15 Myths and Misconceptions about South Korea – Debunked

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If you’ve never been to South Korea, think of all the things you’ve ever heard about it. How many of those things do you think are true? How many do you think are rumors, theories, generalizations, or just straight up lies and misconceptions about South Korea?

I will admit, until my senior year of high school, I didn’t know ANYTHING about Korea. I heard there was a war…but….that was about the extent of my knowledge. Honestly, I couldn’t even find it on a map. But then, something pretty significant happened in my life. I DISCOVERED KPOP. Hey, hey, simmer down, okay, it was pretty surface level at first. I know that. Slowly but surely, Korean culture introduced itself to me more and more. From music, I found TV shows and movies and books. I read up on the history and started -well, tried- keeping up with Korean politics. AND THE FOOD. Oh, don’t get me started on the food.

But all of those experiences were but a glimpse into Korean culture. I was determined to study abroad there (spoiler: that didn’t happen). Since my school didn’t offer Korean language classes, I started teaching myself Korean. FUN FACT, I can sound out words, but I have no idea what it means #randomskills. My freshman year of high school, I joined a conversant program that paired me with an exchange student studying from South Korea. And then, EVENTUALLY, I went to Seoul!

I think I was trying to like…make that circle back to the original question, but if you don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself.

Hi – I’m Kay, and I’m terrible at making transitions.

ANYWAYS, ENOUGH ABOUT ME BECAUSE IM NOT EVEN KOREAN. Let’s get down to what you all REALLY came here for! Today, we’ll be debunking some of the most common questions, myths, and misconceptions about South Korea. To answer them today, I’ve enlisted the help of Ciena, Rebecca, and Sean to shed some light on what being Korean is like and the #truth about their country and culture.

1. Tell us a little bit about your background. Where are your parents from, where did you grow up, where do you live now?

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Ciena, from Korean in America

Ciena: Hello, my name is Ciena. I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea but moved to the United States in 2016. My mother is from Gangwon province, and my father is from North Chungcheong province in Korea. 

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Rebecca, travel enthusiast and completely, perfectly, and incandescently happy

Rebecca: A Black & Creole New Orleans man met a South Korean woman and birthed mixed ole me in a little town outside of Seoul, South Korea. Raised by my Korean grandparents, Korean was my first language. When I was five, I learned English when I moved to the United States. I had Korean teachers until the 4th grade because English and I weren’t friends. While my siblings were open to the American culture and language, it took me a bit longer to adapt to my surroundings, so I went to Korea every summer and winter until the age of 12.  Since then, I’ve kept a constant balance of being present and aware of where I come from. Today, I currently live in Seoul, South Korea.

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Sean, keeping it cool but always fashionable

Sean: I was born and raised in Seoul, and am currently living in Seoul.

2. Is visiting South Korea safe? Is the tension between the North noticeable?

Rebecca: The safest! The main problem seems to be coming from North Korea, but NOT South Korea. Remember you guys, we, South Korea, are located on the bottom end of the two.

While the US highlights nuclear weapons being fired by North Korea, We, the residents of South Korea, live our day-to-day lives. We aren’t worried over here, to be quite honest,.  I’ve received messages and calls from loved ones asking me to return to the states because of what was being stated in the news, and I had to reassure everyone that all was well. Now that North Korea has taken steps in moving forward to make peace with South Korea and the US, we’ll just have to see what comes of it all.

If you’re visiting South Korea, you won’t feel any tension. It’s not noticeable one bit unless you travel to the DMZ. I go about my days without thinking about the North, and you will too. Overall, South Korea is a safe country. I mean our police officers don’t even carry guns, so talking things out is the way they do things around here. Keep that in mind when visiting and enjoy what South Korea has to offer you – which is a lot!

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What’s that sound you hear? Oh, yeah, that’s just the sound of safety. No worries fam.

Ciena: Absolutely! It is very safe to live in and travel. I am not just saying this because I am from South Korea. I’ve lived and traveled to handful of different countries, and South Korea is by far the safest in my opinion. I believe this is because guns and drugs are almost nonexistent. There are also very few homeless people. Robbery and larceny is also very rare. My husband (who grew up in the US) was shocked to see people leave their purse, keys, and cellphone at cafe tables when they went to order or use the bathroom.

