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12 Strange Things in South Korea That Surprise an Inexperienced Traveler


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12 Strange Things in South Korea That Surprise an Inexperienced Traveler

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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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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- 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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I've spent 2 years of my life living and traveling around South Korea, and it has one of the world's most interesting cultures! If it's your first time visiting, then you'll need to be prepared for the do's and don'ts (mostly don'ts) in order to stay respectful of the people and culture.

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North Korea VS. South Korea (They're Totally Different!)

In 1945, Korea was divided into South Korea and North Korea. Despite the fact that communist North Korea and democratic South Korea are neighbors, the life in these 2 countries is totally different.

Photographer Ed Jones decided to capture it and show to the rest of the world. In the photos you can see that clothes, interiors, and environments are more modern in South Korea. But the soul of these people is definitely the same.

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#1. A North Korean shooting instructor at her work place in Pyongyang… 0:04
…and her South Korean counterpart in Seoul 0:12
#2. A visitor at the North Korean Munsu Water Park… 0:21
…and her South Korean counterpart at the Caribbean Bay Water Park 0:30
#3. Gas station workers in North Korea… 0:38
…and South Korea 0:47
#4. A North Korean tour guide on top of The Juche Tower… 0:55
…and her South Korean counterpart on the view deck of 63 Building 1:03
#5. A 23-year-old student from North Korea in the city square in Pyongyang… 1:12
…and a 24-year-old student from South Korea in Seongdong-gu district of Seoul 1:20
#6. Military officers from North Korea… 1:29
…and South Korea guarding the Korean Demilitarized Zone 1:37
#7. Shoppers in a supermarket in North Korea… 1:46
…and South Korea 1:54
#8. A North Korean tourist boat driver… 2:03
…and his South Korean counterpart 2:11
#9. A farmer from North Korea with a backdrop of ginseng plantations… 2:20
…and a farmer from South Korea 2:28
#10. A North Korean woman on Kim Il-sung square at a military parade… 2:37
…and a South Korean Rear Admiral in retirement protesting against nuclear weapons 2:46
#11. A North Korean factory worker in Wonsan… 2:54
…and her South Korean colleague in Chuncheon 3:02
#12. A North Korean girl in a computer class at a Sci-tech Center… 3:11
...and a South Korean student in a computer class in Yonsei University 3:19
#13. A Munsu Water Park employee in Pyongyang… 3:28
…and a lifeguard at the South Korean One Mount Water Park 3:37
#14. North Korean factory worker producing dental equipment in Pyongyang… 3:45
…and a South Korean factory worker producing packaging materials in Chuncheon 3:53
#15. A 9-year-old schoolgirl from North Korea celebrating Children’s Day in Pyongyang… 4:02
…and a 10-year-old girl from South Korea at Seoul Fashion Week 4:10

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Today I'm going to show you 5 CRAZY Things About SOUTH KOREA That You MUST KNOW!
South Korea has many prejudiced stereotypes and false impressions. You might have thought Korea is known for K-dramas, the holy sacred motherland of K-pop, and K-food. That is just the tip of the iceberg. You probably never had thought of Korea as the country that has the world’s most rigorous education system, one of the world’s safest communities, origin of high-tech state-of-the-art industries and the country with the best Internet accessibility in the world - I could go on, and on. But besides that, I wanted to share with you 5 things that make this country a crazy place to be! Enjoy.

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Today in Chicago, I had the pleasure to meet a young North Korean girl named Evelyn. 6 years ago, when she was 15 years Evelyn, she escaped North Korea with her mother for a better life. Both without passports, they spent 1 month traveling by foot across China, Laos and Thailand - where the South Korean government officially recognized her as a refugee and she was granted permission to migrate to the United States of America.

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20 Things Can’t Be Seen Anywhere But in Japan

Elements from Japanese culture are in our lives right now: many people watch anime and Japanese TV series, they eat wok and sushi, and they listen to songs by Japanese singers. And even such a seemingly ordinary thing as karaoke actually originated in Japan. However, there are still some things that can only be seen in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Really, Japan is a unique country, different from the rest of the world. Wanna have Pringles soup when in Japan? Here you go. In the mood for dinner with a huge plush Moomin in a Japanese cafe? Not a problem at all. Here are some cultural things can’t be seen anywhere but in Japan.

