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Table manners of Korea

 General Table Manners

General table manners of Korean are mainly about respect. You need to take careful concern about the old.

  • Do not make noises with spoon or chopsticks hitting the rice bowl or other food containers.
  • Do not hold the rice bowl or soup bowl in your hand during the meal.
  • Do not pick out what you don’t like or shake off seasonings.
    –> People think this behavior will make you unfortunate.
  • When coughing or sneezing during a meal, face the other way from table and cover your mouth with your hand or napkin.
  • Chew food with your closed mouth and do not make noises while chewing.
  • Try to keep pace with others by eating not too fast or too slow. When having a meal with the elderly, wait for them to put the spoon and chopsticks on the table at the end of the meal.
  • After a meal, put the spoon and chopsticks on the spot where they were placed first.
  • When using a toothpick, cover your mouth with one hand and discard it the toothpick afterwards so others won’t see it.

  Dinning with elderly people

  • When having a meal with the elderly, wait for the elders to hold their spoon first and keep pace with them.
    –> It is rude to start eating alone.
  • If you finished the meal before the elderly, place the spoon in the rice bowl or sungnyung bowl and when the elderly person has finished the meal, place it on the table.

  Table Rules

  • Hot and watery foods are placed on the right side and cold and dry foods are placed on the left side.
  • The rice bowl is on the left, and soup bowl is on the right, with other bowls placed in the middle.
  • The spoon is on the right side and chop sticks are behind the spoon and placed a little towards the outside of the table.

  how to use chopsticks and spoon

  • Do not hold the spoon and chopsticks together in one hand.
  • Do not suck the chopsticks and do not hold spoon and chopsticks at the same time.
  • The spoon and chopsticks should not rest on any bowl or dish during the meal.

1. Right way to use spoon


2. How to use chopstics:

  1. Place one chopstick inside of thumb and reach to 4th finger.
  2. Place the other chopstick between the index finger and middle finger and hold by pressing with your thumb.
  3. Freely move chopsticks by pressing thumb and only using your index and middle fingers.

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