12 Strange Things in South Korea That Surprise an Inexperienced Traveler

  • Dipublikasikan tanggal 11 Jun 2019
  • Before going to an unfamiliar country, you need to know about its culture. Especially if you are going to Asia where the society still follows certain traditions and has a hierarchical structure. One of these traditional countries is South Korea with its frightening characteristics and unusual taboos.
    So before you fill your belly with kimchi and then hit up a BTS concert, you’ll need to get acquainted with some South Korean “no-no’s” first. Here's the list of bizarre cultural faux pas and downright illegal bans of South Korea so that you won’t spoil your trip to the land of morning freshness.
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    Don’t tip at restaurants 0:29
    Don’t play with chopsticks 0:54
    Don’t leave food on your plate 1:24
    Stay away from the number 4 2:08
    Don’t give gifts to your teacher 3:08
    Don’t let your tattoos show 3:59
    Don’t wear plunging necklines 4:41
    Don’t make too much eye contact 5:31
    Be careful when taking photos in public 6:17
    Don’t get into arguments, especially with elders 7:00
    Don’t blow your nose in public 8:02
    Toilet talk isn’t taboo 8:41
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    - Restaurant and café employees get paid really well, so tipping is seen as an incredibly rude gesture and a jab at their dignity.
    - Holding the sticks vertically and sticking them vertically into rice are associated with death in South Korea because it resembles the incense sticks stuck in the sand at funerals.
    - When visiting someone’s home in South Korea, it’s impolite to refuse refreshments and even more offensive if you don’t finish what’s been served.
    - You might feel uneasy about the number 13, but a lot of countries in East Asia have the same attitude, only with the number 4.
    - The age-old tradition of giving gifts to teachers for Teachers Day on May 15 was made illegal in South Korea back in September of 2016. The law prohibits teachers from receiving gifts from students or their parents.
    - Many East Asian countries don’t like tattoos, and they’ve even managed to encode this into their laws. In South Korea, it’s illegal for tattoo artists to practice their work, and only licensed medical doctors are legally allowed to ink people.
    - A lot of women there will stick to high necklines or wear layers under low-cut tops just to err on the side of caution. However, the attitude towards miniskirts is drastically different!
    - It’s important to avoid looking directly into someone’s eyes if they’re older than you or they have a higher position (like your boss).
    - If you’re out and about in the streets of Seoul (or anywhere in the country for that matter), never take photographs with strangers in the frame. It might land you a fine or a night spent at the police station.
    - You might well be a rocket scientist, but in South Korea, you have to listen to your elders, especially if they’re rocket scientists, too. No, just kidding about that last part.
    - You know it’s polite to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, but take extra precaution when it comes to blowing your nose in Korea.
    - Now, this might come as a surprise given all the other things on this list, but talking about your #1 and #2 is totally normal in Korea! And I’m not just talking about between family, friends, or partners - even colleagues will go into great detail about their bodily functions!
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Komentar • 6 419

    BRIGHT SIDE  7 bulan yang lalu +4215

    Hey there, BrightSiders, would you like to visit South Korea?

    • Sand Vitor
      Sand Vitor 2 hari yang lalu

      I would like but its kinda weird to wear short skirts but not allowed to wear low necklined shirts or whatever 😂

    • VMINKOOK 9597 •••
      VMINKOOK 9597 ••• 4 hari yang lalu

      ʏᴇsss ᴍʏ ʜᴜsʙᴀɴᴅs ɪᴅ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ʟᴍᴀᴏ😂

    • Ahmed Albalushi
      Ahmed Albalushi 9 hari yang lalu


    • Ahmed Albalushi
      Ahmed Albalushi 9 hari yang lalu +2

      Yes to see bts

    • MinJun Song
      MinJun Song 12 hari yang lalu

      I would love it if you didnt say totally fake stuff ok?Thxs

  • Clancy 153
    Clancy 153 4 jam yang lalu

    Song Mino left the group.

  • Fatie
    Fatie 6 jam yang lalu

    Really its not easy anymore so I have to first learn how to live there

  • Dreamer Fighting
    Dreamer Fighting 13 jam yang lalu

    I want a South Korean friend please 🙏!

  • Eswar Madala
    Eswar Madala Hari Yang lalu

    Don't make eye contact then use shades

  • Jeth Gellecania
    Jeth Gellecania Hari Yang lalu

    99%is BTS
    0%is From the video
    I am not hating but it's true💁

  • Sheila Guinto
    Sheila Guinto Hari Yang lalu


  • Sheila Guinto
    Sheila Guinto Hari Yang lalu


  • Sheila Guinto
    Sheila Guinto Hari Yang lalu

    lol "...and then hit up with a bts concert" I AM LAUGHING HARD

  • Haitham Usane
    Haitham Usane Hari Yang lalu

    "and then hit up a BTS concert"
    so you're an ARMY

  •  Hari Yang lalu

    Don't let ur tattoo show:
    Astro Jinjin: yes i'm covering it!

