South Korean culture
South Korea has the same traditional culture with North Korea. The Korean culture is influenced by that of China but is essentially different. South Korean traditional culture has also been influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism.
Since its division into two different countries, distinct contemporary forms of culture have developed between the two Koreas.
Koreans attach great importance to education, from kindergarten to high school; their education managed by the Korean National Department. The government of South Korea priority on education can be put forward as ‘education first’.
After graduation from high school, most Koreans will take the university entrance examination and apply for university. In 1996, the proportion of Korean college students had reached 37%.
Among Korean universities, Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University are collectively called SKY by their English abbreviations.
These three universities, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the Pohang University of Technology are the most competitive universities in South Korea.
South Korea is a country that focuses on technology. The high-tech industry is the leading industry in the Korean economy. South Korea is the country with the fastest internet speed in the world.
Fortune reported in 2011 that South Korea’s internet speed was 14mps per second in 2010, which is about 7 times the global average internet speed (1.9mps).
The fastest internet speed in Dellaville (7.1mps) is only half of South Korea’s level, proving South Korea’s leading position in the network hardware environment.
In 2012, a report produced by network service provider Akamai stated that South Korea’s average network speed in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 17.5Mbp, which continued to rank first in the world.
Korean film and television mostly focus on life, society, and history. The unique style of Korean film and television is not only loved by Korean domestic audiences but also welcomed by audiences in other countries in Asia and the world.
Korean movies quickly rose at the end of the 20th century. In 1999, South Korean famous director Jiang Digui wrote and directed South Korea’s first local blockbuster, ” Spy of Life and Death, ” with 6.6 million box office figures, breaking the 4.17 million record set by the Titanic in South Korea in 1997.
This is the first time Korean films have defeated Hollywood films, and the confidence of Koreans in local films has suddenly increased.
The number of box offices in “Common Security Zone ” in 2000 and ” Friends ” in 2001 also exceeded 6 million in succession, making Korean films create the myth of box office commercial blockbuster for three consecutive years.
In 2002, South Korean senior director Lin Quanze ‘s ” Drunken Painting Fairy ” won the Best Director Award at the 55th Cannes International Film Festival.
In September of the same year, Li Cangdong ‘s ” Oasis ” won the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 59th Venice International Film Festival. Korean movies have become famous in the international film industry.
Korean cuisine is mainly light. Rice is the most common staple food of Koreans. Bibimbap, porridge with seaweed, Korean fried rice cake, kimchi fried rice, etc. are common staple foods in Korean cuisine. Beef is the most expensive meat in Korea.
Unlike other food cultures, soup is not a side dish before or after meals in Korean cuisine, but the main dish is eaten together with staple food. The soup in Korean cuisine generally contains meat or seafood, and the soup is less.
Common soups include ginseng chicken soup, miso soup, Xiannong soup, dumpling soup, kimchi pot, pure tofu soup, kelp soup, and so on. The side dishes that are eaten together with rice in Korean cuisine are called “rice dishes “.
There are many kinds of dishes, such as barbecue, frying, steaming, braising, brewing, and other methods. The dishes eaten with alcohol are called “press wine “.
There are three kinds of holidays in Korea:
- National Day
- National Flag Day
- Public Holiday.
National Day in Korea is an important holiday. According to the Korean National Flag Law, all households and roads in South Korea are encouraged to fly the Korean national flag on National Day, Hin Chung Day (half-half flag), and National Army Day.