Are Tattoos OK in Korea? – Seoulistic

Are Tattoos OK in Korea?

Countries and cultures have different views on tattoos. Sometimes they’re cool, sometimes they’re a sign of criminal activity. Here in this short video we’ll let you know what Koreans think of tattoos.

How are tattoos viewed in your country? Let us know in the comments below!

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. Maria D. says:


    I really enjoy at yours videos. They are fun and educational. In my country if you want to get good job, you should hide your tattoo too (except the IT specialist). 🙂

    A have a question: I don’t have any tattoos but I have a piercing on my belly. It isn’t visible (except on the beach). What do Koreans think about people with piercing?

    Thank you 🙂

  2. Keith says:

    Hi! Personally, I think people with piercings dont think anything. Because they never see them
    But maybe older Koreans or bosses might think something if they see it in the office or classroom or something 😀

  3. Maria D. says:

    Hi Keith 🙂

    Great! So if I come to Korea my only concern will be in the airport 😀

    Thanks for the quick answer !

  4. Aline says:

    what about piercing in visible places?I have in my nose,mouth and ears,do korean pleople have a problem with that?is it normal for the yonger ones to have piercing?
    love your videos and I was happy to see Keith in TTMIK 😀

  5. Tina says:

    what about henna tattoos??, I’ve seen korean pop stars (male pop stars) with tattoos that were there temporarily and then it was gone, aren’t those henna?? in Egypt we have henna, some brides do henna on the back of their hands and on their feet on the night before their wedding day, but it’s that common anymore.

  6. Barbara says:

    I always laugh when I watch something like Running Man when they try to cover up tattoos. So many idols have them now.

  7. Aaron Raj says:

    I am Fijian/ Hawaiian and in my culture tattoos are highly respected. Tattoos symbolizes power and authority in Polynesian culture. Unfortunately I live in South Korea too. Recently there was a movie that came out of Hawaii named Moana and in that movie you will see men have tattoos. In south Pacific islands like Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and NZ are all about tattoos.

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