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12 Taboos From Korea That Will Leave You Astonished

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12 Taboos From Korea That Will Leave You Astonished

Mostly these taboos come from Culture, historical origin and also various traditional factors. I always wanted people to know about the taboos of Korea as these taboos are extremely strange and shocking. So, have a look at some of the shocking taboos from Korea.

1. You are not suppose to talk in a loud voice even with your friends. Keep your voice tone moderate since they generally speak in a soft voice.

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2. According to Korean culture, complimenting health of an elderly person is always appreciated. Any person who spares some time to talk with elder people is generally considered as a person with good morals.

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3. South Koreans may be asked personal questions regarding age, salary, education, religion, and family life because they think that they can establish rapport by finding common denominators.

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4. South Koreans avoid saying, “No”, directly.  So they prefer to answer the questions affirmatively in a positive way, even when you have to deliver negative information.


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5. Eye to eye contact is extremely important to indicate your sincerity, respect and attentiveness to the person.

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6. You should cover your mouth while yawning or while using a toothpick.

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7. Blowing your nose in public is considered vulgar. If heavily spiced food makes your nose run, get up and move away from the table before blowing your nose.

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8. Discussing about Korean politics, socialism and communism is considered a taboo in Korean culture.

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9. Western men should not try to shake hands with a Korean woman. Western women will usually need to initiate a handshake with Korean men.

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10. You are supposed to bow at the beginning and end of a meeting. An exit bow that is longer than the greeting bow is a sign that the meeting went well.

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11. You are supposed to talk about economic success and international accomplishments and never ever speak against it.

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12. Criticism should always be done in private. Criticizing even your co-worker in public can lead to further destruction.

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