These facts can surprise the tourists visiting the country.
In 2010, the capital of South Korea, 10 million Seoul, received the honorary title of the capital with the best design. This city, which is surely closer to two and a half thousand years, really very beautiful and each year attracts crowds of tourists from all over the world.
The Koreans themselves — amazing people, who managed to save many unique traditions, despite the onslaught of erasing any national differences globalization. Many of these traditions and characteristics may seem to be coming to the country of the European tourists are very specific.
1. Toilet humor in South Korea very popular.
Jokes, and not very funny, on the theme of toilet in South Korea can be found at every step. The process of defecation is considered so funny that he devoted a whole Park under the open sky with all sorts of realistic sculptures and installations. In confectionery you can often see cookies and other sweets, decorated in the form of poop, and souvenir shops covered the subject in detail. Anyone local is confusing or shocking. One of such jokes are not sick. All the fun.
2. Friendly hug.
Europe has long been totally indifferent to kissing, hugging and other violent displays of affection in public, if it involved representatives of different sexes. If the same thing will be done man to man or woman to woman, they will be perceived not only as a homosexual couple. In South Korea on this score has its own logic. Caress the young people of the opposite sex in public is considered indecent, but friends of the same sex to walk around holding hands, sit by each other on his lap, gently touch each other’s hair, and it will not be considered a contempt of society or a symptom of sexual orientation.
3. Plastic surgery literally overwhelm South Korea.
Today South Korea is one of the leaders in the number of plastic surgeries per capita. Good plastic surgeons here so much that to those go, even foreigners, combining fascinating tourism with the change in her appearance. Besides, the prices in Korea for such services is much lower than in Europe and the United States, so the business every year is gaining momentum.
One of the most common surgery in South Korea is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). And girls and boys, almost without hesitation, risk their health and go under the surgeon’s knife only to buy “European” eyes.
4. Motels for lovemaking.
For young people from decent families in this country is considered unacceptable any manifestation of affection in public. Parental control in families is also extremely strict. Nothing can be done — it is a tribute to the centuries-old traditions. But Koreans invented a very clever way, allowing you to combine and external compliance with Puritan traditions and the modern emancipation (or, as it is called reactionaries, “promiscuity and moral decadence”). Young couples go to kiss on the bench of the nearest Park, like they do in Europe, and in small motels, which in South Korea built near a great many.
5. Music K-Pop
K-Pop — commonly referred to as Korean pop music. It has quite a lot of specific features and is a great success not only in South Korea but in other Asian countries. Performers gather thousands of people at concerts, and with fans often there are real tantrums until the fainting.
Groups working in this musical genre, usually consist of several boys and girls aged 16 to 24 years. Music songs K-Pop mix rhythm-and-Blues, hip-hop and electropop and the lyrics are not often heard in Korean and in English. Fans of this music so much that it is already considered a full-fledged international youth subculture.
6. An ahjumma.
The ahjumma is so in South Korea call older ladies. One of the specific features of Korean culture is extremely respectful attitude of the younger members of society to the elders. While ladies of advanced age are becoming surprisingly high status and can do literally anything you want. The ahjumma that is very actively used. In crowded public transport, they said, “rod ahead” — after all, they all must give way, so why stand on ceremony. They consider it their duty to make loud observations about the behavior of all who belong to younger age category, but if young people have the nerve not to listen to their words, then an ahjumma even have to spit. And no one dares neither to argue nor to be indignant.
7. The abuse of alcohol.
In South Korea this evil has a truly cyclopean scale — a country chronically took first place for the consumption of intoxicating beverages. In the evening after the end of the day the streets are literally crammed with staggering citizens. Acting drunk, however, extremely peacefully and decently, and fights occur very rarely. Some bring themselves to such a state, resting after a busy work, and other late party with insatiable libations, surprisingly, are a continuation of the working day. According to the Korean “corporate culture”, if the boss invites subordinates drink after work, then to refuse, absolutely impossible. So we have the first recruits to drink through force, and then, and insatiable desire.
8. The same outfits — Korean youth trend.
If a meeting of several fashionistas in exactly the same outfits in Europe perceives as the debacle in South Korea is a popular trend. Young people purposely trying to dress like twins. So they show everyone else that they are good friends. Boutique owners know about this trendy fad and trying to help your customers purchase exactly the same sets of clothes.
9. Incredible speed of delivery of food from restaurants.
Delivery of different food in all developed countries works very well, but in South Korea she brought to the virtuoso level. The customer barely manages to postpone the phone, the doorbell already ringing the courier delivering the treat. On the return of dishes to the restaurant, too, can absolutely not to worry — after a meal here just out of the door. A little later a courier will come and pick up dirty dishes, no questions asked.
10. Ultra-short skirts.
Mini skirts today, it would seem, to impress anyone, but to women in South Korea it is still possible. Many young women are so short that when ladies go up the stairs, they have to be covered with bags or Newspapers, so not too much to worry about passers-by. While the Korean public treats such outfits calmly.
But if a girl tries to put on even a very moderate neckline, disapproving looks and hurtful remarks she did not escape. And if she, being in such attire, not lucky enough to encounter someone from an ahjumma, she not only cursed loudly the last words, but also spit go.
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