Crisis of Etiquette on Seoul Subways, Backpack Edition

Article from Chosun Ilbo

“Men sitting with legs wide open”, “women putting on makeup” and “people wearing backpacks” are reported as top three vices on the subway.

March 9th on bus number 272, which runs from Pungmoon Girls' High School to Yonsei University, two passengers are looking out the window, unaware their backpacks are blocking others inside the bus.

March 9th on bus number 272, which runs from Pungmoon Girls’ High School to Yonsei University, two passengers are looking out the window, unaware their backpacks are blocking others inside the bus.

A worker Kim (27) who has a 2-hour daily commute by subway always looks around whenever she is on the subway to avoid people wearing backpacks. Ms. Kim is about 160cm tall. If someone who is 175-180cm tall and wearing a backpack stands in front of her, the backpack touches her face. Ms. Kim said, “There are many times when a person wearing a backpack just passes by not knowing that their backpack hit my face or body. It really makes me upset. Being stuck amongst all these backpacks, my way to work is even harder.”

More and more people using public transportation are complaining about “backpack-phobia”. Thanks to the popularization of tablets, laptops, and outdoor sports clothing, more and more people are wearing backpacks. According to many, backpacks are often causing arguments.

The leaders of the bad manners are the “backpack tribe,” a term that refers to people who wear backpacks that block the way for other passengers, “wide-open men” who sit with their legs spread wide apart, and “makeup girls” who do their makeup on the bus or train.

On March 9th, in one car of a subway line 2, where lots of students and workers ride every day, about 20 passengers wearing backpacks were tangled up with other people. The width of a subway car is 1.3 meters, and when a man wearing a backpack was standing with his back to the aisle, it was hard for even one person to make their way through. One middle-aged woman was moving to another car. Annoyed, she pushed people wearing backpacks out of her way.

A hiking backpack with trekking poles or climbing irons can be a weapon threatening people’s safety. Mr. Cheon (44), a bus driver in Seoul, said, “One drunk climber was staggering in a bus and a trekking pole sticking out from his backpack hit another passenger’s head and poked a passenger’s eye. This happens sometimes and it starts fights.”

A video clip made by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit in May of last year suggested backpack etiquette to promote safety measures, including the suggestion, "Do not turn your body quickly when you are wearing a backpack," and, "On the subway, hold your bag or put it on the shelf."

A video clip made by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit in May of last year suggested backpack etiquette to promote safety measures, including the suggestion, “Do not turn your body quickly when you are wearing a backpack,” and, “On the subway, hold your bag or put it on the shelf.”

In a bus running through a certain course with lots of climbers, Seoul government is also making this announcement: “When a bus is crowded, take care that your mountain climbing equipment, backpacks, or irons from backpacks not to harm other passengers.”

However, among people wearing backpacks, it is not common to acknowledge the inconvenience caused by backpacks and to try have good manners. A university student Mr. Jeong(26) said, “If I put my backpack on the shelf or on the floor, I need to keep an eye on it thinking, what if other people take my bag. So I feel safe when I’m wearing a backpack on my back. I don’t think wearing my backpack is causing any troubles to others.”

Foreigners living in Korea say that, “Koreans are not even able to believe that their backpacks might cause an inconvenience.

Mr. Ogino from Japan (29) said, “Since I was young, I have been taught not to give trouble to others. So I put down my backpack if it is big. Before taking a crowded subway, I hold my backpack in my hand.”

In the case of Tokyo Metro in Japan, since 2004 it has made backpack etiquette posters showing a variety of possible situations. In one poster, for example, a man is wearing a big backpack with the phrase, “Let’s wear it on a mountain.” On another poster, an office worker wearing a backpack is bothering a child standing behind him, but pretending he doesn’t know anything. In this poster, there is the phrase, “Adults, have good manners! The children are watching!”

In 2013, RATP(the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens)’s etiquette poster brought up the issue by caricaturing a man wearing a backpack as a tortoise wearing a backpack instead of its shell.

Comments from Naver:


In this case, you can push a backpack with your shoulder as hard as you can.


I think a campaign is needed asking people to wear their backpacks on their front or to hold them in their hands.. I’m often annoyed by those kinds of people wearing backpacks.


University students find it hard to use university lockers, which is connected to lots of books inside a backpack. Where has the school tuition gone then?


University student Jeong is the cause of the problem.[He is a son of representative Jeong Mong-jun [Chung Mong-joon], and he made trouble describing Korean people as “uncivilized” before his father’s election.]


