Sunday 22 November 2020

Book Review: How to Live Korean by Kim Soo (Non-Fiction/Culture/Travel)

Title: How to Live Korean
Author: Kim Soo
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Publication Date: 17 November 2020
eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Culture / Travel
Source: ARC via NetGalley

How to Live Korean takes a deep-dive into Korean culture, unpacking what it means to be Korean in all its forms and uncovering the way the locals think, what they enjoy getting up to and who they do it with.

Whether it’s Korean movie Parasite sweeping the Oscars, the explosion of interest in K-pop, Blackpink becoming the world's biggest girl band, the dominance of the global smartphone market, foodies going crazy for bibimbap and kimchi or the incredible hype around K-beauty products – Korea is having a moment. But how much do you know about the real Korea; the locals' take on their amazing country? That's where this illuminating culture guide comes in, shining a light on Korea’s compelling history and stunning geography, its unique customs and the quirks of daily life. The mainstays of Korea’s vibrant cultural life and style are covered in detail, giving you the lowdown on the country's burgeoning film industry, Korean's unique take on fandom, the quirky fashion scene and the innovative hubs for art and design.

If you ever have wanted to learn how to date like a Korean, know where the locals hang out in Seoul, honeymoon like Korean newlyweds, discover the correct way to eat Korean food or use the art of nunchi to improve your emotional intelligence, this insider’s guide to the heart and soul of Korea is not to be missed. 


How to Live Korean was a really enjoyable read from start to finish. The book covers everything from overviews of Korean history and food to commentary on Korean family values and culture, as well as a look at the country's regions and attractions. Some of the information I knew, but some was new to me, such as why you shouldn't buy shoes for your significant other! I started teaching myself Korean earlier this year, shortly after becoming addicted to watching all the K-dramas on Netflix, and I am keen to learn more about the country and its people. This book certainly fed into my interest and I liked it so much I plan to get a copy to keep on my bookshelf.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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