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missyjoymel
post Mar 24 2010, 01:58 AM
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Thinking of visiting/relocating to South Korea?? I came across a short article recently, that discusses Korean Culture and what to expect. I've lived here for over two years, thought this was pretty close to the norm here. Enjoy!

http://teachersforsouthkorea.com/about-sou...korean-culture/
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post Mar 25 2010, 10:51 PM
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Pretty much spot on that article. I've been in Korea for seven months now. Enjoying it, but it can be extremely frustrating at times. Especially for a vegetarian!


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post Mar 25 2010, 11:40 PM
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Yeah! I liked it too. I mostly liked this paragraph:

"South Korea has changed dramatically in recent decades. Many westerners, condescendingly, think ‘development’ is synonymous with ‘westernisation’ and while all the big cities have MacDonalds, 7-Eleven and an abundance of places to get your fill of lattes, Korea’s apparent westernisation is largely superficial. The centuries-old foundations of Korean society remain intact. A Korean code of manners is routine. Buddhism and Confucian ethics, perhaps a little diluted, and the importance of family still remain the basis of society here."

I have often tried to put that point into words, and this article did it pretty well.

One thing that I would point out though, is that while I totally agree that Korea is very safe for foreigners...don't fail to use good judgment. I've been driven in circles for a while by a taxi driver who figured out I had no idea where I was going. When I first got here, that happened a lot. Since I know where I'm going these, and can tell him mostly in Korean, that has stopped completely. Every once in a while an enterprising shopkeeper may try to take advantage of you. HOWEVER, I've had hovering ajumas (older women) put the shopkeeper in his place for trying to rip me off. I have had my apartment broken into, and I know a woman who was attacked. My point is....people are people in every country.

Not trying to instill any kind of fear, just be careful. Most people will go out of their way to help you, and it really is pretty safe--safer and more honest than where I grew up in some respects. Just don't totally let your guard down. If you are a foreigner, you are a target--for both good and bad deeds. Don't be stupid. biggrin.gif
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post Mar 25 2010, 11:46 PM
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True about taxi drivers. I've been taken for a ride on a couple of occasions. I tend to describe Korea as being the country most at war with itself I have ever come across. Wanting so hard to modernise and be a world leader, but at the same time maintaining its centuries old traditions.


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post Aug 3 2010, 12:26 PM
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Those are great articles. I am a TEFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and have many Korean students. Some I tutor in their homes, and it's quite helpful to know the culture.

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post Aug 8 2010, 08:36 PM
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That was a great article. Thank you. I was in Seoul recently, but only for 10 hours while waiting for my next plane. I was enchanted by the people and the culture, what I saw of it. I really want to get back.


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post May 8 2013, 03:41 AM
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Pretty spot on article there
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