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It's roots in Buddhism and Confucianism

It is difficult to define in a word Korean culture. It has developed over 5,000 years.

Korea is surrounded by sea on three sides, and more than 70% of the terrain is mountainous. Korean culture has many of it's roots in Buddhism and Confucianism. These two influences have shaped Korean politics, philosophy and morality over the last 1,000 years.

Customs such as loyalty, obedience to parents, politeness, and morality are considered as incredibly important in Korean society. Obedience to parents, respect for elders, and traditional marriage, funeral, and ancestral worship ceremonies have succeeded till today.

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