Old and New Traditions in Modern Korean Society (Part 3)

In 2021, I talked about some aspects of Korean culture. Some are slowly disappearing, but surprisingly others are still around. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend reading it to understand how quickly Korean cultures are changing.



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Today, I’d like to talk about it Upbringing (Yang Yuk: raising/bringing children) in Korea.

  1. Postpartum cooking culture (sahn-hoo-joh-ri-moon-hwa)Postpartum care culture

There is a culture of postpartum care in Korea. After the baby is born, most Korean women go through periods of time called, Cooking after childbirth (San Hoo is essential: postpartum or postpartum care). This time is crucial for women’s long-term health because Koreans believe that women’s bodies in particular Basin (Jules Pan): pelvis) and other bones, you need time to realign and heal from the birth of the baby.

During this time, Korean women are strongly advised to avoid household chores or strenuous physical chores. In ancient times, bed rest was highly recommended during Three days (sahm-chil-il: three weeks) after 출산, but today’s doctors recommend a light level of physical activity, such as walking.

Good nutrition and rest in a warm environment is highly recommended at this time. There are different types of nutritious foods for new mothers. Seaweed soup (mi-yuk-guk)seaweed soup) is one of the most popular foods.

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Traditional Korean medicine has been teaching Korean women to avoid drinking cold water or cold food afterwards childbirth (chool-sahn)childbirth) because it is believed that teeth and bones are susceptible to sensitivity from cold after childbirth. And therefore, mother (sahn-mo: postpartum woman) to rest in a warm environment. while they rest, Chen Jeong Eum Ma: mother who raises human beings) or Hama (Seah Moh Ni: mother-in-law) usually helps the new mother and takes care of a child.

In modern times in Korea, there are many care facilities for 산모 because not everyone can get help from their family members nowadays. In a care facility, doctors and other certified experts are on hand and facilitate 산모 during 산후 조리. 산모 You receive comprehensive care from a high-quality diet, weight management service or other health issues after childbirth to childcare classes, etc.

2. Academy culture

Children grow rapidly and eventually enter the school system. As former President Obama mentioned many times, Hak-goo-yeol: Education fever, enthusiasm for study) is very high in Korea. Many Korean parents strive to provide the best quality learning environment for their children, both financially and emotionally. As Korean society becomes more diverse and embraces a variety of cultures, the power of the elite or Prestigious University (Myeongmun Dae)Distinguished College) Orientation (jhyang-joo-eui: to pursuit, ambition) wanes. However, they are still present in Korean culture.

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Hak Won Moon HwaThe culture of the private educational institute is widespread in Korean society. The Academy (Hao Won: A private educational institute) is an institute where Korean students perform after-school activities such as art, music, and physical education. However, it is common to study certain subjects such as Kook Young Soo (Gook Young Soo: A term related to the subject matter of Korean, English, and Mathematics). In general, these subjects are the important criteria for admission to top-ranked universities. It is not uncommon for Korean children to spend extra hours each day in a few different hours 학원 after school. Raising children in Korea may be more expensive compared to other countries because Special Education Expenses (sah-gyeo-yook-bi: private education expenses).

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What do you think of these aspects of Korean culture? Did you know that Korean women get special treatment after giving birth? I’ve always thought that Korean culture 산후 is unique from other Western cultures.

It often amazes me how quickly Korean culture has developed. The things I knew about Korea might not be as accurate as I think. In the future, I plan to publish another post about Korean culture. Stay tuned!

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