  • gayathri shankar
    gayathri shankar 2 hari yang lalu

    Come to India man ...it will blew ur mind

  • Max's Rocha
    Max's Rocha 2 hari yang lalu

    No taboos

  • Ajhskh Pyhskg
    Ajhskh Pyhskg 2 hari yang lalu +1

    How am I supposed to cover my nose in private if I only control the first 3seconds before sneezing?

  • 吉田義太郎
    吉田義太郎 2 hari yang lalu

    Dear everyone in the world.
    Do you know the incident about the Korean military's radar irradiation on aircraft of Japan?
    Many mysteries are hidden in that incident.

    First, Korea has ambitions for the Sea of Japan.
    South Korea once slaughtered Japanese fishermen and robbed Takeshima.
    And South Korea tries to change the name of the Sea of Japan to a name that satisfies Korea's ambitions.
    South Korea has repeatedly made groundless territorial-claims to Tsushima, Japan's peaceful island, and has repeated military exercises near Tsushima.

    In such a situation, this incident occurred.
    The scene of the incident was in the Japanese EEZ, where there were the South Korean warship and the unidentified North Korean fishing boat.
    The South Korea has claimed that it was rescuing a North Korean fishing boat.
    There, the South Korean warship encountered a aircraft of Japan on patrol, and fired radar.

    Here are some mysteries.
    (1) Why were the South Korean warship and North Korean fishing boats in Japan's EEZ?
    (2) Why did the South Korean warship irradiate radar?
    (3) Why did South Korean warship not respond to the aircraft's message asking the reason for radar irradiation?
    (4) Why did South Korea not recognize the fact of radar irradiation immediately after the incident was discovered?
    And, why did South Korea not apologize to Japan or take measures to prevent recurrence?

    There is no clear answer from South Korea to these mysteries.
    Please think about it.

  • Sand Vitor
    Sand Vitor 2 hari yang lalu

    Its just weird when you cant wear low neckline shirts but it okay to wear short skirts 😂 Its like its not okay to see cleavage but its okay to show your tighs 😂

  • taetae kookie
    taetae kookie 3 hari yang lalu

    So many army over here.....hmmmmm....

  • fairy grasslands
    fairy grasslands 3 hari yang lalu +1


  • Beatrice kim
    Beatrice kim 3 hari yang lalu +1

    "Hit up a BTS concert"
    Army's entered the chat

    Me:I wish.....

  • JunWoo Park
    JunWoo Park 3 hari yang lalu

    I'm south korean, and there are some fakes! There are so many facts in south korea!

  • Varshana S
    Varshana S 3 hari yang lalu

    I've always wanted to visit south Korea at least once

  • zing zing #zofia
    zing zing #zofia 3 hari yang lalu


  • VMINKOOK 9597 •••
    VMINKOOK 9597 ••• 4 hari yang lalu

    0:08 ɪ ᴡɪsʜ.. ɪ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏғ ᴋᴘᴏᴘᴘᴇʀs ᴀʀᴇ ʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʙʜ😂 0:15 ʙᴛs ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀᴛ!

  • Louky Vlogs
    Louky Vlogs 4 hari yang lalu

    Hey 100%%% is wrong study more cause you don’t really know Korean traditions and facts 😠

  • Sole Nihil
    Sole Nihil 4 hari yang lalu

    개소리. biased and stereotyped info.

  • s q i s h y
    s q i s h y 4 hari yang lalu

    I ain’t Korean but I do theses thing😄

  • Ho Son Yang
    Ho Son Yang 5 hari yang lalu

    This is fake

    Because I am south korean

    UMBRA STUDIO 5 hari yang lalu +6

    "Don't let your tattoos show!"
    *TaeYeon, Chanyeol, HyunA, Hyorin left the chat*

  • fatimah anwaar
    fatimah anwaar 5 hari yang lalu

    South Korea also has a set of wild Facebook mothers? much like the Karen's in the USA

  • Dustin Beber
    Dustin Beber 5 hari yang lalu

    Smart thumbnail. I’m curious about that cute skirt lol.

    BET ALB 5 hari yang lalu


  • myungsu song
    myungsu song 6 hari yang lalu +1

    I'm a Korean, and trust me, this is quite incorrect information on Korean culture. Sorry to say but he must be a stranger to Korea.

  • Ireen Doloi
    Ireen Doloi 6 hari yang lalu

    6:14 hey Koreans , please tell me this fact is true or not. I really want to know.

    • Byungmoon Kang
      Byungmoon Kang Hari Yang lalu

      Hi. 1. True 2. True. 3. Not true absolutely. 4. Only some parts in the beginning were true in the past. But this is getting diluted these days. 5. Not true. Their claim is ridiculous. 6. Not true absolutely. 7. Not true. 8. Not true. But need to be careful with elders or your boss. 9. Not true. It is okay if it is just taken without special intention or purpose such as molka. 10. Partly true 11. Not true. You just need to turn your face from others before doing it. 12. Not true. Ususally people don't do this. This clip contains a lot of false information.