As far as North Korea tension, not at all. Even during high tension periods, it is usually calm in South Korea. Korean people are not concerned as much about the situation as the overseas media is. While media in the U.S. and around the world will show and talk about war simulations, there is nothing like that shown in South Korea. I remember once calling my mom after watching CNN, because I was concerned for her safety. She told me: “Daughter, people have lives here to live. We cannot sit down and worry about something that has not yet happened. We work and live just like any other day, and will worry when something bad actually happens.”

Kay: As a tourist, I also felt like it was safe! And very comfortable if you are coming from a Western country, at least in my opinion. I am from the United States, and our media loves to portray every non-Western country dangerous and issue travel advisories like they’re candy. But fret not, it is just as safe as anywhere else! Definitely above average for me, but I only stayed about five days. During those couple days, I completely forgot about ANY sort of potential tension or “unrest” from North Korea (this was in 2016). I was actually planning on visiting, but ended up deciding against it because I didn’t want to spread myself too thin.

3. What happens if you accidentally wander into North Korea? Is that possible?

Kay: That is literally the last thing on Earth to worry about.

Ciena: It’s not possible. The military is stationed on the borders of South and North Korea. There is no public transportation operated back and forth between the two countries as well. Any roads that connect the two countries are strictly managed by both militaries.  

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North Korea and South Korea are completely different countries, and the border is pretty heavily enforced. You’re not going to hop on the subway here and accidentally end up in another country.

Rebecca: This is NOT possible in the least bit! The 38th parallel, where the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is located, is a border barrier that divides the Korean peninsula in half. The border is heavily guarded by both South Korean and US troops on the southern side while the North Korean troops stand opposite of them. Not only with guards standing around, land mines and electric fences surround North Korea, so no one can accidentally wander into North Korea without first going through the Valley of Death.

Sean: That would be very dangerous. But that would never happen because soldiers are watching the line. You’ll be okay.

4. Can Koreans in South Korea visit North Korea?

Rebecca: Any person is allowed to travel to North Korea, but South Koreans are denied entry into the country. It’s been that way since the divide occurred. Unfortunately, some families have not seen each other since the last time North Korea allowed their citizens entry into South Korea, but were taken back to North Korea after their visit.

Ciena: South Koreans cannot freely travel to North Korea. In the past, it was possible to go to some areas in North Korea, such as Geumgang mountain via a special tour. But as far as I know, even that is no longer permitted. 

Kay: With the recent reconciliation efforts and peace negotiations between North and South, a handful of elderly South Koreans were allowed a short SHORT visit to see their relatives in North Korea. And when I mean recent, I mean, like a few weeks ago in August. Most of the families chosen to participate were separated during the 1950-53 Korean War.  Aside from a few rare face-to-face mini reunions and a short -lived video exchange program (2005-2007, only about 3,700 short messages were sent), Rebecca and Ciena pretty much sum it up. Currently, no. But if you want to know more about these rare sporadic reunions, click here for a pretty great article on it.

5. What are the coolest cities to visit in South Korea? Why?

Sean: In Seoul specifically, Itaewon for sure! Because there are cool clubs, bars, and restaurants!

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Seoul, Busan, and Jeju are the most popular cities for tourists to visit – and for good reason! But if you’re looking for something less busy, try visiting Pohang. It’s near beach AND there’s a super cool dragon temple!

Rebecca: Korea has many cities to explore and roam around, but first on everyone’s list is Seoul. This city is everyone’s go to! The city where rich culture meets pop culture. One won’t get bored being occupied by the food options to taste, temples and palaces to visit, and experience one of the best subway systems ever invented! If you live in a metropolitan city and are accustomed to riding the subway, Seoul will spoil you rotten. NO LIE! The only downside to riding the subway/trains here are the never-ending stairs/escalators upon exiting. They are SO long! I was on my way up on one escalator and literally asked myself “Am I still on this thing?!?” Besides that, Seoul is a great city to start and finish when visiting South Korea. You won’t be disappointed! You’d want to come back and visit. Trust me.

Kay: I can second that escalator comment. I’m pretty sure subway in Korea translates to quad burn. (kidding). They are mad efficient though.

Rebecca: Second is Busan. This city is down south located by the beach, which provides you with some great R&R to unwind from the hustle and bustle of Seoul during the spring and summer seasons. It also has one of the largest complex shopping centers to roam around in. The food court there is to DIE for! Go and check it out yourself. One of the most beautiful temples is located here in Busan on the water, and its a sight to see.

