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Things About South Korea That You May Not Know

Updated on June 7, 2017

South Korean Flag

South Korea is a small nation but the country is a hub of activity 24 hours per day.
South Korea is a small nation but the country is a hub of activity 24 hours per day. | Source

Before and After

Men and women often get plastic surgery in South Korea, a place that puts a premium on looks.
Men and women often get plastic surgery in South Korea, a place that puts a premium on looks. | Source

South Korea has Highest Rate of Plastic Surgery

The Republic of Korea has plastic surgery performed on more people than anywhere else in the world, per capita. Looks are everything in South Korea. Job resumes require photos of applicants (I am serious), and it is estimated that 1/3 of women in the nation have had some form of facial plastic surgery. The vast majority of folks getting plastic surgery do so when they are very young, usually around 18 or 19 years old.

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South Korean Wide Web

South Korea uses more internet data than any other place on the entire planet.
South Korea uses more internet data than any other place on the entire planet. | Source

South Korea Uses the Internet More Than the Rest of the World

South Koreans are constantly online surfing or shopping the web. They are the world leader in internet connectivity and around 93% of the total population have the internet. South Korea is the first country to get rid of old school dial-up connection and swap over to broadband. Not only is it the fastest internet on the planet but it is also the cheapest to pay for on a monthly basis.

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24 Hour Fast Food Delivery

Restaurants like McDonald's not only deliver to customers but they return to pick up the dishes and trash.
Restaurants like McDonald's not only deliver to customers but they return to pick up the dishes and trash. | Source

South Korean Food Delivery & Dish Pick Up

Fast food delivery is 24 hours in South Korea. Once a driver delivers a meal to a customer he actually returns in three hours to retrieve the trash and dishes. Oh yea, these are real plates and other dishes and the forks are metal instead of plastic. You will get your food really hot and super fast, usually delivered on a motor scooter.

South Korea Loves to Party

South Korea can buy liquor anytime, day or night, and they do just that!
South Korea can buy liquor anytime, day or night, and they do just that! | Source

South Korea Drinks More Alcohol Per Capita than the Rest of the World

South Korea has alcohol for sale of all kinds every second of every single day, even in vending machines. Drinking is a major part of South Korean culture. Food is mixed with certain drinks. Beer is consumed when eating chicken for a dish. Another big thing is drinking around elders which requires one to follow a strict set of rules are risk being humiliated. It is legal to drink almost anywhere which makes it understandable that they pour it up so often.

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Red Ink Symbolizes Death

If a South Korean writes a person's name in red ink it symbolizes that the man written in red is gonna die.
If a South Korean writes a person's name in red ink it symbolizes that the man written in red is gonna die. | Source

South Koreans Do Not Write in Red Ink

Whatever you do please do not use red ink when writing a person's name is the Republic of Korea because it says that the person in red will die or be killed. This tradition is very old but it is considered rude to use red ink at all in many areas. It all started because red ink is used for inscribing a deceased person's name on a family register once they have died.

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The Top Company in South Korea

Samsung is not only the biggest company in South Korea but one of the largest corporations in the world as well.
Samsung is not only the biggest company in South Korea but one of the largest corporations in the world as well. | Source

Samsung Makes Up 20% of South Korea's Economy

South Korea has several big corporations but none bigger than Samsung which not only makes phones and televisions but military equipment as well. Samsung owns a hospital in South Korea, an apartment complex, funeral homes and of course they makes cell phones, tablets, home appliances and numerous electronic items. Samsung is the 2nd largest builder of ships in the world and in South Korea they run a theme park and even offer Samsung Life Insurance policies.

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Ondol

In South Korean houses, the heat comes from underneath the flooring which is why during cold weather, South Koreans sit on the floor.
In South Korean houses, the heat comes from underneath the flooring which is why during cold weather, South Koreans sit on the floor. | Source

South Korean Homes Have Heated Floors

When it is really cold many South Koreans will eat and sleep on the floor. The reason for this is because the heating originated under the floor. Ondol is a heating system using wood smoke that goes underneath a masonry floor which produces a very warm floor. Ondols save major cash because even after being turned off it keeps heating the home for 5 to 7 hours.

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The Prison Terminator

Some prisons and jails in South Korea have robots that do bed checks and other duties pertaining to guarding inmates.
Some prisons and jails in South Korea have robots that do bed checks and other duties pertaining to guarding inmates. | Source

South Korea Has Robot Prison Guards

Some prisons located in South Korea utilize robotic guards for certain tasks relating to incarcerated inmates. The robots are 5 feet tall, have cameras and they can be controlled by officers using an I Pad. Officers can talk to the prisoners directly through the robots. Other than patrolling the blocks, the robots main goal is filming the area that it traverses so the human guards can view it right away and make a quick decision.

Smiling Roofs

Roofs on houses in South Korea are curved and appear to smile at people who approach.
Roofs on houses in South Korea are curved and appear to smile at people who approach. | Source

South Korean Homes Have Roofs that Have a Curved Smile

Most homes in South Korea have roofs that are curved which gives the appearance of a big smile emanating from the residence. The curved roofs are actually made for lighting and venting purposes but they still make them out of tradition. The homes are finely built and can stand the test of time.

Charge It

South Koreans spend plastic more than they spend cash when they shop.
South Koreans spend plastic more than they spend cash when they shop. | Source

South Korea is the World Leader in Credit Card Usage

South Korea is like a smaller version of Japan when it comes to the economy and that means lots of credit card spending. South Korea has over 400,000 cash registers that accept credit which, per capita, is the highest amount on the planet. South Koreans are not in debt but rather use credit cards to their advantage and keep the bill paid down or off each month.

South Korea

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and it has over 25 million residents in the city.
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and it has over 25 million residents in the city. | Source

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    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 2 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Wow! South Korea sounds so cool!! Would love to visit!!! Wonder how public transportation is in their largest city. Damn I thought Chicago was big. 25 million damn! I wouldn't mind importing some of their liquor :) lol