5 facts about South Korea

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It is known that the customs of different cultures can be very different from ours, which can make us question our lifestyle a lot. What activities are common in Korea that are not in your country? Let’s find out through these facts about life in South Korea.

Translation by Laura Fino and Sara Varon

  1. Plastic surgery is common in young people


Esthetic clinics abound in Korea, as well as their advertisements inviting you to undergo surgery. South Korea is one of the countries with the highest rate of plastic surgeries due to the demanding beauty standards that exist in this country, which plays a fundamental role for social acceptance. The most common procedures are: double eyelid surgeries (blepharoplasty), operations on the nose (rhinoplasty) and jaw modification in line V (line V).

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Usually in Korea when capturing a photo they say ‘KIMCHI!’ instead of ‘WHISKEY!’ (Mexico) to make people smile.

3. Tips are not required

If you go to a restaurant, it is not necessary to leave tips. They may return your money and even feel offended by the action.

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4. The education system is too strict

Due to the high competitiveness of the Korean Education System, long hours of study are necessary. Also, staying late in high school and getting up early to get back is the most time-consuming thing for students. In the same way, it can lead to serious health problems.

5. Soju

In Korea, alcoholic drinks are very popular. They love to drink, and among the most popular alcoholic beverages is Soju: a light-coloured distilled drink with graduation between 20% and 45%, which is usually accompanied with a dish or an appetizer. If at any time you have the opportunity to try it, invite others. Remember to drink it in moderation if you do not want to end up sprawled on the streets of Korea.

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Tell us what country you are from, and if any of these activities are also practised there. We would also like to know if you have already heard about these facts, and what other facts you think should be mentioned as well.

Written by: Karla Tapia

Edited by: Adamaris Llampara


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