Korean Culture you must know

korean culture (bus)

Living in South Korea can be a lot of fun. But before you move to Korea, you must know these interesting Korean culture. Don’t be surprised with my list and if you want to travel to South Korea, the generous Korea Government Scholarship is one of the best options.

Soju (Korean alcohol):

I guess it is surprising to some people that Soju came first on my list. Well Soju is a widely sold alcohol in Korea and it has become part of the Korean culture.

Also, not only do Koreans enjoy drinking soju but it creates the atmosphere for work colleagues to get closer and friends to enjoy time together.

If you enjoy soju, it is more likely that you will make Korean friends. This is sometimes called Sul chin ju (alcohol friend haha).

A note of caution. Some soju come in plain bottles like mineral bottle water. A mistakenly bought soju instead on water haha.

A korean dinner with soju
A typical korean dinner with soju
Koreans love USA

This is not surprising considering that the US has been helpful in building and protecting Korea from its northern neighbor North Korea.

In Korean USA literally means wonderful land  (mikuk). The word comes from the Chinese characters known as hanja. The ‘mi’ means wonderful and the kuk means country.

korean culure with American flag
A South Korean flag side by side with an American flag
Buses

There are different color-coded buses in Korea. Some are called intercity buses. Intercity buses are cheaper and they travel between cities.

One is called the city bus (shinae). City buses move in the city. When you get into the bus, prepare to pay and get to your seat as soon as possible.

Bus drivers are diligent and work with time. I was surprised on my first day. The bus sped off before I could find a seat, jostling me around. It happens to anyone so be prepared.

Korean culture (night bus)
A night bus in South Korea
English

It is surprising to find out that most Koreans don’t speak English even though they understand a little bit of English. It is best to walk with a translator easy translation

Korean culture (English Academy)
English Academy in korea
Recycling

Korea has a wonderful recycling culture. Its common to find colored coded bins for sorting waste materials.

There are bins for plastics, paper and even food. In some places, you have to a fine if you are caught putting the wrong waste into the wrong bin.

Recycling in Korea
Recycling of bottles in South Korea

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