Soul-t'ukpyolsi Local Customs

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Soul-t'ukpyolsi Local Customs

  • Eating & Drinking

    Seoul Local Customs

    Dried fish are found in all shapes and sizes in Korea, and I found it fascinating to walk around and look at the open stalls where they were both laying and hanging. You are often offered to have a taste of a dried squid, a dried shrimp or other small dried fish when you are wandering around looking at the stalls, and some were pretty tasty -...

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  • Customs & Oddities

    Seoul Local Customs

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has a program that names the city's most outstanding toilets of the year. As you sight see in the city, look for these bronze plaques reading "Seoul Best Toilet." You'll be glad you peed in one of these magnificent urinary attractions! And you thought your government wasted taxpayers money! This photo was taken...

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  • Gift-giving

    Seoul Local Customs

    bought them as gifts to female friends. it cost about 5,000 won each if your buying 5 or more and 7,000 won if youre buying one. (no haggling means 7,000 won for 5 or more and 10,000 won for a single piece). Available in any market.

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  • Other Stuff

    Seoul Local Customs

    Being in the subway made me open my eyes. If you ever take the subway you will notice the following: (1) There are mirror (mostly) adjacent to the platforms. I wondered why until I saw two Korean ladies facing it to check their teeth and hairdo. Guess its a vanity thingy! But the men also take time to take a look at their ties too! (2) There are...

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  • Ceremonies & Holidays

    Seoul Local Customs

    Buddha's Birthday usually falls in late April or early May (in 2004 it was 26 May, and in 2005 it will be 15 May). At this time, the temples of Korea, especially Jogyesa Temple in Seoul, are decorated with thousands of lanterns. This is a very interesting time to visit the temples, as there are many street vendors, food stands, craft stands, and...

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  • Religion

    Seoul Local Customs

    The primary religions in Korea are Christianity and Buddhism. Despite it's late arrival in Korea, Christianity is the primary religion of about 21 percent of the total population. Christian churches and cathedrals are common throughout the land. South Korea has the second highest rate of Christianity in eastern Asia, with the Philippines being...

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  • Business/Money in Korea

    Seoul Local Customs

    Korean bills come in only 1000, 5000, and 10,000 Won notes. Coins come in 50, 100, and 500 won. Since the exchange rate is around 1150 Won to a dollar, you'll see that it takes a lot of paper to pay your rent or buy major items. Luckily, there are bank checks for 100,000 and 1,000,000 won, not really money, but it's the next best thing. A new...

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  • Relationships & Connections

    Seoul Local Customs

    On Korean fashion: One must at all times wear socks, major rule: never enter a home without socks to maintain the sanitation as you'll always need to remove your shoes in a tiny cramped entryway. Quite often at restaurants you may need to remove your shoes as well and stack them in a cubby. Here image perception is number one on their minds and...

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  • Health & Well-Being

    Seoul Local Customs

    Unlike most westerners, it seems that most Koreans do not seek a sun tan. Good for them! I'm sure they have low rates of skin cancer. The primary manifestation of this trait is that, on sunny days, you will see many women carrying umbrellas. In Insadong one day, I saw this being taken to an almost humorous extreme -- the umbrella taxi. As part of...

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  • Historical Anecdotes

    Seoul Local Customs

    Here is a little story to tell when you are having lunch at the top of Namsan Tower (it revolves and little signs tell you what you are looking at in the distance). In Guui-Dong near the Children's Grand Park (aka Zoo) is Achasan (san means mountain). You may think these myths are useless (if so, rate this tip that way) but as you meet older and...

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