88 Interesting Facts about South Korea

  1. The name “Korea” originates from Goryeo, which was the name given to the tradition set up by General Wang Geon in AD 918. Goryeo signifies “high and clear.” Some beautiful translations of the name Korea are “Place where there is High Mountains and Sparkling Streams” and “Place that is known for the Morning Calm.”
  2. Most eateries, including McDonald’s, will convey sustenance straight to homes in South Korea.
  3. South Koreans are fixated on dung, and everything from butt nugget molded treats, telephone charms, and a whole exhibition hall gave to crap can be found in the nation. Toilets the nation over likewise highlight charming flushing sounds, ambient sounds, and shaded water.
  4. In Korea, babies are viewed as one year old during childbirth.
  5. Just 3.2% of South Koreans are overweight, which ties the nation of Japan for the least rate on the planet.
  6. South Korean men cherish cosmetics, spending near US$900 million a year, or a fourth of the world’s men’s beautifiers. Up to 20% of the male Korean populace is accounted for to utilize cosmetics routinely.
  7. Haesindang Park is otherwise called “Penis Park”. South Korea is home to Haesindang Park, which is loaded with penis statues, and furthermore to a penis-themed eatery at Deulmusae, which is difficult to miss in light of the statues of jaji (penises) coating the way to the eatery.
  8. In South Korea, it is flawlessly legitimate to savor liquor open. Individuals can convey open compartments of their most loved mixed refreshment and even take a drink or two.
  9. At the point when a Korean’s name is composed in red ink, this shows individual is going to kick the bucket or is as of now dead.
  10. South Korea is well known for its routine with regards to “wrongdoing re-creation.” Citizens associated with violations, for example, assault or murder are driven by the police in binds to the scene of the wrongdoing and requested to publically reenact the wrongdoing. To make the reenactment much all the more mortifying, the media is additionally welcomed to take pictures and distribute insights about the wrongdoing.
  11. South Koreans trust that leaving an electric fan on overnight will slaughter the individual resting specifically underneath it.
  12. The microchips for Apple’s iPhones are made by the South Korean organization Samsung.
  13. On Jeju, South Korea’s biggest island, goliath stone statues known as dol hareubang (old granddad) can be found along the shorelines. Love bird ladies trust that in the event that they touch the statues’ long, wide, phallic-looking noses, they will be honored with richness.
  14. South Koreans consider the number 4 as unfortunate, and it is related with death. This conviction appears to have originated from China.
  15. More than 2 billion individuals have seen the “Gangnam Style” music video of Korean K-pop craftsman Psy since 2011. It bested the outlines in 30 nations around the globe. World pioneers including U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have copied the move. The melody alludes to the Gangnam District of Seoul.
  16. South Korea is the biggest market for plastic surgery per capita on the planet. It is evaluated between 1/5 and 1/3 of the ladies in Seoul have gone under the blade for no less than one corrective method.
  17. South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world.
  18. Gathering blind dating in South Korea is called “Meeting” or “So-getting” and is an exceptionally famous route for youthful college understudies to meet over supper and beverages.
  19. Alongside Tokyo occupants, Seoulites get minimal measure of rest of any inhabitants of real urban areas on the planet, only less than 6 hours every night.
  20. South Koreans appreciate flaunting their relationship statuses publically. It is normal to see couples clasping hands, kissing, and notwithstanding wearing coordinating outfits.
  21. South Korea has the world’s speediest remote speeds on the planet, with a normal download speed 33.5 megabits for each second, about three times the normal speed of second-put Hong Kong. The nation additionally has a normal transfer speed of 17 megabits for every second. 100% of South Koreans have broadband get to.
  22. South Koreans adore Honey Butter Chips, which are potato chips enhanced with nectar and margarine from France. Since shops come up short on them so quick, wagers are held for an opportunity to purchase a sack, and the chips can offer for up to US$100 a pack on eBay. McDonald’s even sold nectar spread seasoned French fries in South Korea for some time.
  23. In 2012, a jail in the South Korean city of Pohang wound up plainly home to the world’s first mechanical jail monitors. The nation likewise utilizes robots to watch the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) amongst North and South Korea and as instructors.
  24. Seoul is regularly thought to be one mammoth shopping center.
  25. South Koreans adore shopping, and the nation has a portion of the greatest shopping centers on the planet. The stores are open until 4:00 in the morning, while most eateries, bars, and bistros are open just until 11:00 p.m.
