What’s your impression of South Korea?

A great country for social conservatives, for men, young people and a great country for nightlife. For liberals/feminists/vegans, workers and for women – not so much.

They work really hard, they study really hard and they play really hard. They probably work amongst the most hours in the OECD and they also drink probably the most alcohol in the OECD. They also have the highest suicide rate in the OECD. They also drink the most coffee out of anyone in Asia I think. They also probably have the most cosmetic stores and plastic surgery clinics per capita out of any country in Asia.

But, despite all that, I love Korea. It’s a really conservative Confucian country, which being a social conservative, I like a lot. The guys are masculine, the women are feminine, there’s a strict gender conformity which I love (seriously screw SJWs and their 23 genders). For example, airline attendants, nurses, weather broadcasters, cashiers, hair salon stylists – always (beautiful) women. taxi drivers, construction workers, bus drivers – always men. Usually in other countries these jobs will *trend* towards either men or women but in Korea its a much more strict gender divide. Oh also, there’s almost no tomboys in Korea either.

The people are nice and polite and friendly. 40% of Koreans are Christians and a lot of them are quite devoted Christians. Along with Japan, Korea is the only country where women dress up regularly and where wearing makeup is seen as basic manners. In every other place I been to – Europe, China, USA, Canada – the women dress too casually. This is the only place where women seem to wear dresses/miniskirts more often than pants, even in the winter. (This is good for guys).

There is not as much to see and do compared to Japan or China, but Korea has a unique charm about it. And it’s not like they are arrogant either. Koreans seem to have an inferiority complex about themselves. They will have pride in their country but I’ve never heard them say their country was the best. Korean women in particular have really low self esteem especially given how much they care about their appearance. They all have low self confidence about their English too, even though they speak English on average better than Chinese/Japanese.

They have a cookie cutter lifestyle where you study for 14 hours a day as a high school student, then after you graduate you work for 14 hours a day for minimal pay. You aren’t allowed to go against your boss or speak out against them. If they make you go to a drinking dinner you have to go. In this sense, Korea has a very strict work culture.

The nightlife there is 24/7, at least in Seoul. Lots of places open at 5pm and don’t close until 6am. Lots of places are 24 hour. The clubs there go until 6am. The nightlife is among the best in Asia and in the world.
In my opinion Korea is a great place to live and party but not to work – that’s why I choose to work abroad but come back every year for playing, haha.


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