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Category: Korean Culture

Korean Culture
Just like the rest of the world, Koreans celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14 too. In case you might be wondering, what do couples do to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Korea? It could be going...
Korean Culture
The art of gifting is highly valued in Korean culture, it symbolizes graciousness and respect within the social community. Regardless of the occasion, it is a wonderful way to demonstrate thoughtfulness and also fosters relationships...
Korean Culture
Even in modern Korean culture, Seollal (설날, Korean New Year) is one of the most important traditional festivals in Korea, commemorating the first day of the lunar calendar. The origin of Seollal has a long...
Korean Culture
When visiting Seoul, it can be hard to know where to visit beyond visiting Gyeongbok Palace or Hanok Village. Seoul has many amazing Korean traditional activities to check out during your visit. This post will...
Korean Culture
If you decide to live and study in Korea, one of the most typical ways to make new friends with Koreans and to become closer to them is to go for a drink together. You...
Korean Culture
Korean couples love celebrating anniversaries, sharing food, and having experiences together. Here are some more fun facts about Korean couple culture in Korea. Korean couple items are a thing! In Korea, it’s normal to see...
Korean Culture
Korea is a modern, technological country that has nevertheless remained very attached to traditions – including Korean superstitions (미신, misin). Even if many Koreans claim not to believe in them, they still continue to do...
Korean Culture
The tiger (호랑이, horang-i) plays a significant part in Korean culture. Historically, the tiger has been linked with Korea from the beginning. The tiger is strongly associated with Korean culture and is seen as representative...
Korean Culture
White Day in Korea (화이트데이, hwaiteu-dei), is a holiday that follows Valentine’s Day and is celebrated on 14 March. On 14 February, it is customary among Korean couples for the woman to give the man...
Korean Culture
One of the most important holidays for Koreans is Seollal (설날), or Korean New Year. It is in fact the first day of the year according to the lunar calendar and is a holiday that...
Korean Culture
Blood type in Korea is not classified differently from ours, and is therefore divided into groups A, B, AB and 0. However, it is believed in Korea that blood type influences one’s personality and therefore...
Korean Culture
Chuseok (추석) is one of Korea’s most important holidays and was originally established to celebrate the new harvest. It falls around September/October, the time when the fruits of labour in the fields are harvested, and...
Korean Culture
Although there are many different types of houses in Korea, from flats in 40-story buildings and above, to slightly older cottages, to studios and goshiwons, the items that you can find inside a typical Korean...
Korean Culture
Hanbok (한복) is the traditional Korean dress with ancient roots. The style belongs to the era of the Joseon dynasty at the end of the 1300s, but some researchers claim that it is of Mongolian...
Korean Culture
Children’s Day is celebrated every year on the 5th of May in Korea. As the name suggests, it is a holiday dedicated to the little ones and is a national holiday (휴일, hyuil), when schools...
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Anyone who approaches Korean culture will sooner or later find themselves talking about one topic in particular: mandatory military service. Why is it that young people who have just graduated from high school in South...
Korean Culture
One of the latest K-dramas to be released, Squid Game (오징어 게임), has quickly become very popular all over the world and there’s not a single person who hasn’t heard of it. It’s a survival...
Korean Culture
Last update: February 2024 When travelling to another country, one is confronted with different customs and traditions, and Korea is no different. Like all Asian cultures, Korea has a set of rules to follow, imposed...
Korean Culture
One of the factors that has increased foreign interest in South Korea is the growing popularity of K-dramas. There are two primary types of K-dramas: historical, mainly set in the ancient kingdoms of Korea; or...
Korean Culture
So you just saw Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winning Korean movie Parasite? Now wondering which Bong Joon Ho movies are truly worth watching? Without spoiling any films, let’s check out a few of Bong Joon Ho’s...
Korean Culture
In the year 2019, South Korea is clearly recognised worldwide as a country on the rise. It is one of the first places one thinks about both economically and culturally within Asia.  However, this was...
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Every country has their own proverbs and idioms. There are a wide range of Korean proverbs in the Korean language known as 속담 (sokdam). These 속담  can give a charming insight into understanding the culture...
Korean Culture
The Korean language has seven levels of speech. Most importantly, each level of speech expresses different levels of respect or courtesy. As politeness and formality are very prevalent in Korean culture, it is important to...
Korean Culture
Winters in Korea can be extremely cold. If you are visiting Seoul during this time you can expect sub zero temperatures, regularly in the -10 to -20 degrees Celsius range! If you are looking to...
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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Jongmyo was built in the fourth year of King Taejo’s (태조) reign. Jongmyo is the chief state shrine built according to Confucian ideals. It contains the spirit tablets of late...
Korean Culture
There’s nothing more comforting than warm, delicious food to ail the bitter cold of winter. Korea being a country for foodies everywhere is here to provide and never disappoint. Here are some winter foods to...
