Korean Bow



The Korean nation has long been known as a courteous nation. This can be proved by the Korean bow as the Koreans’ traditional greeting manner.

From of old the Koreans greeted each other when they met on a road, and made way for one another. This custom has long been carried on as a national tradition.

Present-day Koreans still bow to their elders, teachers and seniors, asking about their health out of respect for them. In case of women, they bend their upper body deeper than men to show their gentle and beautiful manner.

When treating their seniors, the people are always humble to express their respect for the latter.

The Korean bow also varies according to time, place and object. It is divided into sonjol (bowing in standing posture) and anjunjol (bowing in sitting posture)according to place. When sonjol is usually made outdoors, anjunjol is usually made indoors. Both of them are divided into khunjol (deep bow), phyongjol (half bow) and panjol (slight bow) according to object.

To such people as grandparents for whom they have to show the greatest respect or at ceremonies like wedding they make a deep bow placing the palms of their hands on the floor. When they meet their seniors or those of their age they make phyongjol, and they make panjol to their juniors.

The Korean bow is different in the morning and evening, and at the time of joy and sorrow.

In the morning they bend their upper body saying good morning to one another, and in the evening they say such parting words as "Have a good sleep" or “Be careful in the night walking." And at the time of happy or sad moments, they express their congratulations or say consoling words, wearing an appropriate look in keeping with the actual environment and condition.

Today the Korean bow is being carried on through generations.

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