Korean Superstitions

Korea-Canada Blog

Superstitions are widely held and often irrational beliefs about things such as luck, prophecy or spiritual beings. They appear across different cultures; just think of a few popular ones in Canada such as “don’t walk under a ladder” and the old “lucky pennies” but have you heard of these South Korean superstitions?


Korean culture is very competitive so doing well in school is very important. Students will do everything in their power to do well on their exams, often studying long hours. As a result, there are several superstitions about what to do and not do before your exams. Here are a few of my favourites: 

Seaweed soup: Don’t eat seaweed soup before your exams. The slippery texture of the food will cause all of the information to slip out of your brain.

No shampoo: Don’t wash your hair the night before an exam because if you do you…

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