15 Strange Things That Seem Normal Only In South Korea

fifteen strange things that seem normal only in South Korea South Korea is a country of contrasts where modern technologies and ancient Eastern traditions harmoniously combine into something totally unique in and of itself every journey to this amazing country reveals countless new secrets and mysteries so here's a selection of the most remarkable findings from South Korea that just might astonish you 15 they have unbeatable state support for pregnant women the state definitely goes out of its way to support pregnant women in this country for example expecting women in South Korea are given a special credit card from the government with a $500 balance on it a future mother can spend this money on medical treatment and all necessary supplements and prescriptions the state also gives these women a little trinket that allows them to use public transport with comfort and ease pink subway seats are reserved specifically for expecting mothers and the trinket activates a sign so that all other passengers know that there's a soon-to-be mommy in the car this is especially helpful for those in the early stages of pregnancy when it's not so obvious that a woman is expecting they also get special parking spots near the entrance of most public buildings and other facilities and they're not just for pregnant women mothers can use these parking places up to six months after giving birth 14 almost every bus stop has a digital information panel with a bus schedule on it in real time to start with there are bus stops conveniently placed near every subway station in Seoul and all the buses in South Korea are new and equipped with air conditioning buses run 24/7 but they don't stop at all scheduled bus stops that's why you need to be attentive and when you see the bus you need you have to signal for it to stop the public bus system can be pretty confusing at first especially if you don't know Korea in Seoul alone there are over 400 bus routes with 8500 buses connecting even the farthest corners of the city at the same time a taxi ride will cost you almost the same as a bus ticket if you manage to find three or four people to share the cab with you 13 it's totally normal to try the food in grocery stores in the majority of Korean supermarkets there are unlimited samples for you to test and even if there aren't specific samples laid out for shoppers nobody controls how much food a customer tries before buying or not buying twelve South Koreans like to give and receive practical gifts a traditional gift at a housewarming party is a few rolls of toilet paper they really love practical gifts like this and especially ones that can be eaten for example management at one South Korean company presented their employees with food baskets these edible arrangements come in different combinations and can be bought in any grocery store before big festivities 11 TV hosts wear traditional clothing on the Korean New Year and that's not the only New Year tradition in this country the Korean New Year usually takes place in January or February depending on the time of the second new moon after the winter solstice Koreans celebrate solo or New Year for three days on the day before on and after the new year and if you decide to travel around the country at this time of year you might encounter some serious obstacles and that's because everybody visits their families and childhood homes for a festive celebration just to highlight exactly how hectic it is train and bus tickets are usually sold in months in advance as for traveling by car it can take you four times longer because of enormous traffic jams 10 kindergartners have color-coded uniforms each kindergarten has a specific uniform in a certain color so that kids don't get lost in the crowd during field trips and walks around the city you got to admit this is so simple yet incredibly logical since teachers can easily spot the kids from their own group 9 churches give little Pleasant gifts to their parish about four times a year big churches arrange free visits to dentists and hairstylists for their parish they even have representatives who actively recruit people and businesses that want to participate in this generous program the most common way they invite community partners is by distributing free wet wipes with their church's address on them by the way South Korea is home to the most visited church in the world with a parish consisting of over 1 million people a year 8 high schoolers study until midnight Korean kids have to study a lot Elementary students have classes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. middle schoolers go home at 10:00 p.m. and high schoolers sometimes have to study until 1:00 in the morning that's why school libraries are open 24/7 unfortunately all this intense cramming doesn't help a child's development it actually has the opposite effect many of them lose interest in hobbies because they simply do have any time for any kind of a personal life they study all the time sleep during their daily commute and spend any bit of free time on social media seven couples like to wear matching clothes South Korean lovebirds like to let everyone around know that they're an item in fact a relationship is supposed to be an all-consuming affair couples use social media to brag have cute little celebrations every 100 days and even arrange romantic vacations almost every month not to mention they choose to display they're in love status with the help of matching outfits a lot of paired clothes and shoes can be found in special stores like sweet bong bong couple Plaza or couple Market sweethearts of any age can find just what they're looking for 6 the best gift for a teacher is a cup of coffee or candy while you might remember giving your teacher an apple or some flowers South Korean parents and children like to show their gratitude to a teacher by giving them candy or a cup of coffee what's more there's an established gift-giving culture in Korea with certain rules for example big gifts to teachers or public officials are considered bribes and when somebody visits your home in this country you can be sure that they'll bring a drink dessert or fruit 5 they have themed subway cars there are lots of themes subway cars dedicated to certain cartoon characters stations are even announced in these characters voices and they have life-size sculptures of them sitting on the seats in Seoul there's a subway train dedicated to a comedy animated series called larva it runs on the Green Line eight times a day and features two of the cartoons main characters in every car for its a more isolated country than we think Koreans practically never listen to music or watch movies from other countries they're not very familiar with Western traditions and they don't even have geography at school at the same time they'd be happy to tell you anything you want to know about k-pop singers and bands the most popular musical group among the South Korean youth is the boy band BTS 3 they don't really eat dogs this is a dying trend in South Korea since almost the entire young generation has never even tried dog meat now it is still possible to try this dish there but it's extremely expensive modern Korean cuisine is really healthy they usually eat grilled meat without oil a lot of vegetables and plants and rice but even more than rice Koreans love coffee me too – there's a lack of trash bins but plenty of public restrooms you won't find any trash bins on the street in South Korea because the people there are super tidy now you might be thinking what are you supposed to do with your empty water bottle well there are lots of public restrooms around with trash cans inside you can find them at each subway station and in every Park the restrooms are very clean and come with all the necessary amenities they have separate stalls for disabled people and women's restrooms are of course equipped with diaper changing stations one South Koreans workaholism has no limits the government of South Korea has recently taken an active fight against workaholism which has become a countrywide disease office workers are now required by law to turn off their computers on Friday evening everybody is supposed to abide by this new rule but on special occasions some exclusions can be made public officials are also exempt 67 percent to be precise this drastic measure is necessary to force people to have a healthy work-life balance still not all South Koreans appreciate this new law have you ever been to South Korea if so what impressed you most of all

