South Korea today is probably most famous for its K-pop scene, and more recently, its film industry. However, the Asian nation is also well-known for countless other things like their booming tech economy – after all, big names like Samsung, Hyundai, and LG are from there!
But beyond all that, what else do you know about South Korea? Outside of the entertainment industry, South Korea is also a leader in its own right in more ways than one! Let’s take a look at some of these interesting things South Korea are known for – whether you realise it or not.
South Korea is one of the most highly-connected places in the world in terms of wireless Internet access. There is free wi-fi in most public places, and it won’t be strange to see people of all ages – even school children – browsing the web with their smartphones.
It’s no surprise that this is coupled with their innovative tech industry and booming R&D sector. The high internet penetration also means South Koreans are generally on top of a lot of internet and tech trends.
Known as the plastic surgery capital of the world, South Korea is also home to a crazy variety of cosmetic products. You’ll find a vast array of brands and products, from clay masks to snail creams. Some beauty trends come and go as quick as the wind, but it seems South Koreans’ love and pursuit for beauty won’t change.
And don’t be mistaken; cosmetics are not just for the ladies! In Korea, men’s grooming and makeup are widespread, and it is considered normal for men to take care of their looks as well.
This might sound random to the uninitiated, but South Korea is famous for their pro golfers – especially women golfers. For years, South Korean ladies like Pak Se-ri, Park In-bee, Ko Jin-young, and Park Sung-hyun have been dominating the top list of golfers. And why is this so?
Some attribute this to the competitive nature of Koreans. In a nation where cram schools thrive and tiger mums abound, these pro golfers begin practising at a very young age and find success through the relentless support of their parents.
If you’ve ever lived in South Korea, you will be struck by just how much they love to drink. Of course, soju is the drink of choice – but beer and whiskey are popular as well.
In South Korea, drinking is part of their social culture. Bosses often invite their teams for drinks after work, and rejecting such an offer would often be seen as rude. Even amongst friends, people who don’t drink might be sometimes considered less ‘fun’.
Of course, we’ve barely scratched the surface on the notable things of South Korea. If you want to know more, you can get more glimpses through books, drama shows, or even by visiting South Korea one day! Learning the Korean language is also one great way to be exposed to all things Korean.
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