Korea has long been a homogenous nation, both ethnically and linguistically. The Koreans are an ethnic tribe who originated from the Korean Peninsula and East Manchuria. They moved to the east from the main Chinese continent in the Neolithic period, and settled in the hilly areas of the Korean Peninsula and in the eastern part of the Amur River.
The people of Korea were referred to as “Dong-I” in Chinese literature and were mainly totem worshippers, hunters, and farmers. They regarded bears as their guardian God.
The Korean alphabet is called the Hangul. A popular language spoken by 78 million people across the globe, Korean is classified as an Altaic language with vowel harmony and agglutinative grammar.
They have also been staunch followers of Confucianism and Buddhism for over several thousand years now and their ideologies have influenced their lives from all aspects.
Like many East Asian people, they follow an ethic-based hierarchical relationship: father-son, king-subject, husband-wife, elder-younger and friend-friend. Age is a predominant factor for how one is treated and how he treats others. The Koreans have a lot of respect for the elderly and anyone who assumes power and authority. Position is very important, and commands respect in the society. This is why Koreans wait for the eldest person at the table to eat first before they start a meal. It is also common during drinking sessions for the eldest person to be served drinks by the junior people.
The history of Asia is full of stories about the kindness of Asians in general. The Koreans are also known to be very helpful in nature. They believe in prioritizing others’ needs and preferences over their own.
The people are as beautiful and vibrant as the country. If you have not had your share of the Korean tradition and their hospitality, we suggest you plan a visit soon and experience the vitality of the country. Drive through the roads and walk the streets of this stunning country; it will not fail to enchant you with its attractive tourist destinations, lilting music, classical literature, distinctively unique Korean cuisine and especially the incomparable treatment by the locals.
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