How Korean Invest Money?


Today I will introduce the Korean word what people commonly use for the investment. It is called Getek(재테크) and the meaning is “investment techniques”.

Different with Europe, Korea government can’t guarantee the people’s old life security that normally Korean try to prepare the asset for the old age.

According to the statistics, 90% of the workers are investing their 20% of the salary in the investment. There are diverse parts the people can invest their money in Korea, and people usually use the below 6 ways.

1. Bank deposits or Installment savings: 63.1%

CMS(=Cash Management Service) account is common in Korea and the interest is about 2~3%. About 20 years ago the interest was about 12~14% that many Korean just put their money in the bank account and did not go on the other kinds of the investment but now the interest is getting lower that people are looking for the other ways.

You can check the Korea interest change in above graph. On 1996, the interest was 10~12%, but on 2006 the interest was 4% and now it is about 2~3%.

2. Stock, bond, Fund: 48.5%
Many people purchase the installment fund product and putting their money in each month regularly.

3. Insurance, pension: 33.3%

There is Korea national pension which Korea government manage. Part of the people salary needs to be paid in national pension. It is the obligation that people pay money in national pension but people do not trust if they could receive the payment from the national pension after they retire as it is expected national pension will be exhausted after 50 years. So a lot of Korean prepare the private pension and the variable life insurance.

4. Real Estate & Auction: 24.8%

When you look at the below real estate price change, you can see the Korea real estate price didn’t fall down a lot. Always went up and up. So many people think the real estate price will go up also in future and try to invest the money in house or building purchase.

5. Gold or foreign currency: 2.5%

6. virtual money, Bitcoin: 2%

People’s purpose of the investment is usually for preparing retirement savings, child support expense, purchase house, marriage fund.

Thanks for the reading:)

5 typical cases when Korean eat Bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of the Korean traditional food and still lots of Korean enjoy eating it.

The Bibimbap has been a representative Korean dish for a long time and many people eat the Bibimbap often. Today I will introduce about the Korean habit when people usually eat Bibimbap.

1. When there are nothing special to eat in a home.

->In above picture, the ingredient in the bibimbap is the remain side dishes in home.

One of the characteristics of the Korean food is that always there are side dishes which is called Banchan(반찬). Kimchi is one of the main side dishes and almost every Korean dish the Kimchi is in it. Usually, Korean make plenty of side dishes which can eat for 3-10 days that when you visit the typical Korean house even they didn’t cook on that day, there are side dishes in the refrigerator.

So if there is nothing special thing to eat in a home, usually people but diverse kinds of the side dishes which are in the refrigerator and put together in the bowl with the rice. This is also what I usually do. In my home normally seasoned beans, stir-fried anchovies(멸치볶음) and Kimchi are in the refrigerator that I mixed it with some veggies, egg, and rice. It is really easy to make the Bibimbap as the ingredients are prepared as the side dishes in a refrigerator in a home that much Korean easily and frequently make the Bibimbap at home. The taste and the ingredients of the Bibimbap are changed depends on each home’s remain side dishes.

2. When failed in diet

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Smile you’ drama from SBS broadcast.

If you watch the Korea drama, you could see the women were doing a diet but suddenly at night they got hungry that bring the stuff to eat in the refrigerator and mix in a big bowl. “Eating the big amount of the bibimbap at night in a home” is the typical symbol of the scene that means the person failed in a diet which you can easily see in Korea drama.

The below picture is the Google search picture when I just typed “Bibimbab Drama(=비빔밥 드라마)” in Korean.

You could see in a quite lot of pictures, the women are eating the bibimbap in a big bowl.

3. Korean women who are the stress eater

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Marry Me, Mary!’ drama from KBS broadcast.

This also appears in Korea drama a lot. when the women got a lot of stress because of heartbreak, in a relationship or got angry…etc, many of them make the bibimbap in the home and eat.
I assume the main reasons why they eat bibimbap when got stress is first it is easy to make. When the person got stressed normally they don’t want to cook food and want to find the easy way to eat. Second, during mixing the rice with other ingredients, the people could take out stress. Korean express this action as mixing everything like a fight, hate, sad thing with mixing the bibimbap and this help for making feel better.

