25 Interesting Facts About South Korea

Are you familiar with South Korea? If you’re not, you should be. Occupying an area of just 100,000 square kilometers (39,000 square miles), South Korea might be a small country, but as you will see, it is a wonderful and surprisingly diverse place that boasts a number of impressive achievements. You might have heard about their highly efficient economy, super modern technologies and influential pop culture but in fact, South Korea is so much more than just Samsung and Gangam Style. Located on a tiny piece of land on East Asia surrounded by three of the world´s superpowers: China, Russia and Japan, who have even made several attempts to subjugate them, South Korea managed to defend themselves and break through, receiving worldwide acclaim in many different fields. If you want to learn more about this extraordinary country (and we are sure you do), keep on reading because this post might just open your eyes to a South Korea you might not be aware of. From their obsession with cosmetics to their problem with number 4 and electric fans, these are 25 Interesting Facts About South Korea.

Last Updated on


The iconic song "Gangnam Style" by the South Korean musician Psy became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. With more than 2.54 billion views now, it has been YouTube's most watched video since November 2012, when it surpassed "Baby" by Justin Bieber. The phrase "Gangnam Style" refers to a luxury lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul.

gangnam styleSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

South Koreans are famous for their specific cuisine that is heavily based on seafood but few people know they harvest more than 90% of the world’s seaweed consumption.

seaweedSource: www.unitedsucces.com, image: flickr.com

South Korea is famous for its practice of “crime re-creation.” Citizens suspected of crimes such as rape or murder are led by the police in handcuffs to the scene of the crime and ordered to publicly reenact the crime. To make the reenactment even more humiliating, media is also invited to take pictures and publish details about the crime.

handcuffsSource: randomhistory.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Most South Korean restaurants (including fast food like McDonald´s) offer food delivery via motorcycle drivers who are notorious for speeding through traffic to deliver the food on time. After you are done eating, you can just put your dirty dishes outside your door and the delivery guy will come for them later.

mcdonald's deliverySource: listverse.com, image: ja.wikipedia.org

A misconception known as the fan death is common in South Korea. Many South Koreans believe that leaving an electric fan on overnight may kill the person sleeping below it. The genesis of the misconception is unclear but fears about electric fans date almost to their introduction to Korea in the 1920's.

fanSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

SEE ALSO: 25 Awesome Movies You Probably Haven't Seen »

NOW WATCH: 25 Surprising Facts About Coca-Cola You Might Not Know

Subscribe to List25

What do you think?

3 points
Upvote Downvote
25 Bits Of Advice That We All Need To Hear

25 Bits Of Advice That We All Need To Hear

25 Animal Fails Too Cute To Not Laugh At

25 Animal Fails Too Cute To Not Laugh At