According to the calendar it is the middle of summer today, the hottest day known as joong bok/중복. The humid heat is unbearable and things don’t improve at night. Korea’s solution to hot summer nights are straw mats/돗자리. At first I wasn’t convinced that sleeping on top of a straw mat would make a difference. But after trying it out I’m sleeping more comfortably. These straw mats come in mattress sizes (twin, queen), have pretty decorations on the borders, and fold up nicely for storage.

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