  26. South Korea’s Yoido Full Gospel Church has the greatest gathering on the planet. As of February 13, 2014, the Seoul-based Pentecostal Christian church had near 1 million individuals. On any given Sunday, 200,000 dependable will go to 1 of 7 administrations and an extra 200,000 to 300,000 will watch on TV and in satellite houses of worship.
  27. Baseball in South Korea is called yagu, and groups are named after enterprises like Samsung and KIA. The Korean Baseball Organization was set up in 1981 as a route for individuals to let off steam by Dictator General Chun Doo Hwan, who attempted to enhance his picture by tossing out the primary pitch at each amusement.
  28. South Koreans are consequently grouped during childbirth as indicated by their blood classification, which is a custom that began in Japan yet has turned out to be essential in South Korean culture and may even figure out who gets the opportunity to wed whom.
  29. South Koreans adore sweet potatoes such a great amount of that there is each conceivable dish enhanced with sweet potato, including primary courses, treats, chips, latte, bread, plates of mixed greens, and sweet potato-topped pizza.
  30. Taxicabs in South Korea are shading coded by the level of administration advertised. A dark or white taxi is a fundamental auto with a qualified yet possibly unpracticed driver, while the dark taxicabs are extravagance autos with experienced drivers.
  31. All South Korean rooftops are bended at the closures giving the presence of a grin.
  32. Eyelid surgery is a standout amongst the most well-known plastic surgery methodology performed in South Korea. Most rich youthful South Koreans get twofold eyelid surgery for their sixteenth birthday celebration as a present to influence their eyes to seem more Western.
  33. Koreans eat kimchi at about each dinner.
  34. South Korea’s national dish is kimchi, which is a mix of vegetables and flavors that have been aged underground for a considerable length of time. It is presented with practically everything. The main composed portrayal of making kimchi dates to about AD 1250 and there are around 170 assortments of the dish.
  35. Pooch is a dish that is really served in Korean eateries and in road markets. Canine meat has been eaten in South Korea for quite a long time, yet has turned out to be very dubious among other Asian countries. Bosintang is a conventional Korean soup made with puppy meat, which signifies “strengthening soup.” An extraordinary type of canine, the nureongi, is reared for its meat. Pet canines are typically not eaten.
  36. The Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City, Busan, South Korea, is the world’s biggest retail establishment starting at 2009.
  37. Playing the online computer game StarCraft is a real profession in South Korea. Since the diversion propelled in 1988, almost 50% of the considerable number of recreations have been sold in South Korea. It is a standout amongst other offering diversions for the PC ever. There are additionally link channels committed exclusively to the diversion.
  38. The South Korean National Information Agency gauges that 14% of the general population between the ages of 9 and 12 have an Internet enslavement. In 2011, South Korea passed a law called the Shutdown, or Cinderella, Law that bans anybody more youthful than 16 from web based diversion locales, which is to a great extent disregarded by the adolescent.
  39. Same-sex touching is basic among men and ladies and their companions in South Korea. South Korean young men and men rehearse a thing called no homo (skinship) where they develop a bond by touching each other, generally with non-romantic signals, for example, handshakes. Getting delicate feely can likewise stretch out to educators and understudies as long as they are a similar sex.
  40. Love motels are extremely well known in South Korea. They include little, themed rooms with unbelievable improvements where a couple can connect for an overnight. They can be found in any piece of huge urban communities and are so stylish and clean that voyagers on a financial plan and businessmen on short stays can check in for a night. Love lodgings likewise lease by the hour.
  41. Rather than air warmers, Koreans have warmed floors. Called ondol (warm stone), the warmth is passed in funnels under the floor. This warming framework backpedals to the Koguryo (or Goguryeo) Dynasty (37– 668 BC). In South Korea, over 90% of the houses have ondol, and individuals eat, rest, and sit in front of the TV on the warm floor.
  42. South Korea passed a law in 1999 that requires all web based shopping and managing an account to be finished utilizing Internet Explorer. It is still set up.
  43. Barely any South Koreans pick not to wed, and an unmarried individual is known as a “Major Baby” in Korean slang. There are two sorts of marriage in South Korea: yonae (love marriage) and chungmae (arranged marriage).
  44. An unmarried individual is known as a “Major Baby” in Korean slang.
  45. South Korea gathers over 90% of the world’s ocean growth utilization.
  46. South Koreans are the world’s greatest clients of charge cards since 2011, making 129.7 exchanges for each individual that year, contrasted and 77.9 exchanges for every American.
  47. Hallyu (Korean Wave) is the word for the South Korean flood of mainstream culture. President Obama even alluded to it amid a March 2012 visit to South Korea.
