South Korean Culture


The present-day culture of South Korea is developed from the conventional culture of Korea and it is similar with that of North Korea. Though the South Korea and North Korea got separated in the year 1948, South Korean culture has the same ancestry as that of North Korea even though it has developed independently from the culture of North Korea.

The process of social and economic development of South Korea, particularly Seoul, has played a major role in changing the way of life of Korean people. This is the reason people from rural area have started to congregate more in urban areas. This has resulted in depopulation of rural areas and multi-generational families have turned into nuclear ones.


The staple food of people of South Korea is rice along with pickled fish and pickled vegetables. Fermented recipes are most-liked part of the South Korean cuisine. Most of the South Koreans also consume noodles. South Korean food is spices-rich and ingredients like sesame oil, soy sauce, bean paste, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and red chili paste are used while cooking.

A traditional South Korean meal is famous for the side dishes served along with rice. An item, Kimchi is generally served with each meal.

Garlic is used more in South Korean cuisines. In fact, South Koreans have the record of being the largest consumer of garlic in the world. They consume soups and have prepared a range of soup recipes too.


The modern South Koreans love to wear western clothes such as suits and jeans, the traditional dress of the country is hanbok. During National Holidays South Koreans wear hanbok. Usually, people of upper class dress themselves inwhite clothes. Stylish shoes and sneakers had replaced the traditional Rubber shoes and sandals. But people do not enter a house or a place of worship wearing shoes.


Koreans believe that the nation of Korea took its shape when a deity known as Hwanung came from heaven and converted a bear into a woman and got married to her. They had a son named Tangun, who was the founder of the capital city of Korea. Initially the capital was called Joseon or the Land of Morning Calm.


The following are some of the events celebrated with lot of joy and enthusiasm in South Korea:

  • Lunar New Year
  • Harvest Moon Festival
  • Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival
  • Geumsan Ginseng Festival
  • Hansan Mosi Cultural Festival
  • Jeonju Sori Festival of South Korea
  • Pusan International Film Festival
  • Jagalchi Festival Namdo Food Festival

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