20 Facts About Korea


1. The most common family names in South Korea are Kim, Lee and Park (or Pak). More than 20% of South Koreans have the last name Kim. People with the same last name cannot marry each other. 

2. South Koreans are the world’s biggest users of credit cards.

3. Instead of air heaters, Koreans have heated floors.

4. Same-sex touching is common among men and women and their friends in South Korea.

5. South Korea harvests more than 90% of the world’s seaweed consumption.

6. The South Korean National Information Agency estimates that 14% of the people between the ages of 9 and 12 have an Internet addiction. 

7. South Korea’s national dish is kimchi, which is a combination of vegetables and spices that have been fermented underground for months.They serve kimchi in my university's cafeteria with every meal at all times of the day. Even in the morning. 

8. Eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in South Korea. Most wealthy young South Koreans receive double-eyelid surgery for their 16th birthday as a gift to make their eyes appear more Western. 

9. South Koreans consider the number 4 as unlucky, and it is associated with death.

10. The microchips for Apple's iPhones are made by the South Korean company Samsung.

11. In Korea, babies are considered one year old at birth. Someone who is 22 in Korean age would be 20 in international age. 

12. South Korea is the largest market for plastic surgery per capita in the world.

13. When taking a photo, South Koreans say “kimchi” instead of “cheese". 

14. Almost 1/3 of South Koreans are Christians.

15. The average South Korean works 55 hours a week.

16. Both the tiger and rabbit are important Korean folk symbols.

17. Valentine's Day is celebrated with a twist. It is a day where women show their love for their men by giving chocolates and gifts to their husbands or boyfriends. On March 14, Koreans celebrate White Day, where men buy gifts for their ladies―but they are supposed to spend three times the amount they received on Valentine’s Day.

18.  Taekwondo is the country’s most famous sport.

19.  Koreans follow Eastern Asian medicine principles, which contends that one should eat cold food when the weather is cold and hot food when the weather is warm.

20. Most Koreans don't use Google but a website 
called Naver.

Facts retrieved from http://xpatnation.com/14-fun-facts-about-south-korea/#.i75C50s7F & http://facts.randomhistory.com/south-korea-facts.html

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