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The Inspire Me Korea traditional quiz!

This month, we are testing your knowledge of Korean tradition! How much do you know? Try our traditional quiz and find out!

1. What do you think ‘Jangseung’ are?

(a) a type of food

(b) a type of clothing

(c) the name of certain group of people

(d) village guardians

2. What sport is considered traditional to Korean culture?

(a) Swimming

(b) Wrestling

(c) Running

(d) Boxing

3. What is the first thing you must you do when you enter a Korean home?
© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

Image source: © Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

(a) Take off your shoes

(b) Remove your hat

(c) Take off your jacket

(d) Take off your gloves

4. You will often see people drinking soju (an alcoholic drink) in various settings in Korea. They will say ‘geonbae’ before they drink. What does this mean?
© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

Image source: © Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

(a) Wow

(b) This is mine!

(c) Thank you

(d) Cheers

5. What stands out about the cutlery used when eating meals?

© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

Image source: © Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

(a) They are difficult to use

(b) They are very large

(c) They are made of metal

(d) They are very expensive

6. What is ‘Chuseok’?

© Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

Image source: © Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017

(a) Korean Thanksgiving day

(b) Christmas day

(c) Buddha’s birthday

(d) Independence day

7. Why do you think visitors are not allowed to walk on Samdo road near the entrance to the Jongmyo shrine?

© ‘Republic of Korea Jongmyo shrine. mimikim. 10.06.2014. Pixabay

Image source: Republic of Korea Jongmyo shrine. 16.09.2017. Pixabay

(a) It is for VIP guests

(b) It is not safe

(c) It is left for the spirits of deceased kings and queens

(d) It needs to be repaired

8. What do you have to remember about Korean ages?

(a) Nothing, it is the same as other countries

(b) After birth, Koreans are considered to be one year old

(c) They don’t celebrate a first birthday until a few years later

(d) They only start counting ages when old enough for school

How many correct answers did you get? We hope you learned something new in our traditional quiz!

Answers: 1(d) Jangseung are statues made of stone or wood, placed in villages to frighten away demons and protect the people from harm! 2(b) 3(a) Taking off your shoes is seen as respectful gesture due to the fact that families will sit and sleep on the floor. 4(d) 5(c) Unlike some other Asian cultures, the cutlery used in Korea is made of metal 6(a) Chuseok is a big holiday in Korea and many will visit their hometowns to visit family and friends, and give thanks to their ancestors 7(c) The three tiered road was to be used as follows: the left path was for the crown prince, the ‘sin-ro’ (spirit road) was for the spirits of past kings and queens and the right path was for the king 8(b)

Featured image source: © Inspire Me Korea. 16.09.2017. Inspire Me Korea website.

Louisa Lee

Enthusiastic writer, scientist, and foodie. Enjoys discovering new music, films and books, as well as travelling, trying various cuisines and learning about different cultures. My music player is never too far away - life just isn’t complete without music!



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