Since a few years ago I have been wearing my backpack on the front. There are still those kind of people.


Rather than those backpacks, I think ajummas are the worst problem, pushing and not waiting for people to get off. Why can’t they wait for a few seconds? I don’t understand people pushing others who are getting off.


I understand that a man spreading his legs open is bad manners, but is a woman putting on makeup really making trouble?


I also wear a backpack but I haven’t thought about others. I will be more careful.


I’m living in Canada. People here automatically hold their backpacks in their hands if the subway is a bit crowded. Even though this is trivial, an attitude of considering others shows an aspect of a developed country. Whenever I visit Korea, what I always find is people seemed to be annoyed. There is no consideration for elderly people, and high school students are swearing. This how I feel about Korea.


Rather than backpacks, I hate ajummas pushing against me even though there is a little bit of room still.


Now even wearing a backpack is considered bad manners.


I have an experience of a 190 cm tall guy hitting me with his backpack. I have no idea whether those people have no brains or neglect backpack issues because they are lazy, but if a backpack is big, please take it off. There is little space to stand. You guys should think of others behind you being hit by your backpacks even if you move a little bit.


A person who doesn’t think he is making any inconvenience to others is because he hasn’t experienced any problems caused by backpacks. Have you ever been hit by a backpack? A backpack owner has no idea of it. Because it usually happens in a crowded place, I find it hard to say something to him and it really makes me upset. A backpack owner behaves in such a way only thinking about himself and forgetting he wore a backpack, he doesn’t know that other people feel bothered because of him. He thinks that he doesn’t mean to make trouble, it means he shouldn’t feel sorry for what he has done.


I’m a university student wearing a backpack. I belatedly realized that backpacks cause so many troubles. I wear a backpack to carry my heavy books. I think there are lots of students who don’t know that a backpack can cause inconvenience, it’s not that they are mean.


On the bus, my face was hit by a student’s backpack. It was really painful. For me the backpack was just like a weapon.


I’m wearing a backpack but I didn’t know that I can cause trouble for others. I will be careful.

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  • Joey

    Korea really is turning into a country of whiny motherfuckers.

    • Ken Morgan

      Nah Korea is just anti everything, anti women, anti men, anti children, anti old people, anti rights etc

      • MikeinGyeonggi

        Korea is 50 million people, each with their own opinion.

        But yeah, lately Koreabang seems to focus on societal complaints.

        • KoreanPeninsula8282

          South Korea is 56 Million. South Korean government are too lazy update the numbers.

          • David

            Yes and those 56 million people have 7 or 8 different opinions (not not 7 or 8 different opinions each, for the whole country). Sorry MikeinGyeonggi, I think you have vastly overestimated the number of opinions.

  • Marinho Guimarães

    It isn’t only in Korea. Here in Brazil a lot of students (from high/elementary school to post-graduate students) wear big backpacks in crowded buses and/or subway. For them, doesn’t matter if they are causing trouble to other people.

    • iatowks

      Brazil is not exactly a good example of a civilized country.

      • ParkJeongher

        Where is this “civilized country” you refer to? I’ve been all over Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Still haven’t found one.

      • Marinho Guimarães

        I’m agree with you but for some issues Korea isn’t, and Brazil is better than Korea in certain subjects.

        All countries have pros and cons.

    • left nut

      Canada as well (TTC and BC Transit Skytrain)… some people just are oblivious or just don’t care.

  • ytuque

    What I hated about public transportation in Korea is that constant pushing and most of these savages don’t cover their faces when they sneeze or cough. They will do it right in your face.

    • wrle

      Still cleaner, safer and efficent than most other metropolitan subways in the world. Try new york, these savages will literally pee in your face.

      • David

        I don’t think you know what the word ‘literally’ means. If this is ‘literally’ happening to you, you have to stop paying people for a golden shower.

        • wrle

          I actually do mean it quite ‘literally’. Not to me but certainly witnessed it happen lol.

          • David

            Well, that just opens up a whole different bunch of questions.

  • ParkJeongher

    “University students find it hard to use university lockers, which is connected to lots of books inside a backpack. Where has the school tuition gone then?”

    May I propose e-readers and tablets instead of lugging around ridiculous Joseon Dynasty generation style hardcover textbooks?

    • Sillian

      I love hardcover textbooks for engineering, math or science subjects. e-books are fine for novels and such.

