You may be surprised to notice that almost all the Koreans around you are very light-skinned in Seoul, even in the height of summer. The secret is simple – a tan is considered a sign of low social status in South Korea. It is normally only for the working class. Local residents use any tool to combat sunburn. These are sunscreens, umbrellas on a hot day, and whitewash. You should not be surprised if you see a typical European woman instead of a model with a predictable Asian appearance on billboards. Light skin, light hair, and blue eyes are considered incredibly beautiful here. In general, everything American and European is highly valued here.
Seoul is an amazing city with centuries’ old history. It is the most populated city and the capital of South Korea. According to historical records, a large town on the site of modern … Open
Seoul is an ideal place for families with children. There is everything that a child can wish for here. The variety of entertainment is very large - from amusement parks with attractions for … Open
Industriousness of Koreans is a consequence of Confucianism. It is firmly rooted in the mentality of local residents. Almost a third part of Seoul's residents profess Christianity in one or another form. However, traditional teachings permeate the entire life of citizens at the same time. Local residents have great respect for their elders and for people with higher social status. For example, the last decision will always be for the oldest in the company of teenagers. The son is dependent on the father, the employee – on the boss, the schoolboy – on the teacher. This is an immutable truth. Younger children are not allowed to address their elders by name. They can only say "big brother/sister". An appeal to a supervisor or teacher always contains the word "mister". Seoul residents have a lot of respect for teachers. Only the head of the city can dismiss them from their position. Keep in mind giving up space in transport to an older person means pointing out his inferiority. The last three seats on the sides of the wagon are intended for old people in the subway. Seats at the door are destined for pregnant women.
The first thing to note is that Koreans do not eat dog meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Moreover, the modern generation has never tasted these animals. The last market that sold such … Open
New Year is celebrated twice here. The first time residents celebrate the European New Year. They celebrate it quietly, modestly, and together with family members. The second time Seoul residents celebrate the New Year according to the lunar calendar. These are two weeks of festivities, carnival processions, and theatrical performances that penetrate all corners of Seoul. It is considered that both living and dead relatives gather at the table. Families exchange gifts. Younger members of the family congratulate their elders in the traditional manner. You can also get acquainted with the local culture during the Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival. The Hi Seoul Festival is also interesting. It takes place throughout the city, introducing guests to the traditions and customs of Koreans. The Seoul Motor Show takes place in July. You can see and hear the Seoul International Fireworks Festival in the city in October.