Why do cars in Korea bear these odd blue sponges?
Posted on 07 August 2013  |    |  2 comments

This article was contributed by the STOMP Team.

Cars in Korea have recently been spotted with these rectangular blue pieces of sponge stuck to their doors sides.

According to a report on Naver Matome, the blue sponges serve to protect their cars from being scratched.

Parking spaces in South Korea are apparently extremely tight and it is hard to avoid hitting the vehicle beside even with care.

The new cars are equipped with sponges for protection when they are transported from the factory to car dealership, which explains the uniform shade of blue of the sponges.

In light of the potential damage to their vehicles, many drivers opt to leave these protective pads on their vehicle, instead of disposing of them.

Car accessory dealers have come up with creatively-shaped sponges to cater to the new trend.

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Sponges are places at gaps where doors are opening/closing, more like it's to prevent hitting the wall when doors are opening
It is also to differentiate between south and north Korea. In north Korea they use red sponges.
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