Custom of Family Life

 

 

Supporting one's parents with devotion, taking good care of one's parents in senile infirmity and paying homage to the late parents are essentials in family custom Korean people have observed from generation to generation.

A newborn baby takes father's surname. Women do not change their first and second names after marriage.

The basic way of greeting is a bow.

Juniors make a deep bow to their parents and other elders among their family members and relatives.

Outdoors, people usually bow in a standing position. The extent of bending of the upper body shows the relation of the junior to the senior. The deeper the bow, the more respectful it is. When Korean people meet others of the same age, they make a slight bow to each other before exchanging greetings.

Welcoming guests is a peculiar etiquette and trait of the Korean nation.

Everywhere you go in the country that has been known as the "Oriental land of good manners" from olden times, you can feel kindness and warm hospitality for guests.

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