Why do South Koreans hate India? I love South Korea so much. Will they treat me bad if I settle there?




Kei Kim, Sinior Specialist at LG (2010-present)

I'm sorry to hear that you felt sometihng... rather not good... I suppose..

I believe there is no reason for being hated if you are from India~


Koreans likes indian Curry very much but what is in Korea it's not real Indan Curry.. it's Japanese style Curry settled in Korea as Curry but anyways I think true Indan Food is also popular in some area.


Bollywood Films are also quite funny.. but I believe the story line should be improved in realism.. as most of indean flim is too much about the Main Character . He is almost like is superman.. fighting alone againt 200 bad people..


So Koreans do not have any feelings to Indians~


It's probably something to do with the ''Skin Tone'.. as Korea has serious racism issue about the skin tone. it's due to old idea.. and superstitious thing in general send... in Korean there is distintive idea about 음[陰]negative & 양[陽] positive, good & evil, dark side & Light side.. the 음[陰]negative & 양[陽] positive 기(氣) = energy was treated very important in local customs sense..

So black color often were sign of bad luck and death.


So I hope you don't get it so seriously about this..


if you are like~ darkskinned~ There is 1 thing for sure~ people will just stare a lot.. as dark skinned can be very eye-catching among the Koreans~

so if you are person with positive mind~ who can enjoy being stared~ you will be fine in Korea~



I believe this 'racist act?' is normally from the old people~ but there is any intension to treat you bad or unfairly~ (they don't know what they are doing will hurt others)~ However if mis-treated~ don't stay doing nothing~!! Say it out loud~ 'don't be a racist!!'.. then they will get their mouth shut.. other people will come to support you~ the ignorant old people is problem.. but the old group takes the majority in whole population in Korea nowadays~


Korea has beauty standard set to Western style~

big eyes~ high sharp nose~ white clean skin~ this is due to recent history~ as US supported S-Korea to be re-built from all ruined part from 1955 when the Korean War ended~ US army stayed in Korea, having the white US people around~ near by~ the most things from US was admired ~ also at that time~ US was really the best country~ so~ Fashion & beauty standard was set to US style~


大眼睛~高鼻子~白皮肤~这是由于1955年朝鲜战争结束时美军呆在韩国,到处都有白皮肤的美国人~ ~来自美国的东西最受赞赏,在那个时候,美国是最先进的国家,所以韩国的时尚和审美标准跟随了美国风格。

However.. this thinking of skin-tone~ is changing~

More mixed generations are growing up in Korea~ international marriage are more common in these days~ the idea/thinking ~ is probably getting better as younger generations feel natural about foreigners.. but I know it's still long way to go.. ~ I believe there is hope & positive future ahead.. if we teach the young people in right direction~ education is very important~

然而. .这种对肤色的看法正在改变



Donghwan Kim, College Student. Korean Canadian.

Korea certainly don't have nationality hatred towards India. A correct word would be looking down. Some uneducated Koreans do look down on people with darker skin. This is because most countries where dark skin people are the majority are less wealthy than Korea. It is less of a racial discrimination and more of wealth discrimination. This is epitomized from change of attitute when those Koreans realize dark people are richer than them.

There are no racial crimes in Korea. But you will often be stared by random people who are curious about foreigners. It may be difficult to fit in “inner circle”, even if you speak perfect Korean, because they won't consider you as true Korean. To many Koreans, true Koreans are those who look Korean and speak Korean. Even SE Asians are looked down in Korea; for Indians it will be more evident.

It is unfortunate truth for you, but as non east asian you will always feel an invisible barrier to most Koreans.

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Tahitoa Toefuata, Lives and works in the countryside, in Korea

Koreans don’t especially hate India and Indians. If you would have to be targetted in Korea, it wouldn’t be because you’re Indian! It would be because you’re a non-Korean and a non-White foreigner! Nothing else. Just like most non-White foreigners in Korea.

And according to the 2014 BBC poll, South Koreans had a negative view about India as much as Canadians or Australians had about India, too!





