You’ll notice pretty quickly that those who reside in Seoul are law abiding citizens.
- There is no j-walking
- The entire city is incredibly safe and women can feel comfortable being alone at any hour of the night.
- Service in restaurants is not what you find in America – everyone is very polite still, but they don’t dote on you, and/or come by countless times to check your water glass. In fact many a time, I actually grabbed the pitcher myself after waiting patiently for 10 minutes or so.
- No tipping. Whether or not the service is in relation to payment, I am still not sure – but there is absolutely no tipping here. I left $1 US on the table once and was literally followed out by the staff who thought I left it behind on accident and wanted to return my bill. Same goes in taxi cabs – there is no tipping.
- Taxis have a strict meter system, no haggling and no tipping. Do be careful though, there are orange and gold/silver cabs which are normal and then there are black cabs which are nearly double the price. I am told the interior of the black cars are a slight upgrade, but almost un-noticeable.
- Over 90% of the cars owned by non-taxi drivers are black, silver, white or gold.
- There is extreme conformity in South Korea and once you know to look for it, it will become very obvious.