4. Eating together with a large family

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Goddess of Marriage’ drama from SBS broadcast.

Now days there are only few people who eat together the bibimbap in one bowl as the above picture, but until 70s or 80s eating the bibimbap with whole family was quite common. This is also scean could easily see in Korea dreama.

The below pictures are from Korea drama ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon’ from JTVC broadcast.

Even the Bibimbap sceans were appeared twice in drama.

5. After the ancestor worship ceremonies

->The above picture is the prepared food for ancenstral rites table.

In Korea still, many families do the ancestor worship ceremonies in a special day such as the ancestor birthday or in special Korea holiday ‘Seollal(설날)’ and in ‘Chuseok(추석)’.

One of the characteristics of the ancestor worship ceremonies in Korea is in making so many foods! As you can check in below picture, the foods are cooked for the ancestor and are placed on the table. After the ceremonies are all finished, the family needs to eat all the food which they made for the ceremonies. Usually, the most remain food is the diverse kinds of seasoned vegetables and the best way to eat those foods are the bibimbap as we can just put the remain ceremonies food and mix it. That’s why much Korean eat bibimbap a lot after the ancestor worship ceremonies.

There is no limit for the Bibimbap ingredient that Bibimbap’ingredients can be changed depends on the area and the weather. Normally the foods in season and the local foods are usually used for the Bibimbap ingredients and the Korea bibimbap is different from the region.

There is no rule or limit in making the Bibimbap. You could make your own bibimbap with the ingredient you like or the leftover food.

Thanks for reading.:)

Seoul Travel-Seongsu Hand-made Shoe Streeet


When I meet my friends we usually meet in Gangnam which is the hot place in Seoul, but me and my friends met in Gangnam in a couple of times and got bored that we wanted to go somewhere we didn’t visit before.
So we decided to meet in ‘Seongsu Handmade Shoes Street’. This Handmade shoe Street is currently one of the places where recently the local people go often with friends. From 70s Seongsu was the place for the factories but many factories are closed after the manufacturing industry got declined in Korea because of the Chinese cheaper labor. So the Seongsu city’s population also got decreased.
On early 2000’s there was a change in Seongsu city. Before most of the shoe was made in mass production with the machine in Seongsu, but from 2010 many Handmade shoe shops got opened.

In above picture, the green color is the way of going up the Seoul subway. Usually, the subway is in under the road in Seoul, but the Seongsu Station is on upper the road.

The subway is passing in the upper side of bridge which is in the picture.


You can see the shoes in the above picture’s left side. One of the fun thing to look around the Seongsu town is, it is like finding the shoes picture puzzle. There are lots of spot where we can find the shoe picture.

When I walked the street I could see the pictures which are related with the shoes.

When I walk inside the street I could see the store.

This is the shop selling the leather for shoes. I could see the building is old. It seems this shop and the Seongsu city both have the history.
But not all the stores are old. After making the Seongsu town as the Hand-made Shoe Tourist Spot, many new buildings were made.

You could see the stores in this street are new.

The below sculpture seems the cat is sitting on the boots. On the sculpture it says the title is “Red dream of the cat’ and was made on 2013.

After I look around the hand-craft street with my friends, we went to the Korean Noodle soup with Chicken restaurant.

This is the main menu and the way of eating is first need to wait until is boil. When the chicken is cooked grab the chicken and other ingredients first and eat on the side plate.

The left side of the plate in the above picture is the veggies which is seasoned with the Korean red pepper paste which is called Gochujang.

I picked the chicken and the seasoned veggies together and ate. After eating the ingredients in the pot there is one more step for eating. It is like the rice porridge which is made with the remain soup.

