What’s it like living in Korea as a foreigner? Whether you’re familiar with the whole conservative, traditional Asian culture or not, there still exists some differences and cultural traits that are unique to Korea. Hf asked several non-Koreans who either visited or lived in Korea on culture shocks that they had. See if you can relate if you’ve ever been to the land of K-Pop and Kimchi!
– Not calling Korean people, especially seniors, by their name.
– For a group project, elder students always become leaders and they have larger authority to make decisions in the group
– … and a professor even required us to clap hands when he came in
– People in general were really conservative but extremely polite
– Europeans are quite individualistic and kind of ignore everyone around them, but in Korea large crowds of people feel much more harmonious, except on the subway, I was really surprised when I got elbowed the first time by an old lady who wanted to get out but could not push me away
– The fashion was really weird to me, to see everyone wearing virtually the same clothes, same hair, etc.
Horrific elbow pushes
– Being pushed by other people onto a full subway car.
– The way people crammed into every possible space on the bus, lol.
– 人們以不同方法嘗試擠進一架沒有太多空間的巴士, lol。
– Silk Worms (Bundaegi). Well I didn’t find them awfully disgusting but I wouldn’t eat them again. For your information, the smell is worse than the taste.
Public bathrooms / Sauna (Jimjilbang)
– Male Koreans expecting me to go into the sauna with them, all NAKED. Yikes!
– Everyone was in couples, all the time. It seemed to me as though there were no groups of friends or single teens or young adults. – 任何時候你都見到韓國人是一對對的走在街上，在我來看，好像沒有一群朋友或單獨一個的年輕人和成年人。
– Men holding girl’s bags all the time. It was ten times more obvious in Korea than other Asian countries.
– The “Drink till you drop” is so common there. People really just don’t know their limits.
– The drunk businessmen on the streets. Some hilarious photos on Black Out Korea.
– 在街上醉昏昏的商人。這個Black Out Korea網站有很多人有趣的宿醉相片。
Ajummas and ajusshis
– All the ajummas have the same perm hairstyle, hilarious!
– Ajummas come into the public bathroom to mop around the urinal while I’m using it!