Korea Flag

The Korean Flag is named "T'aegukki" after the symbol in the center, known as the taeguk circle. This symbol is derived from traditional oriental philosophy, with the opposing forces of yin (blue) and yang (red) that achieve perfect harmony and balance. The white background is representative of the purity and peace-loving spirit of the Korean people. The four trigrams surrounding the taeguk circle are combinations of yin and yang each with their own meaning.

Korean Food

The Korean kitchen is diversified and unique, with a wide range of ingredients, flavors and styles. Their ingredients come from the mountains to the fields to the seas, all in close quarters on the Korean peninsula. Nevertheless, despite the wide assortment of dishes and tastes that Korean food offers, it would not be wrong for one to think "kimchi," or "spices," when the topic of Korean cuisine arises.

Korean New Year

Although in Korea they use the western calender for the official counting of years, the New Year is nevertheless celebrated according to the lunar calendar, providing the occasion for the most important family party of the year. How does a "typical" Korean family celebrate New Year according to the lunar calendar? During a Korean New Years, the family becomes the center of attention.

Korean Marriage

While in the west a wedding is more or less an affair between two individuals, in Korea the entire family is involved - not only during the celebrations, but also during the decision-making process. In Korea, there are not just two individuals marrying each other, but there are instead two whole families that enter into a relationship together. When a Korean couple starts a relationship, many parents refuse to meet the future daughter/son-in-law until something greater is settled...

Dos and Don'ts in Korea

For eating meals in Korea one uses chopsticks. The chopsticks should be placed onto the rice bowl or, if they are no longer in need, beside oneself on the table. The chopsticks should in no circumstances be stuck into the rice, because this would resemble procedures at sacrificial ceremonies for the deceased. It is a common rule in Korea never to pour beverages into ones own glass...



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