South Korean Culture

Other Considerations

  • Being an almost entirely ethnically homogenous nation that has been invaded multiple times, the South Korean culture reserves some trepidation for foreigners. The country is weary and guarded against being subjugated again, and therefore you may find it is slightly harder to gain the trust of a Korean.
  • Koreans can find it awkward or intimidating to speak one-on-one with people of the opposite gender, so much socialisation between genders in Korea occurs in groups.
  • Koreans only scribe in red ink to write the name of someone who has passed away.
  • Korean counting is done differently; a number indicates a unit of time and, in higher numbers, figures are counted in groups of four. Therefore, when referring to a number with a Korean who is not proficient in English, it is wise to write the number down in full to avoid misunderstanding.
  • Military service is compulsory for South Korean men.
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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
    60
    18
    39
    85
    100
    29
  • 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%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Korean (89.3%)
    English (9.3%)
    Mandarin (0.3%)
    Other (0.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 65.1% speak English fluently.
  • 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%)
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