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Culture: Useful Information about Korea

Culture: Useful Information about Korea



Korea proudly boasts 5,000 magnificent years of history and tradition. Experience the unique essence of Asian culture. Though Korea exhibits an eagerness to learn about Western culture, its people are still firmly rooted in Asian tradition. They are likely to hide their emotions. They often smile or laugh when they feel sorry or shy. Koreans take off their shoes inside the house so, please take off your shoes before get into the house. The country also has one of the most ethnically homogeneous populations in the world.


Number 1 Korean surname is Kim, and then Lee, and Park follow. Unlike western culture, woman never changes her last name after getting marriage. It means married couple have different last name. The children will follow father’s surname.



Korean culture centers on the family, and Koreans write their surname before their given (first) name. It was very common to see several generations of one family living under the same roof but it has been change dramatically. Now, especially in the city area you will rarely find such a scene. Korea has unique writing system, Hangul and wearing, Hanbok.


You can learn more about Korean culture at http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/1071_Culture.jsp


It would be great if you don’t do the followings:

  • Don’t write a Korean person’s name in red ink, because that implies that the person has died (!).
  • Don’t put your business cards or someone else’s in your back pocket, because Koreans view this as disrespectful.
  • Don’t squeeze hard when shaking someone’s hand.




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