In Korea, you can’t judge a restaurant by its bathroom. If you did, you’d never eat out.
I have to say that a lot of the bathrooms here are a little bit sketchy.
Not all of them, of course, but a great majority. Especially the public ones (though that’s not surprising. Most public bathrooms around the world leave much to be desired).
My favourite cafe has an awesomely clean bathroom.
The restaurant just up the street has one that’s barely presentable.
The bar across the street doesn’t even have a bathroom. You have to go outside and into the main building. This is unfortunately common. During the summer it’s no problem, but during the winter… well, just don’t drink too much beer and you should be able to last till you get home. Especially since they often have no toilet paper… or soap.
Back home, I definitely judged restaurants by how clean their bathrooms were. But here… it’s not quite a fair judgement. Amazing restaurants, and not-so-amazing bathrooms.
Not to mention how easily they get backed up. I flushed the toilet at a cafe in Gangnam, and it definitely overflowed. Scary stuff. It’s a countdown to see how quickly you can wash your hands and grab an employee.
Moral of the story? Always carry tissues and hand sanitizer.
And I think the squatting toilets are more sanitary, since you’re not actually touching anything. A least for females.
On a positive note, every subway station has multiple bathrooms, and most major attractions are around a subway station, so for anyone else who’s like me and is perpetually in need of a bathroom… you’re in luck.
And if your kid really has to go, but don’t want to trek all the way to the bathroom, well, you can just hold her up over the tracks while she pees.