Two hands Please

A little known cultural fact (for those who have not been to Korea) – it is polite to always use two hands when handing or receiving anything from a credit card to a drink.

Why you may ask?It is funny how customs translate cultures.

The traditional garment worn, 한복 or Hanbok, had long sleeves that would dip into the table’s food if one did not hold their sleeve.

  

So naturally, it was polite to hold your sleeve so it did not drop into the contents of the table.

Even as the robes disappeared and South Korea has become one of the most modern countries in the world, Koreans still use two hands to pass items at the table or receive a glass of beer.

So do yourself a favor next time you travel to the far east and use two hands.

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