys have to drink)

    7: heaven (raise your hand — the last person to do so has to drink)

    8: mate (choose somebody to drink with you)

    9: rhyme (you pick a word and then you go round the circle. Each person has to say a word that rhyme with your word until somebody messes up. Then that person has to drink)

    10: category (you pick a word, such as Disney, and then go round the circle and everybody has to say something relating to the subject (e.g. mickey mouse, princess, Aladdin) until somebody messes up and has to drink)

    J: make a rule (you make up a rule that everybody has to follow for the rest of the game, or they have to drink every time they break it. Some of the best ones are “no swearing”, “not allowed to mention ‘drink’ or ‘down it’” — which results in amusing calls like ‘imbibe it!’ and “you’re only allowed to sing/rap as a means of communication” and “no speaking in English/whatever language happens to be the common language of the participants”.)

    Q: Quiz master (similar to the thumb master (there are variations of this, but this is the one we played with) — somebody is designated quiz master until another Q is picked, and if that person asks you a question and you don’t respond with “f*** off, quiz master”, you have to drink. Of course, this gets entertaining when swearing is banned.)

    K: Pour! (you pour a little of your drink into the cup in the centre. The person who picks the last king has to down the cup, or, alternatively, the person who breaks the circle of cards. Either way, it’s usually a very nasty combination of stuff that some poor person ends up drinking.

    There’s another quite popular game of “pennying”, which is when you drop a penny into somebody’s alcoholic beverage while they are holding it and they then have to down it. If they are not holding it, then you have to have thrown the penny in from a reasonable distance away. If their drink has already been pennied, or if you make a mistake in pennying, then you have to down it instead of them. There’s a drink that one of the colleges here does called a Balliol Blue, which is a pint of a bright blue mix of spirits and lemonade and various other things — quite nice when you sip it, but sickeningly foul if you have to down a pint because somebody’s pennied you, or so I’ve been told.

  98. So this reminds me of the firts time Simon drank soju but didn’t know it was soju.
    What’s in the green bottle? Limonade stuff? Let’s drink it all up… And pass out on camera (; ̄ェ ̄)
    Thank god you did’t have a trauma after that.

  99. Great tl:dr guys! but is still have one unanswered question. At what age can you legally buy alcohol? I know it’s different all around the world, like in the Netherlands you can legally buy alcohol with the age of 16 and if i’m correct it’s 21 in the states. So what is it in Korea?

  100. We got something called “beargame – or drinking game”! You use a deck (pack?) of cards, where every card is worth different amount of sips to drink.

    Get ready for the longest – for me – writing ever :)))))))

    We got the order:

    Number 1-7 – drink yourself or give to another person
    * They are each worth the amount they have as a number – and by that I mean if you get a seven the person who gets it have to drink 7 times (sips/bigger sips depending on how drunk you want to be). The one who gets a 5 have to drink 5. Red cards (diamonds and hearts) you drink yourself and black cards (clubs and spades) you get to give away to one lucky person in the group!
    Number 8 – pee card (you cant pee before you get/or buy this card from someone, so pee before or between you have a new round – new round when the cards are out).
    Number 9 – thumb on the table (during the game the one with the card can put his thumb up on the table at anytime, the last person who puts his thumbs up has to drink 5 times). Note: You just place your thumb on the table – not holding it up :)
    Number 10 – “Fuck U” – the same thing as above (during the game at any time the person with the card say – while just talking or when a perticulary someone drinks – fuck u – the one who say it last have to drink 5 times).
    Number 11 (jack/knave) – “The question card” – you just ask different questions around. If I get the card I start. Maybe I will ask Martina – How are you!? When Martina gets the question she eather have to ask me back or turn around and ask someone else! The thing is that you REAALLY needs to just ask a lot of questions – and you cant ask the same questions again during that specifik card, and you cant use words like – why? When? Where!? You have to ask a “whole” question! The person who answers/dont ask a new question/doubts – have to drink 5 times. Most imprtant thing – LOOK the person IN THE EYE that your asking, wouldnt be great if I asked martina but looked at someone else. ;D
    Number 12 (queen) – “a subject”! Here you say a subject out loud, and then you go in order around the table where every one have to say something in that topic.
    Like: I start with the subject: Flowers! Then I say the first word in that topic – for example: Rose (the one who choose the /subject have to start with one first) – the next one maybe say “Tulip” – and so on! The person who cant come up with any more in that topic/for that subject/doubts – have to drink 5 times :)
    Number 13 (king) – this COULD be the worst one. There are 4 different kings – and the first, second and third king that people get you just put aside where everyone can se them. THE LAST ONE however – the one who gets this one have to drink everything they have in their bottle/glass. If you have opened a new bottle of …. – you have to drink everything up!

