In our last post, we talked a visit with our the guests we had from Doosan and Orion, two companies based in South Korea. In that post, I had put a caption under one of the pictures that appeared there was a drinking game going on (there wasn’t) and in another picture, a few people asked about the housewarming gift. With that in mind, this is going to be a brief public service entry to enlighten our readers about a few aspects of South Korean culture they may have been unaware of. Let the learning begin!
In this picture, Mr. Ha, Mr. Lee and Mr. Park are presenting Jan and Bill with a very large package of toilet paper. In the United States, and to much of Western culture, this would seem like an odd choice of a house warming gift. However, in Korea, gifts of paper for a house warming gift are seen as good luck gifts to bring more money to the recipients.
Now, this may look like JW, Juan, Mr. Park and Mr. Ha are sitting on the floor having some sort of drinking game, but it’s not. Actually, what you see here is our guests feeling very comfortable, relaxed and “at home”. When you consider the differences between how Westerners and Easterners furnish their homes, it’s much less surprising.
Bill, Jan and the rest of the Gold Dust crew enjoyed our visit with Mr. Ha, Mr. Park and Mr. Lee and look forward to the next time they’re in Malin!