In today’s article, we go straight to the discovery of all that concerns the culture of South Korea. We are talking about a country located in the south of the Asian peninsula and bordering the
In today’s article, we go straight to the discovery of all that concerns the culture of South Korea. We are talking about a country located in the south of the Asian peninsula and bordering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north. In this sense, we are talking about a nation that in the last decades has experienced significant economic growth and has been able to export many of its products, from the key parts for the development of cell phones to k-pop and kimchi.
As a result, South Korea is distinguished by a mix of tradition and modernity, thousands of beautiful landscapes throughout its territory and many places to visit. Knowing about South Korean culture is one of the best ways to marvel at one of the oldest civilizations, whose history is marked by conflict and invasion, but which has risen to become an example of resilience, stability and hard work. And, of course, they arouse a lot of curiosity.
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Characteristics of South Korea
What Is the Koreans’ Personality?
One of the most important characteristics of South Korea is its character, which is based on the respect of rules and the constant search for success, which is measured in three levels: work, studies and physical beauty. Similarly, the family is a fundamental pillar of this culture, in fact, the man is supposed to be the one who provides everything necessary for his loved ones and, if he is not able to do so, he should be ashamed. Also, the needs of society are more valuable than individual needs.
The traditional costume of South Korea is the hanbok. It is distinguished by its slim lines and general lack of pockets. It is used as an outfit for formal or semi-formal events. The hanbok consists of a blouse with wide sleeves and a fairly long skirt. The parts of the hanbok are as follows:
– Jeogori: This is the upper garment used by men and women, it is essential that they cover the arms and torso. This garment may have slight variations depending on the fabric and sewing technique.
– Chima: This is a square shaped skirt that gives women great freedom of movement.
– Baji: This is the pant of the hanbok worn by Korean men. It is loose fitting and can be adjusted at the waist as needed.
– Po: It is a coat, it is used to show courtesy. The way to wear it is on the female chima or on the male jeogori.
– Jokki and magoja: The jokki is a vest, while the magoja is a jacket. They are clothes that are worn over the jeogori and give style.
The Work Culture in South Korea
One of the curiosities of South Korea is that work is a norm for life. South Koreans value a good job and a high salary. Those who work for large South Korean multinationals and those in official positions are highly valued.
However, the greatest respect is gained according to the number of people you are responsible for. In other words, a boss who manages a department of 1,000 people is much more important than one who has 100 employees under him. But the more respect you earn, the more you can be rejected if you make a mistake. Similarly, the subordinate owes absolute loyalty and submission to his boss.
On the other hand, the boss’s role is to have good practices with the subordinate.
In South Korea, people usually work long hours and, in addition, there are several aspects you have to consider. For example, you can’t leave the office before the boss does or if he decides to go out with all the employees for hoesik or drinks, you have to cancel your plans. Never refuse a boss’s invitation!
Another South Korean cultural detail is that you can’t enter a room until the higher ranking person does. You can’t take off your coat either, you have to wait for your boss to do it.
The typical South Korean cuisine is known for using ingredients such as rice, noodles and vegetables in its preparations. In addition, each meal is accompanied by many banchan or side dishes. Also, its preparations are combined with tea and, in special situations, with alcoholic beverages such as takju, cheongju and soju.
Among the typical dishes of South Korean cuisine that you cannot miss are kimchi, which is made of seasoned and fermented vegetables; bibimbap, a dish of eggs, rice, vegetables and meat that is eaten mixed and seasoned with sesame oil and gochujang and you can not help but eat eomuk, a kind of croquette made of fish and potatoes.
Religion in South Korea
Half of the South Korean population said they have no religious preference, while another sector embraces the values of Buddhism, Confucianism and, to a lesser extent, Christianity. Among the cultural aspects of South Korea related to religion is the fact that while not everyone believes in a higher God, all believe in the value of honoring their ancestors and also believe that they are somewhere.
Another South Korean belief is that the souls of the deceased can benefit or punish their descendants. Therefore, if a lot of bad things happen to you, you are likely to offend them.
So what are your thoughts on South Korea? Tell us in the comments below. And if you want to know more about its culture and traditions, come back to read the second part of our article.