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THE KOREAN CULTURE

Learning about the culture(s) of a country can help you get more attached to that country, understand the people, and why they do the things they do and how they do it. It can also help you get along with them and fit in perfectly in that country. We are delighted to share with you some interesting facts about the Korean culture which, we are sure, were unknown to you.

Giving and Receiving

Unlike in other countries, when invited to a Korean house, it is polite and well-seen to bring along a gift. This shows a sign of appreciation to the person inviting you to his house. Generally, the gifts accepted are flowers or foreign liquor.

Furthermore, it is important to mention that gifts are valuable when they are wrapped into a golden paper. The colors black or white are not accepted as paper gifts, and the gifts should be handed over with both hands; this shows a sign of respect to the person to whom they are given. Giving with the left hand is not acceptable in the Korean culture.

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Celebrating children

In the Korean culture, children are celebrated 100 days after they are given birth to. You may wonder why. This is because; it is thought that if they succeeded in living these 100 days, then they will live long. This practice is called Baek-il.

Unlucky number 4

Moreover, it is believed that the number 4 is an unlucky number in the Korean culture. Just like the number 13 is considered a bad number in the western civilization, the same applies in the Korean culture with the number 4. You will hardly find houses numbered "4" or a fourth floor wherever in Korea.

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Table etiquette

Table etiquette is quite important in the Korean culture. The way you behave at the table is important and you should avoid doing some things when in Korean. For example, at the table, it is inappropriate to start eating before an elder person, inappropriate to hold a spoon and a chopstick at the same time and inappropriate to blow your nose.

Bowing

Shaking hands is not quite pronounced into the Korean culture. As a matter of fact, their mark of courtesy is the bowing. That is why it is common to see people bowing when greeting.

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