When travelling to Korea, it’s not only smart to learn about Korean culture, but also in many respects necessary.
Many of us come from countries like the United States or Australia. These have a few things in common, one of which is this: They’re not very old. Much of what we would consider American or Australian or South African culture developed during the last few centuries and is, at best, 400 – 500 years old.
The one common characteristic of Korean culture is Confucianism. Contrary to what many believe, Confucianism is not a religion, but a cultural philosophy. Even today, Korean culture remains deeply rooted in ancient Confucian ideals.