Kimchi appears in every meal
Kimchi is sliced cabbage, fermented with red chili sauce and anchovy paste. It is a symbol of Korean cuisine and culture with strong, distinctive and defiant taste. Kimchi is served in the daily meal of Korean people and although kimchi has a strong taste, it is definitely one of the healthiest food in Korea. That's why Korean people love eating it so much.
Take off your shoes
An increasing number of time-crunched locals are going the Western way and keeping their shoes on their feet. Since you probably won’t know which camp your host is in, follow their lead to be absolutely sure.
Tipping isn’t necessary
Despite the generally good service provided at restaurants tipping is not required or expected. Cab drivers, hairdressers, porters, and bellboys are certainly grateful for tips, but the culture is simply not practiced among Koreans. If you do decide to tip, the amount is entirely up to you.
Transportation is efficient and inexpensive
Thanks to the country’s amazing public transportation system, it’s incredibly easy to get around. When you arrive, pick up a T-Money card, which can be used on public buses and subways in several different metropolitan cities. It also saves travelers the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and provides discounts on rides during transfers. Taxis are just about everywhere and fares, which are calculated based on time and distance, are inexpensive. Avoid black or “deluxe” taxis, which charge a premium for reportedly better services.
Gifts equate to graciousness
The exchange of gifts is an important part of Korean life – both in personal and business relationships – and is closely linked to showing respect, maintaining harmony and being courteous. If you are invited to someone’s home, it is customary to bring a small gift, such as flowers or a bottle of wine, to show your graciousness. Gifts are given with two hands and are never opened in front of the giver.