"Modern spirit and traditional values" South Korea by Vita500

South Korea Travel Guide: 6,812 reviews and 18,928 photos

I originally came to Korea for eight month and ended up living here for almost six years.

Korea is a land of contrasts: Being one of the fastest growing and leading Asian nations with a huge economic growth over the past years, it also remains a traditionally well-preserved nation, highly influenced by Confucianism and hierarchical values.

Despite its economic situation the nation is still extremely closed towards foreigners and shows some unique cultural elements, that are hard to be found at any other place:

- Korean population of 99.5%
- Market share of locally produced vehicles (Hyundai, Kia, Daewoo, Ssanyong) : 95%
- Kimchi and hot chilli paste are part of most Koreans hand-luggage (even for their honeymoon)...

What else can you say? Welcome to one of the four tigers of Asia, welcome to Korea!

For further and more detailed information about destinations in South Korea, please refer to my Travel Page - Seoul, Travel Page - Jeju-Do and Travel Page - Busan

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Traditional values, helpful and kind people
  • Cons:Language barrier, heavy drinking culture
  • In a nutshell:Traditional modernity
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2009
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2007 at 1:00 AM

    good idea to sleep in a sauna

  • canadiantravelgirl's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 6:56 PM

    Thanks for the insight on South Korea!!! I am planning to go there this year and was wondering is it easy to communicate in English there? (I read you tip)

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2005 at 12:41 AM

    Happy New Year to You! I enjoy visiting your Korean pages.

  • bunny21's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2005 at 3:58 PM

    What a awesome work. You described about Korea very very well. I was impressed. Keep up the good work and hope you enjoy your life in Seoul.~~*

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