11 Things Normal to South Korea but Astonishing to the Rest of the World

South Korea is a country of contrasts where modern technologies and ancient Asian traditions are harmoniously combined. Each trip to this incredible country reveals countless new secrets and mysteries.

Crfat Sides selected the most notable findings in South Korea that are sure to amaze you.

Interesting Facts About South Korea

11. State Support For Pregnant Women

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All pregnant women in South Korea receive a special government credit card. This card has $ 500 on it. A future mother can spend that money on medical treatment and all necessary medicine.

In addition, a woman can obtain a social trinket that allows for the comfortable use of public transport. The seats for pregnant women in the subway are marked with a pink color.

The trinket activates this signal so that all passengers know that a pregnant mother is in the car. This is especially useful for those in the early stages of pregnancy. There are also special parking spaces for pregnant women.

10. Almost Every Bus Stop Has An Information Panel With The Actual Bus Schedule On It

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All buses here are new and equipped with air conditioning. Drivers wear uniforms with white gloves and sunglasses. Buses operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At the same time, a taxi ride would cost almost the same as a bus, if there are 3 to 4 people who hire it.

9. It’s Normal And Permitted To Try Food In Supermarkets

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In most Korean supermarkets, unlimited foods are available to try. No one controls the amount of food a customer tastes before buying … or not buying.

8. Koreans Like To Give And Accept Practical Gifts

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A traditional gift at the house warming party is a pair of toilet paper rolls. Koreans believe that the length of the rolls implies longevity. Koreans love practical gifts, especially those that can be eaten.

For example, the management of a South Korean company presented food baskets to its employees. These baskets in different combinations can be bought in any supermarket before the big holidays.

7. Churches Give Small, But Pleasant, Gifts To Their Parish

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Quarterly, large churches organize free visits to dentists and hairdressers for their parish. They have many representatives who actively recruit individuals and companies who want to participate.

The most popular invitation is the distribution of free wet wipes with a church address on them. By the way, South Korea has the most visited church in the world, with a parish of over 1 million people a year.

6. High School Students Study Until Midnight

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Korean children need to study hard. Elementary students have classes from 9 am to 6 pm, secondary school students return home at 10 pm, while high school students need to study sometimes until 1 am.

School libraries are open 24/7, specifically for those occasions. But intense crowding does not help a child’s brilliance, but actually has the opposite effect.

Many of them lose interest in hobbies because they simply don’t have time for a personal life. They study, sleep during the commute, and spend their free time on social networks.

5. Couples Wear Similar Clothes In South Korea

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Each Korean couple in love tells everyone around them that they are together. They do this with the help of similar clothing. Many matching stores and shoes can be found at local stores for young and non-young lovers.

4. The Best Gratitude For A Teacher Is A Cup Of Coffee Or Sweets

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Big gifts to teachers or public officials are considered bribes. Parents and children who want to show their gratitude to a teacher often give sweets or a cup of coffee.

3. South Korea Is An Isolated Country That Doesn’t Know The Traditions Of The Western World

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If you ask a Korean to tell you the name of the world’s most popular singer, they would hardly be able to answer your question. Koreans hardly ever listen to music from other countries.

They don’t watch western movies, they don’t listen to western music, they don’t know western traditions, and they don’t even have geography at school.

At the same time, they would be happy to talk about the K-pop reps. The most popular music band among young South Koreans is the BTS band.

2. They Don’t Eat Dogs In South Korea

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Almost the entire young generation has never tasted dog meat. However, it is still possible to try this dish in South Korea, but it is extremely expensive.

Modern Korean cuisine is very healthy. They usually eat grilled meat (without oil), lots of vegetables and plants, and rice, of course. Koreans love coffee more than rice.

1. There Are A Lack Of Trash Bins And A Lot Of Public Toilets

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There are no trash bins there because the Koreans are very neat. There are public toilets in every metro station and in every park. The bathrooms are very clean, with separate cabins for the disabled. Women’s restrooms have special changing facilities.

Have you ever been to South Korea? In that case, share your impressions of this amazing country in the comments section. Otherwise, we will be delighted if you share your opinion on the facts mentioned above.

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