Why asking ‘how old are you?’ isn’t rude in South Korea
22 December 2022 | 2:40 pm
Asking someone you just met how old they are might be impolite in many cultures, but in South Korea, it's one of the first questions people ask each other. Why is knowing someone's age so important for South Koreans?
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