Korean Myths and Superstitions that you should know

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  South Korea has advanced technologically and industrially, but it still has its superstitions just like every other nation. However, the y...

 

South Korea has advanced technologically and industrially, but it still has its superstitions just like every other nation. However, the younger generation in Korea is significantly less superstitious than its elders. Nevertheless, If you are planning on visiting or living in Korea you must know about these most prevalent superstitions that Koreans still hold onto today.


Sleeping at night in a closed room with a fan on

There's a theory that the fan's air can cause someone to choke on their carbon dioxide, especially when sleeping in a closed room. Some claim that the government even spread the "fan death myth" to keep people from using electricity during the energy crisis of the 1970s. However, stories about fan deaths continue to appear in South Korean media, especially during the summer.


Writing one's name in red ink

The names of those who died were once written in red ink. Hence, writing someone's name in red ink suggested you were wishing them harm or death if they were still alive or that they had already passed away. Even though this is no longer true, many Koreans still believe that writing someone's name in red ink is very impolite.

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Don’t Wash Your Hair on New Year’s Day

New Year's Day is an ideal time to begin a new year with a fresh start, and on this day, many Koreans avoid washing their hair since it is said to wash away good luck. 


Whistling at night summons spirits

If you're going around at night and whistling a song to fill the silence, this will most certainly scare some Koreans because they believe this attracts demons and evil spirits.


Be Careful With Your Chopsticks

Some Koreans believe the closer to the tip you hold your chopsticks, the longer you have to wait to get married. There's also a second chopsticks superstition in Korea is if you stick your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice, this will bring death and misfortune upon you. 

Don’t Feed Your Partner Chicken Wings

If you offer or feed your lover chicken wings or any form of wing dish, it is a sign of bad luck they will be unfaithful and "fly away," according to Korean superstitions.


Dreaming of pigs will bring you wealth

Pigs are frequently regarded as unclean animals in many nations, yet in Korea, they symbolize fertility and wealth. Because the pronunciation of "pig" is similar to that of "jade," many Koreans believe that dreaming of pigs indicates that tremendous wealth will soon be showered upon them.



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Written by: Jasmine Ticmon

Jasmine Sophia Jhudiel R. Ticmon, or just simply "Jassy," is a Humanities and Social Science Student of Electron College Of Technical Education - Camarin, who writes with luv and fun!

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