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  • 1. Eating & Drinking

    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...

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  • 2. Customs & Oddities

    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."...

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  • 3. Gift-giving

    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...

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  • 4. Other Stuff

    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...

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  • 5. Ceremonies & Holidays

    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...

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  • 6. Religion

    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...

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  • 7. Business/Money in Korea

    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...

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  • 8. Relationships & Connections

    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....

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  • 9. Health & Well-Being

    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,...

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  • 10. Historical Anecdotes

    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...

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  • 11. Traveling in Korea

    Traveling here is very easy for Westerners, as we have been here quite a while... Everywhere in the country street signs are in English and Korean (called...

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  • 12. Korean style hotel room

    On our first night in Seoul we arrived late and stayed near the airport. I insisted we got a traditional style Korean room. This meant we slept on mats on the...

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  • 13. Straw Craft

    I don't know if it really is traditionally Korean or not but on our first visit we stayed in the Hilton Hotel. It was winter and the grounds of the hotel were...

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  • 14. Taegukgi - The Flag of Korea

    The flag of Korea has a white background, with a large red and blue "Taeguk" (or yin and yang symbol), and four black trigrams in the corner. The white is said...

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  • 15. Psy - singer of Gangnam Style

    The Korean singer Psy, born Park Jae-sang on December 31, 1977 is best known by his stage name Psy (싸이 in Korean). He has been famous in Korea...

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  • 16. KOREAN MANNERS

    Greeting and saying “thank you” are very important to Koreans. Word of greeting and thanks are usually said with a bow of the head. The dept of the bow depends...

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  • 17. KOREAN ARTS

    TRADITIONAL KOREAN MUSIC “GUGAK” shared a cultural background with China and Japan, but despite some superficial similarities. Gugak has a triple rhythm, while...

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  • 18. TAEKWONDO

    Is a traditional Korean martial art. It is a method of self-defense that use the hands and feet. The ultimate goal of taekwondo is to develop the character and...

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  • 19. THE HERITAGE OF JOSEON DYNASTY

    JONGMYO Royal Shrine is where the ancestral tablets of the kings and queens of the Joseon Dynasty are enshrined. On the 1st Sunday of May each year, rituals are...

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  • 20. NAMSAGOL & SAMCHEONGGAK

    NAMSAGOLThis beautiful village is composed of 3 parts: a traditional Korean garden, Time Capsule Plaza and the village itself, which includes hanok (traditional...

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  • 21. SEOUL NORI MADANG

    An open-air stage for traditional Korean performances such as the folk dance and mask dance. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, people crowd around the stage...

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  • 22. HANGEUL

    Koreans have developed and use a unique alphabet called Hangeul. It is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered...

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  • 23. HANBOK

    Hanbok has been the Korean traditional costume for thousands years, has straight lines, gentle curves and simple design. Exquisite materials, color and texture...

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  • 24. Hangeul -- The Written Language of Koreans

    If you will only be here for a few days, don't even try... but if you have a year, that should be plenty of time to learn to read Hangeul characters if you are...

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  • 25. Toilet Paper

    If you stay in campingsites or youth hostels, make sure you bring your own toilet paper with you. Also public toilets may not have any available for you....

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