Pancoat 팬콧: A super-Korean clothing brand

20 10 2013

I first noticed a trend in Korean dramas that people would wear brightly-colored sweatshirts and T-shirts that had cute, animated animal characters on the front. I didn’t realize what it was until I came to Korea. It was Pancoat!

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If you want to look Korean and wear something that I’m pretty sure is just popular in Korea, get some Pancoat clothing. It’s a little on the pricey side, but I bought some Pancoat things because I was wanting as many Korean things I could have. Then when I’m back home, I can still have pieces of Korea with me.

I know it’s just clothing, but people need to wear clothes everyday, and clothes express you as a person. I’ll be much happier back home wearing clothing that reminds me of my time here.

The duck character is Pancoat’s most popular character. It’s their trademark sign.

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Review
The clothes are good quality and sturdy—meaning good stitching and fabric. The leggings and sweatpants are thick and cozy.

The sizes run from XS to XL. I’d have to say that the sizes are pretty similar to USA sizes (I’m saying this because many Korean clothes run very small). I normally wear a size L sweatshirt back home, and I also bought a large size Pancoat sweatshirt here. My other sweatshirt is an XL because I prefer more loose-fitting things. It’s just perfect! Think about how clothes shrink a bit after you dry them.

Many clothes are unisex, so many of the T-shirts are more of a guy’s size. I bought a size S T-shirt. The girl-style polos I think run smaller though, because they are meant for girls, so I would probably buy a size L. Actually, I just ordered an XL polo. We’ll see how it is.

How to buy/order:
Here is a link to Pancoat’s website:  Click here

Here is a link to GMarket, an online “Korean-Amazon” that sells Pancoat clothing (plus anything else you could want). Many sellers ship to the USA. The prices are pretty true to Pancoat’s store price: Click here

Notes: The clothing is seasonal. During spring and summertime, they have really cute polo dresses and collared shirts. I went to the Pancoat shop  today (Oct. 20) because I wanted to get some things before I leave, but the lady said they only sell collared T-shirts during summer. I was bummed out, but I managed to find the shirt I wanted from a seller on GMarket.

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WILK (Why I Love Korea): Reason 2: Smart shopping

1 10 2013

There’s nothing more annoying that driving into a parking space, only to see that a lazy shopper blocked it by leaving their shopping cart there. In Korea, there aren’t many “parking lot” areas that I’ve noticed. Many people take public transportation. But, for people who do drive, the parking is usually in a tall, spiraled parking garage.

Despite that, I noticed a Korean trend for storing shopping carts. The American stores should pick it up!

When you go to most larger grocery stores, the shopping carts are all inter-connected by chains with a lock on them. To get a cart, you just put in one 500 won coin (~50 cents) and slide the lock. It releases a cart. When you’re leaving, you just connect the cart back to the rest of the other neatly-connected carts. You even get your coin back!

If we had these, people would be much more inclined to return their carts to the correct place. Also, many stores line the exits with this certain material that you can’t roll carts over. So unless you want to be really obvious and desperate, you won’t pick up the cart to carry it over.





WILK (Why I Love Korea): Reason 1: Couple’s clothes

1 10 2013

When you see a girl and guy dressed in anything that’s the same, you know they are dating! Many Korean couples wear couples clothing—meaning they dress in the same outfits.

This can simply be wearing matching shoes, shirts, hats or scarves. Or, in more extreme cases, they literally may be wearing the exact same outfit.

I once saw a couple who had on the same hat, shirt, coat, pants, shoes and—get this—backpack! They must have been going on a trip somewhere. I think it’s super cute and adorable. I wish this trend was in the US. I know when Kyle comes to visit, we will be getting matching clothes.

I’m going to continue to update my photos with cute matching couples.

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Mung Mung!

21 01 2013

I wanted to share some photos of me and Rosa’s younger sister. This is her white maltese puppy that had never seen a foreigner before, so he was barking a lot when I arrived.

That night, Rosa’s mom made us a traditional Korean rice tea called shikhye. It’s made from malt powder, rice and sugar. We drank it cold, and it was a delicious, refreshing and sweet treat.

Me and Rosa sister

Vocabulary
식혜 Shik-hye (a traditional Korean sweet rice drink)





What Sound Does a Cat Make?

6 01 2013

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Did you realize that most countries will have their own animal sounds? In the U.S., we say a cat goes “meow meow” and a dog goes “woof woof” or “bark.”

In Korea, cats go “nyaaaong nyaaaong” and a dog goes “mung mung.” For a dog sound, pretend you are saying “uhh” and put “m” in front and “ng” at the end.

You can check out this video by Simon and Martina of Eatyourkimchi.com where they talk about Korean animal sounds.





Stuffed with Cuteness

5 01 2013

In the U.S., I never wasted money on claw machines. One reason is because they are nearly impossible–I compare whoever actually won one to someone who won a mini lottery–and the other reason is because about 80 percent of the toys are simply not cute. I wouldn’t want it even if I won it.

In Korea, everything is adorable, and the machines are designed to actually grab toys. The quality of the toys is much better than in the U.S. Everything in the machines looks like something you would find in a store.

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This claw machine is located about 1 minute from my apartment in Cheonan. I want that Pikachu.

This claw machine is stuffed with popular TV show character toys. For example, inside this claw machine are two Pikachus–from the popular anime “Pokemon”–and a Pucca–a Korean-invented character that rivals popularity with Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse.

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Pucca is the Chinese character inside. Her story: Pucca’s is the niece of three family members who own a noodle shop. She is in love with a ninja boy named Garu, but she always ends up beating him up.

Claw machines in the U.S., however, are filled with a random assortment of cheap-looking toys.

This is just an image I found online, but is accurately represents many claw machines in the U.S.A.

This is just an image I found online, but is accurately represents many claw machines in the U.S.A.

The toys are inconsistent: different textures or materials, some characters are from shows (not  necessarily popular shows) and some just look like random stuffed animals. The only toys that look like recognizable characters are the Fat Albert and smurf. Why is Fat Albert in there? I never heard anyone talk about that show, and its rating on IMDb is just 4/10. As for the smurf, I just can’t stand it. I have never understood how that show could be as popular as it was–the drawing style, outfits and color of smurfs make me hate them.

Also, the claws in the U.S. machines are a joke. They don’t grab anything–they fall down and lightly drag up the toy. In Korea, the claws are functional. Each time I played, I successfully grabbed one of the toys and picked it up. Usually it would only get knocked out because it hit another stuffed animal.

If only the U.S. claw machine manufacturers would take a lead from the ones in Korea, they would have more people willing to spend their .50 cents.

For more information: Check out this ABC News article called “Arcade Claw Games Rigged?” that a reader shared with me.





Christmas in Choenan

25 12 2012

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Some people from school decided to get together for a Christmas meal. Someone brought this cute cake from a shop at Shinsaegae. ^_^