    The most important thing about this is that you get alot of laughs while you do this one – when you actually know the rules (and you get really drunk – because this is a game where you go pretty fast while you play.) ;D

    • And you who cant drink yet – dont look into this one ;)

      • OH and you DO have the nastiest drinking game of them ALL. Everything else can hide in shame.

        Star Wars-drinkin´ game ;) Here we go:

        * Everytime a storm trooper dies you have to drink ;)
        * Everytime a storm trooper miss you have to drink ;)
        * Everytime Luke Scywalker whines you have to drink ;)
        * And everytime Yoda talks wrong in grammar you have to drink ;)

        Baam your out. :D

  101. I wonder if public urination is common, too…

  102. i find that koreans are much more rowdy when drinking which makes it a lot more fun. when i go out drinking with my usual friends it usually more classy and posh style whereby we go bar hopping to catch up on gossip over cocktails. when i go out with the korean crowd its usually more casual at korean drinking places or karaoke involving lots of drinking games, shot taking and chugging. I usually let myself loose a lot more and go crazy when i’m with the korean crowd.

    my favourite korean drinking game that i’ve been taught is ‘titanic’. you have a glass of lemonade (or other soda) with a shot glass floating inside it and everyone goes around in a circle to pour as little or as much soju into the shot glass as they want. the purpose of the game is to keep the shot glass a float when its your turn pouring the soju. the person who sinks it has to drink it.

  103. Cyber_3

    As “A MOM” that watches your videos, I have to say that you are going way way WAY overboard Simon in not showing drinking. Not even including your great video on what (alcoholic) drinks to mix at a convenience story patio, when one of your most famous sayings is “Ayy Girl, can I buy you a drank?”, anyone watchers/Nasties who do NOT expect alcohol consumption are not paying attention. No one expects the booze inquisition?

    Watch out if you play too many drinking games with water. I used to play Dai-Hin-Min with the Chinese Student Association back in high school but the loser had to drink a ginormous glass of water every round (and you were not allowed to leave to go the bathroom). At one point my boyfriend decided to start losing on purpose because he was concerned that I was getting water intoxication since my newbie @ss was losing so many times. I’m pretty ace at the game now, I levelled up quickly because couldn’t stand someone taking the fall for me, especially at cards :P.

    Also, that guy at the LCBO/whatever who denied you your wine purchase is a tool. My Dad took me with him to LCBO all the time when I was a kid/teen and when I buy some beer for my husband there these day, my 6-year-old doesn’t even get a second look, even at LCBOs in different cities. However, way to go Martina for looking so young! ^_^v

    This was a great video, I had no idea that soju was so cheap, that explains a lot. Informative and funny as usual XD

    Cyber_3 – NOT drinking Woody’s Mexican Lime Cooler…….not…..sob……..

    • Most places don’t have a problem with parents buying alcohol when their kids are with them and a lot of places allow minors to drink with parental consent and the parents still present. The issue with Simon and Martina is that it obviously isn’t a parent/child relationship. Martina can say she is old enough to drink, but the cashier needs to have solid proof. A customer can spout out any age/birth date or whatever, but it doesn’t mean anything without the proof. If something were to happen and Martina was a minor, there is a chance that the alcohol could be traced back to that store and that cashier would be fired and fined.

      Martina should take it as a compliment though if the cashier felt a need to card her ^^

      • Cyber_3

        Whether you bring your minor friend in with you or hand them the booze in the parking lot, as long as the person paying is legal age and has ID (which Simon did), how can you tell if the person is a child or friend once you’re a certain age? I think that it’s impossible to enforce not buying liquour for underage drinkers. Besides, Simon and Martina probably had their wedding rings on, it’s not very common to be married under the age of 19 years old (drinking age) in Canada – also Martina could have gone outside ahead, what’s the dif? Either that guy had been reprimanded before or he is a tool.

