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South Korea: Tipping & Etiquette

Tipping is not required nor expected in Korea. But most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to bills. This is on top of the 10% VAT (which is usually included in prices at most stores in Korea, but not in some high-end restaurants). Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you tell them to “keep the change” (or jandon gajiseyo in Korean), but this is not expected and they will have trouble understanding if you want to give them anything more than change (like “keep 1,500 won and return only 2,000 won to me”.)

You can barter in the open markets for lower prices, but make sure you do so politely. Of course, bargaining is becoming a rare sport as most stores now have fixed pricesSouth Korea:

Important Phrases, spelled phonetically….

Kamsa hamnida = “Thank you”

Anyong haseyo = “Hello” or “How are you?”

Olma eyo = “How much (please)?”

Kkakka juseyo = “(Please) discount it”

Jo hayo = “I like it” or “It’s good” or “OK”

Mashi soyo = “Tastes good” or “Delicious”

He juseyo = “(Please) do it for me”

Pali pali he juseyo = “(Please) do it for me faster”

An mebge he juseyo = “(Please) give it to me not spicy”

Mebge he juseyo = “(Please) give it to me spicy”

Me woyo = “It’s spicy”

Cheon won = W1,000

Ee-cheon won = W2,000

O-cheon won = W5,000

Mahn won = W10,000

Ee-mahn won = W20,000

O-mahn won = W50,000

Mahn ee-cheon = W12,000

Mahn o-cheon won = W15,000

Ship-mahn won = W100,000

Ee-ship-mahn won = W200,000

O-ship-mahn won = W500,000

Yogi-yo = Literally means “(Please) over here”, but can be used as “(Please) come here”. Useful in restaurants and don’t be afraid to yell it out at busy restaurants if you need to heard. You can also say this to taxi drivers to ask them to “(Please) stop here”.

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