The waiter brought the rice and putted in the pot and mixed with the soup. Also the one or two raw egg were additionally included and mixed. I had a nice lunch and then went out for the cafe for coffee with cake.

It was a great time to meet my university friends again and also it was nice to look around the Seongsu Hand-made street.

The location is in the Seongsu Station exit 3. The red box in below map is the Seongsu Hand-made shoe spot. You can go there with typing “Seongsu station” in Google map and the Seongsu station is the No.2 subway line.

Thanks for reading.:)

Why so many Korean wear hiking clothes?(With Korean hiking pictures)

I received the question “Why so many Korean wear hiking clothes when hiking? from my foreign friend and I realized it could be weird as so many people are wearing hiking clothes in a mountain. After that when I hiked the mountain I also got surprised at I could see a lot of people were wearing the hiking fashion clothes than I expected!

Today I write about my thought why so many people are wearing the hiking clothes.

1. Korean care what other people think and the hiking clothes fashion got trendy.

I feel much Korean care a lot how the other people think including the wearing. About from 2006 the Outdoor clothing brand ‘The North Face’ clothes and brand started to get popular.

The North Face brand got so popular that even many middle school and high school students started to wear the North Face’s padded jackets.

You can see the many Korean students are wearing the padded jackets in above picture. Almost every middle and high school students wear the uniform in Korea but usually, the uniform is thin to wear in cold weather. In Korea normally the temperature fall down to 14F(-10C) in winter that the uniform is not enough to be a worm. So many schools started to allow wearing the padded jackets and from some point north face jacket became trendy. (But this fashion already changed now in 2017 that North Face jacket became a little old fashion.)

In the similar time as the North Face jacket got popular through the Korea students, the hiking fashion got popular through the middle-aged Korean. Between 2006 and 2012, the Korea hiking clothing market grew about 500%. There is the statistics data that the one person in Korea paid about 1000USD in a year for buying hiking clothes.

2. Many people like hiking.

70% of land in Korea is the mountain that there are so many mountains in Korea. In my case, I live in a suburb in Seoul and there are more than 6 mountains where I can go within 30mins with a car, and the nearest mountain is in 10mins with walking from my home. It is easy to hike that I started to hike the mountain a lot since I was in university. I assume it will be similar with other Korean. They can easily hike mountains for exercise that especially many middle-aged Korean men hike. So many middle-aged men hike the mountain that in Korea there is the perception that “Hiking=Middle-aged men(Ahajussi(아저씨)in Korean)”
As many middle-aged men who have the purchasing power frequently hike, the expensive hiking clothes could be easily trendy in Korea.

3. It is comfortable

After the hiking clothes got trendy, there are people who wear even traveling in abroad…The most reason why people wear hiking clothes even in daily day and travel are they say it is comfortable. Good at waterproof, light, sweat isn’t trapped inside.

For me, I just wear the hiking pants and the hiking shoes. When I hiked the Bukhansan-Mountain in Korea with the normal shoes it was so slippery that I bought the hiking boots since then.

Today I will show you the people who are wearing the hiking clothes when I was hiking the Gwanggyo Mountain in Korea. It is the pictures I took when I was going up the top of the mountain.



This person also hide her face with hat and mask. I think she is trying to protect the skin from UV radiation.


I could see many people who were using the hiking stick.

I think more than 50% were wearing the hiking clothes when I was hiking the mountain.

Thanks for reading.:) If you have a question, please leave a comment.

How to buy a subway ticket and how to take subway in Korea(with Pictures)

Recently I forgot to bring my credit card from home to go to work that I had to buy the subway ticket for taking a subway. Fyi, most of the credit card in Korea has the IC chip inside that it is possible to pay the transportation fee just placing the credit card in the machine.

So on that day, I had an idea for taking all the pictures while I’m using the subway ticket and posting about how to buy a subway ticket in Korea. I will start introducing!

Taking the subway in Seoul is a best way to travel in Seoul. As you can see a lot of subway stations in Seoul in below map, you can go almost everywhere just with the subway.

