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 • 5 851

    BRIGHT SIDE  4 bulan yang lalu +3880

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

    • 夏在超
      夏在超 8 hari yang lalu

      @Aquarius1011 😓I can't force you to stay on my side. let's flipping this issue.

    • Aquarius1011
      Aquarius1011 9 hari yang lalu

      @夏在超 Oh gee, are you still on my case? Well, you've got your opinion, and I have got mine. So, we'll flippin; just have to agree to disagree.
      And, yes, I would say that, if knowing the whole history. It is also exactly that - HISTORY. That was then, this is now. So, stop living in the past.

    • 夏在超
      夏在超 9 hari yang lalu

      @Aquarius1011 You won't say that if you know the whole history of China. especially before 1949.

    • Aquarius1011
      Aquarius1011 9 hari yang lalu

      @夏在超 No, YOU are totally wrong! Taiwan has been a separate, independent country since 1949. So, China must stop bullying Taiwan, and flippin' leave Taiwan alone.
      And, Taiwan is how China should be.
      But, that is not the topic here.

    • 夏在超
      夏在超 9 hari yang lalu

      @Aquarius1011 You are totally wrong! Taiwan is a part of China with no doubt. China will recapture Taiwan sooner or later.

  • Nishat sadia
    Nishat sadia 15 jam yang lalu

    Well, you can't justify from one video. So, if you wanna go to South Korea, research more

  • ᄌᄉ
    ᄌᄉ Hari Yang lalu

    0:55 Its ok
    4:00 its ok
    4:41 its ok

  • Cheongho Lee
    Cheongho Lee Hari Yang lalu

    I’m from SouthKorea being respectful

  • Ninjaslash52 _
    Ninjaslash52 _ Hari Yang lalu

    “4” is omitted in some places of Korea
    *Mista has joined the chat*

  • Greg Graham
    Greg Graham 2 hari yang lalu

    the crazy side!

  • LunaCornAvery :D :D
    LunaCornAvery :D :D 2 hari yang lalu

    These r a lil fake. Korea doesnt ignore number 4.

  • Alice Kim
    Alice Kim 3 hari yang lalu

    Which country is this guy talking about? Like Saudi Arabia? Very Exaggerated

  • Don Petho
    Don Petho 3 hari yang lalu

    If a elderly person is wrong then correct them harshly because of there age they should know better

  • Byron Hoffman
    Byron Hoffman 4 hari yang lalu

    In China people spit on the ground EVERYWHERE and take pictures of YOU without your consent...hope those South Korean rules are legitimate 😀

  • Byron Hoffman
    Byron Hoffman 4 hari yang lalu

    Eye contact rule makes zero sense🙄

  • KPark Channel
    KPark Channel 4 hari yang lalu

    Hahahaha I'm korean but think it's exaggerated too much😂😂 This was why western people I know who came to korea were surprised when they saw korean people not being so conservative as they expected!

  • Cheyenne’s YouTube
    Cheyenne’s YouTube 4 hari yang lalu +1

    Reee no 13 that is my birthday

  • Younghwan CHOI
    Younghwan CHOI 5 hari yang lalu

    Is that real about the chopstick, leaving food and number 4? I hardly agree with those.

  • Zorak Mantis
    Zorak Mantis 5 hari yang lalu

    6:18 .. i guess street photography is out of the question then?

  • Majestic STK
    Majestic STK 5 hari yang lalu

    To barrack for the Collingwood football team.

  • J C
    J C 5 hari yang lalu

    Brightside, once again, gets as much wrong as right and still manages to badmouth America at the same time. I've really got to start paying attention to the uploader before I click on a video so I can avoid Brightside.

  • Hussnain Butt
    Hussnain Butt 5 hari yang lalu

    annyeonghaseyo je ileum-eun hassnain-ibnida 😊

  • Hinoron
    Hinoron 5 hari yang lalu

    #9 Not photographing strangers might be the law in S. Korea, but it's just good manners anywhere else. Maybe we need that law over here?

