Culture gap: no 4th floor

No 4th Floor

F(ourth) floor is 4th floor in Korea

No 4th Floor

No 13th floor (photo credit: eggrollstan)

The 4th floor in Korea has the same status as the 13th floor does in the US.

The pronunciation for “4” is “sa” which is the same as the Chinese character for “death”, hence the “F” (for Fourth) instead of “4” in elevators.

Quite silly really.

  • http://www.myspace.com/minthill a. saylor

    i really loved this when i was in the big k.

    institutionalized/socialized superstition.

    fantastic.

  • Lee

    This is one of the dumbest posts I’ve ever read. Like your culture has no superstitions. Just because its different doesn’t mean its silly.