If you visit Korea for the first time, one thing you will notice for sure, and that is there’s not much foreigners here. I moved in Korea last year as my husband is a PhD student in an university here. Recently I started my master’s course too, so we will be staying here for a long time. 😀
The most noticeable thing among Korean people is, they love wearing light color dresses. On the other side, people from Indian Subcontinent like us, we have different views about dress code. We love it colorful. When you walk around here, you will see the young Koreans (Well, most of them) wearing black or white dresses usually. Anyways they are always beautiful, so it’s no big deal what color they are wearing. 🙂 But we, I mean Bangladeshi people, have a belief kind of thing that the more colorful the dress is, the more beautiful we will look in it. :p
I landed in Korea in 29th May, 2015. The next day, I went to Haeundae Beach with my husband and another Bangladeshi Family. I have never been in a different country before, so I was pretty excited. I was wearing a Salwar-Kamiz which was pretty colorful and my hijab too. Just when I got out of our house, I realized everyone was looking at me. 😮 We were walking past one of the roads, and out of nowhere a drunk lady ran in to me saying out loudly “your dress is so cool”!! I’m sure she didn’t even know what she said, because from what I saw, she was not even in condition of understanding if anything’s cool or not. -_- And that was one of the most awkward moments of my life. Yup, the day after my first visit in somewhere besides Bangladesh lol. 😀
After that incident I tried to avoid going outside for couple of days. It was pretty awkward (or should I say embarrassing?) for me, you know. I felt like I’m an alien every time I go out. -_-
Anyways, I got used to with the fact that I’m not like them, so they will be surprised by my look and etc. And I was able to take that normally 2/3 months later. Besides when some other foreigners visit Bangladesh for the first time, I’m sure they get this “alien kind of vibe” there too. Even two of my colleagues were staring at a white woman sitting next to us in a restaurant even when I requested not to. -_- Anyways, I rather started enjoying the fact that I’m different than them. ❤ And now when I go out of my house, people look at me, specially old people and little kids, I feel like celebrity. B| When they don’t, I feel like may be I am not looking my best! 😦 lol 😛
They mostly surprised by the way I put my eye make up. Bangladeshi women are huge fan of eye liners and kajol. And so am I. ❤ I would love to spend the rest of my life trying out every eye make up trends that are available. ^_^ Anyways, when they look at me, they look at my eyes first! 😉 Sometimes they even compliment you saying “beautiful” in Korean language too <3.
The way they compliment you, sometimes it makes you more confident about your look. 🙂
Every foreigner who visits Korea will face the language problem for sure. Come on, you need to communicate if you have to live somewhere. And if you don’t know the appropriate language, then you are screwed up, totally. 😉 I heard Korean education system is such that up to bachelor’s level, everything in their textbook is in their own language. May be that’s the reason why they are mostly comfortable with their own language.
Suppose, you need to buy something from shop or mart. If you find what you look for, then congratulation, you are saved! but if you don’t, let’s hope that someone in the mart understands what are you looking for and if they don’t either, may the force be with you!! 😉 :p
Anyways, they will try so hard to get you what you want of course, they are helpful that much. 🙂
If you come here for vacation, then Korea is quite perfect for having good time. There’s too many beautiful places, including historical, religious or places of natural beauty. If you don’t have any restriction towards food, then this place is heaven for you; as you get to taste different kinds of food here. There’s not only Korean restaurant but also Japanese or Chinese restaurants are available. Where as if you are HALAL eater then you may face some problems. You can’t eat meat in every restaurant as it’s not halal. There’s some Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Moroccan, Turkish etc. restaurants where halal food is available, but number of these restaurants are not much. You can’t explain to a Korean why you can’t eat meat everywhere or the halal-haram fact, they will not quite understand at all. And, I just gave up explaining now lol 😉 :p
I admit, reading these whole article, Korean life may sounds like problem friendly lol :D, but what’s the fun of living if you don’t have any of them? Come, visit here and experience all these interesting problems by yourself. 🙂 🙂