        • In my state Queensland in Australia the fine for selling a person who is secondary supplying to a minor is just under $9000 for the employee and $50,000 for management. For a minor (under 18) it goes up to roughly $20,000. How hard is it to bring your damn ID when going to a liquor store?! People don’t get into clubs without ID, same principle as no idiot is worth $9000 for me!

        • Cyber_3

          Oh, there are steep fines in Canada too, I’m just saying it’s hard to enforce because once it leaves the store, you have no control over where it goes. Some Liquour store employees card people who look borderline or too old to be carded (especially the ladies) as a flirt/compliment to make it look like the lady looks too young to drink, however, if the lady doesn’t have her ID, the employee is stuck and can’t make the sale – BACKFIREDED! Maybe this is what happened with Martina?

          In Martina’s defense, “ID” in Canada is either your driver’s license, your passport, or your Age of Majority card. If you have a driver’s license (like Martina), you don’t usually bother getting an Age of Majority card because it’s only useful for getting booze and into R-rated movies and your license is a more accepted form of ID. People rarely carry around their passport unless travelling because it could get lost or stolen and you generally don’t need use it except for travel. Maybe since she’s been in Korea so long Martina’s driver’s license has expired or if she wasn’t driving, she forgot to bring it, she’s approximately a decade older than drinking age, after all. So, not bringing ID, totally understandable in this case, especially since Simon had his. Since Simon doesn’t have a driver’s license, likely he has an Age of Majority card that just gets forgotten in his wallet until needed.

          Cyber_3 – doesn’t bother bringing her purse into every store if her hubby has his wallet…..

        • AudreyKoopman

          I agree, if underage drinking is going to happen, it will happen. There are so many ways people can get around it. But you can get fired for not asking everyone in a group/pairing. So, as a cashier myself, I’d take the safe route that guarantees I’m not getting fired that day for that specific reason. If the cashier is someone older looking at Simon and Martina, maybe they can’t guess their age. Or if they’re younger they could just be asking everybody because they’re newbies. Heck, the persons manager could’ve been standing right there, in that case they’d definitely be carding people. And most stores actually keep serious track of the people buying alcohol, so having one person leave the store and wait outside is usually a red flag that something is up. The store can still refuse the sale at that point. I’m not saying people don’t get away with stuff like that, but it still isn’t a safe getaway. Also, as I said, my part time job is as a cashier and I will say that the last thing I’m going to notice about a person is if they’re wearing a wedding ring or not, so that isn’t really an obvious sign to go by.

          If I had been the cashier, I probably wouldn’t have carded them unless my manager was there (edit: not because I know who they are but because by looking at them I can tell that they’re older than I am so obviously drinking age). I’m just saying that there are so many things that are behind that decision to card someone even if they aren’t the one purchasing it. It is mostly about keeping your job more than anything.

      • This happened when I was over 21, out of college and living at home (in Massachusetts). I was with my dad while he was at Costo, picking up some wine. We were on our way up to the counter when my dad forgot a couple more bottles of a particular wine on his list, so he goes back to get them and I wait by the cart for him. The cashier looks at the wine, looks at me, looks back at the wine again and asks to see my ID. I don’t know if it was the amount of wine in the cart (when my parents get wine, they stock up: it’s couple of bottles of maybe two or three kinds they like) or the fact that I was there.

        • AudreyKoopman

          If I had to make a guess, it would be the amount of wine you had lol. Especially if you were close to the counter and it looked like you’d be making a purchase.

  104. btw..i paid around $15 dollars for a bottle of soju….here in the usa.

  105. do girls also get drunk in public places???

  106. My Korean friends in college loved to make me drink while playing dibidibidip, or something like that…you know, the one with the poses. Koreans work hard, and they play harder in my experience! My friends who live there now say the same.
    Beautiful country, fun people, lovely welcoming atmosphere, and pretty accepting if you’re a foreigner.

  107. So you guys mentioned bottle service and beer/soju being the main vehicles of alcohol consumption…what about the craft cocktail scene in South Korea? I think beer is gross and I don’t do shots (also gross), but I LOVE my martinis, blood & sands, sidecars, grand bohemians…if those were cheaper in South Korea (as in less than $12 a pop…my experience being with Boston/NYC) I would be over the moon.

