Having been named the world’s top design capital in 2010 and playing well-paying host to thousands of ESL teachers every year, tourism to South Korea has been steadily on the rise. While the country boasts the benefits of every other major cosmopolitan hub in Asia - amazing food, advanced technology, efficient public transit and incredible shopping - it’s also got its fair share of downright bizarre cultural norms. Foreigners traveling to the country will be in awe of all that it has to offer, while simultaneously completely perplexed by the ten strange facets of life in South Korea that we’ve outlined below.
10 Poop/Toilet Humor Popularity
9 Same Sex Touching
8 Plastic Surgery Obsession
7 Love Motels
4 Alcohol Consumption
3 Couples Dressing Alike
2 No Verbal Filter
1 No Cleavage Allowed
Upon landing in South Korea, you’re guaranteed to notice how short every young woman’s skirt is. The “no pants” look is hugely popular in the country and skirts are so short that women often hold a newspaper or bag to their behinds when walking up stairs to prevent anyone from getting inappropriate views. While skirt lengths are of no object in the country, cleavage is considered grossly inappropriate. You’ll get yelled at by strangers in the street and receive disapproving stares from passersby if even the slightest bit of your chest is exposed. Cover up!
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