I didn't realize how ugly Korean cities are until I got to Taiwan. It isn't because of pollution, garbage, or anything like that. It's the lack of diversity. The cityscape of Korea is abysmal- every commercial area is generic to the point of being an oligopolist dystopia. Within any square mile in Seoul or Busan (the only two cities that matter), you know exactly what you are going to see, and I'll list the businesses now:
Tom's coffee, Angelinus Coffee, Starbucks, Boyd coffee, GS25, Family Mart, Baskin Robbins, Paris Baguette, Tous Les Jour, Mr. Donut, Lotteria, McDonalds, Ho Bar, and 30 of the the same 4 cell phone shops. It is MADDENING. Almost every Korean restaurant I've been to has either been a franchise, or has been cloned by other copycats in nearby locations. That doesn't necessarily mean the food is bad, but it means, once again, little variety to choose from or even to look at. Even mom & pop stores have trouble differentiating themselves- I mean, how can they when Korean food lacks variety? I'd bet that literally 40% of all Korean restaurants are either BBQ joints or fried chicken and beer joints. It doesn't take long for the cityscape to get mind-numbingly generic and repetitive.
Taiwan has a lot of 7-11s, other than that, it is commercially diverse and as a result, the scenery actually changes. There aren't too many American corporations everywhere, perhaps because they find it hard to compete with Taiwanese food and drink. Taipei has lots of open space, beautiful parks and trees, but in the end it's still a big city, there will be ugly districts and pretty districts. Taiwan was certainly a lot funner to walk through than Seoul. It is much smaller, and has a lot more character to it. A lot of the parks and tourist places like the memorial halls will have scores of young bboys working their moves at night.
Taipei is swarming with cockroaches and mosquitoes though. I mean actual cockroaches, as in the insects, not any specific demographic or race.
Female Attractiveness- Taiwan
How would you decide which country has the hottest women? Your instinct would be to compare the hottest Brazilians with the hottest Italians, etc. But that’s probably the worst way to do it for three reasons:
Look at the sexiest girls from any country and they're all stunning. By definition they have to be all 10s, unless it’s some shithole country like East Timor or Darfur, and even there they’re probably still 10s except with malaria or amputated breasts from a culture genocide. At that level, objective measurements of beauty have already been maximized, so comparisons become subjective and lose meaning. So the first reason is comparison of the sexual elite has low informational power.
Another reason not to measure attractiveness by the sexiest women is that women at the far end of the bell curve are irrelevant. The chances of ever seeing one, let alone in full makeup are basically 0. Their actual presence in a society is amplified a million fold through media- for all intents and purposes they do not even exist in real life.
Not only are the sexiest women irrelevant, but they are unrepresentative. The sexual elite are a subset that by definition will always be sexy, regardless of how representative of the country they are. I have seen some smoking hot women from mainland China but overall, have you seen the people outside of Shanghai? On the spectrum of sexiness the PRC sits somewhere between microwaved dogshit and 'this bitch might have gills'.
The sexiest people in a country have as much to do with a country’s attractiveness as the ugliest, which is to say, almost nothing. No, the sexiness of a country is decided by women who sit comfortably on the peak of the bell curve.
Day-to-day life in Korea isn't nearly as pleasant as k-pop groups might imply. On the subway, you're lucky if your immediate vision isn't poisoned by half a dozen disgusting hunch-backs with rotted teeth and K-fros that could be old enough to be comfort women. And then if you're anywhere interesting at all, the super-hot plastics create a beauty gap that makes the average to slightly below-average people look hideous in contrast. So my brain ends up blocking them out and just looking at hot girls, but then it runs into a different problem:
Koreans aren't just Asian. They have a subset of facial features that look uniquely Korean. A subset is less diverse than the superset, just as 'East Asian facial features' have less diversity than 'Asian facial features'. This facial uniformity is compounded by the large number of people who get surgery, and then look even more like one another.
And there’s even a third layer of uniformity- the narrow fashion styles in Korea. Vicious brandwhorism and social conformity go hand and hand to paint the scenery with a bland palette, dotted with odd memes like thick-rimmed glasses and over-sized men’s shirts. Anything that Skrillex wears does nothing for my penis.
But wait, you can't just say Korean faces all look alike. Wouldn't it follow that Japanese people all look alike, and Chinese people all look alike, etc?
You know, it’s an odd thing. Taiwanese people come from the same semen and egg stew that make up the mainland population. They’ve been around for less than a century, with no foreign invasions, mass immigration, or any other pressures for phenotypical differentiation. There is no obvious reason for why they should look any different than Chinese people.
But they fucking do! I don’t know what it is, I won’t even speculate, but the difference is like night and ugly. Even though TW girls look more stereotypically ‘Oriental’, than Koreans, I saw many more unique faces in Taiwan. Their bodies were mostly slim and petite, but I also girls walking around with cleavage that was absolutely hazardous, sexy full lips, girls with big, full asses dreamed up from the wildest anal sex fantasies. The cleavage was an especially exciting new thing, because you never see any at all in Korea. Showing any sort of neckline is very taboo.
As far as looking more Asian, I mostly mean TW girls had more prominent epicanthal folds over their eyes. This is most likely due to eyelid surgeries being less popular in Taiwan. When I came back to Korea, people looked so different, almost alien. Which is not to say I didn’t see any hot Korean girls. I saw plenty. They were hot in the exact same way from their heels, their clothes, their faces down to the first 6 digits of the serial codes they got from the assembly line they came from.
And that’s just for physical attractiveness alone. As far as being a nice, witty person with ambitious beyond being a status-climbing gold-digger, Taiwanese girls are way better.
- I am amazed that even with much more plastic surgery, Korean girls aren't as hot as TW girls. If it weren't for surgery, the gap in beauty would be enormous.
- I am also aware that Taiwan has an even lower birth rate than Korea does. However, in my time there I was exposed to far less decrepit old people than I was in Korea.
- Colored contact lenses are a lot more popular in Taiwan.
Male Attractiveness- Korea
Korean guys are hotter. I haven't thought a lot about this to be honest. Taiwanese guys tend to dress flashier, whereas Koreans go for the preppy, I'm Rich, 'Gangnam style' look (see here). But I do think Korean guys seem taller and more muscular on average. I'd bet they spend a lot more time grooming themselves.
That's pretty much all the differences I noticed between Korea and Taiwan. Hope you enjoyed it, and I would love to hear dissenting opinions. I'll stop writing about Taiwan fairly soon, though I am returning there in a few weeks.