Every tourist knows that South Korea is like a whole other planet. And while some things are obvious right away (for example, some exotic foods), others are things are known only by those who have experienced living there. This includes beauty standards, how children are raised, and college educations.
We dove into the Korean lifestyle and found curious habits, rules, and traditions and decided to tell you about them.
1. Korean women sit with blankets on their knees.
Many Korean women put blankets on their laps, even when it is warm inside and outside. K-pop idols, TV show guests, and regular people use them in cafes, restaurants, and other public places. They do it in order to not reveal anything when wearing a mini skirt and also protect their private space because a blanket is a symbol of modesty.
2. Women cover their mouths when laughing.
In the past, girls were taught that laughing was not very feminine. When something made them laugh, they would look away or try to conceal their smiles (now, they only do the latter). If you see a Korean woman covering her mouth, she is probably laughing and not yawning.
3. V- and S-lines are valued in women’s bodies
A V-line is a pointy chin. It is believed to be the best for both girls and guys because it makes them look more elegant. An S-line is the outline of the female body, a more slender version of the hourglass body shape. If a Korean man says that you have beautiful V- and S-lines, it means he likes your chin and your body.