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Bukchon Hanok Village is near Anguk Station (안국역) Line 3 in Seoul. It consists of a myriad of old houses built according to the traditional Korean construction style. It is surrounded by Gyungbokgung (경복궁), Changdeokgung...
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The Pentaport Rock Festival is a three day event that takes place every summer in Incheon. It is considered to be one of the biggest live music events in South Korea. The lineup is always...
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King Sejong is widely recognized as one of the most influential and greatest Koreans in history. The proof is even in his name 세종대왕 – literally translated as Sejong Great King! His most famous accomplishment...
Korean Culture
You’ve probably heard all about K-Dramas and the beautiful stories they weave. However, K-Dramas are not the only forms of storytelling that Korea excels at. There are countless movies that Korea is known all over...
Korean Culture
The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History (대한민국역사박물관) opened its doors to the public on December 26, 2012. The museum contains both the modern and contemporary history of Korea. It is located near Gwanghwamun (광화문)....
Korean Culture
The Seoul Museum of History is located near Gyeonghuigung (경희궁) near Gwanghwamun Station (광화문역). The museum has a permanent exhibition hall narrating the story of Seoul, ever since its inception in 1392. It is exciting...
Korean Culture
Daegu (대구) might not be the first Korean city that comes to mind. However, it is one of the most accessible cities located in the middle of the country, with so much to offer. It’s...
Korean Culture
Busan (부산) is the second most populated city in Korea. You might recognize Busan from Black Panther’s car chase scene that featured Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장), one of the most famous fish markets in Korea and...
Korean Culture
The Internet in Korea plays a very important part in everyday life. As such a cyberculture has developed with elements that are specifically unique to Korea. Korea is well known for being at the forefront...
Korean Culture
Changdeokgung is a palace situated east of Gyeongbokgung (경복궁), next to Changgyeonggung (창경궁). The name of the palace means a palace of prosperous virtue. It was constructed in 1405 as a second palace of the...
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Every country has different quirks and tricks that are unique to it when eating out. Eating out in Korea is certainly no different. Knowing and understanding the rules and etiquette not only helps you to...
Korean Culture
Changgyeonggung is another palace located in Seoul. It was originally a residential area for the royal family elders. The palace was first built in 1418 by King Sejong (세종) for his father, King Taejong (태종)....
Korean Culture
Gyeongbokgung was the main and largest palace of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty. A struggle to maintain Built in 1395, the palace was home to the kings of the Joseon dynasty, their households, and the center...
Korean Culture
Haebangchon is a district in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and it holds a music event called Haebangchon Festival every year. The name of the area translates to Freedom Village, and it is quite an old part of...
Korean Culture
South Korea has a burgeoning and highly successful drama industry. However, for those looking for versatility there are some that have the most unique plotlines and deserve to be watched. Here is a list of...
Korean Culture
Korean soju (소주) is a popular alcoholic drink in South Korea which every Korean has tried at least once in their lifetime. Known in some circles as ‘Korean Firewater’, soju (소주) is without a doubt...
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While Korea has a booming pop music industry, it does not lack in indie bands either. Though much lesser in number than pop groups, Korean indie bands add more variety to the Korean music landscape...
Korean Culture
One of the best bands in the Korean rock music scene has got to be Jaurim (자우림; 紫雨林; forest of purple rainfall). Their songs are iconic, harping back to the classic sound of yesteryear. Jaurim...
Korean Culture
Can you name a popular Korean song? K-pop and Korean music is huge right now. You must have heard of it! Not only in Korea but people worldwide are falling to the charms of the...
Korean Culture
Bibimbap is a staple in the Korean diet. Its literal translation is mixed (bibim) rice (bap). Invariably, there there are infinite ways to create and serve the dish. Nonetheless, traditional Korean bibimbap is made using...
Korean Culture
Korea’s public transportation can be intimidating at first. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be an incredibly cheap and efficient way to crisscross the city. Here’s your guide to the subway,...
Korean Culture
Budae jjigae(부대찌개) is one of the most unique and crazy Korean dishes. It literally means army stew, and consists of several surprising ingredients all cooked together. It’s a must try though, with a rich history...
Korean Culture
One of the most enjoyable ways to learn about Korean culture is to participate in activities! Luckily, cultural activities for foreigners in Korea are readily available and abundant. Foreigners can get involved by partaking in...
Korean Culture
The rise of South Korea’s cafe culture means that Seoul has no shortage of cafes. In fact, it is rare to come across a street that it not the home to at least one or...
Korean Culture
In almost any given neighborhood in Seoul (and beyond) you’ll find multiple cafes of all different shapes and sizes. The rise of South Korea’s cafe culture is a particularly interesting story. It aligns closely with...
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You may wonder why there is a five-day weekend in the middle of autumn. This nationwide phenomenon is due to Chuseok (추석, autumn eve) or Korean Thanksgiving. Chuseok is an annual three-day holiday celebrating the...
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