Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer.
South Korea formed a covert military unit in 1968 with the intention of assassinating North Korea’s leader. Unemployed youths or petty criminals were recruited and trained on an uninhabited island for 3 years. The existence of the unit was covered up until the 1990s.
In 2014, Christians in South Korea put up a giant Christmas tree which was visible from the North Korean border. The North Koreans claimed it was a tool for psychological warfare and demanded it be taken down. The defence ministry claimed the tree was dismantled for safety concerns.
Every November in South Korea, there’s a day where everyone makes silence to help students concentrate for their most important exam of their lives. Planes are grounded, constructions are paused, banks close and even military training ceases. This day is called Suneung.
During the Asian Financial Crisis many Koreans willingly gave up their precious jewelry, heirlooms and mementos in order to help their country pay off their debt to the IMF.
BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band, brings in more than $3.6 billion to South Korea’s economy each year, and were the reason one in every 13 foreign tourists visited the country in 2018.
The company Samsung accounts for 15% of South Korea’s entire economy, and that South Koreans often live in Samsung owned apartment buildings, can get treatment from Samsung-owned medical centers, go to Samsung universities, and even end up at a Samsung funeral parlor when they die.
South Koreans have grown 3 inches taller than their North Koreans counterparts. They are genetically the same and have been living similar lives till divide in the last century. The nutritional difference of only 50/60 years has caused this difference.
Cheating and creating cheats for online games is officially a crime in South Korea.
During truce talks between North and South Korea, each country would attempt to have the biggest flag on their table. If S.K. brought a large table flag, the N.K. would bring an even larger flag to the next meeting. This ended when both parties had a meeting which set table flag size standards.
When North Korea sank a South Korean Warship in 2010, South Korea responded by blasting the hit K-Pop song “Hit your heart” across the border using large military loud speakers.
In South Korea, planes do not take off or land during the English listening portion of the college entrance exam.