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Video: 12 Strange Things in South Korea That Surprise an Inexperienced Traveler

VIDEO: 12 Strange Things in South Korea That Surprise an Inexperienced Traveler
06/11/2019 10:05 16.4K 584 662.6K

Before going to an unfamiliar country, you need to know about its culture. Especially if you are going to Asia where the society still follows certain traditions and has a hierarchical structure. One of these traditional countries is South Korea with its frightening characteristics and unusual taboos.

So before you fill your belly with kimchi and then hit up a BTS concert, you’ll need to get acquainted with some South Korean “no-no’s” first. Here's the list of bizarre cultural faux pas and downright illegal bans of South Korea so that you won’t spoil your trip to the land of morning freshness.

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TIMESTAMPS:
Don’t tip at restaurants 0:29
Don’t play with chopsticks 0:54
Don’t leave food on your plate 1:24
Stay away from the number 4 2:08
Don’t give gifts to your teacher 3:08
Don’t let your tattoos show 3:59
Don’t wear plunging necklines 4:41
Don’t make too much eye contact 5:31
Be careful when taking photos in public 6:17
Don’t get into arguments, especially with elders 7:00
Don’t blow your nose in public 8:02
Toilet talk isn’t taboo 8:41

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SUMMARY:
- Restaurant and café employees get paid really well, so tipping is seen as an incredibly rude gesture and a jab at their dignity.
- Holding the sticks vertically and sticking them vertically into rice are associated with death in South Korea because it resembles the incense sticks stuck in the sand at funerals.
- When visiting someone’s home in South Korea, it’s impolite to refuse refreshments and even more offensive if you don’t finish what’s been served.
- You might feel uneasy about the number 13, but a lot of countries in East Asia have the same attitude, only with the number 4.
- The age-old tradition of giving gifts to teachers for Teachers Day on May 15 was made illegal in South Korea back in September of 2016. The law prohibits teachers from receiving gifts from students or their parents.
- Many East Asian countries don’t like tattoos, and they’ve even managed to encode this into their laws. In South Korea, it’s illegal for tattoo artists to practice their work, and only licensed medical doctors are legally allowed to ink people.
- A lot of women there will stick to high necklines or wear layers under low-cut tops just to err on the side of caution. However, the attitude towards miniskirts is drastically different!
- It’s important to avoid looking directly into someone’s eyes if they’re older than you or they have a higher position (like your boss).
- If you’re out and about in the streets of Seoul (or anywhere in the country for that matter), never take photographs with strangers in the frame. It might land you a fine or a night spent at the police station.
- You might well be a rocket scientist, but in South Korea, you have to listen to your elders, especially if they’re rocket scientists, too. No, just kidding about that last part.
- You know it’s polite to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, but take extra precaution when it comes to blowing your nose in Korea.
- Now, this might come as a surprise given all the other things on this list, but talking about your #1 and #2 is totally normal in Korea! And I’m not just talking about between family, friends, or partners – even colleagues will go into great detail about their bodily functions!

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Comments (2,045)
  • BRIGHT SIDE
    BRIGHT SIDE

    Hey there, BrightSiders, would you like to visit South Korea?

  • Illegirl애정
    Illegirl애정

    @Virginia Sturge half of this isn't accurate or is overly exaggerated so you're fine. Besides, they don't treat foreigners the same. Don't you worry

  • Ajla Fiku
    Ajla Fiku

    It is my dream to visit South Korea

  • 혜별이
    혜별이

    BRIGHT SIDE come on every one in korea♥

  • Dongone Seo
    Dongone Seo

    I`m a South Korean citizen. Most people don`t care about being that polite these days, but when you face older people who seems to have an age over 60, you`d better be polite. They grew up being affected by old traditions that urges people to be polite and to serve for their country in any circumstances. Although some are against those traditions, but always be careful when you face a South Korean elderly. And to talk about good things, my country is really safe that you can walk in the street alone at night or leave your valuables at a cafe and go for a walk.

  • Grace Lee
    Grace Lee

    Of course! Even though you give us the content of some weird stuff about South Korea, I still think South Korea is a wonderful place!

  • Xhemil Biraci
    Xhemil Biraci

    @Mariah and mickayvea world why south korea its so percfet and if you dont wont to go why are here?

  • heartbroken lover_0001
    heartbroken lover_0001

    why am I watching that? I know all of this from my mom and my sister scolding me whenever I went to visit them and Korea has a huge respect for everyone so my tip... don't argue accept everything they give you and never show touch pda cause not alot of people like it and it is for privacy

  • Kirito Sao
    Kirito Sao

    DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT SKIP A QUE IN THE UK YOU CAN INSULT THE PRIME MINISTER ALL YOU WANT BUT INSULT THE QUEEN AND YOU ARE AS GOOD AS DEAD DON’T CARRY A SALMON SUSPICIOUSLY (I’m serious) LIMIT YOUR SOCIAL INTERACTION IN PUBLIC TO ONLY WHEN YOU NEED TO ONLY TIP IF THE SERVICE WAS EXCEPTIONAL DON’T ASK ABOUT FINANCES Thank you for respecting my country..

  • Kirito Sao
    Kirito Sao

    Don’t wear plunging neck lines Jungkook :

  • Kirito Sao
    Kirito Sao

    The word for “rice”, sounds very similar to “flesh” so be careful with pronunciation lol Person : what are you cooking for dinner? Me : 쌀 (rice) Person : 살????? (Flesh???) Me : 아니!!!! 쌀!!!!! (No!!! Rice!!!!) Btw my Korean is really bad because I’m still learning

  • Kirito Sao
    Kirito Sao

    The word for “rice”, sounds very similar to “flesh” so be careful with pronunciation lol Person : what are you cooking for dinner? Me : 쌀 (rice) Person : 살????? (Flesh???) Me : 아니!!!! 쌀!!!!! (No!!! Rice!!!!) Btw my Korean is really bad because I’m still learning

  • DuhhItsOra Kraylee
    DuhhItsOra Kraylee

    😂 the beginning. It’s why people “like South Korea” I live in South Korea and people are like “your lucky that your korean because of bts” like omg

  • Kirito Sao
    Kirito Sao

    Basically they will keep on feeding you, “Oh you finished it all you must have liked it, here’s some more!!”

  • Chou Sana
    Chou Sana

    How about strange things in Philippines

  • Es Val
    Es Val

    Just gonna say cringe alert cause I'm super cringe. Bright Side: BTS Concert Me: hmm I wonder what the comments will be like Also me: Omg he said BTS. My other reactions: Bright Side: BTS Concert Me: OMG yes please Also me: *realises their world tour just ended and I actually went to the first London Wembley concert* I miss them. cri

  • Ngae Seh
    Ngae Seh

    Number 7 In my country is not ok to wearing very short skirt because if other people saw u they talk behind you or talk about how short u wearing skirt

  • Cittiecittie Cat
    Cittiecittie Cat

    If you ever go to Norway: do NOT sit beside anyone if there are any other seats free. And don't talk to the person you sit next to if you cannot sit alone. We are shy, antisocial animals that will flee the scene or just get annoyed by you xD

  • Elise Le
    Elise Le

    I laughed so hard when he said "ahzumma".