Asia, the largest continent on our planet, made up of 49 countries, is home to 60% of the world’s population. This great continent is famous for its tall buildings, two wonders of the world (the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China) and rich biodiversity. At the same time, it has such a wide space and many different cultures. We share with you 8 mind-blowing facts about Asian countries that you may not have heard about👇
1. Turkish style toilets are very common in Japan!
If you think Turkish-style toilets are only found in Turkey, you are wrong! While the Japanese are widely known for their advanced technology, thigh massages, heated toilets, and robotic toilets, they still use more traditional Turkish-style toilets called “vashiki”. Outside of big cities, especially public toilets, are usually decorated in the wasiki style. The biggest plus of these toilets is that they improve a person’s posture. Since the squatting position straightens the rectum, some experts believe that such toilets may help prevent colorectal cancer.
2. South Korea has a separate Valentine’s Day for singles.
February 14th Valentine’s Day is celebrated by lovers in Western cultures every year. However, in South Korea, the 14th of each month is considered “Love Day”. In this country, on February 14, women often give men homemade chocolate as a token of affection. The next month, March 14, which is called “white day”, men receive gifts from women.
If the day of those who do not have a spouse or lover falls on April 14, it is known as a “rainy day”. Today is an unofficial holiday when lonely people eat a dish of black noodles, especially jajangmyeon. Since its color is black, this dish is preferred on dark days.
3. There are tuber chickens in Vietnam!
The legs of the chickens we see in Turkey and in many parts of the world are usually thin. But in Vietnam there are interesting chickens called Dong Tao. The Dong Tao chicken is famous for its clumsy, thick legs. Raising these animals can be a little tedious, as the large legs make hatching difficult. It is also more sensitive to such temperature changes.
4. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Thai culture.
In Thailand, the top of the head is considered the holiest and purest part of the body, so touching someone’s head or hair is considered rude and disrespectful, especially to babies and children. Tourist guides advise visitors to Thailand to apologize immediately if they accidentally hit someone’s head.
5. In Japan, you can find the oldest identical twins in the world.
Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama, 2 sisters from Japan, are officially the oldest identical twins in the world. Born into a large family of 13 on Shodo Island in 1913, the Umeno and Koume twins now live in separate nursing homes. Life expectancy in Japan is the highest in the world: 87 years for women and 81 years for men. Therefore, there are many records in this regard in the country.
6. You can’t chew gum in Singapore
You can freely buy and chew gum anywhere in the world except Singapore! In 1992, chewing gum was banned here. Other interesting things that are banned in the country are: throwing trash on the floor, writing on the wall, driving through red lights, spitting, blowing your nose in public, and urinating anywhere other than the toilet. These rules are designed to keep the environment clean.
7. Asia is home to the smallest mammal in the world.
In Asia you can find the smallest animal in the world! Known as Kitty’s pig-nosed bat, the smallest mammal in the world is typically 29-33mm long and weighs around 2 grams. He is known for his distinctive nose.
8. The tallest and shortest men in the world live on the Asian continent.
As you know, Sultan Kösen bears the title of the tallest man in the world. Despite his height, Kyosen, who is approximately 2.46 m tall, leads a normal life. Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who died at the age of 75, is the shortest man in the world. Chandra’s height was only 54.6 cm and weight 14.5 kg.
We have come to the end of our article with interesting facts about Asian countries.
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