Q: What is the social culture like in Korea? I touched on the differences between America’s and Korea’s social culture in a previous post, but I thought it’d be a good idea to expound upon it. As I mentioned before, socializing and hanging out in Korea is a little different than it is in the States. In my case, when I was in America, going over to a friend’s house was common, but here, it’s not.

Which brings me to the first aspect of socializing that I’m going to touch on in this particular post.

Cafes.

People don’t usually hang out at each other’s houses. I’m not sure what the real reason is, but it think it’s related to the fact that Koreans usually live with their families and they don’t want to inconvenience them by always hanging out at each other’s houses. (You know since they would have to clean and prepare food for them and all that jazz.) But even though it’s not as common as it is in America, friends still hang out at each other houses, occasionally.

However, here, people often go to cafes to chill and hang out. They don’t always go there to meet up with friends either, they go to study and do other stuff as well.

The cafe culture in Korea is different from the one in America. It’s a whole deal here. There are cafes for practically everything. There are animal cafes, normal cafes, language exchange cafes, study cafes, fishing cafes, aqua cafes, escape room cafe and more! It’s a whole thing, guys, I’m telling you. It’s not uncommon to walk down the street and find three or four different cafes near each other. (Does that put into context how popular cafes are here?)

At first, I was baffled as to why anyone would want to meet up at a cafe instead of in the comfort of their own home, but after going to a few, I kind of see the appeal. Cafes are designed for your utmost enjoyment and comfort, and since there are so many options, you can enjoy different things. The interior designs are also different to cater to personal taste and interest. (Plus, we can’t forget the delicious foods!;) ).

“But Julena, doesn’t it get expensive hanging out at a cafe to all the time?” I can practically hear y’all screaming this at me. 😂 And for me, yes. I don’t drink the common drink, Americano, and the kinds of drinks that I order can get quite expensive, so I don’t go often. But you can go to cheaper cafes or cafes that are more expensive. (Budgeting is on you, dude. I don’t know what’s in your wallet.)

So, in conclusion, cafes are definitely a huge part of this culture and I would strongly encourage you to check it out if you should ever find yourself in this neck of the woods. (I mean, I doubt you’ll have any choice. If you have any Korean friends or just love coffee, you’ll end up in one of one eventually ☺️).

Welp, that’s all I have for now. If you have any more questions or regarding the cafes in Korea, shoot me a message and I’ll answer them in another post!

Until next time,

See ya around, friend~~^^

Posted by:ThatKoreanLife

4 replies on “#3 – Social Culture Pt. 1 (Cafes)

  1. Very interesting, good post Julena about the café culture there. One question, do you feel like there’s a social pressure type feel that you have to buy something to hang out in the cafe? Or is it like Starbucks and other places where they don’t really care if you buy something or not?

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    1. Oh, that’s a good question! I think yes, I do feel a little social pressure to buy something. I could be wrong, but I think here to not buy a drink or something when you go to a cafe is considered rude. At least that’s what someone told me once so I’ve never done it. Haha. You don’t have to buy something expensive, but I think you should get something.

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