15 Incredible Things That Are Normal In South Korea
South Koreans have a unique culture which combines modern technologies with the old Asian traditions.
1. The state supports pregnant women.
In South Korea, pregnant women receive a credit card with $500 from the government, which can be spent on medical treatment and medicine. They also receive a social trinket they can use for comfortable use of public transportation. On the subway, the seats for pregnant women are marked with a pink color and the trinket activates that sign so everyone knows there is a mother-to-be in the car. Future mothers also have special parking places.
2. All bus stops have panels showing the bus schedule.
The buses in South Korea are new and equipped with air conditioning, they operate 24/7 and the drivers wear uniforms with white gloves and sunglasses. At the same time, a taxi ride costs about the same as a bus ride for 3 to 4 people.
3. You can try food in supermarkets.
In the Korean supermarkets, there's unlimited food available for testing. Nobody controls how much food you try before you buy it, or not.
4. Koreans make practical gifts.
A couple of toilet paper rolls are given as a traditional gift at housewarming parties in South Korea. They appreciate practical gifts, especially those that can be eaten. For example, companies often give their employees food baskets which can be bought in any supermarket before big celebrations.
5. Kindergartens have uniforms in specific colors, so the kids don't get lost during walks in the city.
6. Churches offer gifts to their parish.
The big churches in South Korea arrange quarterly visits to dentists or hairstylists for their parish and they have several representatives who recruit people and businesses that want to participate. The most popular invitation is the distribution of free wet wipes with a church address on them.
7. High school students study until midnight.
Korean kids have to study a lot. Elementary school classes start at 9 AM and end at 6 PM, secondary school ends at 10 PM and high school classes sometimes last until 1 AM. The libraries are open 24/7, especially for these occasions.
8. Couples wear matching outfits.
It's common for a Korean couple to show their love by matching their outfits. You can find a lot of paired clothes and shoes in the local shops.
9. The best gift for a teacher is sweets or a cup of coffee.
Expensive gifts for teachers or public officials are perceived as bribes, so parents and kids who want to show their gratitude to a teacher usually offer sweets or a cup of coffee.
10. There are themed subway cars in South Korea.
In South Korea, there are many themed subway cars dedicated to specific cartoon characters. The stations are announced using the characters' voices and their statues are placed on the seats.
11. South Koreans don't know any of the Western world's traditions.
The people in this country know nothing about the international celebrities, they never listen to music from other countries, they don't ever watch Western movies and they don't even learn geography in school. However, they would be happy to tell you all about the representatives of K-pop, and the popular Korean boy band BTS.
12. They don't eat dogs.
The young generation in South Korea has never even tried dog meat. You can eat this dish there, but it's not cheap at all. The modern Korean cuisine is healthy, with grilled meat, plenty of veggies and plants and rice.
13. There are no trash bins, but a lot of public toilets.
There's no need for trash bins in South Korea because the people are very tidy. You can find a public toilet in every subway station and each park. They are clean, with separate cabins for disabled people and the women's toilets have special tables for changing diapers.
14. Workaholism is a disease in South Korea.
The government of South Korea has started a fight against workaholism, as it became a disease in this country. The computers of office workers are to be turned off on Friday evening, to help the people live a healthier life.