Ava Lee is a Korean-born TikToker who goes by the handle @glowwithava. Recently, a group of videos that she has uploaded to the popular social media site have become a viral sensation.
The subject of the videos is very simple. In her own words, they’re about “things in a Korean household that just make sense.”
We’re all drawn irresistibly towards home, but various aspects of daily domestic life can sometimes be difficult, taxing or just plain annoying. That’s why Lee decided to share a few special cultural quirks about how Koreans organize their homes and what they put into them that make their lives easier.
Her hope, apparently, was to share this information with people from other cultural backgrounds in a way that was fun and enjoyable. So here are a few things that Koreans keep at home to make their lives more comfortable.
Korean Domestic Miracles
Electronic massage chair seems like pretty extreme luxuries to those living in the West, but they’re actually fairly common in Korean homes. Imagine coming home after a hard day at work, sitting down and getting a full body massage that’s so good it leaves your whole body tingling.
Another video shows that Koreans love to use combination washer and dryers. Koreans do lots of laundry but so do plenty of other people. It just makes sense to keep both of these functions in the same place.
And if you have a combination washer and dryer around, why not throw in a dishwasher to boot? As Ava’s videos show, Koreans have done exactly that.
Dirty shoes can be a problem, so why not have a special compartment in your apartment, separated off by a door, where you can keep your shoes? That’s exactly what one of Ava’s videos shows.
Koreans love kimchi. They love it so much that virtually every family eats it. Korean households even have separate fridges — one just for kimchi and another for everything else.
Ever misplace your keys before? It’s happened to all of us, but Koreans generally don’t have to worry about this issue. Most doors to Korean buildings have electronic locks.
Koreans love bidets. This particular appliance isn’t something that has really taken off outside of Asian countries, but it’s a great tool for convenient bathroom hygiene nonetheless.
- In Korea, windows are specially outfitted with tough and thick meshes that stay tightly in place. This is done for safety reasons. And yet, plenty of fresh air can still enter the home through them.