Ciena: I highly recommend traveling to and hiking mountains in Korea during the Fall! You will see breathtaking nature and scenery. Mountains, big and small, exist in every province.  Each mountain usually has beginner and master routes you can choose to try. If you are ready for a true challenge, you can go for one of the tallest mountains in Korea, Seorak mountain. It is the most popular mountains to hike among Koreans, and is especially beautiful in the Fall.

6. It seems like everyone in Korea has such beautiful skin! Does Korean culture value beauty routine? 

Ciena: I wouldn’t say everyone in Korea has beautiful skin. Some do and some don’t, just like any other places. People generally keep a good hygiene in Korea though, so if I have to come up with a reason, I guess they wash their face on daily basis? Skin care is definitely a high priority for Koreans. It is not uncommon for girls (and boys) to see a dermatologist multiple times a year. While not everyone has beautiful skin, you definitely get complimented a lot when you do.

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Genetics isn’t everything – discipline, routine, and investment are also factors for good looking skin.

Sean: Yes, Koreans care about their looks and skin a lot. I think we spend much more money on skin care and beauty products than foreigners. Skin care and beauty has always been a big part of our culture. Some might think that is vain, but I think a lot of countries have something they attribute to attractiveness. It could be a physical trait, like good skin or height or straight white teeth. Or it could be a mental trait that is held more highly, like ambition or kindness or power or spirituality. Everyone is vain about something.

Rebecca: Absolutely 100 times YES! Korean beauty products are AMAZING!! I have a morning and nighttime beauty regimen myself because they cater to everyone’s skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, etc.). If not a regimen, there are facial masks to do twice a week to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized. Korea is known for their beauty products that people can attest too from all over.

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HI- Kay here. Yeah, this was my beauty hall from ONE night shopping in Seoul. Guess how much I paid for all of this. About $25 USD.

Kay: YOOOOO Okay I gotta pop in real quick. Honestly, if the skincare isn’t Korean, I DON’T WANT IT #whentravelmakesyouboujee . The South Korean government LITERALLY invests resources in skin care companies (by encouraging and protecting them, not with stocks), that’s how big it is there. I have especially problematic skin. My angsty puberty-acne teenage self would cry if she knew what waited ahead. BUT ANYWAYS, if you want to get great deals on skin care products, skip all the shops in malls or at the airport. Instead, in Seoul, go to Myeong-dong. Trust me, I have a whole blog post giving you all the insight on Myeong-dong HERE.

7. Do Korean men wear makeup?

Sean: In general for men, it is not that common. Some people do, and for cosplay or dressing up, but most people think that is too much. Usually only boy band members casually wear makeup.

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The boy bands have you all fooled.

Rebecca: I’d say the younger generation. KPOP groups like WannaOne and BTS have made makeup a thing. However, the late 20s to the older generation men are NOT into that. However, they are into the skincare regimen that Korea has to offer.

Ciena: Some do and some don’t. Korean men that wear makeup are probably younger (late teens to late 20s). But I think it is more of a recent trend. I think I started to see men wearing makeup from around 2012-ish. I personally believe it stemmed from boy K-pop groups and the increasing amount of K-beauty shops.

8. What is the backstory of eating dogs in Korea? Was it actually a thing? Is it still a thing?

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Oh boy….not this again….

Rebecca: This is a sensitive subject for any dog lover, but since you asked, here it is. Eating dogs originated from 57 B.C. to 668 A.D. It is not illegal to serve dog meat in Korea, however, it is regarded as “detestable”. Like how can it NOT be? It’s beyond sickening when dogs are our companions and are apart of our family. 

Dog meat is NOT apart of the regular Korean diet! It has caused a lot of controversy in this country where recently, a South Korean court ruled the killing of dogs for meat illegal! YES!!!!!! This will bring a large crackdown on dog farms, so dog lovers be patient. Soon, it will be completely BANNED FOR LIFE!

Sean: When Koreans were in poverty, they had nothing to eat. That is why they started to eat dogs – out of necessity. Koreans today do not WANT to eat dogs. That practice is long gone and there are no restaurants that serve dogs, or at least not any that I have seen. It’s not “a thing” we do.

Kay: Thank you BOTH, I know it’s very sensitive and uncomfortable topic. At least in the United States, there are a lot of ignorant and racist stereotyping around this topic. It’s not you job to educate us, but I really really appreciate it. I’m so over this tired misinformed trope, so I hope this sheds a light on the subject for someone.

