Why do Koreans love drinking?
If you’re an avid fan of Korean dramas or K-Pop, then you must have noticed how often drinking is brought up in interviews or shown as a scene of a drama. In fact, consuming alcohol is a major part of most Koreans’ daily lives. This is perhaps due to the long-running tradition held by the families. Fathers would even take their children out for a drink once they’re deemed old enough so that they can ‘practice’ drinking. Once they start working, gathering after work for a drink is often mandatory.
If you’re planning to visit South Korea or grabbing a drink with your Korean friends, here are some drinking etiquettes you might want to jot down:
- Don’t pour yourself a glass – the most senior person would do that. Also, when offered, be sure to accept the pour holding your glass with two hands rather than holding your class with just one.
- Don’t reject the first drink poured for you.
- Fill your senior’s glass when it’s empty
- Never fill the glass if it is partially filled
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