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my perception of korea...
Posted 10 Apr 11 - 01:05 PM
i loved being in korea...people were really curious about who you are and when u told them u werent korean by my broken n limited korean, they all were really impressed that u at least try coz the people there didnt speak english...or dared to speak it...they were somehow embarassed to speak english...one thing that impressed me most is the korean warm approach..all though they didnt know you but if u were respectful to them and act accordingly to the korean custom,they will embrace you with open arms...i was brought up in a strict asian culture so i already knew the asian courtesy, manners and consideration for people..alot of people from abroad lacks these understandings, mainyl westerners..so the korean people are used to it and somehow more reserved towards them than asians..
moving out there for 6 months was the best thing i did in my life..the food, the shopping, the friends i made, the clubbing& partying, the soju chib bar jumping, the noraebang singing were all awesome..the culture, the history and etc as well..the best part is that it was not expensive at all..
one thing that is pretty funny was they always asked if u were single..if you said yes, they would think it was strange and try to matchmake you with someone they know..it seems like almost everyone are couple over there...hahaha...
the cons were probably the hierarchy/age thing..if you are a superior or older, you can more or less talk down on someone..i had no problem with it since i was always the oldest ones among my crowd but i saw often how people around were being treated by these kind of hierarchy underlined rules...and plus they were not tooo fond of chinese people as well..bcos too many immigrants from the mainland comes to korea for work n lacks alot of manners and courtesy..alot of prejudice in that area...some older generations were not too fond of japanese bcos of the 1japanese colonisation..
so thats my story..hoped u enjoyed reading..
- Relly, WaGGy, Sippie and 2 others like this
Posted 10 Apr 11 - 02:20 PM
I agree and understand your concerns about the hierarchy and stuff. I've been reading books about Korea and been learning their language. From those that I've read I figured that 'respect' is one thing they value the most and it shows since they have this levels of respect/honorific embedded in their every day language. There is a certain kind of order that they follow and age is one factor has to be taken into consideration. When I was a kid, merely by listening, I couldn't distinguish the difference between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Language but now I find it odd when people couldn't tell the difference since it is pretty much obvious even the manner of speaking is different. I also agree that the best way to learn the language is to live in Korea for sometime.
About the 'being single' thing, makes me laugh. I noticed that they also often ask about your family background. Family is very important to them as well and it seems 'a must' to know the family history or something, their work, where they studied etc. Sometimes I feel like you have to be a 'somebody' to have a good 'match' LOL.
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Posted 11 Apr 11 - 11:12 PM
I, too, someday plan to go to Korea and maybe live there for a while to really pick up the language instead of just studying it. I totally understand what you're saying about the strict Asian culture and like Japan, Koreans do have a hierarchy culture.
I,too, laughed at the "being single" thing. I have heard about family being important to them, but not this.
Thanks for sharing.
Posted 04 May 11 - 06:19 PM
(see the drama, or read some news from Korea).
best place for one is always his/her own country . home sweet home is not just a mere saying.. i don't meant to ruin any of your fantasy , just sharing my thought and experience ..
Posted 07 May 11 - 04:48 AM
Posted 07 May 11 - 07:21 AM
You are a lucky person to be able to move there for awhile even if it is a short period of time. I wish I can do that. I was there a couple of months ago for a holiday and I loved it. My wife and I was on a tour and I wish I had extra time there for ourself instead of going with the tour. The funny thing was that we were there and it was -17 degree Celerius and both of us did not feel much of the cool because we had soo much fun there.
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Posted 08 May 11 - 03:19 PM
lucky i met a very kind korean penpal...she is really helpful
korean people is really helpful actually even they don't speak very well.. (same as me)
i was at one time i cannot find my exit and lucky an ahjussi came n help me to get to the destination..he is 80 y.o and yet have to go to work...totally inspire me to work hard to earn money...hehehe
i really wish i could go again one day...
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Posted 11 May 11 - 02:01 PM
Does anyone know how Korean people deal with women who are older than 25? I don't mean they beat them up or something because they ARE 25+! hahaha...But in terms of, are they too old for marriage and stuff? And when do Korean men and women usually get married? 21-26? Or 24+?
Thanks for your answers in advance!!!!
Posted 19 May 11 - 05:37 AM
I hope that one day i too am able to visit South Korea.
Someday soon i hope.
Posted 25 May 11 - 09:41 PM
Thank you so much for sharing your interesting story. Although I am not Korean, I do respect the Korean culture: how they honor their elders and the importance of respect and family. However, I, too, am not fond of the underlined hierachy that is placed on society there as a whole. However, I hope to visit Korea one day and experience the many wonderful things that I have heard and read about.
Posted 27 May 11 - 12:13 PM
thanks for sharing your experience^^
I've been living in Seoul for 2.5years now. As an Asian, I don't have many problems in adapting the culture while some of my friends find Korean culture a lil bit difficult to understand esp. the hierarchy in society. For exp the gender equality & stuff (gentlemen 1st, than ladies ).Anyway, it's all cultural differences
However, sometimes the reality isn't as sweet as in drama. There's children with lack of manners and some people who being racist to foreigner. Also some other things that you will see (only) after you live in some place for quite long
But then again, every countries have their own problem. For me, Seouth Korea still has many things to explore and yes, it charmed me with its cities, its people & its culture
Posted 29 May 11 - 07:48 AM
i hope one day i can and have my own experience too.
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Posted 30 May 11 - 11:16 PM
I want to visit Korea after I'm officially done with school and I was wondering if you can give me some advice on when is the best time to go? Summer, spring, fall, winter? A lot of my friends say that around the end of the year is probably the best because of all of the awards show so most of the artists/celebrities will be in Korea (for the most part). But a few others told me that the summer is also good because there's a lot of open concerts and you can actually enjoy walking down the streets better.
Once again, thank you for sharing your awesome story!
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