One thing you don’t find often in South Korea are laundromats. Coin washers and especially dryers aren’t common here. They do exist, but you have to look hard for them.
Growing up in the States I am used to using a dryer to dry my clothes. I know a lot of people still hang dry their clothes, but I wasn’t used to that before coming to Korea. However, once in awhile I’d like to dry my clothes in a dryer.
Most of my clothes are fine to hang dry. It usually doesn’t take that long now that the weather is getting warmer. But some of the t-shirts I wear often get a little stretched out in the collar from being worn and washed but never dried in a dryer. Lucky for me there is a laundromat near the local Home Plus which is a short bus ride from home.
It’s Sunday afternoon here, so I decided to take some of my shirts to the laundromat. It’s not something I would do on a weekly basis for two reasons. First, it’s not cheap. To wash one load of laundry it costs 3500 won. To dry a load it is 4000 won. That is about $7 per load. I used to take a lot more clothes to a local place in Texas and they would wash, dry, and fold a large load for just over $10.
I am hopeful it will help the collars of my shirts. I should know here in about 20 minutes as my clothes are in the dryer now.
I brought my laptop with me to keep me busy since there isn’t much here. They do have a TV, but of course most of the channels are in Korean. There is an outlet I can plug in my laptop, and then I can use my iPhone’s 3G service for internet by connecting it to my laptop. It’s not the fastest internet, but it does the job.