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Korea Travel Guide: 5 Do’s And Don’ts

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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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South Korea

Korea Travel Guide: 10 Items to buy from 7-Eleven Korea

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South Korea is every foodie’s paradise. With local markets in almost every town and Myeongdong’s wide range of street food offers, you can never find yourself on the brink of hunger when you’re here. And their 7-Eleven branches are not to be missed out too! For your midnight ramyeon cravings, quick snack bite or cheaper lunch alternative, 7-Eleven is the way to go! If you’re headed to South Korea soon, continue reading our Korea travel guide and know what delicious treats you can find in 7-Eleven Korea.

Bento Boxes

Bento boxes in 7-Eleven are cheaper, more convenient alternative to try authentic Korean meal. You are sure to find something you like with the variety of options they have. The grilled pork belly and spicy pork are two of the crowd favourites. These yummy bento boxes are all served with rice, a variety of side dishes and rice cakes. If you prefer to eat your meal with kimchi, 7-Eleven also has sealed kimchi.

Flavoured Milk Drinks

Flavoured milk drinks are popular in Korea and they even come in cute packages! They have strawberry flavoured milk drink, chocolate and melon so you can choose which flavour you want and even have these as souvenirs to take home!

Peel Sausages

Do you have a jam-packed Seoul travel itinerary? Load up on some peel sausages that is totally fuss-free and can easily be eaten whether you’re walking to your next Seoul tourist attraction or on the bus going to the next temple! You can also slice up these sausages and throw them in when you’re cooking some noodles to add more flavour.

Instant Noodles

Of course, our Korea travel guide will not be complete without including noodles! Koreans love noodles especially the spicy ones! You may be familiar with the spicy noodle challenge on social media. If you want to give it a shot, you can easily find spicy flavoured noodles in any 7-Eleven stores in Korea. Or maybe you’re just looking for a delicious hangover soup after a whole night of drinking? Either way, you can find them here!

Samgak Kimbap

The perfect on-the-go when you’re in a hurry and have no time to cook or order a meal! These convenient little rice triangles have a variety of fillings such as pork belly, tuna or eel so choose whichever you feel like eating.

Drink Packets

Exploring popular places to visit in Seoul can be pretty tiring especially during summer when the heat can be exhausting. These drink packets are a great way to keep yourself hydrated and fresh! Otherwise, it still a refreshing drink to enjoy on your Korea holiday whatever season it is.

Jellies

Are you off to ride the KTX on your way to Busan? Buy these cute and yummy gummies or what Koreans call jellies to have something to munch on while on the train. They come in cute shapes and sized and have different flavours to choose from. Buy more than one kind so you can share it with your friends!

Sparkling Soju Drink

Isul Tok Tok is the sparking soju drink for people who can’t stand the burning feeling caused by soju. These drinks also only contain 3% of alcohol so it’s perfect for casual drinkers plus they have it in pineapple and peach flavours which are delicious!

Ice Cream

The yummy caramelized Lotus Biscoff biscuits which are now in ice cream form is our new addiction! This makes for a sweet treat after chowing down unlimited samgyeopsal and a bowl of jajangmyeon!

Coffee

We all know someone who treats coffee like it’s a vital part of their everyday life, right? Coffee tastes even better when you’re on vacation and not when you’re trying to keep yourself awake with that early morning meeting. Make it a wonderful morning and grab one to-go before heading off to your first Seoul attraction for the day!

Complete your itinerary by checking out places to visit in Seoul, things to do in Seoul and attractions you can’t miss in Jeju as featured in our Korea travel guides.

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