If you want to see the full size of Seoul subway map go to the below link.
http://seoulsublet.com/subway-metro-map/

Step 1

First, you have to go to the subway vending machine and prepare the cash. The basic fare is 1,350KRW(about 1 dollar) and the there is an addtional fee depend on the distance; 100KRW(about 1 cent) for each 6.2mile(=10Km).
Press the English language button than you can see every info. in English.

Press the most left part of the button in picture as it is the ‘Choosing travel destination(목적지 선택)’. Then the in the screen it appears the amount of cash I have to put.

Put the cash in the ‘insert bills here’ part in the above picture which is in the left side. Then you can have the change with the subway card.

Don’t forget to return the subway card in later when you arrive the destination. If you return, you can get back the subway card deposit. The amount is 500KRW(about 0.5 dollar). Now it is done for the buying ticket.:)

Place the subway card in the entrance then you can go inside. Now take the subway to the destination. All the Seoul subway line do the English services that you don’t have to worry about missing the station. Check the subway map and listen the women’s English voice in subway, you can’t miss it!

Now I arrive in destination. But when I place the subway card in the machine it says ‘my subway card balance is lack’ that I had to go to the ‘Deposit Refund Machine’. I think maybe I pressed the wrong subway destination when I buy the subway ticket.


There is a ‘Fare Adjustment and card reload machine’ when you go upstairs after you leave the subway.


First put my card in number 1 part where is red in above picture. Then the lack amount appear in the screen. I put the cash inside the machine then the subway card is charged.


Place the charged card in the subway entrance. Now the last step is left.


You have to go to the ‘Deposit Refund Machine’.


Insert the used subway card where the arrow is in above picture.


When you return the cared, you will receive 500KRW(about 0.5 dollar) with a coin.

Thanks for reading.:) If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

6 Types of Korean Popular Bibimbap

As you might already know the Bibimbap is one of the popular Korean dish and Korean eat the Bibimbap often. But did you know there are diverse types of Bibimbap that Korean commonly eat in daily life?

In fact, there are so many types of Bibimbap depends on the ingredients inside but today I will introduce the most popular 5 types of Korean Bibimbap.

The Bibimbap word could be divided to Bibim(비빔) and Bap(밥). The Bibim means mix and the Bap means rice. So the Bibimbap means ‘Mixed Rice’. When we eat the Bibimbap first we have to mix the rice and the other ingredients that this meaning make sense.

1. Jeonju Bibimbap(전주비빔밥)

Jeonju is the region in Korea where located in South. There are many other Korea region’s Bibimbab, but the Jeonju Bibimbap is the most popular regional Bibimbap.

You can check the Jeonju location in below map. Jeonju is located in south of Korea.

The taste of the Jeonju Bibimbap could be different from the restaurant and the season. There are about 30 kinds of Jeonju Bibimbap’s ingredients and the ingredients in the bibimbap can be changed depends on the season. The main ingredients are rice,bean sprouts, gochujang(Korean red pepper paste), stir-fried beef, egg and sesame oil. These are the basic ingredients that it is like the fixed ingredient. But the minor ingredients are spinach, bracken, Songi muchroom,green pumpkin…etc. and these could be changed depend of the restaurant.

The two main characteristics for the Jeonju Bibimbap are in below.

1) The way of making rice

The most common way of making rice is boil rice just with water, but the Jeonju Bibimbbap’s rice is quite special. They use the meat broth water for making rice. The adventage of using the meat broth water is the gain of rice does not stick together that it is good to mix the rice with the other ingredients.

2) Bean sprouts soup

One of the Korean food’s characteristics is the side dish, rice, soup comes together. For the Jeonju Bibimbap, usually bean sprouts soup is served with the bibimbap.

3) Use the raw egg

Many kinds of Bibimbap use the fried eggs but the Jeonju Bibimbap use the raw egg.