  • Brandi Lanée
    Brandi Lanée 8 hari yang lalu

    I have no tattoos and I don't like v necks so. That's a plus. I was a 📣cheerleader though so Of course I love the short skirts (especially the pleated style)

  • Brandi Lanée
    Brandi Lanée 8 hari yang lalu

    I've always felt weird kind of negative vibes about the number 4...and if it were not for this vid, I wouldn't have known about the vibes Korean people get from it as well. Thank you. I really wish to visit...lately I have been so drawn to all things Korean, and spirit guides are telling me that my actual Soul Mate is from Korea...Idk if he is there still or in the States. But if he does live in Korea, I want to be with him just the same.

  • master of the games
    master of the games 8 hari yang lalu

    Me:my dream is to go too america japan hong kong and south korea
    Me:watch this vid
    Me:i will forget going to south korea

  • cheuk yan Sang
    cheuk yan Sang 8 hari yang lalu

    Omani,I wonder what my teacher think about me now.i gave her a Christmas present on Christmas (not in Korean school) but she is a Korean,will she thinks that I’m a bad students?

  • Pink purple red and oranges show

    How dare you say that 4 is unlucky no.😒😩😞☹️😩😫😣😔

  • J Ma
    J Ma 9 hari yang lalu

    Mmmm mini skirts, nice!!!

  • Nilima Bhave
    Nilima Bhave 9 hari yang lalu

    Their rules are similar to Japan

  • 구독하면 2020년에 여친 생김

    Why does this sound insulting koreans

  • Inhyuk Yoon
    Inhyuk Yoon 10 hari yang lalu

    Tip is not necessary, but highly appreciated

  • Darcy Brummett
    Darcy Brummett 10 hari yang lalu

    9:17 Most Americans would call this “too much information.” (TMI)

  • Darcy Brummett
    Darcy Brummett 10 hari yang lalu

    3:47 If this is true, prison time sounds pretty harsh for giving a gift to a teacher. There are crimes much worse that are more deserving of such a penalty.

  • Anastasha Jiler
    Anastasha Jiler 10 hari yang lalu

    Don't ask South or North for joke if they said i'm a korean. Seriously they are never gonna take it as joke. They think you are not educated.

  • Kanaryi Ek jutt
    Kanaryi Ek jutt 11 hari yang lalu +1

    Hey Bright Side where did u you get these informations?! I think you have never visted korea. If u wanna make a clip with other country’s information please make deeper knowledge.
    You have clumsy information.
    Hey there Brightsidets, would u like to subscribe BRIGHT SIDE?.?

  • felili
    felili 11 hari yang lalu

    bro you said dont confuse korean and chinese culture but everything you just said is NOT korea etiquette, and is 1% chinese culture, people dont listen to this guide the best way to know the correct culture, learn from an actual korean instead of online this are false

  • byronroque
    byronroque 11 hari yang lalu +1

    I live is South Korea 🇰🇷 I can speak inglish all those rules are really true

  • ᄆᄂᄋᄅ
    ᄆᄂᄋᄅ 12 hari yang lalu

    나도 몰랐는데?

  • Ananya Pavate
    Ananya Pavate 12 hari yang lalu

    Hit up a BTS concert, huh? 😏🥳😂

  • 태양
    태양 13 hari yang lalu

    I'm Korean
    This is all messed up,
    These idiots are making foreigners scared and tilt headed to Korea
    These are all false information.

  • Sakura Chan
    Sakura Chan 13 hari yang lalu

    I’m Korean and Japanese so like I’m just like reeeeeeeeeee I’m only half but I love it being from two country’s eeeeeeeee

  • Kayden Chan
    Kayden Chan 13 hari yang lalu

    Some of this apply to China too.

  • Rossen Goshev
    Rossen Goshev 13 hari yang lalu

    Hmmm unlucky I was born on the Fourth

  • ItzGacha Stranger
    ItzGacha Stranger 13 hari yang lalu

    0:15 😂😂🤣HOW DID U KNOW 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣

  • Adel Dola
    Adel Dola 15 hari yang lalu

    5:23 is it me or is that a kpop gurl comment down below who is she

  • Marcus Salazar
    Marcus Salazar 15 hari yang lalu


  • BTV Assasin
    BTV Assasin 15 hari yang lalu

    I never knew Korea were mean

  • 뎐이
    뎐이 15 hari yang lalu +1

    Why Korean wear short skirts??
    The answer is Korean middle school students must wear
    school uniform I don't know well but We should wear so We shorten skirt and we can't fix shirts so This uniform culture in Korea should be abolished

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