Monday, December 5, 2011

Submit your Gibberlish to the Korea Tourism Organization, win prizes.

Somebody should submit this.

From, via Facebook friend Rob:
Looks like -- the snarky website showcasing error-riddled English signs in Asia -- won't be getting as many submissions from Korea.

How awesome is this? Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is offering to reward photographers who submit snaps of muddled signs at tourist spots.

The prize? A gift card of ₩50,000 (approximately US$45) that can be used at any vendor that accepts credit cards -- otherwise known as free money.

Although there are no hard-and-fast rules about what constitutes a "tourist spot," you can't go wrong with the usual foreigner hotspots of Myeong-dong and Itaewon.
But of course:
Although the event site is only displayed in Korean, foreigners are also welcome to participate in the event.
The short article has a few more details on the noble effort in the works, I'm sure, to get some foreign-language material cleaned up before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Thing is, will probably get just as many submissions from Korea as it always has: this contest won't be looking at Gibberlish on shirts, on menus, in businesses, and in K-pop.
[T]he event does not apply to mistakes on road signs, restaurant menus and guidebooks, due to the fact that these categories are overseen by other departments and this particular event is being hosted by the Tourism Service Improvement Team at KTO. The latter will then pay to have the signs fixed.


Unknown said...

I wonder if anyone has pointed out that 2010-2012 is 'years,' not 'year.'

Brian said...

Yes, many have, many times. See this post and this comment for some explanation and insight:

The "Visit Korea Year" thing is a couple years old by this point.

jeollanamdosalad said...

Funny, the Mokpo mayor offered the public school teachers free concert tickets if we sent him photos of poorly used English. Unfortunately, he never sent us the link where he wanted us to post them. I have more than a few. My favorite is the reference shelves in a library being labeled "Information Morgue."