2. Dolsot-Bibimbap(돌솥비빔밥)

Dolsot(돌솥) means the stone pot. Dolsot-Bibimbap is served in a very hot stone pot that the food is still getting cooked when you are eating. When you are eating you need to be careful as the Dolsot-Bibimbap is usually really hot!

One of the Dolsot-Bibimbap’s characters is in the Nurungji(누룽지). Nurugji is the crust of overcooked rice as you can see in below picture.

Dolsot-Bibimbap is keep cooked in hot stone pot even when you are eating that the Nurungji(=crust of overcooked rice) is naturally made. The Nurungji’s taste is crispy that many people like it including me.:)

Usually the Dolsot-Bibimbap’s price is little expensive than the normal bibimbap.

3. Yukhoe Bibimbap(육회 비빔밥)

Yukhoe Bibimbap means the raw meat Bibimbap. The origin of the raw meat Bibimbap is in the Japanese invasions of Korea war on 1592~1598. During the war women made the food and carried to the soldier but there were no time to prepare the side dish and the soup in separately that the women gave the lean meat and the seasoned vegetables with the rice. This is how the raw meat Bibimbap is made.

4. Sliced Raw Fish Bibmbap(회비빔밥)

Raw fish Bibimbap is the Sashimi Bibimbap. In Korean it is called Hoe-Bibimbap(회비빔밥) as the Hoe(회) means the raw fish. It is also the popular food in Korea. Korea is on the peninsula that the fish is a major part of Korean cuisine and the Raw fish Bibimbap is the common food.

You can see the raw fish, veggies and rice are mixed in a spoon. Sometimes when people are eating the raw fish just with dipping in red chili-pepper paste and felt the amount of the raw fish is lack they mixed the remain raw fish, veggies, rice and mix it. Then the people could not feel the raw fish is shortage.

5. Bean Sprouts Bibimbap(콩나물 비빔밥)

The characteristic of the Bean Sprouts Bibimbap is in the seasoning. Most of the Bibimbap use the Goghujang(=red pepper paste) but the Bean Sprouts Bibimbap uses the soy sauce as you can see in below.

The people who like the spicy food put the dried red pepper powder in the soy sauce.

6. Sanchae Bibimbap(산채비빔밥)

Sanche Bibimbap means the mountain Vegetable Bibimbap. It does not have the meat for the ingredient. One of the origin of the Sanche Bibimbap is in the Buddhist monk. When the monks live in the mountain they made the Sanche Bibimbap with using the wild greens ingredients.

One of the popular temple foods in Korea is the Sanche Bibimbap as this food does not use the meat in ingredients. You can check the mixed Sanche Bibimbap in below.

The sesame oil makes the rice tastes more aromatic and soft.

Thanks for reading.:)

If you have any questions, please leave the comment.

Gwangjang Market-Explore the Korean food and Clothes-Part 2

In Gwangjang Market-Explore the Korean food-Part 1 I wrote about the most famous food type, but in part 2 I will write more about my experience with the food I ate and also the clothes shopping tips. In Gwangjang market there are lots of the food markets and also the other types of the market which are selling the fabric, Korean traditional clothes…etc.

When I went to the Gywnagjang market, I first ate the Drug Kimbab(마약김밥) with the Korean fish cake(오뎅) and Tteok-bokki(떡볶이: Korean rice cake) for lunch. The good thing is it was in a one combination menu that I could taste the diverse food at a cheap price. I only paid 5000 Won(about 5 dollars).
The food taste was also good!

When I was eating the food at a street food place and I could see many people came and ordered the food that the drug Kimbab(마약김밥) all runout and they were making quickly again.


This was the street food place I ate the lunch. You see the picture you could see the chair is colored like the foil.

The good thing is heat ray was inside the chair that it was okay to eat food in cold winter even the restaurant is in outside.

After I ate lunch, I choose the Sweet Rice and Suger-filled Korean Pancake(호떡) for a dessert.

It was just cooked that the taste was so good! I walked around the market with eating the Korean pancake.


This is the daily supplies market.


