TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Public Display of Affection

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Although it is not as uncommon as it once was, PDA (Public Display of Affection) in Korea is still not seen as much as it is other places in the world. PDA can also have a different meaning in Korea since hand-holding and linking arms with friends is seen more often than a couple holding hands or cuddling in public. Listen in as Hyojin, Kerri (expatkerri), and Stephanie chat about their experiences and thoughts on PDA in Korea.

Welcome to  “TTMIK Culture Ramblings”! In each episode, you will listen to a roundtable discussion, in English, between people who were born and raised in Korea and someone with a different perspective. These 100% real and unscripted laid-back conversations cover various topics related to Korea and Korean culture. If you have any topics that you’d like us to discuss, be sure to tell us in the episode’s comments section


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Iyagi #47 / 커플룩 (= Pair look between couples) / Natural talk in 100% Korean
PDA is a very clear way to tell the world that you are a couple. Another obvious way you can look more couplely is wearing matching clothes with your boyfriend/girlfriend. In Korea, you can see many couples wearing matching clothes. In this episode of Iyagi, 경은 and 석진 talk about 커플룩.


TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Public Display of Affection
  • rigo

    I’m glad you guys chose this topic , now there is something i always see in the dramas
    The guy piggybacking a girl , what is the origin of this practice ?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hyojin

      I don’t think there’s a specific ‘origin’ for this and not even sure if it can be called a ‘practice.’ I think that’s more of a typical scenes from dramas, not something you actually see a lot in everyday life 🙂