  48. The South Korean individuals are a standout amongst the most uniform populaces on the planet. They are identified with the Mongoloid racial gatherings, including the Chinese, which in all out make up around 70% of the total populace. They share much in a similar manner as the Chinese, Mongolians, and Japanese, whom despite everything they don’t care for after the Japanese intrusion amid World War II.
  49. Ten-stick rocking the bowling alley was acquainted with South Koreans by American GIs amid the Korean War, and it is as yet a famous game in South Korea today.
  50. The Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) is South Korea’s national blossom. It is a kind of hibiscus and is spoken to in the national song of devotion. It is an image to the Koreans of the glories and misfortunes of their past.
  51. The crane is an image of favorable luck in South Korea. Red-delegated cranes can remain around 5 feet (1.5 m) high.
  52. Koreans have two legends about their nation’s establishing. The primary recounts a divine resembling figure called Dangun, or Tangun, who built up an old state in North Korea around 2333 BC. The other, upheld by Chinese writings, expresses that a Manchu tribal boss named Kija drove a band of his supporters to Joseon after the fall of the Chinese Shang Dynasty around 1100 BC.
  53. The Korean War started in 1950 when North Korea attacked South Korea.
  54. The Korean War was the principal real military clash between the United States and the Soviet Union, however it has never formally finished. After the 3-year-long clash amid the 1950s, North and South Korea marked a truce, which has since been upheld―technically, it could end whenever.
  55. On the South Korean island of Jeju, ladies generally go out to work while their spouses remain home. These ladies are called haenyeo (“sea ladies”), and they jump for ocean urchins, abalone, and octopus, proceeding with a convention that backpedals 1,500 years and is passed down from mother to little girl.
  56. For three weeks after an infant’s introduction to the world in South Korea, a straw rope of bean stew peppers or pine needles known as kumjul is hung over the entryway of the house to alarm away malice spirits and caution individuals not to enter. Ocean growth soup and rice are likewise offered to Samsin Halmeoni, the Korean grandma soul, each morning and night for seven days. These sustenances are likewise given to the new mother to speed her recuperation.
  57. South Koreans who live to be 60 years of age are regularly set up an extravagant gathering called hwangap. It was begun in the past when not very many individuals lived to that age. It is additionally a critical birthday in light of the fact that the customary Korean date-book depends on a 60-year cycle.
  58. One of the monikers for the South Korean individuals is “Individuals Who Wear White, which originated from the agile, white hanboks that average citizens wore amid the early kingdoms. The hanbok is as yet worn today, for the most part formally, and is regarded as a social fortune.
  59. South Korea is home to Cheomseongdae Observatory, the world’s first cosmic research center, worked amid the mid-600s at Gyeongju.
  60. Around 2.1 million South Koreans live in U.S. urban areas, for example, New York, Chicago, and Seattle. The initially started moving in 1903 and they lived on the Hawaiian Islands chipping away at sugar and pineapple estates.
  61. South Korean military workmanship taekwondo is the nation’s most acclaimed don. It truly signifies “the method for the clench hand and foot.” It probably began around 2,000 years prior when a Korean warrior built up a style of battling that utilized uncovered hands and feet rather than weapons. It is honed overall today and turned into an authority Olympic game in 2002. It is the main Olympic game that has begun in South Korea.
  62. Ssireum, or Korean wrestling, can be followed back to 37 BC. It began as an opposition between villagers before it turned into a military workmanship. Today, it is a broadcast brandish with matches performed in stadiums. Two wrestlers get each other’s scarf and endeavor to push each other out a ring of sand.
  63. Jinro Soju, Korean distelled rice alcohol, is the top rated alcohol on the planet.
  64. South Koreans top the rundown worldwide as far as hard alcohol utilization, and Jinro Soju, Korean refined rice alcohol, is the top of the line alcohol on the planet for the eleventh year consecutively. It surpassed Smirnoff Vodka, which came in second by 37.48 million cases.
  65. South Korean ladies are great at golf. Thirty-eight of the main 100 female golfers on the planet, and 9 of the present best 25, are South Korean. Lydia Ko set the world record in 2013 for the most youthful lady ever to win an expert competition, at age 14. In February, she was likewise the most youthful golfer of either sexual orientation to be positioned #1 on the planet, and in September 2015, she turned into the most youthful golfer to win at real star golf competition, the Evian Championship in France.
  66. The most widely recognized family names in South Korea are Kim, Lee (additionally spelled Yi/Ree), and Park (Pak). Over 20% of South Koreans have the last name Kim.