  108. For a sec there, I actually thought you guys were being serious at the beginning… But then I realized that you guys have talked about alcohol consumption in Korea before, so XD

  109. I just recently watched Infinite’s sesame player..and they went to a street and there was a guy in a corner selling those clear plastic mixed drinks! and they bought some and started drinking them while walking down the street, WHILE on camera O_O

    Though I think they said they weren’t alcohol ones..but iuno.. now I have doubts. x) And thank you guys for making this TL:DR! I was wondering if shows and drama’s were exaggeration the the drinking…but i see that is not the case. at all.

    and Since mixed drinks are happening all up Korea now, with limes and what not, do you guys have a favourite? or are you hard core for when you do drink and just drink everything straight?

  110. cglyn

    gaaaah :P Korean restaurants in Istanbul sell a bottle of soju for 30 liras (roughly 17$) :(

  111. in Poland we’ve got “some” issues with alcohol :p
    nearly… ok, everyone has got an alcoholic in ones family, so government introduced laws against drinking.
    we cannot drink in public. alcohol is also quite expensive in bars and pubs.
    but… you can buy very cheap alcohol in any supermarket.
    and, however, minors cannot buy alcohol and I am also frequently asked for an ID despite me being 33, but a lot of underage people ask some adults to buy them alcohol – usually drunkers for a bottle of bear or something – and it passes >.<

    but I was so suprised by dramas being for 15 or older viewers only and showing so many drinking scenes and drunken behaviours. it would be banned in Poland for sure!

  112. I’m just going to say I like flirty-touchy Simon and Martina. *drank*

  113. HELLO!
    Me and my cousin are going to Korea, and we both have piercings in our noses (septum) and stretched ears.
    So we wonder what korean people think about piercings/bodymods in general.
    Thank you :D:D

  114. I was eating during watchin the video…until comes the vomit topic…

  115. TrollpinkholicloveGG

    there are different types of drunk but not many people are as scary as those who tend to get into fights…or those who start stripping off their clothes for no apparent reason =.= and I don’t really drink even if it is 5% alcohol

  116. I’ve seen a lot of drunk people here too. I live in Las Vegas, lots of drunk people especially on the Strip. And now I can partake in the festivity that is called drunkenness. I just turned 21 a week ago. :D

  117. I was never a big drinker while in the states. I mean I waited till after my 21st birthday to have my first drink. Then Korea happened. My school found a reason to have dinners almost every other week. The good thing about my school was that half of the teachers did not drink. The bad thing was that the teachers that were better in English were the ones that did. It was a good thing that the secretary showed me how to make it seem I was keeping up with the teachers.

    As for the drinking games. My favorite is Sam Yook Goo. It helped me with saying the numbers in Korean. After my first time playing….that went very badly for me. I made sure I studied before went out with my friends the next time. lol

  118. …. when my friends and I are of legal age to drink, I’d play these games with them :D :D :D

  119. Oh damn. Makgoli. The only time I have barfed from drinking was a time that involved Makgoli.

  120. Hey Simon and Martina! I have a question.. I’m not sure if you know much about it but.. are there any korean home remedies (for common ailments) that you know of?

  121. How is n stage liver disease not a huge thing in Korea, those require liver transplants… o.O

  122. last time i had a party with my korean friends, we played “bunny bunny”
    we sat in a circle and kept a drink in the middle. one person started by saying ‘bunny bunny’ pointing at themselves and then again ‘bunny bunny’ pointing at someone else in the circle. that person repeats, but also the 2 on either side of them have to say ‘carrot, carrot’. if anyone messes up or misses their turn they have to drink.

    it was really cute! my friend who is a substitute teacher adapted it and used it in his first grade class lol

    • Emilie

      I’ve been playing this game with friends at picnics and stuff since I was in high school, and I’ve never heard of it being a drinking game. O.o We call it “Kum Cha” though. And we use the words “bonny bonny” and “tooki tooki” instead. It’s a really great game!

    • irritablevowel

      Actually as I’ve been reading these games I’ve been thinking that most of them can be adapted for children! So wrong, but hey, why not.

