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Durian in South Korea


I was walking down the streets of Sorae on Wednesday afternoon and found this truck loaded with durian. It was the first time I’ve seen durian being sold in Korea, so I got excited to take a photo and show it to my husband. Hubby and I are not crazy about this fruit, but I remember our ordeal trying to find one in the Philippines when durian was not in season. I even talked about it in a post entitled Disappointed over Durian.


These durians are quite pricey. The big ones cost 30, 000 KRW (1151.30 PHP) (28.33 USD); the small ones are 25, 000 KRW (959.42 PHP) (23.61 USD). (No wonder the sign under 두리안 says WE ACCEPT PAYMENT VIA CARD.^^) Well, everything is expensive in Sorae, and people from this place won’t mind buying a costly fruit just to know what the “King of fruits” really tastes or smells like.


An ajumma asked the vendor from where the durians are imported. He said they’re from the Philippines. Southern Mindanao is known as the “Durian capital” in the Philippines. Other countries in Southeast Asia that are also famous for this intriguing fruit are Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Vietnam. Those who have tried the fruit have different opinions about it. Some people like the smell; some don’t. The smell has been described by others as strong perfume, rotten onions, gym socks, turpentine, or sewage. As for me, the smell of durian is similar to the sweaty armpit of somebody who hasn’t taken a shower for days! Some people like durian because of its mushy and sweet taste, but my husband and I think the fruit tastes strange.

If you can’t handle the smell of the fruit, you can try durian candy or durian chips. I bought some when I went to Malaysia. The putrid smell of durian isn’t there, but they sure taste like durian.

10 thoughts on “Durian in South Korea

  1. At the present, we started to sell the Malaysia Durian which name is MUSANG KING. Do you want to buy MUSANG KING in Korea. Please call on +82-31-349-2233. You can contact Peter Lee. Well come..


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  4. I don’t blame your husband if they smell as bad as you described them!


  5. Hi, Beth. ^^ I asked my husband if he wanted one, but he said he would not eat durian again… so I didn’t buy. =)


  6. Wow you learn something new everyday. I don’t think I would every want to try a fruit that smells like someones smelly armpits and that is that expensive. Did you end up buying one or did you just take the pick to show your hubby?


  7. Yes, durian is forbidden in public tranports in some countries, especially Singapore. ^^


  8. In the Philippines, we have coconut sticky rice, but I haven’t heard of mango sticky rice. I’d like to try that some time. I looooove mangoes. ^^


  9. Chris…I lived in Malaysia for a while in the 1990s…never tried durian, but heard the stories of durian and the “aroma.” Another memory is of hearing an acquaintance talk about “mango sticky rice” and how she enjoyed it. So many tropical delights!


  10. We tried this fruit in vietnam, all I remember is I couldn’t get it in my mouth because of the smell. I also remember that it was forbidden to take on the bus with us…stinky stinky 🙂


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