Korean lifestyle is a synthesis of tradition stemming from history and cultural richness and of modern life created by high technology and culture of industry. 

In Korea, where the majority of population lives in cities and works for industry and service sectors, the pace of daily life flows with respect to the necessities of modern industrial world. In general, people work in weekdays, between 09:00-18:00 hours. Most of the schools are open for education in weekdays, between 08:00-16:00.

Because it is a country in which big technology and automotive companies were born and flourished, Korea offers high living standards to its citizens. As an outcome of this level of income, traditional and modern entertainment, travel and shopping activities take important place in Korean lifestyle.

Korean Language

In Korea, the official language is which dates back in ancient times. Despite the fact that its relations to Ural Altaic languages and to Japanese had been discussed; Korean is accepted as an isolated language that has its own language family.

As Chinese alphabet Hanja was being used before, 15th century, Hangeul, one of the most indigenous and unique creations of the nation, was introduced in 1443 by King Sejong (1418-1450), the 4th king of the Joseon Dynasty to make reading and writing easier. Today both alphabets are taught in schools.


All religions in Korea are under the constitutional protection. According to the research held in the country, where diverse religions are practiced in peace and mutual respect, in 2015*; 56% of the total population has no religional affiliation. Of those 44% with a religion, 63% is Christian (45% Protestant), 35% is Buddhist and 2% is followers of other religions. And also there is a small amount of people practicing Islam.


Thanks to the major breakthroughs in last 20 years, Korean entertainment industry became popular in international culture arena. A consistent rise called Hallyu (Korean wave), which started in the beginning of 21st century and first affected Asia and then whole world, made Korea one of the prominent countries in popular culture and entertainment; while contributing to Korean economy. Hallyu, denoting Korean TV series, films, and music, has been so effective that now there are almost 2000 fan clubs and almost 90 million active followers around the world. As to 2013 reports, even in Turkey there are 150.000 devoted fans.

TV Series
Korean series of Hallyu has an important effect on Asian popular culture. These series, also known as K-Drama, are produced generally in romantic comedy, drama or science fiction genres; and distributed to every corner of the world.

Korea, hosting international events such as Busan International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Films Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, is attracting attention by feature films produced in the country.  One of the best indicators of this interest is Hollywood’s attempts to remake Korean movies, which has been highly praised thanks to their original and striking stories and plots. Recently, South Korean cinema has attracted international attention with the success of the movie Parazite (2019) which has won 4 Academy Awards including the Best Picture in 2020 and became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture.

K-Pop is probably the most known and the most powerful field of Hallyu. It is a combination of dance, ballad, electronic, R&B, and hiphop genres with or without Korean lyrics. K-Pop is accepted as a subculture in which visuality is also in the foreground as much as music.