South Korea is a beautiful country with a rich culture. The ancient wisdom of Taoism lives next to the most advanced technology. People here love the Western way of life, but nevertheless they have retained many customs that are misunderstood by outsiders.
We have discovered much of how amazing this country is and decided to share the most unusual fact about South Korea that we know with you.
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According to sociological surveys, one in every 5 women in South Korea has had plastic surgery. Operations of this type are considered normal here. Parents often pay for an operation for a child as a graduation gift. Among the most popular operations are skin whitening, removal of birthmarks, and changing the shape of the eyes. Men also have this type of surgery.
Many Koreans have poor eyesight.
Many Koreans are myopic from a young age and wear glasses or contact lenses. This often creates the impression that they are born with bad eyesight. Their sight is made worse by the fact that they study a lot and often have their eyes fixed on the screens of their devices. However, this has not stopped many of them from achieving much. Two-time Olympic champion Im Dong-hyun sees only 10-20% of what people with perfect vision see, however, has won archery medals!
Everyone uses cosmetics.
Korean women take very good care of their skin and hair and use an incomprehensibly large number of cosmetic products to achieve this. They just do not come out without their makeup. The young Koreans as a whole take care of their appearance. It is impossible to see a man with a hairstyle that is less than perfect. Korean cosmetics have become popular all over the world.
Miniskirts are popular in South Korea.
Miniskirts and minishorts are constantly in vogue here. This article of clothing is considered normal even for business women. But it was not always like this. From 1963 to 1979, under President Park Chung Hee, it was illegal to wear skirts that ended 20 cm higher than the knee. Today, these skirts are completely normal. However, in Korea, you will never see a woman with revealing cleavage.
Only a few Koreans have tasted dog meat.
Despite the widespread stereotype, only a small number of Koreans have tasted dog meat. Now there is a growing movement that refuses to eat this traditional dish. It is especially strong among the younger generation that sees dogs as their companions. The state also encourages people to eat dog meat. To know more about the country visit our site .
Koreans drink a lot.
For Koreans, drinking is a natural method of union. Every Korean knows a lot of strong drinking games that are aimed at making everyone get drunk as fast as possible. They get drunk quickly but never cause problems, and they love karaoke. The most popular drink - soju - is strong vodka based on grain or potato that is traditionally served in a green bottle.
Koreans are simply crazy about food.
In every Korean city, in all the streets you can find all kinds of bars, cafes and restaurants. Instead of asking "How are you?", The Koreans could say: "Have you eaten well?" The lack of a meal equals a sin: the kimchi, its most traditional dish, is made up of heavily spiced and pickled vegetables and, above all, Chinese cabbage.

The physical contact is completely normal.
In most countries, two men who hold hands are seen as an open expression that they are in a relationship. But not in South Korea. Paradoxically, while relationships between people of the same sex are often treated negatively here, a man sitting on the knees of his male friend or playing with his hair is considered acceptable.
Koreans cannot handle red ink.
It is believed that if you write someone's name in red ink, that person will experience serious problems in the near future. They could even die. Some people believe that red ink expels demons and protects the dead, but for life it works the other way around.
South Koreans pay close attention to gestures.
Things should only be accepted physically with both hands, to show respect. Koreans also pay special attention to handshakes. Several years ago, Bill Gates fell against local customs in this regard. When he met the president of the country, he shook his hand while keeping the other in his pocket. In Korea, this is seen as a sign of extreme contempt for an individual.

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Korean citizen