9. What are traditional Korean clothing or wardrobe/hair pieces? Is it okay for tourists to wear them in Korea? What about if non-Koreans wear them outside of Korea?

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In Seoul, you can rent a hanbok to wear! My (Kay’s) recommendation is Seohwa Hanbok, because it’s close to Gyeongbokgung Palace and I like their intricate designs!

Ciena: Hanboks are the traditional clothing of Korea. Traditional clothes are quite uncomfortable to wear on a daily basis; however, there are modernized hanboks called 개량 한복 [gye-ryang hanbok] which were made to be comfortable to wear daily. Many many people enjoy shopping for these types instead of traditional ones. Traditional hanboks are generally only worn for weddings and big family holidays like 설날 (Seollal, Korean New Year’s Day) or 추석 (Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving Day). I think it’s absolutely okay for tourists to wear traditional or modernized hanbok in Korea or overseas.

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A great thing to do in Seoul is to rent a hanbok and visit Bukchon Hanok Village!

Sean: It’s completely okay for foreigners to wear Hanboks. They are just embracing the culture and we think they are just having a good time.

Rebecca: Korea is a country where they want people to come and experience the culture firsthand. So with that being said, YES, it is more than okay for tourists to wear Korean traditional clothing. Hanbok, Korean clothing, refers to clothing of the Joseon dynasty worn as formal wear during festivals and celebrations (weddings, birthdays, etc.). If you visit the palaces, there are many stores that allow tourists to walk around in hanboks for a couple of hours for a small fee, so you can dress and walk around as the Kings and Queens once did.

If non-Koreans wear Hanboks outside of Korea for festivals or to Korean weddings, it’s not an issue. Koreans enjoy it when non-Koreans get into the Korean groove of things. They see it as a sign of respect to the culture. With everything people do just don’t overdo it :). Keep it in the proper realm of order.

10. Do you run into Kpop stars on the streets? Does Gangnam Style play 24/7?

Ciena: Chances are very rare. I heard that it’s possible to see celebrities in Japan because they tend to use public transportation often. K-pop stars or Korean celebrities do not use public transportation at all. They’re usually driven around in large black vans with tinted windows. My husband jokes that he thinks Gangnam Style has never gone off the air in Korea since it came out. It was enormously popular when it came out, but now it’s just a past song.

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오-오-오-오 오 ……more like nope, Kpop stars are not out performing in the streets. Sorry.

Rebecca: I haven’t ran into a Kpop star on the streets before. However, I know people who have though, but its very seldom that we catch a glimpse of them. Gangnam Style does NOT play 24/7 (THANK GOODNESS) because it’s not that big here as it once was. When it first came out, everyone was doing the dance.  It became so popular that they even made a Gangnam Style statue for it right in the Gangnam area. If you visit the COEX mall (located in Jamsil), you’ll be able to get your picture taken right next to it.

Sean: Hmm sometimes. Mostly artists, and they go to Itaewon. Probably not Kpop starts though, they are ALWAYS busy.

11. What is a stereotype about Korean people that is absolutely not true?

Ciena: That Koreans are great at games! The gaming industry is huge and gaming cafes are everywhere, but not every Korean grows up playing Starcraft!  

Sean: That Koreans LOVEEE spicy food. Some do, of course, but…not everyone.

Rebecca: One main stereotype is that not all Korean people get plastic surgery. Korea is known for their plastic surgery since its ranked #1 in all of Asia, and #2 in the world if I’m not mistaken. However, not all Koreans have work done to their bodies. People assume that since plastic surgery is so POPULAR here that everyone gets work done, but that’s not true.

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Seoul is the plastic surgery capitol of the world. But even with half the country’s population living in Seoul, half of all people who get plastic surgery are actually foreigners.

12. What are some Korean superstitions?

  • We do NOT write someone’s name in red ink because it signifies that death will meet them soon.
  • Washing your hair can wash away your bad luck! Make sure to carefully schedule your wash days!
  • The number 4 is bad luck, so in elevators you might see ‘F’ instead.
  • Don’t shake your legs because you’re shaking away your good luck and wealth off.
  • Eating sticky foods like Korean traditional yut before an exam will assist in ‘sticking’ the knowledge in your head better in order for you to pass.
  • You shouldn’t sleep with a fan on in the room!
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If you gift your lover a pair of shoes, they will leave you. Kiki, do you love me? Because I didn’t ask for these Adidas.

