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Old 04-15-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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Vietnam and South Korea might have some parallels/similarities, but they have more differences than similarities.

The differences between South Korea and Vietnam:

Vietnam has French historic connections and quite a bit of French influence in Vietnam for some architecture, caf bars scene, a huge amount of Vietnamese people that immigrated to France and have connections to family in Vietnam, and maybe also the film movies scene. South Korea does not have any of that French influence.

South Korea is a mixed religion country for popularity of Buddhism and Christianity. The most popular religion in South Korea is surprisingly Christianity. There is also a lot of Secular/Non-Religious South Koreans. Vietnam is almost entirely Buddhist and has very different religious and spiritual demographics compared to South Korea.

South Korea is technically economically wealthier than Vietnam.

Tropical scenery in Vietnam vs. 4 seasons climate in most of South Korea.

The Vietnamese personality is more open, easier to get to know, less serious, while also being more of a mix of introverted+extroverted, and shows another kind of personality compared to South Koreans.

South Korea has to deal with the very tense neighboring country of North Korea. Vietnam does not have any bad, lunatic neighbors to that level.

School Education and Job Careers in Vietnam is a bit more easygoing, relaxing, and a different lifestyle compared to the more workaholic South Koreans.

 
Old 07-29-2013, 11:47 PM
 
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Interesting comparisons, I can definitely see it.

I'm curious as to which of these countries people would prefer to visit? Which culture is more interesting to them?
 
Old 07-30-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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Interesting comparisons, I can definitely see it.

I'm curious as to which of these countries people would prefer to visit? Which culture is more interesting to them?
I spent 6-7 years in Korea, and 2 months in Vietnam.

Vietnam is definitely a much more interesting culture. Korea is interesting too, as anywhere is, but Vietnam is more interesting.
 
Old 07-30-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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I spent 6-7 years in Korea, and 2 months in Vietnam.

Vietnam is definitely a much more interesting culture. Korea is interesting too, as anywhere is, but Vietnam is more interesting.
Interesting, why did you find Vietnam more interesting?

In some ways I find Thai culture more interesting as it seems more unique, whereas Vietnam is so Chinese influenced.
 
Old 07-30-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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Interesting, why did you find Vietnam more interesting?

In some ways I find Thai culture more interesting as it seems more unique, whereas Vietnam is so Chinese influenced.
In Vietnam, I felt like I was seeing 'Asia' through all the Vietnam War films...i.e. people with the Vietnames style hats, the balancing the two things with the stick on the shoulders, etc. The cylco drivers waiting at intersections. It just had a very romantic Asia of my childhood look to it.

On top of that, I also loved the French colonial architecture everywhere, the Vietnamese food, and just the gorgeous landscapes of mountains and ocean all along the country.

I also found South Korea to be quite 'exotic' as well, but in a different way. It has a mix of new and old, but overall more modern look of something different. Whereas Vietnam just 'hit' with this romantic image of Asia that I'd carried around since childhood.
 
Old 07-31-2013, 01:41 AM
 
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In Vietnam, I felt like I was seeing 'Asia' through all the Vietnam War films...i.e. people with the Vietnames style hats, the balancing the two things with the stick on the shoulders, etc. The cylco drivers waiting at intersections. It just had a very romantic Asia of my childhood look to it.

On top of that, I also loved the French colonial architecture everywhere, the Vietnamese food, and just the gorgeous landscapes of mountains and ocean all along the country.

I also found South Korea to be quite 'exotic' as well, but in a different way. It has a mix of new and old, but overall more modern look of something different. Whereas Vietnam just 'hit' with this romantic image of Asia that I'd carried around since childhood.
Ah yes I know what you mean. Vietnam still has that old world feel to it. I saw videos of Saigon in the 60s and it didn't look THAT different. You don't really see those conical hats in China anymore. Korea has changed a lot more also, but Vietnam is booming right now, so in 10-15 years it could be unrecogniseable. Now might be the last time you can see the 'old Vietnam.'
 
Old 08-02-2013, 04:08 AM
 
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I am a Vietnam should also see autocorrelation from culture to lifestyle correlated with each other, thanks
 
Old 08-18-2013, 09:16 AM
 
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difference: korea has more capital to invest such places like vietnam, indonesia, etc. modern constructions in vietnam are most likely from samsung/hyundai construction industry.
 
Old 08-18-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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Having visited both, I can't see any similarity at all, in any aspect of either country.

It would probably be just as easy to find the same compelling similarities between Canada and Cuba, which are both Christian-ethic countries speaking Latinic languages, and both were originally developed by European colonists, and both start with the letter C and have their capitals in the same time zone. Both, through the 1970s, had heads of state who were leftists who had been educated at American universities, and who both have a direct heir who is now leader of a political party. There is still a close link, as Cuba is the most popular vacation destination of Canadians.

After that, the similarity quickly vanishes, just as does Korea and VIetnam.

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Old 08-18-2013, 11:41 PM
 
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Having visited both, I can't see any similarity at all, in any aspect of either country.

It would probably be just as easy to find the same compelling similarities between Canada and Cuba, which are both Christian-ethic countries speaking Latinic languages, and both were originally developed by European colonists, and both start with the letter C and have their capitals in the same time zone. Both, through the 1970s, had heads of state who were leftists who had been educated at American universities, and who both have a direct heir who is now leader of a political party. There is still a close link, as Cuba is the most popular vacation destination of Canadians.

After that, the similarity quickly vanishes, just as does Korea and VIetnam.
Did you even read the OP?
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