Most websites and travel agencies talk about the oddities of North Korea and how differently and controlled people live there. Although, no one really talks about its neighbor, South Korea. This country is full of antitheses, with new technologies contrasting the old Asian traditions. South Koreans are not that aware of what’s happening in the rest of the world and they live a guarded life, but not in the same manner as North Koreans. They just don’t see what other countries do so that they can follow the same rules. They choose their rules on their own and some of them are true mysteries for us.
1. Pregnant women receive special support from the government
Pregnant women get a credit card with $500 in it, which they can spend on their medical bills. They are also given special parking spaces and their seats on the subway are marked with pink color.
2. People are free to taste products at the supermarket
This is like an unwritten rule in South Korean supermarkets, where people can taste a large variety of products before buying it…or not buying it.
3. Practical gifts are preferred
Can you imagine giving someone toilet paper rolls for a gift? Well, this is the kind of gifts that South Korean like to give and accept. At least in that case the gift will be of use.
4. High school students study until midnight
Kids and teenagers in South Korea spend most of their day studying and they have almost no time for their personal hobbies. School libraries are even open 24/7 to make their studying easier.
5. Couples wear similar clothes
Instead of wearing an engagement ring to declare that you are in a serious relationship, Korean couples wear similar clothes to let everyone know that they are together.
6. A cup of coffee or sweets is the best gift for a teacher
Giving large gifts to teachers is considered a bribe, so if a kid wants to show their gratitude they can simply offer a cup of coffee or some sweets.
7. There are a lot of public restrooms
There might be a lack of trash bins, but there is no way for you to feel the need to go to the bathroom and not find a public restroom somewhere near you.
8. South Koreans are serious workaholics
The South Korean government decided to fight workaholism by switching off office computers on Friday afternoon, pushing workers to live a normal life. Sadly, a large percentage of the workers disagree with this change and want to be excluded from it.
This must be the first time when we listen about people wanting to work overtime and not having the need to go back home earlier and enjoy some free time. South Koreans must be some pretty unusual people.