In 2019, on the list of the most innovative countries in the world, South Korea took first place, even Singapore, the US, and Japan are behind South Korea. Tourists and other people can see that the Korean lifestyle is very different from that of any other country.
South Korea can be surprising, shocking, and even charming, and some of the details of the South Korean culture are so cool that we’d love to see them implemented in other countries. Take a look into their interesting, and sometimes quite efficient, lifestyle, and let us know which ones you think can be implemented in your country and why.
1# “An apartment complex in Korea was being painted, so the painters shrouded all the cars in the parking lot to protect them from splatter.“
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2# In South Korea, a boss’s hobby is important to their employees. The boss often asks employees to do something with them on the weekend. In order to decline, they have to explain what plans they have, what time they’re taking place, and where.
3# “A home is a requirement for getting married. Real estate is very expensive and young couples can’t always afford a house. Many people refuse to have a family and live alone.”
4# “In South Korea, men are very close and supportive of one another. For example, they often put their hands on the shoulders of their colleagues. They may even massage each other and it’s perfectly normal.”
5# A free Twix holder for when you don’t eat the whole thing
6# “We love ’torturing’ our feet. In parks, you can see special paved lanes. Koreans walk on them without shoes to feel better. It’s painful but fun!”
7# “This is a local laundry station. I’ve lived in South Korea for 10 years and it’s the first time I’ve seen this here. I was most impressed with the built-in stones/concrete blocks that had grooves in them to be used as washboards.”
8# Strips for blackheads for babies — a very odd thing sold in a South Korean supermarket
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9# These transparent pockets allow you to watch movies on your phone while on Seoul busses.
10# These gender-specific parking spaces in a Korean parking lot are well-lit and there are more cameras providing safety for women.
11# There’s a library at the subway station where you can register with your ID and choose a book to read on the way.
12# Quite often, you can see cars from under the garage doors. There’s not a lot of free space in Korea, so even the garages aren’t always big enough.
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13# Small electric cars are just as popular in South Korea as bicycles are in European countries.
14# “Housewarming presents are always the same and they all have meaning. Detergent and soap signify the more foam, the bigger the income. And toilet paper symbolizes all the life difficulties that unwrap just like a toilet paper roll.
15# Dinner in South Korea consists of a great number of plates on the table even if you ordered just one thing.
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16# In beauty product shops, they’ll give you as many samples as you want. In restaurants, they’ll bring as many snacks before the main course for free as you need. They may also offer you free tea, drinks, and desserts!
17# This near-perfect nursing room was found in a mall. There’s a kitchen with a water cooler, a fridge, and a microwave oven. There’s also a special room with beds and chairs.
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18# If you park your car in a place where they’re painting something, your car will most likely be “dressed” in such a bag.
19# “I realized that I’d forgotten my wallet with all my cards near the ATM. I ran back and it was still there. The people in South Korea are very honest.”
20# The postman sent a text with a photo that the package was delivered. The package will be there until the receiver gets it. Nobody will touch it.
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