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10 Uniquely Korean Customs & Mannerisms

Every country has a host of social manners and etiquette that contribute to define its culture. This is no exception with South Korea. In fact, the Korean peninsula boasts plenty of these customs. Today, we take a look at some nuanced mannerisms that I’ve observed during my sojourn.

On love & relationships in S. Korea

For the blog’s first guest piece, Rob Defina dives into the intricacies of romantic love, S. Korea’s obsession with coupledom, the superficiality that often accompanies these relationships, and SoKo’s conservative take on sex. This marks the beginning of a guest writer series in which a variety of topics will be explored.

S. Korea & I – happily ever now

S. Korea and I have an all-or-nothing kind of relationship. But thankfully, we’re experiencing a happy, fight-free period. In the fourth installment of the ‘Love/Hate Series,’ I rave about S. Korea’s skincare craze, jimjilbangs (bathhouses/spas), convenience store culture and the superb delivery system. Bae can be pretty damn charming when she wants to. 

South Korea’s Suicide Epidemic

For almost a decade, South Korea has had the highest suicide rate among industrialized countries. From teenagers to senior citizens, around 40 people commit suicide every day. The alarming statistics are merely symptoms of deep-rooted social issues. South Korea finds itself trapped between a past of Confucianism ideals and a reality where capitalism and competition reign supreme. Suicide is a grim side effect of living in a stressful & hypercompetitive society.