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Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in Korean Culture, Korean Food | 5 comments

Shin ramyun socks!

Shin ramyun socks!

I was watching the latest installment of Simon and Martina in Bucheon on YouTube. They were exploring Bucheon’s Sang Dong market. As a foodie, I appreciated the copious footage of seafood, vegetables, banchan (appetizers) and fruits.

But what really caught my eye was a brief scene towards the end showing a sock shop featuring Shin ramyun (ramen) socks. The scene starts at 4:38.

Koreans have this penchant for wearing cartoon-ish socks. They express their sense of humor and fandom for the latest K-pop star on their feet. (Don’t believe me? I’ve seen Bae Yong Joon’s, DBSK’s, SNSD’s and Rain’s cartoon-ized faces on socks.)

After all, since Koreans remove their shoes every time they enter a home or sacred place — a temple or church — other people can see the creative and silly designs on these socks. Wearing monotone socks in public singles one out as a tourist (weygook).

Here’s a photo I found online of someone actually wearing the Shin ramyun socks. I want a pair so bad, even though since I work from home, only my husband and cats would be able to see them.


  1. KEKEKE I love shin ramen and those socks are so KOREAN! cheesy but anything with shin ramen i'll eat…even the socks LOL (=

  2. By the way i think you're more Korean than me (= I love your blog!

  3. I saw those socks in use today! I work for TSA, and someone walked through wearing those… i was so excited to see them…

  4. hehe, I'll try to find Shin Ramyeon ones for you. One of my friends loved her's, but I haven't the foggiest at which street vendor she bought it from.

  5. LOL, Lewis! I am still craving a pair of those socks, just like I'm craving a bowl of Shin Ramyun right now! 🙂

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