Sex, Drugs and Politics: Bad Conversation Topics in Korea – Seoulistic

Sex, Drugs and Politics: Bad Conversation Topics in Korea

Of  course if your best friend is from the good ol’ Dae Han Min Guk (Korea), that means you’re chummy enough to talk about your sexy time escapades. But if you’re so close to all your Korean friends, you might want to know why sex, drugs and politics aren’t the best conversation topics.


Talking about Sex in Korea

Although some Kpop music videos are sexy enough to get banned on national TV, if you’re talking to your Korean best friend about your buttons being pressed last night by your Korean boyfriend, your gal pals might give you awkward half smiles. Generally, in Korea, sex isn’t talked about as openly as it might be in other countries, and more people in Korea are on the conservative side. Of course there are people that are comfortable talking about the topic of sex (boys will be boys). But most people in Korea won’t be comfortable talking about your ex’s… shortcomings.


Talking About Drugs in Korea

Some countries have loose anti-drug laws, resulting in people that are comfortable using, being around and talking about drugs. But Korea’s anti-drugs laws are not loose at all. The possession of, use of and selling of any and all drugs are considered big offenses that usually result in jail sentences and a people that aren’t comfortable around the stuff. Bottom line is, drugs are super illegal in Korea. You won’t see some homies selling some oregano on a street corner at night, hear stories of your ex-boss going on a cocaine binge, or see people at clubs enjoying velvet couches a little too much. So if you ask your Korean co-worker for a hook up, you might find yourself spending a few nights in a Korean jail!


Talking about Politics & History in Korea

Politics can be a touchy subject anywhere in the world. There’s always disputes and people have strong opinions. We’re here to tell you that many Koreans have strong opinions about Japan related stuff. There’s Dokdo Islands, which has resulted in people getting tattoos with the nationalistic phrase, Dokdoneun Uri Ttang (독도는 우리땅 – “Dokdo is our land”). Sometimes people get some fired about about this stuff that they burn innocent things.  There’s also the super touchy World War II sex slave topic, too. Of course there are other political/historical topics that can light fires under people’s butts (i.e. American Military in Korea, North Korea, historical disputes with China, etc.), but Japan related conversation topics tend to be hotter than the rest.


What are some topics that have made your conversations uncomfortable or fired up?

These conversation topics won’t make the best first impression, but if you want to know a few ways you can make a good first impression, check out these things you can do:
8 Ways to Make a Good Impression in Korea

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Eddie says:

    I see the Dokdo T-shirts even here in California – the supermarket ahjummas are rocking them!

    Talking about religion in Korea was uncomfortable for me while I was there. Lots of expectations regarding Christians and living pious lives. The younger people bend and break the rules but everyone else expects you and everyone around you to walk the high road.

  2. Steph says:

    Sex, drugs, and mental illnesses are bad conversation topics in Korea. On the other hand, politics isn’t a bad conversation topic. Koreans are “touchy” on the subject of WWII and Japan but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad convo topic. We get fired up because what they are doing to us is equivalent of not apologizing for the Holocaust. ANYONE would be touchy about that. So only ignorant non-Koreans would say it’s a bad convo topic because they don’t know history. No one really cares to know the truth anyway because Japan’s more “popular”, and when someone or some nation is “popular” anything goes for them! What a great world we live in.

  3. dr.kari says:

    I see how Korea would still be upset with the Japanese war crimes. Japan keeps putting their foot in it, like yesterday’s article of the Osakan mayor, who basically said sex slaves were necessary and asked the US military to make use of the sex industry to control the men. I also agree with the popularity of a nation dictates public opinion, I’m currently living in the Dominican Republic, the relationship with Haiti is the pretty similar to Korean-Japanese relationship, when they had the earthquake there were talk of unifying the 2 countries… That got a rise! Ooooooh did that ever get a rise on this side of the border. A reaction reminiscent of the ex-dictator’s mandate “off with their heads”.

  4. chaturbate says:

    Interesting video. But I think that talking about this, in general, is not accepted not only in Korea. For this is something more personal. You can have your own erotic entertainment planned for the evening, and you do not have to shout about it to everyone, because it is intimate 🙂

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