  • Hinoron
    Hinoron 5 hari yang lalu

    Tattoos are heavily associated with criminals almost everywhere in the world. Oddly, in recent years, they've become popular with more "hipster" types in North America.... AND with criminals (as was already the long-standing tradition).
    Here again, like much of this list, it's less a "weird fact about Korea" than it is "American Culture has gone off the rails of what most of the rest of the world considers common sense." :P

  • Hinoron
    Hinoron 5 hari yang lalu

    #1 & #5
    It's really more that the west is weird for allowing the tipping "custom" to flourish.
    It started as a bribe from wealthier diners, to convince staff to serve them before the rest of the customers; in other words, pretty morally reprehensible. Then restaurants started systematically underpaying their servers, and accepting bribes (I mean, uh, "tips") just in order to make a fair living became the new normal.
    Another way to look at it, is that most other countries don't tip because their economies have been a lot more stable, their restaurant owners are a lot more ethical, and that the implication that your waiter WOULDN'T give you proper service unless you bribed him is, understandably, an insult to his professionalism.

    #5 Same general idea with teachers. Why are you bribing them? Shouldn't they be insulted that you thought their own ethics were so weak that giving them gifts would convince them to give you a better mark? I would be.

  • June Park
    June Park 5 hari yang lalu

    first of all, you never fill your belly up with kimchi, second number 2 and 3 ive NEVER even heard of (im korean), third number 8 is not really true but kind of, fourth, number 9 is not really true

  • theplayernkc
    theplayernkc 6 hari yang lalu

    Best part about these kind of videos is reading the comments telling everyone how wrong the video is lol.

  • paul maier
    paul maier 6 hari yang lalu

    i do believe I'll stay home.

    • 채사열
      채사열 3 hari yang lalu

      Please don't believe that... Almost all of those are wrong...

  • Johnl White
    Johnl White 6 hari yang lalu

    I’m not going to South Korea

  • Lee Sang
    Lee Sang 7 hari yang lalu

    Many of these are not true or exaggerated.

  • Aus penang
    Aus penang 7 hari yang lalu

    I think "not leave a food on plate" is also apply at other country too...

  • Tony Pearson
    Tony Pearson 7 hari yang lalu

    I spent about one year in South Korea and I never heard of these rules. Things must be a little different close to military bases. In fact I thought most of these rules was only for Japan.

  • Herman Philips
    Herman Philips 7 hari yang lalu

    6:05 - This is why I dislike the 'maintain eye contact' insisted upon in NA. I've found that most people that want to maintain eye contact constantly are also the ones that will do it so close that they are breathing down your throat... and (in my experience), they have bad breath more often than not. I prefer having a little space, and with eyes wandering a bit... and part of that is because I also do some slight lip reading, enough to update what I think I heard to something more likely accurate.

    BUTTERCUP Jones 7 hari yang lalu

    Freaking Chinese need to stop blowing their nose in public. Not every chinese but majority of the ones coming from the mainland China

  • Warner Bauer
    Warner Bauer 7 hari yang lalu

    Tattoos are associated with the criminal underground. Nevertheless, Koreans are always trying to fit in with the rest of the world, so tattoos are now accepted.

  • Warner Bauer
    Warner Bauer 7 hari yang lalu

    Correction: Koreans will take a tip, no problem. It's not an insult. Koreans just don't like tipping culture because they would feel pressured to leave ever higher tips to prove how successful they are. Can you see where that could lead? So the guidebooks might tell you that it's an insult, but the truth of the matter is otherwise.

  • Ignis Ulfr
    Ignis Ulfr 7 hari yang lalu


  • Bill
    Bill 7 hari yang lalu

    I guess I'm the worst Asian ever because I do the opposite of all these things.

  • Darryl M
    Darryl M 7 hari yang lalu

    I can not ever find myself being at any level interested in someone's poops !!!!!!

  • Doug Yates
    Doug Yates 7 hari yang lalu

    The Koreans are very friendly and forgiving if you just try to be polite and do what they do. I was stationed there and loved it! The food, the people, the sites (and smells:), I'd love to go back and see how it has changed since 86'. Peace ya'll.

  • VeggyZ
    VeggyZ 7 hari yang lalu

    I'm okay with the miniskirts too. Very okay.

