South Korean Culture


  • In Korea, the surname precedes the first name and middle name (e.g. PAK Jang Su). This reflects how the family comes before the individual in South Korean culture.
  • Most names are three syllables long, with one syllable each for the first, middle and surname.
  • It can be difficult to differentiate a person’s gender from their name in South Korea.
  • Koreans living in Western societies often reverse the order of their names to fit the structure of one’s personal name preceding their family name (e.g. Jang Su PAK).
  • It is common for women to retain their own family name upon marrying. At times she may use her husband’s family name when conversing with non-Koreans.
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South Korea
  • Population
    [2015 census]
  • Languages
    Korean (official)
  • 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
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Korea.
  • Average Age
  • 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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