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여러분 안녕하세요! Korea is often said to be the world’s most Confucian nation, Confucianism - The system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct. Such values having been instilled for over a thousand years across several dynasties. Elements of Confucianism still linger on today – it’s still basically true that anyone older, richer or more important than you (or just male as opposed to female) is simply “better” and deserving of more respect, a fact that becomes sorely clear to many working in Korea. You may have mastered the art of the polite bow, worked out how to use chopsticks, and learned a few words of the Korean language, but beware, you may upset new friends by accepting gifts with your hand in the wrong place. There are still innumerable ways to offend the locals, and unfortunately it’s the things that are hardest to guess that are most likely to offend. [ONE]

Here are only a few tips on how to not offend the locals...

When talking to a senior, Koreans don't wave hands to say hello or goodbye. Hand waving is okay when saying hello or goodbye to a friend, however, when talking to an elder you should bow....but make sure you bow the right way.... [TWO]
You should bow depending on the politeness you should show the person you are speaking to. To an elder, just to be safe, you should bow with about a 45° angle to show politeness! [TWO]
Along with a bow, a handshake is a typical greeting as well. Usually, a younger person bows first, going on to shake hands with both hands if the older person starts the handshake. The order is important! The senior first! It is considered impolite for the younger person to star the handshake. So you bow politely first, then wait for the senior to start the handshake. If they don't, then still don't start the handshake. [TWO]
In addition, most Koreans hold hands softly, not tightly. In other words, the limp handshake doesn't apply any negative impression to the other person. [TWO]
Also, don't be surprised. In Korea, it could be rude for the junior to use one hand when handshaking. Use two hands. [TWO]
Use two hands infront of elderly people as well. It would be considered rude if you didn't. Get into the habit of giving or recieving things with two hands. [TWO]
Generally, a short bow with eyes closed and the head directed downwards will do just fine, (if the person is not an elder) but it’s best to observe the Koreans themselves, and the action will become quite natural after a short time; many visitors find themselves inadvertently maintaining the habit long after they’ve left. [ONE]
Attracting attention is also done differently here – you beckon with fingers fluttering beneath a downward-facing palm, rather than with your index fingers protruding hook-like from an upturned one. A visual of this is shown in the video above. Along with a few other things you should NOT do in Korea. ~really suggest wathing this~ [ONE]
Here is another video of a few hand guestures that are bad or "naughty" (not a sexual way). Some of them you should NOT do, some are just rude, and some are okay!
Regarding the "male as opposed to female) is simply “better” and deserving of more respect" thing I said earlier, this is a video on sexism in Korea, which surprised me more a lot than I thought it would. I read that Korean women are starting to get more respect in the workplace and that Korean men are starting to be more forgiving in the household. Before, women were expected to quit work after having their fisrt child.

This is what I talked about above this video is great and talks about even more ways you are supposed to be polite and shows a visual representation of it!


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I made this card because I found these tips on an app I have [TWO] and thought it was interesting so I wanted to share it with everyone on Kpop Vingle! I suggest checking out eggbun if you haven't already, they have a great way of teaching the Korean language! (Be warned it will ask you to pay about $5 to continue anything after the alphabet). I also suggest checking out Simon and Martina's videos. Honestly, I wasn't too sure if I liked them at first but they really grew on me and now I love their videos! They give great tips and teach me a lot. They answer questions very well and give their own expieriences! Listen to Kpop and make today the best day ever! 안녕~
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its against my faith to bow to anyone...other than God and its forbidden for me to touch a man whose not my husband father or brother.
they will hate me...i am forbidden to bow or shake mens hands
it is going to take me a while but I have decided I will get there.
@raenel Glad I could help! That's awesome you get to do that, you're really lucky!
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