QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge About South Korea

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A quiz about South Korea everything under the sun, maybe history, food, places, facts and trivias! Let's see how much you learn on those variety shows you watch.


Bartholomew, J. (2017). 80 Interesting Facts about South Korea | [online]

Available at: [Accessed 22 Feb. 2019].

When taking a photo, South Koreans say “tteokbokki” instead of “cheese.”

1. True
2. False

When taking a photo, South Koreans say “kimchi” instead of “cheese.”


It is a day where single men/women mourn and eat jjajangmyeon, very opposite for Valentine's Day and White Day!

1. Demon's Day
2. Black Day
3. Jjajang Day

On April 14th, known as Black Day, sorry singles in Korea who did not receive presents on Valentine’s Day or White Day, gather, dressed in black—black nail polish, black accessories, black shoes—and eat jjajang myeon, noodles covered in black bean paste. (Jjajang translates to black bean paste sauce; myeon, noodles)


South Koreans loves this so much that there is every possible dish flavored with it.

1. Sweet Potato
2. Seaweed
3. Honey

There’s a myriad of pre-packed and prepared foods that use sweet potatoes as a primary ingredient. From lattes, yogurt drinks, cakes, noodles and pizzas, sweet potatoes are represented. The versatile root vegetable is healthy, easy to grow and tastes great; which is why it’s so popular in Korea.


What is the unlucky number for South Koreans?

1. 4
2. 13
3. 3
4. 6

The number 4 is a symbol of bad luck. In elevators, the letter F indicates the fourth floor instead of the number 4. The pronunciation of the number 4 sounds similar to the word '死' which means death in Chinese characters. In China and Japan, the number 4 is also associated with misfortune or death.


Speaking of birthday, what food is traditionally served when you celebrate your birthday?

1. Seaweed Soup
2. Dried Pollack Soup
3. Beef Short-rib Soup

When women in Korean give birth, they are fed seaweed soup, Mi yuk guk [미역국] – Korean birthday soup – as it is seen as the healthiest post-partum food to eat. As Korean culture is based on Confucianism, your birthday is also a reminder of the day that your mother gave you life, so, as a sign of respect to your elders – your mother in this case – you eat Korean birthday soup – seaweed soup – as a way of giving thanks.


What are the three major surnames in South Korea?

1. Kim, Kang, Jung (Jeong)
2. Lee, Yoo, Park
3. Park, Kim, Lee

The most common Korean surname (particularly in South Korea) is Kim, followed by Lee (Rhee, Yi) (second most common) and Park (Pak) (third most common). Together, these top three surnames make up slightly more than half of the Korean population (based on South Korea).


What is South Korea's all-time favourite liquor?

1. Beer
2. Sweet Potato Vodka (what?!)
3. Wine

The most widely consumed drink in Korea has to be Soju. Soju, a Korean variation on vodka traditionally made from rice but more commonly from sweet potatoes these days. In fact, the South Korean liquor accounts for 97% of the country's spirits market.


Christmas is an official holiday in South Korea (country having 1/3 of Christians). What suit color does Santa Claus wear...aside from red?

1. Yellow
2. Blue
3. Violet

We Pinoys have become accustomed to the idea of Santa Claus as a red suit-clad old man wearing with a bag full of presents in hand. In South Korea, Santa is stuffed in some, yes, blue outfit. You would still see Red Santas wandering the chilly country, but not as much as their blue counterparts. (It's still unknown up to this day as to why Korea chose such color!)


What is the most common type of plastic surgery in South Korea?

1. Lip surgery
2. Eyelid surgery
3. Nose surgery

Eyelid surgery is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in South Korea. Most wealthy young South Koreans receive double-eyelid surgery for their 16th birthday as a gift to make their eyes appear more Western.


Same-sex touching is common among men and their friends in South Korea.

1. False
2. True

South Korean boys and men practice a thing called no homo (skinship) where they cultivate a bond by touching each other, usually with platonic gestures such as handshakes. Getting touchy-feely can also extend to teachers and students as long as they are the same sex.


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