Not Paying For The Second Round
When going out for dinner or drinks in Korea, theres usually one individual who offers to pay the entire bill. However, when round two comes along, its the other persons job to foot the bill!
Talking Loudly On Public Transportation
Being loud on subways or buses in generally rude and Korean locals will actually call people out on it. To avoid a potentially embarrassing confrontation, its important to be mindful ones surroundings!
Starting Or Finishing Your Meal Before An Elder
Even if extremely hungry, its important to resist the urge to dig into a meal before the elders at the table do. The same goes for being excused from the table before elders have finished eating!
Giving Or Receiving With One Hand
Whether giving a gift, receiving a gift from someone else, or shaking an individuals hand, its customary to do so with both hands to show the utmost respect.
Refusing A Drink With An Elder
Even when someone isnt a big alcohol drinker, if an elder offers a shot of soju, the expectation is to take it, even if the soju is replaced with water! The idea is not to refuse the gesture.
Exposing Shoulders or Backs
Ladies beware! Exposed shoulders or backs are considered fairly indecent in South Korea. On the flip-side, its fine to show as much leg as desired! The shortest of short skirts are a fashion norm.
Sticking Your Chopsticks In Your Rice
Never do this! Upright chopsticks resemble the incense burnt at funerals or ancestor worships. Bringing up ideas of death during a meal? Thats a definite no-no.