Graveyard Shift

The 17 Creepiest Korean Urban Legends

Korean urban legends get pretty wild, if you let yourself fall down the rabbit hole. Sure, there are some silly, innocuous, superstitious quirks like staying away from red ink or turning your fans off at night, but most Korean urban legends are the stuff of nightmares. There are stories of malevolent beings that follow you through the streets at midnight, or in public restrooms. When they find you, they make you choose the way you’re going to perish.

But it’s not all monsters. There are Korean ghost stories, and plenty of body horror, too. Insects, sea creatures, and plants entering the body are common in these urban legends, which aren't for the faint of heart. If you need to use the bathroom while visiting Seoul, well, maybe don't. You never know what might be hiding there, waiting to cut you to pieces.

If you think you’re strong enough, check out some Korean scary stories sure to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.