  123. I actually know the games you mentioned on the post, I think I saw them on MBLAQ’s Sesame Player? well a not-drinking version of them cause they couldn’t drink on TV right?
    I always lose at drinking games, so I’d probably end up really drunk after one round, I’m a real lightweight when it comes to alcohol. I remember one time, at my friend’s birthday party, we had a jug of Coke mixed with rum, and we were playing this game: we had five glasses lined up on the table, each numbered. We had to pull up a number from a bowl, I think, and we’d had to either fill (if the glass was empty) or drink (if the glass was full). If it was empty you just filled it, and your turn passed, but if it was full, you’d have to drink and pull out another paper, and repeat the process until you got an empty glass. I think I drank 16 glasses in 3 rounds. I can’t remember. Based on that, I’d probably be one of those people sleeping on a bench if I went to Korea; at least I won’t get mugged xD.

  124. I play 3-6-9 in my Drama Club at school to teach the members how to concentrate. I didn’t know it was also a drinking game! *Ideas ideas ideas*

  125. Let’s see someone taught me a game that they said roughly translated to “The Game of Death” At any time while drinking someone can say “The Game of Death” and then everyone must point to someone else in the group. At the same time the person who announced the game must pick a number and say it out loud, while also pointing to someone in the group. Pointing to different people creates lines. Then you follow these lines, using whatever number was chosen and whoever has the last number (the number that was said out loud) drinks. Sorry for by bad explanation XD

  126. It’s illegal now for tourists to buy weed in the Netherlands!

  127. Do you guise understand why every Korean song that slightly implies alcohol is banned, but when a brand of alcohol obviously and shamelessly direct a CF toward pre-teens (Big Bang’s So Fresh So Cool, 2PM’s Tik Tok), it’s not a problem at all?

    As for Korea being a drinking heaven: Simon, I though you did go to Poland! You can get beyond drunk pretty easily there as well! I lost count of people passing out in the snow when I was there…

    TL;DR question: is environment a big issue in Korea? You mentionned people dumping flyers in the streets, but I heard that people recycle, and I see a lot of ads that use a “green” image as a sales argument, but when I look closer it’s actually not eco-friendly at all… Well, tell me!

    • yep, good question

    • You know, I lived in Poland for a year and I lived in Korea for two. Drinking in both countries is common. Beer in Poland is cheaper than bottled water. Soju in Korea is only a few cents more than bottled water.

      But I have to say that Koreans get drunk waaaaaaayyyyy more than Poles. For one thing, Poles often drink socially and there is less pressure to drink. In Korea, there are times when drinking is a requirement to maintain status in the company you work at – this is hugely important in Korean culture. Koreans do drink socially as well, but the social events are much more constructed – you have rules to follow. In Poland, you might get a bit of peer pressure, but it’s not a job requirement or rule.

      Also in Poland, once a person got drunk, generally they slowed down – they drank to maintain a buzz, but not to pass out, generally. However, I’ve seen people – Korean and foreigner in Korea – drink so much they passed out or vomited, only then to wake up and drink some more.

      One last thing in comparing the two – Polish alcohol is of a much higher quality. Both the beer and the vodka are better. And while you will certainly get a hangover if you imbibe too much in Poland, I would often end up with a screaming headache after drinking only a few ounces (about 100 mL) of Korean beer. Soju is even worse, and Makgeolli is the devil.

      • Thanks for the explaination!

        Yes, I’m sure the drinking culture is very different, but I don’t think it really impacts the attractiveness for foreigners, all what matters for them (especially students) is that it’s easy and cheap to get drunk… Well, I guess that in Poland, foreigners get drunker than locals, while in Korea it’s the contrary!

      • Just to clerify… Very bad beer, drunk only by hobos, is cheaper than bottled water. Good beer is more expensive. We’re not THAT much of alcoholics in Poland ;P

  128. Haha, “mind-bottling.” I see what you did there. And why do all these games have numbers?! I hate numbers.

    But actually, I can’t drink for medical reasons. So I’m relieved to know I won’t be so pressured to drink. I thought even other professions might be like that. I sometimes have a hard time getting my friends to understand that I can’t drink, even here in the States. Would Koreans understand? Or would it be the same as saying you don’t eat rice?

