The Korean Drinking Culture
Want to know more about the Korean drinking culture?
If you are planning on taking a trip to Korea or living there, it is very likely that you will experience the Korean drinking culture, which plays a huge role in social and business gatherings.
The Korean drinking culture differs greatly from the drinking cultures in the West, as it is assumed that everyone will drink, not only in a bar setting, but also in a restaurant setting.
Koreans tend to drink beer and soju, which is a clear alcohol in a small green bottle that is anywhere from 16.7-20% alcohol, depending on the brand. It is drunk communally in the form of ‘shots’ where someone at the table will grab a bottle (usually the oldest person), and fill everyone’s shot glass. A cheers is made before downing the shot. The shot is then followed up with a spoonful of soup, a bite of meat or whatever is being cooked on the table. This acts as a sort of ‘chaser’, the same as a wedge of lemon chases a shot of tequila.