Customs

Korea, where good manners are a virtue

It is common to see people relinquish their seat to an elderly person on a bus or subway in Korea. From childhood, Koreans are taught to show respect and good manners to elderly people. For example, when greeting an adult, children must bow. They must also show respect and use an honorific title when greeting elderly people. This custom is based on deeply rooted Confucianism, which is still present today. Filial piety for parents, respect for teachers, and respectful treatment of the elderly are considered virtues that are part of Korean people’s lives.

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