      • bigmamat

        The very subjects that don’t require the actual killing of trees to produce. Pi is the same no matter which textbook you read. A pulley and lever work the same whether you learned about it in a traditional paper textbook or if you see it on a computer screen. There is no practical reason for students to be lugging around hundreds of pounds of paper when they don’t need to anymore. There’s certainly no reason for them to be bearing the high cost and mark up of producing them.

        • Sillian

          You can’t just read through science, math, or engineering textbooks. Sometimes you can spend many hours to digest just one page. I find it convenient to put post-its that are often full of equations on paper books.

          • bigmamat

            I like paper books as well but I think a lot of them could be pared down by using online versions as well. I find it easier to curl up with an actual book than with a tablet. lol Old folks.

          • ParkJeongher

            If only there was a comment inserting & note taking function on tablets, PCs, and the like….

    • Not every book is available in ebook format, and not everyone is able to afford a tablet…

      • bigmamat

        Really because you can by a tablet for about $400 dollars in the US and for some students here that’s the price of one new textbook. If you can get a degree mostly online now why can’t you get your textbooks online? I’ll tell you why, greed and politics. There’s absolutely no reason for you to be lugging around 40 lbs of books anymore.

        • Dark Night

          upper body strength?

          • bigmamat

            Somehow I don’t think hauling around an anvil on your back is a good way to develop upper body strength. Certainly might be a problem if you’re a 5 ft. 89 lb. Korean girl.

        • MikeinGyeonggi

          Not arguing with your point, but conventional textbooks are exceptionally inexpensive in SK. Many books are 30-50% cheaper than the same book in the US.

          • bigmamat

            I was wondering that, well that’s a plus for the Korean students at least. At it’s worse it’s still a hardship to be lugging around all those books on your back especially on public transportation.

    • MikeinGyeonggi

      Korean students already illegally photocopy and bind their own books. Just imagine the pirating of copyrighted textbook material if they switched to e-readers.

      Textbooks don’t write themselves. Academics spend years working on them and they deserve compensation. If students just steal them, then experts will stop writing them.

      • bigmamat

        Bullshit. Textbook companies gouge students every year. New additions come out yearly with little more than a few hundred “upgrades” in wording. Essentially the same material. I know I used to work in the education industry. Textbook adoptions are one of the most corrupt aspects of the for profit cost of education. There is no reason for a student to be lugging around 40 lbs of paper anymore. There is certainly no practical reason for the high cost of textbooks other than greed and politics.

        • ParkJeongHer

          You must’ve gone to school in the US

          • bigmamat

            No, I spent 15 years in the education “industry”. I was often directly involved with new text book adoptions.

          • redwhitedude

            US also gouges prices on textbooks.

        • MikeinGyeonggi

          E-books cost money too.

          • bigmamat

            Yeah but they should be much less expensive and they are less wasteful in the end. Although I think Koreans are better at recycling than most Americans or I could be mistaken.

      • ParkJeongher

        I would question any “academic” who spent “years working on” a textbook…. last time I checked, there were two spheres in higher ed: research and teaching.

        • MikeinGyeonggi

          Then who do you think writes university textbooks?

          • ParkJeongher

            Textbook companies and staff writers for the most part. Textbooks should be treated like prescription meds in Korea: the gov’t should control the price and heavily subsidize it. It would probably reduce a lot of the idiotic waste regarding the printing, carrying, re-printing for new editions, and disposal of physical textbooks. Not to mention the ridiculous margins that McGraw-Hill and the gang make.

      • Dark Night

        So apparently you don’t grasp the concept of scanning and snapping pics of test books. switching to tablets would increase piracy rather than decrease it.

        • redwhitedude

          They would have to arrange having textbooks uploaded on those tablets and not be allowed to be copied onto other devices.

    • MeCampbell30

      Nope. It’s much easier to turn pages, highlight, write-in notes, and put tabs in a physical book than an ebook.

  • What’s the problem with wearing a backpack? Sometimes they’re too heavy (often because they contain school books) to hold in one hand, and I wouldn’t want to put my backpack on the dirty ground, so what else am I supposed to do? Leave all my books at home to accommodate others? Come on. It’s not exactly my fault if my backpack takes a lot of space. Get over it.

    • Digi Chan

      O_o that is bullshit just take the damn backpack off,while you’re in the subway

      • It’s still going to be in people’s legs and bother them though?

        • bigmamat

          Not if you put it between your legs. It’s your burden not theirs.