Xavier Johnson

Why worry so much? If you are going on a work visa, you will be so busy with work you are hardly gonna get time for other things. Maybe just enough for a weekend stroll. Other than that, Not all country or countrymen hate any other country or countrymen…but there are always few who have such issues. Just like going to a new school or college ..you will always encounter few bullies, if you are not strong or intelligent or sporty or rich. Same rule applies world over. Why do you long for acceptance from others ? Am sure you are not happy and not accepted even in India itself or maybe deep down you do not accept India or Indians that’s why you are deciding to go away and settle down far from India. or why do you choose South Korea in the first instance, is it because it’s citizenship gives you advantage to go to USA and Europe or is it because the city looks clean and so do the people. Why have you not chosen Ghana or Malawi as your choice of country because they are poor and people are black… so it makes me wonder who is the one judging here and who is having issues with regards to acceptance of others and of oneself by others. Just relax ! Do your work to the best of your ability, be humble, SMILE and the world smiles with you, and be confident and show genuine interest in others don’t suck up to them to gain something from them, people can see through such things especially if you are going to country richer than your country in this instance South Korea. Yeah if you were to go to Malawi, you would be considered a rich celebrity as you come from rich country than their own. So if acceptance is what you seek, than go to some poor country. If work and money is what you seek , then just go get that. Don’t worry what people think. Unless you are a social butterfly and want everyone in your circle to treat you like the center of attention and if you do not get that attention, it makes you sad and you get depressed. and that’s why you are extra concerned if South Koreans will accept you or not. So catch a wake-up, Life is tough, grow up and face your challenges and deal with them.



Andrew Lee, Doctor of Acupuncture

You are probably less likely to be robbed or beaten as an Indian in SK than you are in India… this is one of those things which makes SK look down on certain countries. For example blacks often say there's racism towards them in SK. However the chances they will face any violent or criminal retaliation it's far less than in the USA.


SK is among the lowest crime rates in the world, ranks at the top bracket for safety and security for women, and is extremely well developed with the fastest internet in the world, among the best public transport, cleanliness of public space etc.


SK people thus have a fairly high standard, which is why some will look down on countries that are either not financially developed, culturally developed, or both.


But the truth is, in a survey done by pew research center, SK people do like India quite a bit. So you probably shouldn't worry about it.



Minmi Park, lives in South Korea (1999-present)

I LOVE India! You must keep in mind that south korea is still a very close minded country. Me being a non-asian korean and gay understands discrimination and trust me theres a lot of it. I have been turned away from clubs/bars just because I didn’t look korean so thats something to be aware of. Most people in korea are sooo nice and kind, so don’t be afraid of coming to korea! I hope in the near future everybody in korea will become open minded but until that day just brush off the hater

我喜欢印度! 记住,韩国仍然是一个思想非常封闭的国家。我是一个韩国人,非亚裔,也是个同性恋,体会过被歧视的感觉,相信我,歧视在韩国很普遍。俱乐部/酒吧把我拒之门外,就因为我看起来不像韩国人。在韩国,大多数人都很好,很善良,所以不要害怕去韩国!我希望在不久的将来,韩国的每个人都能变得开放,但在那一天到来之前,不要理会那些讨厌你的人。


Arun Poldern

I don’t think you “love South Korea so much.” I think in reality you’re subconsciously in love with them having whiter skin and Eurocentric features. That’s why most people love South Korea; they’re the whites of the Asian continent. It’s pretty embarrassing, coming from a fellow Indian, that you love South Korea so much when YOU KNOW they discriminate against and judge you. Alas, though, that’s Stockholm syndrome.

我认为你没有多喜欢韩国。“我认为,在现实生活中,你会下意识地爱上他们白皙的皮肤和欧洲特征。这就是大多数人喜欢韩国的原因; 他们是亚洲大陆的白人。作为一个印度人,你这么喜欢韩国,知道他们歧视你,这是相当令人尴尬的。这就是斯德哥尔摩综合症。


Sunghwan Park, studied at 한국외국어대학교

Koreans dont hate India. But some of them look down on non-white foreigners, especially east south asians because many of them work in hard, cheap environment. Its wrong definitely.



Hojai Jung, Studying Asia, Loving K pop, Practicing English.

Who said Korean hate India people. I never heard about that.



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