Are you planning to visit South Korea? We know that you might be really thrilled to explore a new country, you might want to remind yourself that it is going to be different from your home country. Here are 10 things you should never do in South Korea.
1. Speak Loudly in Public
This sounds like something you already know, but we just want to remind you again! This applies especially if you are using public transport as it is considered rude when you speak too loudly.
2. Sit Randomly When Using Public Transportation
If you sit at certain spots at public transportations, you might get some harsh looks or even worst, yelled at. Whether it is on the bus or subway, there are seats marked for the elderly, disable and pregnant women. Just plopping on one of these seats can be seen as offensive and rude.
3. Wear Revealing Clothes
Although Koreans are beginning to evolve and accept certain ways of dressing, there are still some clothing styles that are not really looked upon in South Korea.
Exposed shoulders or barebacks are considered slightly indecent. A plunging neckline is a big NO.
However, it is totally fine to wear to show as much as legs as you want. You might have noticed that a lot of Korean women love wearing skirts. Some of them pair the skirts with socks, leggings or simply wear them with boy shorts under the skirt.
4. Leave Your Chopsticks Stuck in Rice
We know that this sounds odd because you’ve probably heard about this. Chopsticks that are placed upright resembles the incense burnt at funerals and it is also said to bring bad luck. Bringing up death at the dinner table is definitely not a good idea.
5. Use One Hand to Receive or Give Things
Whether you are giving out a gift or receiving a business card or even shaking hands, you should not use one but two hands. This gesture is done as a sign to show respect.
6. Don’t Drink While Front-Facing The Elders
Besides waiting for an elderly person to start drinking, you are also not allowed to drink directly in front of them. You should turn your face away while drinking. This is again done as a form of respect.
7. Don’t Start Eating Before the Elders.
Just like drinking, eating before the elderly is also considered rude. It is a sign of respect to wait for the elders to eat before you do. Even if your stomach is rumbling, you have to resist the temptation! You are also not allowed to leave the table before your elders finish eating.
8. Do Not Throw Toilet Paper in the Toilet
Many places in South Korea do not allow flushing toilet paper down the drain. You are expected to throw the tissue into the garbage can in the toilet. This is because of the old infrastructure and plumbing. Throwing the tissue in the garbage will prevent clogs and blockages. However, more and more places are changing their piping system.
9. Don’t Mix Different Types of Trash
Korea uses a system called 종량제입니다 jongnyangje for the effective collection of garbage wastes and to reuse natural resources. All garbage that your household produces must be disposed of properly, or you may be fined. Garbage must be separated according to whether it is common garbage, food waste, recyclable and large waste objects.
10. Think everything to see is in Seoul
Seoul might be the first thing you think of when you plan your visit to South Korea. However, you should try to head out of the city to experience authentic Korean culture with the local people. You can try “farmping”.
If you are wondering what farmping is, it is a combination of ‘farming’ and ‘camping’. Farmping is the latest holiday trend which is rising in popularity in Korea. You will experience a total immersion of authentic Korean culture at one of the most beautiful outskirts destinations in Korea!
Have you done any of these Do-Not’s before? Do you know other things that you should never do in South Korea? Let us know down below.