It’s election time in Korea, and we really really dread it. We don’t like how noisy the campaigns are, they’re really noisy. Like, really really noisy. It’s actually baffling to us, since every candidate is yelling on a loudspeaker at the same time (which happens often) it becomes totally ineffective as an attention grabbing technique. To make matters worse, they don’t just campaign in one sectioned off area, they drive around on flatbed trucks where real live people stand on the back waving and screaming into a microphone all over the neighbourhood. The mall, the subway, the park, even residential neighbourhoods! Here’s a small example of what life in Korea is like during election campaigning.

Now, we did a video way back when we first arrived in Korea and didn’t understand WHY this was happening, first Election Truck video and it’s not uploaded to YouTube anymore because we offended some Korean people which caused angry netizen death threats and blahblahblah, internet anonymity blahblahblah…which is funny because EVER SINGLE KOREAN FRIEND WE KNOW HATES THESE TRUCKS. Seriously, who’s like,”Oh those noisy campaign trucks are awesome, I just love hearing them repeat their name and number, and to vote for them, over and over again! My sleeping baby especially loves it! YAY!”

Anyhow, the elections are tomorrow, which means that we won’t have to suffer this anymore! Huzzah!

Also, we’re rescheduling our shows a bit, so that some segments will be on other days. We’re not dropping any: we’re just trying to arrange them in a more practical order. Check out the info on our video schedule here!

  1. I don’t understand if people know how simonandmartina already feel about the elections why watch the video?

  2. Oh gosh I watched this and at the start Martina pointed and I sort of flinched . I was like noooo, isn’t that wrong, but they were new so hopefully people understood that. And oh my gosh I don’t know how I could handle that, and an adorable ahjimma waved at the camera as they went down the stairs ^.^. I want to be a teacher in Korea so badly.

  3. Ahaha, it’s sort of similar in Ireland – I remember the vans being parked outside of the school and driving around the town, playing music and then shouting over the music to vote for the candidate. However, it’s not as loud, and it doesn’t happen early in the morning/late at night. And I live in a rural area – I don’t know if it’s the same in the cities.

  4. Oh gosh, exactly like in Dominican Republic. Like seriously, it’s so bad in D.R. Like traffic jams everywhere and loud annoying campaigning. IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME! So trust me, I feel your pain. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I LIVED THROUGH IT!

  5. Not sure if I’m the first person to say this, but T.O.P. for prez! :3

  6. Wow. I feel sorry for all the people who have to deal with the noise that day :( Some korean MMOs who had their updates scheduled on 19th December have them re-scheduled too. Pretty weird.

  7. Lol get a life. Korean’s have a different culture ok? if you dont like it, just fucken leave..

  8. I absolutely agree with you guys. How annoying! This may reveal some clues as to why North and South Korea are still separate. Shouting matches never yield positive results. I can half-heartedly say this since I’m only half Korean.

  9. om my god….unbelievable…but I’m not someone who likes to judge

  10. ahhhhh.. i can see why you had to take that second video down. im not korean but even i know i would have been offended if i was. i know you guys didnt mean any harm or malice, but it kinda came off that you were taunting the man around the beginning since you were talking to him in English when it clearly seemed he didnt understand.. @_@

  11. I know this has nothing to do with the video, but OMGG I love it when you guys make videos of you just walking around Korea so we can see what it is like on the streets there. I love ya’lls videos!!!

  12. During the day, I think it’s OK, but they should limit the noise level at night. Maybe there’s no law against noise pollution at night like they do where I live…

  13. This video is awesome!  I lived in Korea for 2 years and never had any idea what those loud trucks were talking about – at 8am on Saturday morning.  Thanks for the info.  It’ll serve me well when I get back there.

  14. Even though I am Korean, I understand how foreign people feel.
    Maybe some people are offended by this criticism.(Especially, Korean people)
    However, it is true those election days gave us headache.
    Election truck turned on songs almost all day long.
    They are everywhere, the mall, the subway, the park, even residential neighborhoods shouting on the microphone, talking about their will.
    Noisy campaign trucks keep repeating their name and number.
    We have to suffer from the noise throughout the election time and just hope it ends as soon as possible. Some thing needs to done for this situation.
    Their is up coming president election. I hope these situation(noisy campaign) get ripped out in our life.

  15. just like in the philippines… i guess every asian culture campaigns are like this…

  16. Wow This is hilarious!! but goodness !!!….wait there must be some subliminal message in that music to work on peoples mind as they sleep …lol if you can sleep

  17. I hated those things. The trucks especially. They were especially distracting to my students during class time which did not make things easy on me.

    unfortunately they also have similar things for night clubs…also for electronics repair… that go around quite often in my neighborhood… Koreans really like to make noise when they advertise.

  18. all Singapore does is put up posters of the candidates and if they did this,someone would throw water down from their apartment lol 

  19. YIKES!! and I complain about all the crazyness during US Presidential Election.

  20. Yeah <.< Sounds about right even when I was in India….o.o do they come to the house also like the whole party just comes there dancing around with their loud ass speakers XD

  21. this happens all over the world 

  22. idk if this is relevant, but i just wanted to ask if anybody knows of korea allows dual citizenship.
    like im taiwanese, and i can be a citizen of both the u.s. and taiwan. but i dont know about korea… hahha just wondering cause i want to live there when i grow older!

