South Korean Culture

Do's and Do Not's

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Do’s
  • Laugh with Koreans whenever possible as they enjoy sharing humour.
  • Make an effort to compliment what you like about Korea.
  • Be aware of how you fit in the social hierarchy that Koreans observe. Discern who is superior to you based on age, position and family name, and show respect to each person as necessary. If you do not adhere to these expectations and fail to give a Korean the respect they are due, you may lose face in their eyes. You may even find that they wish to avoid you after.
  • Expect a Korean to be modest and subtly deny any compliments you give them.
  • Be sensitive to the hardship South Koreans have endured and sympathise about the situation in North Korea.

Do not’s
  • Avoid drawing parallels between the Korean culture or language to Japan. Korea should be acknowledged for its distinctiveness and difference from other Asian cultures.
  • Avoid exhibiting anger or distress in heated displays or outbursts of emotion.
  • Do not underestimate their knowledge and intelligence as the Korean population is very culturally educated and politically aware.
South Korea
  • Population
    51,069,000
    [2015 census]
  • Languages
    Korean (official)
    English
  • Religions
    No Religion (56.9%)
    Protestant Christianity (19.7%)
    Buddhism (15.5%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.9%)
    [2015 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Korean (96%)
    Foreign nationals (2.7%)
    [2015 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 60
    Individualism 18
    Masculinity 39
    Uncertainty Avoidance 85
    Long Term Orientation 100
    Indulgence 29
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  • Australians with Korean Ancestry
    123,017 [2016 census]
Koreans in Australia
  • Population
    98,776
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Korea.
  • Average Age
    32
  • Gender
    Male (46.1%)
    Female (53.9%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (24.3%)
    Catholic Christianity (22.4%)
    Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity (21.6%)
    Uniting Church Christianity (10.1%)
    Other (21.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Korean (94.9%)
    English (1.4%)
    Australian (1%)
    Other (1.4%)
  • Languages
    Korean (89.3%)
    English (9.3%)
    Mandarin (0.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (65.1)%)
    Not Well (33.5%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (56.1%)
    Queensland (16.8%)
    Victoria (13.7%)
    Western Australia (5.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (36.1%)
    2001-2006 (25%)
    2007-2011 (32.3%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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