    • Guest

      ‘Wouldn’t want to put my backpack on the dirty ground’ and ‘get over it’ sit rather uncomfortably in the same post. Fortunately, NYC has introduced manners PSAs for the subway, with simple color coded stick figures for the hard of thinking.

      • “Hard of thinking”? Really? You shame others for bad etiquette then you act rude and insult them? Talk about irony.

        • bigmamat

          Take it off and carry it on public transportation. Buy one with small metal “feet” next time so the leather or canvas doesn’t touch the ground. They don’t allow you to keep your bag on an airplane. You have to stow it under the seat or in the overhead. The plane is too small for the odd “my special circumstance” excuse. It’s a safety hazard. Why are Koreans even carrying around 40 lbs of books anymore anyway? Everything else is online. Are Korean college students being financially raped by the textbook industry the same way they are here in the US? Hundreds of dollars for a textbook that costs 10 bucks to produce. Have a little consideration for your fellow commuter. That’s a more important lesson than calculus.

        • Guest

          I don’t insult them on the subway. The vast majority of ‘rude’ people there aren’t trying to be rude, they’re just being oblivious to the fact that there are 7 million other people who also need a space to ride to work. But if one of them was fully aware of their intrusion and told others to ‘get over it,’ I can’t say I’d lose any sleep over gently enlightening them to the error of their ways.

    • commander

      Having a backpack itself has no problem at all.

      The problem here is that backpackers turned abruptly around or pushing their ways in a packed subway carriage, without knowing their bulging backpacks pushing passengers nearby nearly falling, or leaving scratches on their bodies.

      It happens without an apology to others for such an annoyance, which could be preventable with extra care from backpackers.

      As a solution to the trouble, I’d like propose that backpackers reverse-wear backpacks on their frontal body, not on their back, if they are on a crowded subway with lots of content in their backpacks.

      • What’s the difference between wearing your backpack frontward and wearing it normally? It’s still just as big…

        • commander

          It makes a striking difference.

          Wearing a backpack as usual, you would never feel when your backpack caused unintended inconvenience to others around you in a packed subway train.

          On the other hand, having it frontward allows you to know what you are doing, making you pay more attention to your movement.

    • gurl lets smash

  • Digi Chan

    This is happening in NYC too but here people snap,quick so while it’s not a pandemic its definitely a problem

  • AdamS

    The only thing that regularly annoys me on the Seoul subways are the fuckers who push their way into the subway car before allowing people to get off. It isn’t only the ajummas.

    • Guest

      When I lived in Seoul for a couple of months, that happened to me only once to me on the subway by two women. Funny though they were chinese tourists.

    • Jahar

      Come to China.

      • Gordon Gogodancer

        I was going to say that before i saw your comment :p

    • Smith_90125

      At one station, I once witnessed a man in a wheelchair trying to get out at the handicapped exit, and the idiots on the platform tried to shove him back in instead of letting him leave. If I hadn’t intervened and started shoving them back out myself, the guy might not have been able to exit where he wanted to. He would have had to go to the next station where he might not have been able to exit (e.g. no elevator).

  • stickerbrick

    We are more likely to be aware of and create more personal space for our front than our back, so to be courteous in a crowded subway, I will wear my backpack on my front.

    • Boris

      I usually take it off before boarding and put it between my legs.
      Prevents it from hitting others and also prevents others from opening it without you knowing.

  • BikerLad

    The backpacks are the least of my worries. My subway pet peeves, in order. Gum snapping. Text message alerts (Kakao! Kakao!). Girls forever fussing over phantom specks of dust, wiping at nothing, playing with their hair, applying makeup and scented hand cream. Constant selfies, mirror gawking. Old men watching TV on their phones, no earbuds. Loud phone conversations. Guys who reek of tobacco. Girls who reek of perfume. People eating squid snacks. Vendors. Preachers. The list of bad subway manners is endless.

    • bigmamat

      You need to buy a car.

      • BikerLad

        Sadly, there is no etiquette (or safety) on the roads here. Drivers often drive at night without their lights on (scooters and delivery motorbikes almost never, and I’ve even seen buses without lights on….it boggles the mind).

        • bigmamat

          So basically you’re fucked. You either have to deal with people or deal with cars. Sorry, go off the grid then.

          • BikerLad

            Ha. I hear ya. Either that or light myself on fire in protest. That’ll teach ’em.

          • bigmamat

            Hell no. I’m an American shoot me! I don’t even like burning my hand in the oven.