13. What are the biggest Korean holidays/celebrations/traditions throughout the year? Do you have any favorites?

Ciena: Seollal (Korean New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day, August 15th in the lunar calendar) are the biggest holidays of the year. People travel to visit their family and relatives. Also, many businesses close for the holidays. So make sure to avoid these two holidays if you are planning to visit Korea.

Rebecca: Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) is the first day of the Korean lunar calendar, and my favorite holiday. During this holiday, people perform ancestral rites, pay respects to their elders and sometimes receive money from them, and exchange well-wishing remarks. Chuseok is another important traditional holiday. Chuseok is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day. It’s a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. For celebrations, Korean parents mark the 100th day of their baby with a special big celebration. The entire family participates with holding a ritual prayer for the baby’s health, success in life, and longevity. Parents give the baby gold rings as a special gift as well.

Sean: I like Seollal because we get pocket money from the olders! 🙂 

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Korean New Year generally occurs in January or February on the second new moon after the winter solstice,

14. How would you describe the Korean lifestyle?

Rebecca: Korean lifestyle … honestly, quick and convenient. Koreans dress to impress everyday because they care about what others say. Making an impression is a big stamp for everyone here. Plus, Koreans are very emotional beings. We have no shame in crying, men included.  Status is also another big ticket number.

Koreans want everything really fast from food delivered to their homes or coming out at a restaurant to stores even offering same-day delivery of their items purchased online. The Korean lifestyle is not hard to adjust to. Well, minus the bumping/shoving of people when trying to get on or off the subway/bus. The concept of personal space doesn’t compute in their minds. Overall though, it’s not fairly difficult to live a Korean lifestyle. Every nationality has its pros and cons, so you just have to find what works for you in the Korean way.

Sean: Work and Drink. Koreans work hard, party hard. But also everyone has different lifestyles. Like me, I actually don’t drink at all.

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The Korean lifestyle is competitive. Work harder and pass the soju.

Ciena: Korean life is generally the same as life anywhere else; you go to work, do your hobbies, or spend some time with your family and friends. But the one thing I really miss about Korea is the abundance of free food delivery. You might think this sounds silly, but when you and your friends are chilling at the Han river (the big river that runs through Seoul), you can order delivery food and the delivery person will find you even if you don’t have an address at the park. 😉

15. Any MISC information we should know? 

  • Even though Koreans know that smoking is bad for them, they still do it any and everywhere. Oh just a FYI, weed is illegal in Korea.
  • Korea is a drinking culture, so be ready to get lit off that soju (Korean’s version of Vodka). AND it’s legal to drink in public.
  • Couple attire is a thing.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go because Koreans sneeze all out in the open, pick their noses in public, and will scratch their asses for you to see. Proper etiquette to some doesn’t apply nor exist.
  • Seoul has the biggest congregation in the world! Yoido Full Gospel Church!
  • 20% or people in South Korea share the last name Kim. 
  • Bullying in Korea is extreme. Anyone 19 years old and younger who commits a crime like rape, assault, or bullying usually receives a slap on the wrist. Recently, one of the biggest female led protests in South Korea was reaction to the lack of punishment to men who use their cell phones to take pictures up women’s skirts and in women changing rooms. The laws in Korea are more lenient than they are in the US, and that needs to change!
  • Taekwondo is the martial arts of Korea. It is the only Olympic sport that has originated in South Korea!

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16. What does being Korean mean to you?

Sean: Being Korean isn’t easy. There is a lot of pressure on the young people. We need to study 24/7 and get perfect scores. But we also need to get the best job and get raises every year. PLUS, we are pressured by our elders pressure to get married and settled down. AND we have to do all of that RIGHT NOW.

I think being Korean means to be innovative and forward thinking in a somewhat conservative society. But I love my Korea. Being Korean means we work hard in everything we do. We are passionate. Our culture is unique – the music, fashion, movies, and TV shows. There is no “ONE” type of Korean, because being Korean means being multifaceted.

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Rebecca: Being Korean to me is embracing my Korean-ness , the good with the bad. It means digging deeper than what is seen on the exterior and reach my center not only for myself, but to educate those around me. It enables me to reach and live in my Korean truth as I do with my blackness. It’s one reason why I teach myself to be apart of this world, and living here gives me the opportunity to tap into other areas of my Korean side that I have yet to explore.