There are many stores where selling the clothes and the fabric in a cheap price that people also visit the Gwangjang market for buying clothes. Normally, it is crowded on Saturday or on weekdays night that if you don’t like the crowds I recommend to go there on a weekday afternoon.

There are four tips to shop clothes in Gwangjang market.

First, decide the clothes you want to buy. Comparing the Korea department store such as Lotte, Hyundai, Shinsegae department,there are so many stores that if you don’t decide what to buy, you will be exhausted for looking all the clothes.

Second, bring the cash.

Normally, you can pay with credit card almost everywhere in Korea but not the Korea traditional market. If you try to pay with the credit card the store person doesn’t like and normally say “You have to pay 10% additional price because of the tax”. So bring the cash and pay with it.

Third, don’t accept the first price.

This will be same as the other countries market. It is possible to bargain the price and make the lower price.:) The store person might say “Basically the price is 30K won but I will give you in 10K won”.(30K KRW is about 30 USD). But don’t accept the first price and bargain the price. Then you might be able to buy at a more lower price! Also, remember the few Korean word such as “lower the price please(가격 깎아주세요)” or “It is expensive(너무 비싸요)”. The Gwangjang market’s store people are usually the old Korean that many of them can’t speak English.

If you like to know the basic Korean language which is useful for shopping click here.

The last tip is you have to know your clothes size well before starting shopping in Gwangjang market. Most of the clothes stores in the market are small that normally there is no fitting room inside the clothes stores. So it is hard to wear the clothes before purchasing that knowing your size will help you to buy the right size clothes.

Thanks for reading.:)

Gwangjang Market-Explore the Korean food-Part 1


My home is quite far from the Gwangjang market, but I had a chance to visit the north part of the Seoul to buy clothes, and on a way home I visited the Gwangjang Market.

This is the Seoul map and the Gwangjang market is in the red part. The arrow in the picture says Gwangjang market Korean pancake, raw beef, drug Kimbab(광장시장 전&육회&마약김밥).


After I entered the market I could see lots of people are in there.

After I passed the other market I finally went in the food market part! In Gwangjang market the below three foods are famous.

1. Drug Kimbab(마약김밥)

The reason why the drug is in the name is not it has the drug inside but it means the Kimbab is really tasty and is easy to be addicted to the drug. The size of Drug kimbab is smaller than other normal Korean Kimbab.

2. Bindaetteok(빈대떡)

Bindaetteok(빈대떡)is the mung-bean pancake and it is one of the famous traditional Korean pancakes.

3. Korean Style Raw Beef(육회)


The way of eating the Raw beef is first mix the raw beef with the egg and then eat! You can check the pictures of the step is in below.

Many people also eat the Raw Tartare Bibimbap(육회 비빔밥).

The difference of Raw tartare Bibimbap and the normal Korean Bibimbap is just the Raw Beef was added in ingredient.

-Gwangjang Market address: 88, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 88 (예지동)
-Gwangjang Market open hour: General stores: 08:30-18:00
Restaurants: 08:30-23:00
Clothing stores: 21:00-10:00 (Next day)

You can check the more Korean foods and the clothes shopping tips in Gwangjang Market-Explore the Korean food and clothes-Part 2 article which I will post in next week.

Thanks for reading:)

Is there Kimchi Refregirator in each Korea home?

The answer is YES. Kimchi is traditional Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings and eats Kimchi all the year. Until the mid-1990’s when the Gimjang(김장: making Kimchi) is done, each Korean home put the Kimchi in a crock pot and buried underground as the picture you can see in below.

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Korean take out the Kimchi little by little when want to eat.

Now, most of the Korean live in an apartment without a garden, people put Kimchi in the refrigerator. However, the Kimchi in regular refrigerator easily got too sour that people had to make Kimchi often. This is because usually, people open the refrigerator often as there are various food and beverage in there and then the refrigerator’s temperature changes. Is is not a good condition for Kimchi.

