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3 Korean Myths You Should Know About Before Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

After a round of drinking with some Korean friends, some of us foreigners were talking about the Korean dating scene. After talking about some differences between the Western and Eastern mindset, we were talking about some of the different Korean myths that surround dating and everyday life. Even though there is no proven truth to any of this, many Koreans still believe that this is important. Here are some myths that you should know about before teaching in Korea.

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1.Blood Type Determines Your Personality

Somewhat similar to one’s horoscope, blood type is said to determine one’s personality. Many of us foreigners did not know our blood types, but when we asked our Korean friends, they weren’t hesitant to tell us. In Korean society, your blood type can distinguish what kind of dating partner you would be.

  • Blood Type A: It is believed that Blood Type A people are typically conservative, patient, and perfectionists. But with being perfectionists, they are also considered to be secretive so that no one can see their faults.
  • Blood Type B: These individuals are deemed to be individualistic, creative, and at times can be the life of the party. With that being said, they can tend to be forgetful and egotistical. Many women find that Blood Type B guys are the worst to date because they are ‘cheaters’; this however does not represent Blood Type B women.
  • Blood Type AB: A true mixture of Type A and Type B personalities, my friends say that these individuals fall on the range of ‘genius’ to ‘crazy’. They are described as being rational, but if you cross a Blood Type AB individual, you will not be forgiven. They are considered to be considerate and controlled, but their worst trait is that they are critical of themselves and others.
  • Blood Type O: Type O people are considered as ambitious and self-confident, but they can also be vain and arrogant. They are unafraid to take risks and can turn people off by discussing their dreams of success. Type O people tend to stand out in a crowd as they have big personalities.

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2. Pinky Finger Length Personality

In order to conduct this test, you must place your hand palm side up. There are three different personalities that correlate to how far your pinky finger extends to the first horizontal line of your ring finger.

  • Type A: If the pinky finger is the same length as the first line of the ring finger, then this means that you are an extrovert. You are also even-keeled and relaxed. One fear is that you will end up being alone, which is the complete opposite of what an extrovert would expect.
  • Type B: If the pinky finger goes past the first line of the ring finger, it is said that you are a charmer and are easily approachable. You probably work harder than others to prove to others your value or worth. Because you work hard, you prefer to have peaceful relationships.
  • Type C: If the pinky finger falls under the first line of the ring finger, you are considered to be more secretive and selective but also honorable. Because of this personality, they are likely to be introverted. You have high expectations of others but if they fail to meet your needs, you will feel gravely disappointed.

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3. Korean Fan Death

Although this isn’t a personality test, if someone believed this myth, I would probably walk away. Believed to have been originated in the early 20th century, this myth states that if you run an electric fan on all night without having any room ventilation, you will die. The fan may cause hypothermia, asphyxiation, or hypothermia. Others also believe that a fan will chop oxygen molecules making it incapable of breathing. Many older Koreans still believe this because during the 1970’s, the Korean government used this as propaganda to make sure that citizens did not consume too much electricity. All of this has been proven false, so make sure you have a fan or air condition turned on during the hot and humid Korean summers.

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Do you know of any other Korean myths? If you do, please post them down below!

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Marc Gonzales has been living in Seoul working at the ChungDahm's Gangdong Branch for 5 years now. During those 5 years, he worked his way up from being a teacher and is now a faculty manager for that location. He majored in Finance and Marketing at the University of Nevada Las Vegas while working as a manager for a national bank. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking the numerous mountains around Seoul and biking along the massive Han River. To know more about him and his adventures living in Korea, follow Marc on Twitter @geonmakku and on Instagram @geonmakku.  


Tags: myths about Korea, myths, living in Korea, history of Korea, personality test, blood type, fan death, korean history

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