15 Strange Things That Seem Normal Only In South Korea

21st May 2018

South Korea is a dream travel destination for many, an absolutely fantastic culture, a country of contrasts, where modern technologies and ancient Eastern traditions harmoniously combine into something totally unique in and of itself. Every journey to this amazing country reveals countless new secrets and mysteries. These crazy yet amazing facts South Korea might astonish you.
People in Korea really love practical gifts like this and especially ones that can be eaten. For example, management at one South Korean company presented their employees with food baskets.
The Korean New Year usually takes place in January or February, depending on the time of the second new moon after the winter solstice.
South Korea is home to the most visited church in the world with a parish consisting of over 1 million people a year.
There’s an established gift-giving culture in Korea with certain rules. For example, big gifts to teachers or public officials are considered bribes. And when somebody visits your home in this country, you can be sure that they’ll bring a drink, dessert, or fruit.
In Seoul, there’s a subway train dedicated to a comedy animated series called “Larva”. It runs on the green line 8 times a day and features two of the cartoon’s main characters in every car.
Koreans are not very familiar with Western traditions, and they don’t even have geography at school. At the same time, they’d be happy to tell you anything you want to know about K-pop singers and bands.

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TIMESTAMPS
They have unbeatable state support for pregnant women. 0:43
Almost every bus stop has a digital information panel with the bus schedule on it in real time. 1:52
It’s totally normal to try the food in grocery stores. 2:51
South Koreans like to give and receive practical gifts. 3:13
TV hosts wear traditional clothing on the Korean New Year. 3:43
Kindergarteners have color-coded uniforms. 4:36
Churches give little pleasant gifts to their parish. 4:57
High-schoolers study until midnight. 5:35
Couples like to wear matching clothes. 6:18
The best gift for a teacher is a cup of coffee or candy. 6:59
They have themed subway cars. 7:34
It’s a more isolated country than we think. 8:03
They don’t really eat dogs. 8:31
There’s a lack of trash bins but plenty of public restrooms. 9:03
South Koreans’ workaholism has no limits. 9:43

SUMMARY
-Expecting women in South Korea are given a special credit card from the government with a $500 balance on it to spend on medical treatment and all necessary supplements and prescriptions.
-Buses run 24/7, but they don’t stop at all scheduled bus stops. You need to be attentive, and when you see the bus you need, you have to signal for it to stop.
-In the majority of Korean supermarkets, there are unlimited samples for you to test.
-A traditional gift at a housewarming party is a few rolls of toilet paper.
-Koreans celebrate “Seollal”, or “New Year”, for 3 days: the day before, on, and after the New Year.
-Each kindergarten has a specific uniform in a certain color so that kids don’t get lost in the crowd during fieldtrips and walks around the city.
-About 4 times a year, big churches arrange free visits to dentists and hairstylists for their parish.
-Elementary students have classes from 9 AM to 6 PM, middle-schoolers go home at 10 PM, and high-schoolers sometimes have to study until one in the morning.
-Couples use social media to brag, have cute little celebrations every 100 days, and even arrange romantic vacations almost every month and display their “in-love” status with the help of matching outfits.
-South Korean parents and children like to show their gratitude to a teacher by giving them candy or a cup of coffee.
-There are lots of themed subway cars dedicated to certain cartoon characters.
-Koreans practically never listen to music or watch movies from other countries.
-Modern Korean cuisine is really healthy. They usually eat grilled meat (without oil), a lot of vegetables and plants, and rice.
-You won’t find any trash bins on the streets in South Korea because the people there are super tidy.
-Office workers are now required, by law, to turn off their computers on Friday evening.

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