  129. “Mind-bottling” – someone HAS been hitting the bottle :)

  130. I’m from Finland and drinking is a big thing over here. No matter the age people like to get drunk (underage too). So I’m used to see a lot drunken people on the streets. Oh and fun fact! It’s actually illegal to drink on the streets here but the police doesn’t care unless they’re kids. (Avoid the city centrum at May Day if you’re not a drinker, seriously…)
    Since I don’t like alcohol myself I’ve been getting weird looks for over 4 years (I’m almost 22 y-o) now for not drinking or getting drunk. It’s not like I’d bother the ones who do… I can fun without the alcohol in my veins. *shrug* Good thing to know no one should be pushing me to drink in South Korea.

    • Riina – think its the same in Sweden (to old now to know how things are :))! But if anyone younger walks around they usually takes the bottle – or so it was anyway! But TRUE – you dont need alcohol to have fun! :D

  131. I know the 3-6-9 game and I think 29 should be clapped as well :D Finland is also a big drinking country but our drinking games are mainly card games or watching TV and drinking for example whenever they say a certain word. We also need to drive to bars and it’s really expensive. Finnish people solved it with drinking home first and then going to the bar and not really drinking there. So it’s like drinking at home 20-23 and then dancing and socializing at bars 23-04.

    Also one fun fact: the Finnish are the biggest coffee consumers of the world. And it’s not at coffee shops! People drink drip coffee at work and their homes so much that coffee consumption per capita is like 12 kilos a year. :DD

    • OH JEEBUS! There are so many mistakes in this post that people would swear that we were drunk while writing it, which isn’t true! Yargh!

    • Finland? I would thought it was like… Italy or something.

      • Yup, all the Scandinavian use the ‘drink at home first’ before going out because alcohol is absurdly expensive here. We call it vorspiel (preplay) and then when the cubs/bars close at like 3am we go home and have the after party ‘nachtspiel’ (nightplay. Not as dirty as it sounds :p)

        • in most of the U.S. we call it pre-gaming, and the after drinks at home are called night caps lol! alcohol is also really expensive, especially here in nyc

      • No, Italians use coffee only 5.9 kg per capita. :D All the North Europian countries are in the lead so I guess dark winters toll :D You can check the full list in Wikipedia or WHO

    • Yay for Finland! We like our coffee… But we don’t get sun (especially in the winter) so something has to keep us awake! XD

    • Have you ever tried drinking to the Eurovision song contest? For instance take a shot every time a singer goes of key, or they use firework or the song goes up a key at the end. Trust me, you will be hammered by the end and Eurovision becomes even funnier to watch, it’s a win-win!

  132. Slaloms of barf piles, ugh…I’m emetophobic and that is a horrible image *shudder*

    Simon and Martina, I know you’re English majors, so I hope you don’t mind when I point out that in paragraph 4 the plural taxis (in the last sentence of the paragraph) doesn’t need an apostrophe D:

  133. Not sure if saying mind-bottling was a mistake or not but I like that word waaaay more than mind-boggling. It goes well with the drinking theme. Good job guys.

  134. PunkyPrincess92

    “we’ve seen a lot more drinking in Kore” heeheehee!!! KORE!!

    so do the really drunk people not pick fights with anyone? or like make a big commotion?
    ……..and you don’t have to go to them and ask their not-as-drunk friend “what’s your friends attitude why s/he so dame rude? HAAAH?” ahaha!!

  135. guys.. i was eating congee while watching this video. the “red piles of vomit” image was not very appetizing. lol…

  136. There’s also the game of death! where someone points at someone else. And the starting person says a number between 1 to 50 (i think). Then they’ll count 1,2 3 and so forth following the ‘path’ that everyone has ‘pointed’ out. It gets pretty fun when you’ve 2 peeps pointing at each other~

  137. this is such a great eatyourkimchi week. you are so funny! I literally fell down my couch wanting your “fist fight”
    keep up the good work :)
    @Martina: you are so pretty in this video! I mean you’re alway pretty… but here you are soooo pretty.
    @Simon: you’re pretty handsome too ;)

  138. Guise … Next time, don’t describe how vomit looks like in korea … If there is next time.

  139. sorry to be totally shallow and not comment at all on your fascinating discussion but… OMG martina you’re so pretty!! like, really, wowzers! ^_^ (simon you are lovely as well, of course. although there’s nothing on your shirt! i actually thought it might be inside out or backwards at first!)

