About the Guide:
The Korean peninsula includes both North and South Korea, which have been separate nations since 1945. This culture guide is primarily written to help language students understand the culture behind the language, or who are preparing to travel to Korea. Therefore, this culture guide is focused on South Korea, and the differences in culture between South Korea and the United States.
When reading this guide, please remember that culture is not universal, but rather it is the foundation of socialization that guides an individual's choices and their environment. This guide by nature cannot be exhaustive, but provides a starting point for students wishing to know more about Korean culture and who may be preparing to study abroad. Each person's experiences in Korea vary, and Korean people are not all going to reflect the information in this guide.
A special thanks to the students who participated in the making of this guide by giving their time and knowledge on the topic.
This language guide and all pictures were created by KU EALC Korean Language Concentration student Rebecca Reutzel, unless described otherwise.