Did you know, in South Korea you should never leave chopsticks in your rice?
You should never beckon anyone with palm up, using one finger? That's the way Koreans call their dogs.
That writing someone's name in red symbolizes death?
Well, now you do. Here are five more things to know about South Korea to help you plan your trip.
"It gets cold! I was there in December and it dropped to well below freezing. While I'm used to cold weather, I hadn't packed the right clothing with me, so I didn't enjoy South Korea as much as I could have, so carefully think through your packing list."
- Gary Arndt, Everything-Everywhere
"Korea has a very good public transport system, so grab a bus or subway map and ride with the locals for a day!"
"Peak summer, from late June to late August, starts off with the monsoon season, when the country receives some 60% of its annual
Although air-conditioning makes summers much more bearable these days, many locals flee the muggy cities for the mountains, beaches and islands, which become crowded, and accommodation prices double. There is also the chance of a typhoon or two."
"News listings about demonstrations should be checked, especially near US Military bases. Demonstrations do tend to turn more violent than not."
- Keith from GeckoGo.com
"If you're on a crowded bus and standing, don't be surprised if a passenger seated under you tugs at your bag. They are typically just offering to have you rest your bag on their lap. Politely decline or if feeling it's safe, place the bag on their lap, but keep the strap around your arm/wrist."
- Christina Tunnah, World Nomads
It always helps to know a little bit of the local language. We know that Korean isn't exactly a language you can pick up overnight, so here are a couple phrases to get you started:
Hello: AHN-NYUNG HA-SEH-YO
Goodbye: AHN-NYUNG-HEE GA-SEH-YO
Thank you: GAM-SAH HAM-NEE-DA
It is nice to meet you: BAN-GAP SUP-NEE-DA
Take me to my hotel: HOTEL-LO GAP-SEE-DA
Please: No direct translation. Has to be used in context.
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