  140. These games sound awesome! Do they play North American drinking games as well, such as Beer Bong, King’s Cup, Flip Cup, or Baseball? (I’m not an alcoholic, I swear!)

  141. I don’t have anything official to share, but … my friend and I did create a few K-media related drinking games that may be of use to certain nasties:

    For Science!

    1. Music: “Big Bang Roulette” … (Probably not a good one for strong alcohol).
    • Kai Bai Bo to pick the number you want – 1, 2, or 3
    • put Big Bang music video playlist on shuffle
    • The person with # 1 takes a shot every time Taeyang misplaces his shirt
    • Person with # 2 takes a shot every time there is a close up of TOP’s face looking soulfully into the camera.
    • Person with #3 takes a shot every time GD does a “HuH?” or … that wolf sound… thing…

    2. Drama: You’re Beautiful
    • Same deal with people picking numbers.
    • #1 Every time Taekyung does a lip-roll of disapproval
    • #2 Every time Taekyung says “Go Minam.”
    • #3 Every time Go Minam does the “the walk-shuffle.”
    • #4 Every time Jeremy freaks out… about anything.
    • #5 Every time There is a screenshot of Shin having deep emotional strife

    Bonus: if you can match the actor/actress and say a line in Korean WITH THEM, you can steal someone else’s number.

    Picking numbers is really interesting here because these happen in very varied amounts throughout the episodes- so it really matters how well you remember the episode.

    Anyway. Happy times!

  142. I like alcohol, but I never get drunk (because I don’t want to:P Keep my senses alive!). But those drinking games seem fun!

  143. Woohoo for not studying for my final and watching this instead! xP
    Back to studying….>.> *sigh*

  144. “26-26-28″ someone here can’t count ;)

  145. I think I found two typos…second paragraph first sentence : Kore (a) and sixth paragraph “haven”–> heaven
    Love that I finally I get to correct the teachers mohahaaaa ;)

  146. Hahaha, you’re right!!!, I’m currently an exchange student in Korea, and in this moment (2:15 am), outside of my dorm I can hear a group of Koreans in a MT reunion a little drunk…and it’s Wednesday/Thursday o.O

  147. you shoud definitely do a wank where you guise play the drinking games

  148. Sam Yook Goo is Pamplemousse! you know, that french counting game. i wonder who thought it up first?

  149. I’ve played those games before while drinking in Korea. It’s crazy good times lol.

  150. Yeah, alcohol isn’t my thing, and I was going to go to Korea potentially for a business meeting. Was quite worried about this, but I guess the foreginer card will be played.

  151. Hey guise,

    Did you get culture shock? If so how did you deal with culture shock? What are ways to prepare yourself for it?

  152. You guys are killing me! I just put a one-hour youtube block on my laptop and then this notification pops up. OHHH you so torturous… See you in an hour.

  153. Martina, love the wild child look!

  154. I think America is a bit more lax than Canada with respect to selling alchohol.

    • Depends on the state. In NH it’s the same, no selling to anyone in a group if even one person doesn’t have ID (unless they are all obviously of age ie 40+). Also people get cut off/kicked out of bars if they are too drunk. Not to mention drunk driving laws which doesn’t help b/c everything is so far away. There are even tough laws about driving with alcohol in the car.

      • Ah. I live in Michigan, and my brother has never had problems buying alcohol while I’m with him, even though I am a minor.

        • I with Suze on this one. Texas is some what similar, just depends on where you go and if the cashier really cares to check everybody.

        • AudreyKoopman

          I’m with Suze as well, it is the same in Ohio, or at least at Walgreen’s where I work. I’ve had customers at work who throw hissy fits because person of some age that we can’t tell doesn’t have their ID with them, so we can’t sell to the group. Then in an attempt to be sly one person of the group with an ID will try to come in and buy some…
          If something were to happen to the possible minor in that group and they really are a minor, the alcohol could be traced back to being purchased at our store. The cashier who sold the alcohol to the group without carding everyone would be fired and fined some thousands upon thousands of dollars. As a cashier, it is safest to always card.

          There are some exceptions though in cases of families. Like, if it is an obvious parent/child then it is ok. But that is because in Ohio it is legal for a minor to drink with parental consent and the parent still present.

  155. I would explain some games, but I’m underage

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