Shocking Culture in South Korea

Every culture has its own unique set of qualities. Experiencing other nation’s way of life might be a bit surprising. Common things like eating worms, using the middle finger to point, asking very personal questions, and many more are usual in South Korea.

MEGAPHONE TRUCKS

In Korea, you can blast an advertisement with a loudspeaker. So don’t mistake it for an announcement or an emergency. The truck might be selling potatoes or refrigerators.

BEONDEGI (번데기) /PUPA

One of Korea’s delicacies is a silkworm pupa. this street food is a popular snack in Korea. If you’re up to exotic foods, try to eat this beondegi. They even sell it in cans.

KOREAN ACADEMY

Some Korean students, after going to school, also attends a cram school. Some even stay there and study as late as 1am.

KOREAN AGE

Korean babies become 1 on the day of their birth and their age goes up every January 1st. So in Korea, you can be 1 or 2 years older.

For example, when December babies were born, they are instantly 1 year old, and when it hits January 1 they will be 2 years old in just one month.

D-DAY

So if the special day is only 8 days away, they will count D-8, until it reaches D-1, and finally “D-day”

KOREAN FOOD DELIVERY

You can order food 24/7 in Korea, anywhere and anytime. So even late at night or as early as 3 am you can just call for food delivery.

PPALI PPALI (FAST CULTURE)

Doing things quickly is a must in Korea, and they take this very seriously. “Ppali Ppali (“빨리 빨리)” translates to “hurry hurry.” Its another level of a fast-paced lifestyle.

USING THE MIDDLE FINGER

Korean uses their middle finger to point, tap a touch screen, or otherwise refer to something. There’s no insult intended with the gesture.

ASKING PERSONAL QUESTIONS

Some Koreans are asking personal questions, and it’s normal for them. They ask personal questions to get to know you better and be closer.

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