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Why everything’s fast in Korea? Why they love Internet Explorer? Naver over Google?

WHY ARE KOREANS ALWAYS IN A HURRY?

When asked about the most impressive characteristics of Koreans, foreigners always pick ppali ppali 빨리빨리 (quickly, quickly) as their number one answer. Besides hwaiting 화이팅, the expression of the Korean “can-do” spirit, ppali ppali is the “Let’s get it done fast” spirit, which shows the efficiency-oriented nature of the Korean people.

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Some say that’s what made it possible for the nation to recover so quickly from the scars of war, but it has its downside too. Because it puts speed over everything else, taking a shortcut by bending rules and not sticking to the manual was common and often overlooked. As a result, it led to poor quality work and some man-made disasters that took the lives of many innocent people. But Koreans learned quickly from their mistakes and such practices are starting to fade away as the compliance with workplace rules is strictly enforced and monitored today. Now, let’s look at some of the positive aspects which the ppali ppali spirit contributed to.

WHY ARE KOREAN DELIVERIES SO FAST?

CHINESE DELIVERY AND THE ICONIC “STEEL CONTAINER”

CHINESE DELIVERY AND THE ICONIC "STEEL CONTAINER"

Koreans had been enjoying food delivery from way before Smartphones appeared. Among the most popular was Chinese food delivery, with the iconic cheolgabang 철가방 “steel container,” a delivery container used by Chinese restaurants. Whether you’re picnicking at Hangang or at a PC Bang, there’s nothing to worry – this cheolgabang man will find you.  

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QUICK SERVICE!

KOREANB QUICK SERVICE 퀵서비스

We are talking about the possibility of flying drones delivering your stuff, but in Korea, there is quick service! It’s a private courier service, who safely and quickly deliver anything from documents to a large container box – they will get the job done, in less than an hour, tops!

taekbae – 1 DAY SHIPPING

Korean taekbae 택배 (parcel service) is extremely reliable and fast. Place an order today, and you can expect your taekbae package to arrive at your door smiling the next day.

SUPER FAST INTERNET

According to the survey reports by the Internet speed-testing agencies Akamia, OOKLA, Cable, Korea has one of the fastest Internet, being the only country with an average speed of over 25Mbps in 2017.

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WHY DO KOREANS LOVE INTERNET EXPLORER?

WHY DO KOREANS LOVE INTERNET EXPLORER?

Just up until the early 2010s,  Internet Explorer (IE) was pretty much the only browser used in Korea. For this reason, many web sites, including e-government systems, banking, and a majority of online games were developed for the IE, using non-standard codes and Active X which had died out long ago. As a result, some of those outdated pages are still causing compatibility issues and give Korean people (and foreigners!) a major headache.

WHAT IS “OFFICIAL ID CERTIFICATE” FOR ONLINE USE IN KOREA?

WHAT IS “OFFICIAL ID CERTIFICATE” FOR ONLINE USE IN KOREA? 공인인증서

Known as gongin injeungseo 공인인증서 “Official ID Certificate,” it’s a type of digital ID-card used for various online activities including online banking and shopping. While it sounds like an awesome way to prevent digital fraud, there are many hoops to jump through to get it. Also maintaining it (has to be renewed each year with a fee), and using it (sometimes you have to install the visiting site’s proprietary software) are quite pesky, too.

GOOGLE IT? YOU MEAN LOOK IT UP ON NAVER?

GOOGLE IT? YOU MEAN LOOK IT UP ON NAVER?

Google is a household name for an Internet search engine in the US, but if you say “Google it,” then people will most likely whip out their smartphone and open the green app called Naver and make a search query in the green box.

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