Understanding Korean And Korean Culture

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Understanding Korean Culture Korean culture has been built over centuries of proud tradition. Korean is one of the world’s most common languages, with approximately 72 million speakers. In terms of number of speakers, Korean is rated as the eleventh among over 3,000 languages existing on the globe. (Sohn, 2001). Data from the Forbes.com ranks the Republic of South Korea’s gross domestic product as #13 in the world. Shim et al state that from 1970 to 2007 the Korean GDP grew an average of 8.4 percent which can be attributed to political stability, a favourable international environment, competent bureaucrats and a skilled labour force. (2008) Religion The Korean peninsula is home to a number of different religions but historically Buddhism was the dominant religion. Since the 19th Century, Christianity has made tremendous inroads into Korean society. Most religious believers in South Korea today identify themselves as either Protestants, of different denominations, or Catholics (Kim & Zhong, 2010). Unlike the government ruled atheism in North Korea, there is no state religion in South Korea and no government-established requirements for religious recognition. Tradition and Customs Etiquette is very important in Korean culture. Koreans believe in sincerity and following protocols while meeting, eating, praying or even celebrating is very important. Bowing is equivalent to the handshake and is a means for showing gratitude and respect to the person you are meeting. Gift

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