Writer’s note: This is the first installment of a multi-part series about the Do’s and Don’ts in Korea. This blog entry is about the basic rules of etiquette when having a meal with your friend’s family at their home.
Okay, after securing a visa, you are now finally on your way to Korea to meet your Korean friend and see the sights and sounds of Seoul. Right before you board the plane, your friend texts you and invites you to have dinner at their house with their family. You’re excited, but also a little scared. How are you supposed to act? What are the basic rules of etiquette when visiting and eating in a friend’s home in Korea?
Well, worry no more, fambam. I’ll give you some tips on how to survive your first meal with Koreans. Having lived in Korea for a couple of years, I learned that while Korea is mostly a dynamic, modern country, the most common courtesies are still very traditional, and you might be considered rude if you don’t do them.
You ready to learn? Let’s start.
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