What is the most Korean thing ever?
You know your Korean when:
1.You use toilet paper on the dining table! It’s smaller and cheaper then using kitchen towels.
2.When you start using Kakaotalk as your go to text messaging app.
3.You prefer to drink Americano which happens to be the most popular coffee drink in Korea.
4.Matching family or couple cups, plates, t-shirts, slippers, etc.
5.You love the outdoors! Going camping or going on a mountain hiking trail like a true Korean in a colorful getup.
6.When you hold on to your back even though your back isn’t hurting.
7.When driving you need to watch out for jaywalking grannies and grandpas.
8.Your bathroom is built with a gap below the floor level of your house so water won’t seep into your hallway.
9.You don’t have a drying machine and you prefer to air-dry your clothes.
10.During the heat of summer your only friend is a electric fan because you refuse to pay for ridiculously high A/C electricity bill.
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#1. spend most of her earnings, or her parents' earnings on plastic surgery or designer brand bags
#2. watch Korean drama thinking it's a documentary film.
#3. spend most of her day on FB or instagram, posting pics that seemingly portray her life, but yet only portray the life she dreams of.
#4. get depressed because of void within, so in an effort to fill it up, start again from #1., which of course, will put her right back to #4 not long after.
#1. care way too much about his appearances, makeup is a must.
#2. despite #1., expresss extreme hostility towards actual gay man.
#3. express deepest hate towards the types of woman above, but uphold extremely superficial expectations towards women.
#4. gets lonely easily, and thus repeats the cycle from #1, which will put him right back to #4.
Young Koreans these days are broken.
Just look at Korean Dramas, they reflect everything that is wrong about Korean woman.
Then look at Korean 'girl groups'/pop idols, they reflect everything that is wrong about Korean man.
Hanhwe Kim, Born and raised in Korea for the most part
There are several most Korean things.
- Work overtime at least 3 days of the week doing mostly meaningless stuff. Make sure you never get any recognition for the effort. Silently endure getting chewed out on Friday because your boss had given you the wrong instructions. Come to work on Saturday to correct the mess caused by your boss.
- On Sunday, wonder why you work so hard for the company even though you are a temporary worker so they will let you go at the end of the year.
- Instead of resting on Sunday, when you hear in the news that a oil tanker owned by the richest company in Korea has caused an oil spill, go down to the oil spill at your own expense and help with the clean up. Never ask why you and hundreds of other under-paid people should work for free while the richest company in Korea is not paying for the clean up.
- Get a job as a waitress on a really cheap cruise ship. When the captain, first officer and engineer have all abandoned a sinking ship without evacuating the passengers and other crew, stay with the ship and try to rescue the other passengers even though you have no training. Bonus points if you drown while trying to save the passengers and wonder why the officers aren't helping you.
- Work at a job that underpays you for years but still manage to save up a little bit and invest some of your savings in gold. When your country defaults because bankers and government officials make really bad decisions that you can't understand make sure you lose your job.
A week after you lose your job, sell your gold you to the bank and get paid in Korean currency that is rapidly losing its value because the government asks you to do so. Don't ask why you are bailing out the banker who is much richer than you are and still has his job.
Roy Yu, Businessman (2008-present)
Korean food is inherently designed to be a communal activity. With the exception of individual rice bowls, Korean food is traditionally put out in the middle of the table for everyone to dig in at the same time. This goes for both banchan (side dishes) as well as main dishes. Most people don’t have any problems with banchan as chopsticks are great for picking up individual pieces of food. But where many people new to Korea feel a bit of culture shock is with the main dishes (mostly stews). Main dishes are traditionally ordered for the entire table. So the 4 other people you’re sharing your kimchijjigae with will stick their spoons in the same pot, take a sip, and dip again for another mouthful.
Touching the same sex
If you come from a culture where touching among the same sex is not common, you might feel a bit of culture shock in Korea. Younger Korean women like to hold hands or at the least link arms with their bffs to show some affection.