  67. Nobody has seen an Amur, or Korean, tiger in the wild for a long time, however it is found in Korean folklore as the watchman of the general population, heading out malice spirits. Researchers feel that the Amur tiger and Siberian tiger, which lives in Russia, might be similar species.
  68. Valentine’s Day in South Korea is commended with a wind. It is a day where ladies demonstrate their adoration for their men by giving chocolates and endowments to their spouses or beaus. On March 14, Koreans observe White Day, where men purchase presents for their ladies―but they should burn through three times the sum they got on Valentine’s Day. Truth be told, the fourteenth of consistently is an impractically themed occasion in the nation, including Kiss Day (June) and Hug Day (December). The saddest of all days is April 14, which is known as Black Day, and single Koreans grieve their absence of adoration by eating sticky, dark noodles called jajangmyeon.
  69. The present secretary general of the United Nations is Ban Ki-Moon. In 2013, Forbes magazine recorded him 32nd on its rundown of most effective individuals on the planet.
  70. Both the tiger and rabbit are vital Korean society images. A few Koreans say the Korean Peninsula is molded like a tiger and others, a rabbit. The two creatures are found in Korean folktales and people craftsmanship.
  71. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was based over the destroyed town of Panmunjom amid the Korean War. It isolates North and South Korea and is a standout amongst the most intensely mobilized outskirts on the planet. It is 2.5 miles (4 km) wide and extends 152 miles (245 km) from the East Sea to the Yellow Sea.
  72. Hyundai KIA car assemble is South Korea’s biggest automaker and the second biggest in Asia. In 2013, it positioned as the fifth biggest automaker on the planet, fabricating somewhere in the range of 7.5 million new autos and trucks. It is additionally a chaebol, a business tradition or combination.
  73. As per the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), South Koreans have one of the most noteworthy IQ on Earth.
  74. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced that South Korea is the nation with the most noteworthy evaluated national IQ on Earth.
  75. The normal South Korean works 55 hours per week, or 2,316 hours every year, contrasted with the 40-hour seven day stretch of the normal assembly line laborer in the United States.
  76. Kite flying is a famous leisure activity in South Korea, and on the most recent day of the new moon amid the Lunar New Year, individuals customarily let go of their kites trusting their misfortune will coast away with them.
  77. Called “Ruler Yuna,” South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim is one of the brightest stars in Korean games. She won the gold award in February 2010 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, turning into the principal Korean to decoration in any Olympic figure skating discipline. Her gold award was likewise South Korea’s first decoration at the Winter Olympics in an option that is other than speed skating or short track. Kim’s consolidated scores were the most noteworthy at any point recorded and were gone into the Guinness World Records.
  78. Christmas is an official occasion in South Korea, with very nearly 1/3 of South Koreans being Christians. Santa Clause Claus might be wearing a blue, as opposed to red, suit in South Korea, and he is otherwise called Santa Kulloso (Grandfather Santa).
  79. For the Harvest Moon Festival, more than 20 million South Koreans go to the places where they grew up to visit the graves of their precursors and convey blessings, for example, fine sustenances to put on the graves.
  80. South Korean wedding pieces of clothing are typically red, which is an image of favorable luck.
  81. In conventional Korean pharmaceutical, the gallbladder of the moon bear has extraordinary mending powers. Despite the fact that there is no present day medicinal proof that demonstrates this cure is valid, some South Koreans still eat the organ to treat diabetes, coronary illness, and liver issues. Individuals additionally make a stew from the bear’s paws that they think will give them additional quality. Accordingly, just a couple of moon bears still exist in the wild in South Korea.
  82. Previous President Bill Clinton once called the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which isolates North and South Korea the “scariest place on Earth.”
  83. When taking a photograph, South Koreans say “kimchi” rather than “cheddar.”
  84. More than 78% of the South Korean populace claims a cell phone.
  85. Starting at 2013, 78.5% of the South Korean populace had a cell phone, the most elevated rate on the planet. Among 18-to 24-year-olds, 97.7% have a cell phone.
  86. For the bustling regularly scheduled drive in Seoul, the city has employed proficient “Metro Pushers” who wear outfits and white gloves and truly pack however many individuals as could be expected under the circumstances onto the tram trains.
  87. Koreans, both North and South, talk and compose the Hangul dialect. It comprises of 14 consonants and 10 vowels, and the letter set can be joined into different syllables. It is viewed as one of the standard logical composition frameworks.


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