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  • Writer's pictureHelena Manford


Updated: Sep 7, 2019

Koreans are great at peaceful protesting, a lot of them will gather in front of the Gyeongbokgung palace on a Saturday to march down the long street with megaphones and lots of passionate people, be sure to check one out there is always one on at the weekend!

If you look foreign, old people stare a lot, staring usually means they’re just curious. This doesn’t happen so much anymore but if you’re in a less touristy area you’re bound to get at least a few peaks as you're walking down the street. Koreans absolutely love it when you try to speak Korean to them! Whether you succeed or not they appreciate you trying and will often give you ‘service’ as a welcoming gift. ‘Service’ (서비스) is a free dish or extra when you’re in a restaurant or shop, its more common if you order a lot of food at a restaurant but I’ve been given small extras for attempting a conversation a few times. Give it a go, even saying ‘I'll eat well’ (chal-moke-sub-nida ‘잘 먹겠습니다’) will get you brownie points!

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