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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