39 thoughts on “15 Strange Things That Seem Normal Only In South Korea

  1. Hey guys! Which things do you think the West should adopt from South Korea?

    And here're some crazy things that seem normal in different countries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7vz01_MMxk&t=27s

  2. Nothing strange here, but creative and innovative….I was expecting national peculiarities and quirkiness.(Only in Korea sort of thing)

  3. You take my mind's thought. I also think that they cram children useless information of a school. This affects child mind a lot

  4. Seriously Mr. Bright Side??? Most visited church in the world is in South Korea??? How about the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico? With over 7 million pilgrims during the feast alone every December.

  5. the best is in Sough Corea in store u don't need buy things, just like "EAT" xd, and i LOVE UR VIDEOSSS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH

  6. My brother lives in sole and his wife is korean. They do eat dog. Its not every dog it is a spacific breed raised in farms like we raise cattle.

  7. What an insult. I'm right here watching youtube and playing Roblox and Gacha Life in South Korea. I'm a korean but I'm very bad at being one. That's how I'm speaking in English. And also, my school starts from 8:10 am to 3:00 pm in elementry, but I think it's because it's an international school ;-;. And my cousin raged.

  8. I am Korean.
    I do not eat dogs and I love dogs as pets.
    The number of people who eat dogs in Korea is decreasing.
    Now, only two percent of them eat dogs.

  9. Why the 1 thing isnt in the other countrys because that would be nice if the pregnent womens could get such a good thing like that

    Sorry for that spelling i just didint know how to explein this??

  10. I'm from Korea and number 5 is actually not really common. I've never seen a life-size model of a character on a subway. Also, people don't eat dogs in Korea. I don't know where the rumor started, but that's not true.

  11. All this talk about the video being of Japanese. Maybe like The United States they are turning Japanese? You think? I know a South Korean…it seems to me anything Asian is strict.

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