Families of South Korea



The family should be for everyone the most important thing in life. The warmth of the home, the native people who are always ready to support in a difficult moment, love and affection, which can be surrounded only by the closest people. Without all this, it is impossible to live.

How you can come home from work and know that no one is waiting, and no one can understand you. No matter how the family is separated, when many relatives live in other cities and even sometimes in other countries, it is necessary to always keep in touch, gather for holidays or on weekends. Do everything possible to preserve family ties.


For every South Korean family, it is the family hearth and family relationships that come first. Despite everything, each family keeps its traditions and customs, which were laid by distant ancestors. Currently, it is very difficult to meet the present traditional housing of Koreans, they were replaced by multi-storey houses, which replaced small private houses.

However, this is the only change that is currently taking place in South Korean families, because even when living in apartments, Koreans are also strictly observing all the customs and rules of family relations.

A house for a Korean is, you can say, a holy place that must always remain clean. As a consequence, walking around the house in shoes is strictly prohibited, even ordinary house slippers do not change anything. In the house it is accepted to walk only barefoot or in socks. In order to keep the feet warm, all houses always have floor heating, which, of course, has become modern with time.

To say that young people in South Korea have long since emerged from the observation of their parents, it is hardly worth it. This happens everywhere, but young people have more freedom of choice for today, but still without a parental consent to take such a serious step as creating a family are not being solved.

When you meet parents in South Korea, the names of parents are never mentioned. They can be presented only as “mom” and “dad” and nothing else. Even if the acquaintance is closer and older, there is no difference. Their names South Koreans try to disclose as little as possible. It has been a long time since, and it is believed that the knowledge of a name gives power over a person and makes it weak.

The family has become more abundant in the course of time, but this has not changed the tastes of South Koreans, which differ in their economy. In the house of the South Korean family there is nothing superfluous, always clean and order, all things that are not so many are in their places. Excesses in South Korea may not be understood, because the South Koreans are accustomed to being content with the small, and do not understand why to acquire different things, without which it is quite possible to live.

By tradition, food intake in South Korean families is always only on the floor, where a small table was set around which all the members of the family were seated. The South Koreans are also sleeping on the floor. However, to date, Koreans prefer still more comfortable beds, sofas and ordinary dining tables, although many can sometimes sit comfortably on the floor at a small and comfortable table.

In South Korean families, the relationship between a man and a woman has always been marked by enviable mutual understanding, despite the fact that men will never help a woman in the household. In these families, a clear and strict division of labor into men’s work and women’s work has been established. A woman in South Korea has the same rights as a man, although there are some nuances, just like in any other traditional family.

Home affairs, the preservation of the home and within family relationships always lie with the woman. Only peace, love and warmth depend on it, which should always be present in a normal family. A woman for every member of the family is authority. The understanding between family members depends on it, it is the hostess in the house that must do everything possible to ensure that each member of the family feels comfortable.

However, on the other hand, a man or master in a house in South Korea is also an authority to which all are subordinate. He does not interfere in family conflicts, giving them to the hands of his wife, who herself solves all issues. Naturally, some unforeseen situations require the intervention of a man, but this happens very rarely.

For the South Korean family, the veneration of parents remains in the first place, so children always do what their parents tell them and never violate the prohibitions. In South Korean families there is no definite preference for the sex of the born child, as it happens in many countries, when the son has more importance for parents and for society. Parents are equally related to sons and daughters.

The South Koreans have a kind of chronology, which has survived until now. The born child is already celebrating his first anniversary, because he has already spent almost a year of life in his mother’s womb. One more anniversary the child marks in the first New year of the life. It turns out that the age of South Koreans, according to their calculations, is two years longer than in reality. In all documents, the year of birth is also recorded.

As for the hospitality of the South Koreans, every family always prepares a very rich table and is always happy to meet guests. Guests of all family members in South Korea are also not supposed to be represented by name, so the treatment at the table takes place at the level of kinship relations. The owner of the house always sits at the table, and only after him guests and other members of the family can take their seats.

It seems that this is disrespect to the guests, but it has already become customary that the owner in the house should always be above all others and do not think that this way the attitude towards strangers is manifested. In general, South Koreans are very happy to host guests, they are very sociable and are always happy to get more information and learn something interesting. The table is always bursting with the best dishes, because all women in South Korea are very good housewives.



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