The eldest person in a Korean home is considered the wisest one, and therefore makes most of the important decisions. Respect and care for the elderly is very important in Korean families.
When you enter a South Korean home, the first thing you do is take off your shoes. On the first night of the new year everybody hides their shoes, though. This is because there is a belief that a ghost will come down and try on everyone’s shoes. If the ghost finds a pair it likes it will take it. It is thought that the owner of the shoes will then have bad luck for the whole year.
Koreans eat lots of vegetables with rice, and spices. Normally only a small amount of meat or fish is included in their meals. But there are some pretty unusual things on the menu here –live squid and sweet potato pizza just to name two! Also, SPAM is very, very popular here and is considered a delicacy! Yes, you read it right – SPAM! In fact during holidays, you can even buy SPAM gift sets!
Now, South Koreans take school very seriously! How is this for a “typical” day at high school ::
8:00 am - Before school, studying begins
9:00 am – Classes begin and run for 50 minutes each, with a morning break and a 50-minute lunch period. Students usually stay in one classroom while the teachers move from room to room.
1:00 P.M - Classes continue until about 4:30, followed by the cleaning of the classroom. Students then take a short dinner break. They return to school for more study or tutoring sessions.
10:00 P.M. to midnight – They finally go home!
Doesn’t that make you tired just reading it!
The main language of Korea is ….Korean! English is also widely taught in junior high and high school.
If you see a picture of a traditional Asian building, and the roof curves up at the corners then you know it's Korean.
Taekwondo is the most popular martial art in the world, and it started in South Korea. It is everywhere in Korea with a school in most every town.
South Korea is also the largest shipbuilder in the world. It has the seventh largest fishing industry in the world.
Some people living in the big cities have robots to do the housework. (gotta get me one of those!) And here home heating can be controlled by a just a call on a mobile phone.
When it comes to being connected, South Korea is the only nation in the world that is totally broadband at 100Mbit/s, WiBro and DMB country wide.