Questions include: Why do Koreans like drinking so much? At what age is one considered an ajumma? Are non-ear piercings common in Korea? What’s it like to throw a party in Korea?
“Why do Koreans like drinking so much?”
Drinking in Korea is a way for all people to bond and get closer. Korea’s pretty reserved a lot of times when it comes to emotions, feelings and generally opening up. But with a bit of alcohol, those awkward silences and things you’ve always wanted to say come pouring out. And so Koreans commonly use alcohol to get closer with old and new friends. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s cheap as hell! Soju, the Korean spirit that’s about 19% alcohol, is only a little more than 1,000 won ($1 USD), and it’s served in all corners of the peninsula. Without it, many confessions of love, development of trust and the spilling of secrets may have never happened ;).
At what age is one considered an ajumma?
Ajumma (아줌마) = married woman
This term is dreaded for many Korean women because it labels them a money-saving, afro perm getting, middle aged women who is done with her prime. Although the term literally refers to married women, they have come to be known jokingly as the third gender in Korea because of their penchant for saving money and being very aggressive. The age at which one is called an ajumma, however, is all relative. Being “over the hill” differs for everyone. And for a little 5 year old child, someone who is in their early 30’s is already near death. But for a 20 something year old, it may be someone closer to 50. An easy rule of thumb is to think of anyone your parents age to call an ajumma or ajeosi (the term for male equivalents).
Are non-ear piercings common in Korea?
Most women in Korea have simple earlobe piercings, with some being a little more edgier than others and getting cartilage piercings. These are all normal, common and acceptable in traditional Confucianist Korea. But nose, brow, lip, tongue and other piercings are a bit too individualistic for a society that tries to fit in with everyone else. Sure they do exist, but it’s not very common. Even walking down Korea’s subculture hub, Hongdae, you may find some people with metal in unnatural places. But don’t be surprised if you don’t find any non-ear piercings in Korea.
What’s it like to throw a party in Korea?
Unless you’re having your party at a club or bar in Korea, most parties in Korea are focused on inner circles. That means privacy and intimacy. A lot of times, revelers will enjoy each other’s companies in party rooms, whether that be at a karaoke, hotel, or even businesses specifically designed for private parties, parties in Korea are for the most part private affairs. So in Korea, it’s a more intimate affair with close friends. Inviting other friends may be possible, but that’s if it’s a whoa crazy crazy kind of party with lots of drinking and at a public place (usually with some form of dancing).
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