  • VeggyZ
    VeggyZ 7 hari yang lalu

    The vast majority of these are exactly the same as Japan, despite the languages sounding quite a bit different.. odd...

  • Isabel Sundell
    Isabel Sundell 8 hari yang lalu

    In my country the busses and trains is very silent

  • Danny Jin
    Danny Jin 8 hari yang lalu

    Hey! I live in south korea!

  • Suparna Debnath
    Suparna Debnath 8 hari yang lalu +1

    Is it totally true?!?!

  • JayPark Z
    JayPark Z 8 hari yang lalu

    too many in accurate informations.

  • Omicronkey 1992
    Omicronkey 1992 8 hari yang lalu

    Bright side of life, Tiping is ok in Korea and Korean culture, most of the things you said in this one is bs.... Also in Korean culture you leave 1 bite on the plate as a sign of respect....No one eats the last bite as a sign of respect. Giving gifts to your teachers is ok but they can only be food or drinks, expensive gifts are banned as they are considered bribes.... If you want to learn about Korea let me know I live and work in Korea.... Also tattoos can be gotten anywhere and the people aren't treated differently....

    KISHORILAL KISHOREDA 8 hari yang lalu

    I agree with some of their stuff
    Respecting elders
    No blowing your nose white being at the dinner table
    Middle Eastern people have a lot in common

  • JooHwn Kim
    JooHwn Kim 8 hari yang lalu

    Too wrong..

  • david lindsay
    david lindsay 8 hari yang lalu


  • starcrafter13terran
    starcrafter13terran 8 hari yang lalu

    The elder thing only applies to elders in south korea. If you tell a korean that you are older and they are not respecting you as their elder, they will argue that it only applies to korean elders, not you. I am not making this up. I was told this and it seems very racist.

  • namu
    namu 9 hari yang lalu

    wow this is really back in the days text book kind of information.. things are a lot different in reality from what u might find on the internet and books :) anyways hope u can actually experience what's wrong and what's accurate by visiting korea!

  • Marc Gosselin
    Marc Gosselin 9 hari yang lalu

    so true about talking about poop~

  • Prranjal Shrivaastav
    Prranjal Shrivaastav 9 hari yang lalu

    Tipping is like bribing the people who serve to serve the tipper better than others, which is wrong. Better way to reward somebody at a restaurant for example, is that whenever u revisit this restaurant again, ask for this person to serve u specifically and write him a small thanks note before leaving.
    So why is tipping a police officer called bribing and bribing a waiter is called tipping?

  • HantuBorneo
    HantuBorneo 10 hari yang lalu

    jepun? ermm

  • Ivan Jonathan
    Ivan Jonathan 10 hari yang lalu

    There’s soooo many wrong things about the facts in this video!!
    Lots of things is mis-information and came from chinese culture or japanese culture.
    Do better please
    Now i doubt all of your video’s facts.

  • Jusang Kim
    Jusang Kim 10 hari yang lalu

    Uh... you can leave food on the Plate. It is not an insult. Koreans are actually logical

  • Panzer Blitz
    Panzer Blitz 10 hari yang lalu +1

    Here's another one: vicious dog killers.

  • Kyle Kim
    Kyle Kim 10 hari yang lalu +5

    I’m Korean and 99% of this is wrong

    • Ninjaslash52 _
      Ninjaslash52 _ Hari Yang lalu

      Kyle Kim can you give a list of what was wrong and some actual cultural tattoos I’m genuinely curious

  • 헿헿
    헿헿 11 hari yang lalu

    1:20 ?

  • James Harden
    James Harden 11 hari yang lalu

    N Korea : I don’t need you cyborg kimchiiii

  • Ian Wagner
    Ian Wagner 11 hari yang lalu +1

    Don't let your tattoos show
    *Justin Bieber has left the chat*

  • Sudharshan Sundar
    Sudharshan Sundar 12 hari yang lalu

    F0F Not Found

  • Alvaro Mady
    Alvaro Mady 12 hari yang lalu

    Number 4 mean died in Chinese .You might just confused