As for the males, it’s more common among older Korean men to hold hands with their homeboys. But even younger Korean men don’t feel that there’s anything wrong with putting an arm around a buddy’s shoulder. It’s about showing affection like kids do.
Ajoomas in men’s toilet
Most public bathrooms in Korea have designated janitors. The reason this is a Korean culture shock for some men is when an ajooma (older woman) comes in with a mop in hand while you’re doing your business.
Jon Powelson, lives in South Korea (2000-present)
The most Korean things ever….
Hmmm. I can come up with the usual suspects like Kimchi, Hangul, and Soju.
Hmmm. Ahh yes.
Only in Korea are most chopsticks made of metal. Almost forget the requisite long handle metal spoon to eat rice with. The two items go together to make Sujeo (수저).
Now put those chopsticks next to a bunch of Korean sides dishes like kimchi. That food is on table with Samgyeopsal (삼겹살) cooking on a Korean style grill. Of course copious amounts of soju. All served by a lovely adjumma who fusses over your choices.
Regita Hikmatuz Zakia, studies Statistics & Computational Statistics at Jakarta Institute of Statistics (2019)
I'm not Korean and I never lived there (I hope soon!). This answer based on my knowledge from watching Korean reality shows, Korean drama, and anything about Korea.
1.Speaking English in a weird way. I mean, they add every word which ends with consonant with "eu" accent. Example : bank (pronounced bankeu) and Harvard (pronounced Harpardeu). It may sounds weird but I like that anyway.
2.Eating kimchi everytime, everywhere. This might be wrong, but that's what I saw on TV.
3.Addressing someone else with their status. Example: a girl calls a boy who is older than her with 오빠 (oppa). A boy calls another boy who is older with 형 (hyeong). Those are just two of hundreds way to address people, older or younger.
4.Eating 라면 (ramyun) or noodle straight from the pot. Yes, pot.
5.Joining girlband or boyband
Umi Kim, College Lecturer in Ethnic and Gender Studies
It’s a phenomenon in which Korean couples wear matching outfits. Imagine being twinsies with the person you’re having sex with.
You see it a lot on flights from Korea to popular honeymoon destinations in southeast Asia. I don’t mean to criticize a couple’s love for each other, but c’mon now. Koreans don’t all look so much alike that one has to wear the same clothes to be identified by their loved one.
I won’t post a picture here. Instead, just google image “couple clothes.” You’ll find nothing but images of Korean twinsie couples. That’s how Korean it is.
For me, it's everything from…
Rows of older ladies with short curly perms seated on the subway, to clean-cut young men with cooler clothes and better hair than me, and the sound of people sighing over that first sip of stew or soju at a busy barbecue restaurant in the middle of Seoul.
Kayla Hong, lives in South Korea
The language, I guess. You can express so many things, sounds and such, with so few alphabets.
It is a simple language perfect for technology (keyboards/phone pads), and was created in a very scientific way.
Mirza Shafi, lived in South Korea (2012-2016)
Either of the three
1.To generalize and be stereotypical about foreigners
2.After listening sth from someone say, wow I wanna do that too!
3.To pretend overwhelmed by subtle things or express more than necessary.
Chris Ban, I am a fan of the Star Wars franchise
When it comes to eating, the only one I could think of is eating Kimchi in most of our meals. I mean, Kimchi is very ingrained in our diet for many centuries. It is not only eaten as a side dish, but it also eaten as a main dish, such as Kimchi Jjigae.
Godhuli Biswas Season, studied at Holy Cross College
Singing in Karaoke & having boiled eggs in sauna.
Byeonguk Yook, Korean American
When eating don't call it a meal unless you have rice and kimchi.
If you are a Chaebols heir act like you are above the law.
Ramen. I am a k-drama addicted person. Believe me , in every drama, ramen is must. so when someone asks me the most korean thing i can think of , it’s definitely going to be ramen..lol