Traditional Beliefs in South Korea
Get to know South Korea’s deep-seated beliefs and traditions
While South Korea is certainly one of the most modern countries in the region, it goes without saying that it is also one of the most traditional societies. While the economy is definitely modern and the technology ground-breaking, the familial unit remains integrally tied to traditions – and here are some of them.
Arranged marriages are exceedingly common in Korea, and the reasons for arranged marriages usually revolve around financial stability. Parents want their daughters and sons to marry with financial stable partners with good families, and as for love, well, that follows (or doesn’t) depending on how those involved with the arranged marriage takes care of each other.
After marriage, it is the wife who takes control of the family’s finances. While Korea is as patriarchal as it gets, the woman plays a central role in managing the affairs of the family itself – right down to how money should be saved and spent. This may come as a surprise to many, but this is one of the more traditional aspects of the Korean family.
The Eldest Son
The eldest son is the second in command of the Korean family
Before legislation made inheritances equal among sons and daughters, it was also the eldest son who was expected to
While women are expected to be submissive to their partners in
In public, however, females are expected to show subservience and