There are some unique aspects to South Korean culture. To understand their way of life, it is vital to understand these aspects as well. In particular, it’s very important to take an interest in the roles of men and women in South Korea, especially if you intend to visit the country yourself. This applies whether you’re planning to visit as a tourist or to live there.
As expatriates who currently live there often repeat, South Korea is not a mixed society in the way that most western countries are. As such, Koreans are gradually discovering foreigners from all over the world who have entered their country. You will therefore be seen as am “ambassador“ regardless of your origins. Therefore, you should consider your interactions with Koreans carefully, and think of the impression that you will leave throughout your stay.
Be aware that a large proportion of the population is older, in the mould of those Korean ladies known as “ajummas,” who have had little opportunity to travel abroad. Therefore, Korean senior citizens’ awareness of other cultures comes from the TV and from their preconceptions of other countries.
Koreans have little opportunity to engage in discussion with foreigners. The memory of any interactions they do have, whether positive or negative, will therefore be applied to the entire country.
South Korea experienced suffering due to war and the country had to be reconstructed. It managed to create an economy in just a few decades and has become an important economic power on a global scale. Korea managed to achieve its current economic competitiveness through the sacrifice of an entire generation in order to rebuild the country. For that reason, the Korean population places a great deal of importance on the academic success of its children. Success can also take the form of sporting achievements.
Respect for one’s elders is also a value that is conveyed through the education of every Korean child. The country retains a traditional outlook, in particular through the many festivals that take place throughout the year. A large number of people also practise their religion. You will find Buddhist temples everywhere, even in the very centre of Seoul; nevertheless, the country currently has a majority Christian population. Other religions, however, remain rare and are mostly only followed by immigrants.<
However, this has not prevented South Korea from becoming the world’s most advanced country in terms of high tech hardware. The country has a 5G mobile phone network, which allows you to connect from anywhere using WiFi with noticeably faster connection speeds than anywhere else in the world.
Appearances are extremely important in South Korea. You will quickly recognise that Koreans pay attention to their image. Korea is also making a big impact in the world of fashion . Cosmetic surgery goes in hand in hand with the expectations of Korean people. Surgery is therefore a frequent course of action and is considered routine by Koreans; you will therefore often come across private clinics in shopping districts. Surgery is every bit as popular with ordinary people as with celebrities, particularly K-pop group.
The lifestyles of the South Korean people are very different, but the country nevertheless remains extremely welcoming.