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Sightseeing cars with... footbaths 9:10

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- Most people know that a sure sign they CAN cross the road is the little, lit-up green man, right? Well, not in Japan! There, you should wait for a green rabbit called Miffy.
- In Japan, they grow square watermelons. Nope, it's not a slip of the tongue. In Kagawa prefecture, they produce a couple hundred square watermelons a year.
- When you buy Pringles in Japan, you don't get a tube of potato chips; you get noodles!
- In Japan, if you come to a cafe alone, you get a massive plush Moomin as your lunch companion so that you don't feel sad!
- A Holiday meal means tons of tasty food and, of course, a big roast turkey! But if you ever celebrate the Holidays while in Japan, don't get surprised to be treated with KFC instead of more traditional food.
- In the Ginza district of Tokyo, there’s an unusual stationery store which rises 12 floors!
- There are more than 50 million vending machines in Japan, and that means they’re literally everywhere!
- If you're in Japan and wondering what souvenirs you can get for your family and friends, try Japan-limited Kit-Kats!
- Suffering from the cold in the winter? Just get yourself one of these one-use pocket-heaters that are so popular in Japan! It's called kairo, and nowadays, you just need to open it for the chemical reaction to begin.
- Do you love unusual forms of art? Then how about rice paddy art? People plant rice of different colors and types to create breathtaking images in paddy fields.
- Imagine returning home after a long and crazy day at work. The Japanese have found a solution for this problem - and that's a subway chin rest!

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UPDATE. A year after publishing this video, I decided to make another video that explains why it might not be a good idea to travel to North Korea yourself: I know it's ironic of me to say it as I've been there myself, but please think twice before making that decision. Also, if you want to learn more about the history of North Korea, watch this other video I made that's only 4 minutes long:

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One year ago I went on a strictly guided 7 day-tour in North Korea where they took away my passport and did not allow me to explore anything on my own. North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and throughout that trip I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea, because it used to be the same country just over 60 years ago.

To answer my questions, this year I traveled to South Korea and made this video, where I compare my time in the North and my time in the South. I still have a lot of questions about the whole situation, but one thing was clear - the daily lives of the Korean people couldn't be any more different than they are right now.

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Korea is an amazing country but it's not without its own mix of quirkiness and strange facts! Here are some of my favorite ones and as usual, you can use the timestamp to skip around.

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1. Seoul
Seoul is charming in all ways possible. From the charm of bustling high tech city life and the beautiful parks to the panoramic views and party culture, Seoul will steal your heart.

2. Jeju Island
The magnificent island of Jeju is only 85 Km away from the coast and has been named among the seven wonders of nature.

3. The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Get a sneak-peek into the history of conflict between North Korea and South Korea by visiting this zone. It is also one of the most famous places in South Korea for those who’re interested in being a little more than regular tourists.

4. Busan
Busan will fulfill your cravings for local Korean food. Relish the seafood spread at fancy restaurants and enjoy local delicacies at the stalls on the streets.

5. Gyeongju
Visit Anapji pond, Tumuli Park and the majestic Seokguram Grotto in Gyron to bring yourself in touch with the authentic Korean culture.

6. Pyeongchang County
This is one of the best places to visit in South Korea to experience peace and extraordinary scenic beauty. Located in the Taebaek Mountains, this picturesque county, which is 180 km away from Seoul, hosted the Winter Olympics in February 2018.

7. Suwon
Built by the Joseon dynasty, Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO world heritage site with four pagoda-style gates, artillery towers, and observation decks. It is a sight to behold.

8. Seoraksan National Park
A day hike in Seoraksan National Park will take you through jungles and the famous Ulsan Rock. If adventure is not your cup of tea, you can simply enjoy the gondola ride up the mountain for some spectacular views.

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1. Andong Hahoe Folk Village
2. Upo Marsh
3. Juknokwon
4. Boseong Green Tea Field

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If you have already seen the historical sights in Seoul, then check out some of the more unusual and quirky things that you can do. From game shows, to museums and kpop dancing - we try it all! This is part 1 of our 2 part series on South Korea where we cover 5 out of 10 fun and strange things to do in Seoul! Note you may not want to open this one at work!

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12 Things Not to Do in South Korea - Must Watch Before You Go!

Twelve top etiquette tips so you don't accidentally offend the locals. Plus additional 12 bonus tips. Must watch this video before you go.

1. Do not wear revealing clothes.
2. Do not expect easy chopsticks.
3. Do not use only one hand to give or receive things.
4. Do not stick your chopsticks upright in your rice.
5. Do not have eye contact when bowing.
6. Do not pick a random seat on public transportation.
7. Do not start eating before seniors.
8. Do not wait for restaurant waiter or waitress to attend you often automatically.
9. Do not leave tips.
10. Do not speak on phone on public transportation.
11. Do not forget to take off your shoes.
12. Do not write in red ink.

12 Bonus Items:

Bonus Item 1. Do not shake hands with an old person First.
Bonus Item 2. Do not shake hands with only one hand, particularly with seniors.
Bonus Item 3. Don’t call Koreans by their first names, particularly older or higher rank people.
Bonus Item 4. Do not refused a drink offered by a senior person.
Bonus Item 5. Do not leave drinking glass empty.
Bonus Item 6. Do not face forward when drink with an older person.
Bonus Item 7. Do not do certain hand gesture.
Bonus Item 8. Do not fight with locals.
Bonus Item 9. Do not give a large bill to a bus driver.
Bonus Item 10. Do not swear or use informal or profane language.
Bonus Item 11. Do not smoke in restricted areas.
Bonus Item 12. Do not enjoy alone.

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