Whether it’s the Korean dramas or their irresistibly charming girl and boy groups that got you obsessed with their culture, Korea is taking over as one of the must-visit places in the world. Is a trip to Korea in your travel plans this year? While you may know some of their quirks courtesy of what you see online, there are still some things you need to remember when travelling in Korea. Let this short Korea travel guide help you ensure a pleasant and peaceful vacation!
Go easy on the skin-baring clothes during your Korea travel adventure
Are sleeveless and backless tops your favourite clothing pieces? These styles are typically frowned upon by the elderly Korean women. As such, try to fill your luggage with loose and breezy shirts instead. Plus, they’re perfect for whatever Korea travel adventure you embark on. While baring your shoulder and back is not ideal, shorts and skirts are generally accepted.
Use both hands when accepting or presenting things
Whether you’re handing payment for your meal or accepting a bowl of food from someone, use both hands. This is because using one hand is considered to be rude.
Remember that age is important for Koreans
In other cultures, asking about someone’s age is blasphemy. But in Korea, it’s perfectly normal. Why? It’s because Korea values respect for elders. When eating, for example, you must wait for the eldest person in the table to eat first before everyone else can eat. Moreover, if an elderly person offers you a drink, you mustn’t refuse.
During your Korea travel escapade, don’t pour your own drinks
In Korea, it’s impolite to pour your own drinks. So, if you’re going out for a round or two with your newfound Korean friends, let them pour your glass and then do the same for them. And remember, when you’re pouring for someone, do so with both hands.
Mind where you seat on public transportation
Just because a seat is vacant doesn’t mean it’s for you. Relative to how important and valued the elderly are in Korea, there are seats on buses or trains that are reserved for the elderly and disabled. Make sure the seat you’re about to take is not for the elderly and the disabled.
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