Korean Cultural Quirk #2: Colorless Cars

While staring at the busy Busan streets from the 11th floor, I noticed a trend in the cars. There were only shades, no colors. Throughout my stay, I was on the lookout for colored cars, but they were rare. Even most taxi cabs are silver and black. I come home to research and in fact, found out that 9 out of 10 cars in Korea is black, white, or silver.

Korean is a homogenous nation. Every Korean wants to look like every other Korean because standing out is the ultimate fear. One way to blend in with the rest is to have a silver, black, or white car. Since nearly everyone has one, people keep purchasing these colors. The resale rate for shaded cars are higher than their colored counterparts, and the cycle continues.

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If you’re brave like this Korean lad to purchase a pink car, you will get many stares and questions from Koreans.

I found it odd because Korea appears to be a colorful nation. The food, like bibimbap, is a rainbow of nutrition. Hanboks and traditional temples radiate bright colors. The fashion and shopping areas lure your attention with the most obnoxious colors

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