These photos of male Korean celebrities have been causing mixed reactions between Korean and international fans.
Photos of these manner hands have been circulating the internet, causing international fans to be disappointed and Korean fans to be frustrated with international fans. However, this is purely due to the differences in culture between international and Korean fans.
Korea is a country that puts high importance in respect, politeness, and tradition, which is where the gesture called manner hands stems from. Western fans, however, view these gestures as hover hands. Hover hands are known to represent awkwardness, and men generally dont do hover hands with women if theyre comfortable around them.
Hover hands, in contrast to the Korean manner hands, generally represent awkwardness as opposed to respect and men generally dont do hover hands with women if theyre comfortable around them.
Whether these celebrities are using manner hands or hover hands, they are praised in Korea for this gesture as it shows their respect towards a persons boundaries and personal space.
Lee Seung Gis hover hands for co-star Moon Chae Won.
T.O.P shows off his manner hands with Kim Yoo Jung.T.O.P with Uhm Jung Hwa during her D.I.S.C.O promotions in 2008
ZE:As Dongjuns hand hovering over fellow label mate Yewon.
Heechul is polite with actress Shim Eun Kyung.
Nations MC Yoo Jae Suk uses manner hands even with fans.
Jun Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun accepted their awards together but he made sure to keep his hands away. / Source: Ilgan Sports
Actor Jo In Sung made sure to keep his hands respectful in this photo with Han Hyo Joo.