Exploring South Korean Culture

South Korea is slightly larger than the state of Indiana with a wide variety of natural beauty, including mountain ranges, coastal plains, river basins, and rolling hills. The country also has many islands, primarily along the southern and western coasts. Most South Koreans live in urban areas

South Korea is one of the most ethnically homogeneous societies in the world, with more than 99% of people living in the country being ethnic Koreans. South Korean society is structured according to Confucianism. Interactions are determined by one’s social or relationship status. Age is greatly respected in South Korean culture.

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People and Community

South Korean girl

South Korean families possess a strong sense of obligation towards each other. In urban areas, South Korean family members do not live with their extended family members. Traditionally, the father is considered the head of the family and expected to support the family financially, while the mother oversees childcare and household duties. Now, it is more common for women to work outside the home to support their children.

Open and direct communication is common between South Korean parents and children. Respect for privacy is highly appreciated and seen as a sign of affection. Korean parents are quite cautious about their children’s school results and spare time activities. South Korean families enjoy having dinner together and watching popular TV talk-shows and games.

Language and Communication Styles

The official language of South Korea is Korean.

Food in South Korea

A traditional Korean meal consists of a bowl of rice or noodles, a bowl of soup or stew, and side dishes. Side dishes are mostly vegetables, steamed or boiled, roasted meat, stir-fried and pan-fried food. One of the most popular side dishes is kimchi, a spicy pickled cabbage. Korean food tends to be very spicy. In most Korean families, breakfast is served and eaten at home. Lunch will be at school and dinner is often eaten outside the home: at a restaurant or school. Family dining communal style is common: Everyone is served an individual bowl of rice and shares meat and vegetable dishes placed in the center of the table.

Also, find cooking recipes from this region of the world.