    • redwhitedude

      You need a distraction whenever you get on the subway.

    • Pat Taylor

      Have you ever personally took the time to stop and ask yourself “honestly” …..

      How annoying is myself, my habits, my bodily odors, my appearance, my tics, my existence to other people? – As you define “others” to be in your own minds eye?

      I am certain that other fellow “meatbags” find identical dislikes surrounding your presence as you profess of others.

      • BikerLad

        Please tell me that English is not your first language, you pompous windbag.

        • Pat Taylor

          I must have touched upon an all too inconvenient truth for you to accept – your response indicates that you have nothing more than insults when you are asked a couple simple questions.

          • BikerLad

            You got in MY face, Pat, simply for voicing an opinion. Preachy and self-congratulatory. I suppose if you didn’t like rainy days, I could tell you to take a look in the mirror. What a crank. Bugger off.

          • Pat Taylor

            Typical liberal, takes offense at questions and blows them out of context, gets BUTT HURT and lashes out – I smell a mildewy basement in your present place of residence – kind of angry that your college education isn’t what your commie professor convinced you that it would be – are your tired of being the head of the turd scratching department at your local Wal-Mart….

            I bet you parents are tired of you stinking their basement up too!

          • BikerLad

            Who’s angry? You’re on a most bizarre little rant, and are clearly getting irked. Liberal, commie, mildewy basement….sounds like the kind of language you read in 9/11 forums. Do you always hurl cheesy insults at people you disagree with?
            Go stalk someone else, because your lame attempts at slander only serve to make you look the fool, and have no effect on me.

          • Pat Taylor

            Poor poor pitiful liberal hypocrite

          • Pat Taylor

            I knew that you were a sick, twisted and demented little monkey –


  • HaydenG

    Haha they have no idea how good they have it. Wait until more Mainland Chinese cockroaches come to Korea and they will really have something to complain about. I saw a Chinese person defecating in a subway station trash can one time

    • chucky3176

      Where? in korea?

      • HaydenG

        In Hangzhou China

    • Guest

      And yet the only person complaining is some dipshit white guy

    • guest

      And heres the obligatory Chinese comment on article about ettiquette, even if its got nothing to do with China. BORING

    • Balkan

      That’s interesting. In a country with 1.35 billion people you saw a person defecating in a subway station trash bin once, which should make the people think that most Chinese people behave like that. I have lived in China for 8 years and I have never seen something like that.

      How about people going to the US or some western country and seeing an idiot behaving in a similar way? Will they immediately make a conclusion that something is that normal in that country? My Chinese friends were robbed in Paris and French police didn’t care AT ALL at helping them. They still didn’t make a conclusion that French people are robbers and something like that is common in France.

      What you just wrote is an expression of racism, thinly veiled as a critique of public behavior. Oh, hold on, you called Chinese people cockroaches. Forget that “thinly veiled”.

  • elizabeth

    Backpacks aren’t as bad as parents allowing their kids to stand on the seats with shoes on or swing their legs left and right and people who lean on grab poles with their long tresses all over the place.

  • bigmamat

    Seems fairly simple to me. Post signs for all backpacks to be removed prior to entering the bus or subway car. Planes don’t take off until all luggage is stowed. It’s obviously a safety hazard in a cramped space. Somebody damages my eye with a hiking pole. Smells like a lawsuit to me. Public transportation has to have rules of behavior. Everyone can’t come first. If you don’t like it, buy a car.

  • Joe “Big Man” Biden

    This is a very serious issue.

  • commander

    Although there are some nuisances on subway trains in South Korea, like drunken, noisy passengers, sexual harassments made during crowded rush hour, and backpackers wild movements, Korean subway system still has so many to flaunt: Cheap fares, clean and overall serene ambience.

    If there is one thing I’d like to add for increased allure of our subway system is to make wi-fi networks without a hitch available for passengers on board, whether a train is in a platform or is running to a next stop.

  • ChosunPeninsula

    I hate riding Korean subway. Not Subway. It is ” Market place”.

  • yurah

    So man spreading is a problem in the east as well…

  • Sid Driver

    I usually wear a small backpack with a book and other things I may need when I travel. It didn’t stick out much and I was aware of the space behind me. Eventually I just got sick of people reaching for it to push it out of the way or putting their hands on it for support as they passed. I either stick it between my legs or place it on the rack. Even without wearing the backpack, people on the subway still do the same thing. It’s a no-win situation.