  23. I think elections like this is an Asian thing not sure about other Asian countries but in the Philippines this is the norm. Well actually this is pretty mild, They have these parades and rallies in the Philippines when election season starts. Its pretty crappy and annoying as well. At least here in Canada its not like that, it’s more personal and up close campaign which is goes since you get to ask in-depth questions before signing your vote away.  

  24. Wasn’t there some guy on the internet who wanted to run his cat for Senator? Spudgy for pres!

  25. It was like that last year in Incheon for me.  Now I’m in Osan which is soooo better.  Get a little out of Seoul and it is not quite as annoying.  ^^

  26. Oh God. I thought the title was KOREAN ERECTIONS LOL

  27. as i am korean, i feel sorry for Simon and Martina…
    but there is another election at December, 2012 in s. korea and it is even bigger election, the presidential election…. maybe simon and martina can start a peitition to stop the music for the next election… or maybe not…

    •  as a Korean I wish Koreans would stop apologizing for something that isn’t necessarily their fault, but it’s the way things are. 사과할게 뭐가 있다고 사과를 하는지…

  28. reminds me slightly of Vancouver during playoffs, when you cant sleep because of all the honking and cheering on the streets at night, and the dread of going on busy public transit routes (because of insane/drunk hockey “fans”, not loud politicians, lol)

  29. Differences in election campaign was something I’d never thought about being different between countries, of course I know it IS, but I’d just never thought how or why it was different. I think I would find this style rather annoying, I get irritated with regular flyers or charity collections outside tube stations!

  30. I think you guys are great but found this video to be a bit disrespectful.  Saying shut the F* Simon was pushing it a little.  You are living in a foreign country.  This is how they they vote, it may be different from what you’re used to but you don’t need to be disrespectful.  It really comes as a surprise considering you two have been living there for so long it seems you would be more open and not ignorant to differnt cultures…remember, if you don’t like it…Leave.  Just a thought if you respect your fan base. 

    • Saying “If you don’t like it leave” is the hallmark of a racist or xenophobe. I’m not even going to go into all of the reasons your argument is wrong, because from your point of view you would never understand.

      • You have no clue what you’re even talking about…and to Lauren Grass’s comment below…the only “WOW” here is that Korea has gotten way too lenient with screening idiot teachers like you if that’s what you do.  These are OPINIONS Alex, why don’t you pick up a book and read one…if you can

    • This is not how they vote, this is how they campaign. 

      Besides, In every country election time is one of the most obnoxious times of the year. How is it disrespectful? Its not like theyre offending the people campaigning but the noise itself, all though saying Shut The F* Up was a bit much it was to themselves. I find it annoying as hell when those obnoxious advertising trucks come by my house at like 7am and drive around until the afternoon. Im not offending the person but the noise itself is irritating. Ignorant to different cultures? wow didnt know being annoyed by a truck would make someone ignorant to another culture. -.-

    •  agreed. and even if you keep saying that “but our Korean friends hate the noise too!” that doesn’t mean your Korean friends represent all of Korea

  31. Maybe it’s just me, but I swell up with a little pride every time I see Democracy/Voters/Whatever political system Korea has since I don’t really know hehe hard at work. Better to have people clogging the subways than to see countries where it seems most don’t even care in my opinion :)

  32. So, the speakers on those trucks reminds me of Dr. Seuss and also the truck used for announcements in The Nightmare Before Christmas, the one driven by the mayor dude who can switch faces. Is it just me who thinks that?

  33. you’re very lucky it’s ending for you. The week before the presidential primaries in my state, I got recorded calls every every day telling me how evil one candidate was. The worst day I got 5 of these calls. Now my state is in the middle of a recall election, and there are primaries for that coming up and everyone is throwing mud for all they are worth. The presidential elections aren’t until November. It’s going to be a long year…

  34. Guys. you should be more careful about posting something about other country’s political situations..(I love your videos i’ve watched them since like 2yrs but you guys really should careful)I hate the truck and the annoying advertisement song too BUT I understand this one…many crazy things happened just before the election and many parties had split up into pieces and pieces.THE MOST IMPORTANT thing is, since Korean citizens were deeply mad about this government, the number of opposition parties hugely increased so they probably had to advertise themselves a lot more than the usual elections.

  35. This is not nearly as intrusive as American elections. Election season in Korea is only ONE month, not a year and a half of constant hate on the news networks and TV ads. Actually I find it refreshing to see people going out to get others excited about electing. Considering Korea was a dictatorship almost 20 years ago, this is only one small annoyance that lasts a very short time. Now the fruit trucks passing by my house at 7am blasting their ads or the public service announcements in apartments. Well, let’s talk about those another time. :P

    Oh at least Korea is still a democracy, unlike Canada :P *Burn* 

  36. (From http://www.facebook.com/choitaehoon)(I WANNA BE one of YOU GUYS’S korean friends.)
    ^^ so interesting movie. it would be weird for someone especially foreigner.
    so do i . but, i thought i would be one of korean ‘Culture’ kk
    by thinking this way, it will helpful for everyone’s mind. won’t it? kk

  37. It’s like that here in Manila as well. And Martina, you hit the nail on the head. My dad, when deciding whom to vote for, takes note of every politician who yells with a setup like that, or who blocks traffic because of setups like that, and WON’T vote for them. He’ll vote for whoever is left, lol. 

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