Mind etiquette in Korea!

You may have heard that there are numerous details and etiquette to pay attention in Korea, while some of you may think that it is not important to a tourist, but I respect the local culture indeed. Below is my advice for having a good sense of etiquette in Korea.

1/ You must wait for the senior to start the meals first.

2/ When you are eating, do not pick up your bowl, do not use your spoon and chopstick at the same time! The spoon is for your soup and rice, while the chopstick is to pick up the food into your bowl.

There are many details to pay attention for the Korean etiquette; sometimes it is easy to get tourists confused. (Can you tell the names of the food in the picture? Check it out by scrolling down to the end of the passage!)There are many details to pay attention for the Korean etiquette; sometimes it is easy to get tourists confused. (Can you tell the names of the food in the picture? Check it out by scrolling down to the end of the passage!)

3/ Never take the courtesy seat in metro, even if there is no needy sitting there. Otherwise you might be seriously scolded.

4/ When you pay a visit to your friends' home, you cannot be barefooted. Always go with your socks, with a gift.

5/ Like Japanese, Korean will bow to seniors to express their greeting or to say goodbye, the more senior or respected the person is, the longer time and the greater degree of the bow you should take.

6/ Since Koreans value the seniority much, you should be prepared that you have to disclose your age event at first meet, as it will affect how they treat you.

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No. Dish 반찬
1 Sauteed Zucchini 호박볶음
2 Kimchi 김치
3 Grilled Deodeok 더덕구이
4 Pan-fried Croaker 조기구이
5 Dotorimuk 도토리묵
6 Barbecued Pork 돼지BBQ
7 Barbecued Beef 소고기 BBQ
8 Spinach 시금치나물
9 Bean Curd Kimchi 두부김치
10 Yachaejeon 야채전
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Cyrus Chan

Cyrus loves traveling, making friends, chatting, handicrafts, drawing, writing, arts, daydreaming and wandering in cafés. She backpacked alone to Turkey, Germany and Eastern Europe, spent 1.5 years in Australia for working holiday, and another year studying in Korea. Cyrus wrote a few travel books on Turkey, Seoul and Hong Kong.
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