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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Gangneung?

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We asked people in Gangneung if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Gangneung, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions to avoid any cultural faux pas. Firstly, never wear shoes inside homes or certain traditional restaurants. It's customary to remove your shoes before entering, as it's considered disrespectful to wear them indoors. When eating, wait for the eldest person to start eating before you do. It's a sign of respect towards the elders. Also, never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice bowl as it's associated with funeral rites. Avoid using red ink when writing someone's name. In Korean culture, a person's name is written in red ink only after they have passed away. When greeting someone, a slight bow is the norm. Handshakes are also common, but wait for the other person to extend their hand first. Avoid pointing or beckoning with one finger, as it's considered rude. Instead, use your whole hand. Public displays of affection are generally frowned upon, especially among older generations. It's best to avoid hugging, kissing, or holding hands in public. Lastly, it's considered rude to refuse a drink offered by an elder. Even if you don't drink alcohol, it's polite to accept the drink and just touch it to your lips. Remember, it's always best to observe and follow the behavior of the locals when you're unsure of what to do," remarked another expat who made the move to Gangneung, Korea.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Gangneung?

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