Being Korean to me means knowing the importance of our history and respecting it with my mother and her family, and one day passing down those customs to my children’s children one day.

Being Korean allows me to be apart of something small yet bigger and powerful. Korea is not a big country, but it has many well-known brands all across the world: Samsung, LG, KIA to name a few. Korea continues to pave the way with technology, WiFi, etc., to stay recognized and relevant. We compete with the big dogs that are twice our size and we can stand on our own, so that is a huge accomplishment to speak of.

Being Korean means there are weaknesses in the community to “make better”.  One main weakness in particular that annoys me about being Korean is Koreans not believing I’m Korean because I have brown skin. I have melanin all over me and because of that that disqualifies me in their eyes that I’m not Korean. It’s a damn shame that even to this day, I run across close-minded people who see my brown skin and say that I’m not Korean since I don’t look like them. WTH?!? 9 times out of 10, I am met with “You can’t be Korean. You’re too dark’; when in actuality, I’m only about .48239 shades darker than them. SMH! Oh but when I answer their questions in Korean and they hear how FLUENT I am that makes me Korean. Like what now?!?

Truth, it shouldn’t surprise me at this point in life, but it’s still annoying AF not ‘being accepted’ based on my skin color. Their ignorance on the concept of two or more races having sex and procreating a mixed child that has Korean blood running in their veins makes them Korean doesn’t make any sense to me. However, you can’t change people’s minds unless they themselves want to change on their own. So I’ll do my part in letting those I come across know that Korean comes in all shades ESP in this beautiful melanin in front of them. It’s up to us to erase the lie and connect with one another despite our skin color.

Being Korean is accepting the ups and the downs and everything in between. It’s is the recognition of connecting every piece that’s within me to a bigger piece outside of me, the world. It’s growing through life into the woman I’m delving into – the woman I always was and will always be.

At the end of it all, being Korean to me is simply being me.

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Travel for the culture. Korea has plenty to share!

You can’t see me right now, but I just gave all of them a literal standing ovation. If you would like to follow Rebecca, Ciena, and Sean, I’ll leave their links below!

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And then of course, there’s me! fb: @awktravels, twitter: @awktravels, ig: @theawkwardtraveller . Come say hi! 🙂

Ah, speaking about South Korea is making me ache to visit again! Do you have any more questions about South Korea or Korean culture? Ask them below!

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14 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    This post is so educational! I never new much about South Korea besides Seoul being the main city. It sounds like a fun and amazing cultural. And the couples attire things sounds very interesting, couple do matching costumes during Halloween or special events, but not just everyday!

    1. I think couple attire is my new favorite thing hahaha. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading!

  2. This is my favorite post I’ve read in a long time! I love how you’ve provided a unique perspective from each one of the contributors and have debunked so many popular myths. I’m happy to hear the dog farms will soon be banned. Overall, this was extremely informative and a much-needed article.

    1. Omg, thank you so much Erin! I’m glad you liked it!

  3. Such an interesting post about Korea! Love hearing the different perspectives from each of your interviewees and how passionate they each are about their culture.

    1. I like that they all have different perspectives too! Thank you so much for reading!

  4. Hey this is so interesting! You make me wanna go there explore, very very cool 🙂

  5. This is a super awesome post! Before my first trip to Korea about six years ago, I knew almost nothing about the country, and it really wasn’t on my radar. Especially since one of my best friends lives there, I now make a point to visit once or twice a year. It’s such an amazing country! (I’ve even been thinking about moving there.) Thank you for helping to educate folks about Korea!

  6. Great article!!!! So thorough I really liked it. I love visiting Korea it’s always so much fun. Lots of great places to eat and bars to check out. Plus the hiking is great!

  7. This was so fun to read! I definitely noticed the couple attire while I was there haha. It was really cute. My bf and I got matching shirts while we were there to join the trend lol.

  8. Wow, great insights and so nice to hear from people who have lived in Korea.

    Great information and writing. Thanks 🙂

    1. Yay! Thank you so much for reading and listening to the voices of Korean people on topics commonly brought up about their country!

  9. There’s a myth many people around me believes “every korean get plastic surgery atleast once in a life that’s why they are pretty” doesn’t matter how hard tried to explain that not everyone has plastic surgery, and even if they have that’s not something you should blame, but they hurt me back by saying you don’t know anything, and my mind be like” bro, i watch kdrama all the time” they Just don’t understand me, well that’s not about me but it still hurts 🥺

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