Meanwhile, Kimchi refrigerator is just for keeping Kimchi fresh and 85% of all Korea households have Kimchi refrigerator. The good thing is Korean already have the normal refrigerator that can prevent opening the Kimchi refrigerator often. It was first created in 1992, there was only the cover type’s Kimchi refrigerator.

Currently, Kimchi refrigerator has two types of its design.

1. Cover Type


This was the first type of Kimch. Currently, people does not use the cover type a lot, and most of people buy Stand type or Stand combination type.

2. Stand Type

The adventage of the stand type is it is easy to take out the Kimchi from the refregerator comparing the cover type.

3. Stand Combination Type


This is the type for putting both normal eating food and the Kimchi in one refrigerator.You might have a question of “what is a difference of the stand combination type and the stand type?”. In fact, Kimchi’s appropriate temperature is a little different with the normal food. Also, Kimchi needs time to be matured after the Kimchi is first made and putten in Kimchi refrigerator. When the Kimchi is in mature, the refrigerator temperature will be higher than for the normal food that if we put together the other food will go bad. Accordingly, the Kimchi and other food need to be in different part in the refrigerator.

After the Kimchi is matured, the Kimchi is kept in cooler temperature comparing the normal refrigerator and normally we don’t open the door often that many people put the veggies and fruit to Kimchi refrigerator to keep it fresh. My mom also do when has to keep the veggies and fruit for 5-8 days more in a home. When I eat the fruit, I can feel the fruit kept in Kimchi refrigerator is more fresh.

Thanks for reading.:)

4 unusual things about Korean culture

Each country has a different culture and the people habits are also different. Some of the Korea life cultures might be surprised to you. Today I will introduce 5 Korean common habits which I’ve heard it is wired from foreigners.

1. Leave the laptop on the table and go washroom

If you are in Korea, you might see many people leave the laptop when they go the washroom. I was in a coffee shop in Korea with US friend and she asked me “why people leave the laptop on the table? Aren’t people stole the laptop if it is on the table in public place?”
Before I’ve didn’t think seriously about my laptop could be stolen if I leave in public place. I think it is one of the cultures in Asia. Many people in Japan also leave their laptop on a table in a coffee shop and go the washroom. I saw some person leave a laptop on a cafe table, came back in 1 hour and it was still there.

2. Put Smart Phone or purse on table to save a seat


If you visit the restaurant and cafe you could see some people put the smartphone on a table to save a seat. I could see fewer people do than 3-5 years before, but still, there are few people who do put the smartphone on the table and leave there in few minutes. You could see in Japan too.

That doesn’t mean theft doesn’t exist in Korea. But the pickpockets and thieves are not high in Korea that people don’t worry for their stuff to be stolen.

2. Go toilet with friends

When I was in elementary school from fist grade to third grade, I could see many of the girl students went to the washroom together and even some of them went inside the toilet together.
This is because I assume young girl students thought going toilet together is one of the proof they could show to others as “WE ARE CLOSE FRIEND”.

When the students go to the upper grades in elementary school, fewer students go inside the toilet together, but many of them got the washroom together. I think it is one of the Korea friendship cultures.

3. Cross arm with the same sex

When you walk on the street in Korea you could easily see the girls and women walking with arms linked around the elbows, touching skin-on-skin. Or sometimes you could see the girls are holding hands with they are walking. I’ve heard there are other Asian countries where also has this similar culture. In Korea, cross arm with a friend is not mean the homosexual relationship. It is just the one of the expression that they are close.

4. Go clinic often

Much Korean go clinic(small private hospital) even with the little cold. Definitely, Korean go clinic goes often than American. But it does not mean Korean got cold more often than American.
Korea medical fee is much cheaper than the US. When people go clinic for cold in Korea it cost about $4 for a check-up and cost about $5 for the medicine. This is because every Korea citizen is registered in Korea national health insurance and much of them additionally registered in private health insurance. Accordingly, it does not cost a lot for going a clinic, especially with the light cold.

Thanks for reading:)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.