Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.
Teachers should be aware that drugs laws in Korea are not the same as they are at home. If caught with marijuana you can face heavy fined and up to 5 years in prison.
When the long workday is over, Seoulites take to restaurants and bars, coffee shops
and karaoke rooms, screen-
The world's first theme park dedicated to the humble restroom opens about an hour outside of Seoul in the City of Suwon.
So, you’re thinking of picking up the language when you come to Korea? Easy, even an elephant can do it!
The South Korean pop video has the world by storm but why is it so funny? When you get to Korea be sure to check out the ritzy district of Seoul to see what all the fuss is about.
Korea’s paradise island boasts volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, national parks, caves and forests. Make sure you take some time out of your year to visit the stunning tropical island which lies off the south coast.
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Stepping out of your comfort zone into a completely foreign culture is one of the most challenging aspects about moving to Korea. During your first few weeks you are likely to experience mixed emotions that at times may leave you doubting whether you made the right move… you can’t speak the language, the smells and foods are unique, you are surrounded by tall buildings and bright neon lights, people are constantly in a rush and you are confronted with numerous customs that you can’t get your head around. These feelings are normal but how you deal with them will have a huge impact on your enjoyment in the country. The best advice we can offer is that you arrive with an open mind, are willing to understand rather than judge and embrace the differences between Korea and your home country.
Take off your shoes: Koreans always take their shoes off before entering apartments and sometimes in schools, offices and restaurants. Shoes are considered dirty and it is a sign of disrespect by not taking them off because most buildings have under floor heating and Koreans sit on the floor.
Offer and accept gifts with 2 hands: When a stranger or someone older than you offers you something or vice versa always use two hands offer or receive the gift.
At the dinner table: There are many customs at the dinner table. To name a few, Koreans never pour their own drink, usually the youngest at the table will serve everyone in order of age and then someone will pour their drink for them. Always wait for the oldest person to eat first and do not finish and leave the table before they do. If someone older than you offers you a drink do not drink it in front of them, turn to the side and of course you must return the favour and pour a drink for them too! When sitting on the floor Koreans sit crossed legged, stretching your legs, despite suffering severe pins and needles, is a sign of disrespect.
Greetings: Koreans often greet each other by asking if they have eaten. This will seem like a strange question at first but when you consider the poverty which existed after the war you can understand that a full stomach is a sign of well being. The best way to respond is with a yes to avoid an inquest and perhaps the uncomfortable but extremely generous situation of having someone buy a meal for you!
Personal space: When you look at the size of South Korea, compare it to the number
of people and then consider 80% of the country mountainous and pretty much uninhabitable
you can start to understand why people’s perception of personal space is almost non-
Crossing the road: In Korea the car is king so do not expect traffic to stop at zebra / pelican crossings, you’ll need to wait until the road is empty before crossing the street.
Displays of affection in public: Koreans do not display any affection so hugging and kissing your partner in public is absolutely frowned upon.
Sharing: The essence of Korean culture can be best summed up in one word “우리” (pronounced
uri) meaning we, our or us. The concept of unity is a prominent part of Korean culture
While we do not wish to provide an exhaustive list of cultural differences, you’re sure to work them out for yourself, we do want to highlight a few social customs to help you arrive prepared. Do not worry if you make a mistake, you are a foreigner and are therefore given some slack but try your best to adhere when you can.
Immigration in Korea is a relatively modern concept, up until 30-
The term foreigner (or way-