  • goldengluvsk2

    Thought they would talk about gropers, drunk people or something like that but they really think women putting makeup on is rude?!! obnoxious people are the same everywhere… I used to carry a backpack and always put it on the floor… less weight on my shoulders and more comfortable tbh… over here, some women carry GIGANTIC backpack-like handbags that they seem cant control apparently filled with rocks that always end up hitting you…!

    Also, theres people that think everyone share their taste in music and not wear earphones at all in buses… in the subway, the most annoying thing is the people that tackle you to get on first -like, they squeeze between you and the doorto get on first- and that tackle the people who are trying to get off to look if theres any empty seat and then run like crazy people to get to the seat before you do… the saddest thing is that they even teach that “push everyone and find a seat” to their children so they can secure a future with more obnoxious people!

  • WorldWide2Disqus

    Korean subway is like market place. Korea should have Monorail system. Subway is dirty.

  • No Common Sense

    Seriously???? It’s not that there needs to more accessible means of travel in busier areas, but to eradicate this particular issue is to turn on people who carry ‘backpacks’??? Really? What difference does it make if a person was to carry said backpack on the front as opposed to the back to their person? Or in their hands? The point is! No matter how you measure it..a persons belongings will always take up space no matter where on the train they put it! What’s next? people with big bulky jackets during winter needs to take it off and hold THAT in their hands as well??? How small minded can you get!

    • David

      The point they are making is not just how crowded it is and the space the belongs take up. After all they are not complaining about people with a big purse or huge briefcase. They are saying the people who wear the backpacks do not feel it when they hit people with them, when they block people in or even hurt them. That they DELIBERATELY ignore how their backpack is impacting those around them. .

  • IDHotmail

    Korea can have much better and faster transportation system. Korea Subway is way too slow for fast urban world.

    • itissaid

      Compared to what?

  • Hodge Kim

    When i get on the train… i simply move my backpack the other way around and wear it on my front. That way i know if it is getting in someones way… and it covers my belly… two birds one stone baby…

  • chucky3176

    Two men go at it in the subway. The much bigger middle aged ajeoshi beats up on the smaller highschool student.

    The middle aged man holds down the kid and orders him to stay still until the cops come. The grandmother in the video tries to stop the fight, while the grandfather in the video tells the highschool kid to stay still until the cops come – leading to netizens to think that this kid had done something wrong, and the middle aged man as the hero.

    But the police describes it differently and says the middle aged man was the one who was drunk, and started the fight.

    I would say drunken men in subway trains and platforms are a bigger problem than some back pack issues.

    • top1four

      Context. The kid was totally in the wrong. He molested another passenger and then told the older guy who was looking at the kid in total disbelief, “What the fuck are you looking at?” IMO that kid had it coming. Hence why you see no one stopping the fight. The kid is being taught a lesson.

    • GodBlessAmericanCops

      That video is misleading. If the older guy was beating the shit out of him why didn’t he tackle him, kick/punch him when the kid is on the ground etc. He just restrained the kid and called the cops. Strange.

  • Yorgos

    What exactly can be done about backpacks? Should people just carry all their books in their hand? just kill themselves or something? I am much more annoyed when people on crowded trains stretch their arms an extra 20 centimeters just to use their smart phone…

  • john

    They are all idiots. How could one wear a back pack in an overly crowded train and not realise that it would inconvenience people? I have seen these idiots before and they have become so upset when i have pushed or elbowed them. Yet they do not care for the upset they have caused by hitting others with their back pack. Stupid, stupid
    Koreans. Some of the most inconciderste people on earth.

  • JoyBells

    Will it help a little if they strap it on the front when they get into a crowded bus/subway!?! This way they can avoid hitting somebody with the backpack by mistake.

  • Smith_90125

    This is what they are whining about?

    How about the fact that Koreans will shove you out of the way if your back is to them, when they can’t see your face? If you’re facing them, they won’t dare do anything, but as a faceless entity, you’re not even human to them. Anyway, standing with one foot flat and one foot on the toe did the trick – if anybody tried shoving me, they got it in the legs very quickly. “I didn’t kick you, you knocked me off balance!”

    I never understood why audio instructions on subways and elsewhere in Korea were ever played in English. It’s only the Koreans who ignore their own rules, not the foreigners. Koreans never let people out of subways, shoving people back in as they try to exit.

    I lost count of how many times (hundred?) I had to put my hand into faces and shove them backwards to make the point about letting me out.

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