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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE LAST ONE STAND­ING WHEN DRINK­ING KOREAN-STYLE?

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If there was a world­wide con­test for which coun­try has the best nightlife, South Korea would def­i­nitely be one of the fi­nal­ists stand­ing on the podium. Korea has an un­par­al­leled drink­ing cul­ture. Whether you pre­fer a night of soju and karaoke with friends, or en­joy an af­ter-work, all-night party with co-work­ers and bosses, ev­ery self-re­spect­ing trav­eller should have Korea on their list of des­ti­na­tions to visit.

Anju

Anju refers to food eaten with al­co­hol. It in­cludes peanuts, dried squid, fresh fruit, fried chicken, and snacks of all shapes and sizes that are at ev­ery pro­longed drink­ing ses­sion to en­sure no late-night munchies. So which­ever bar you go to, ex­pect anju to be there too.

No­rae­bang

Karaoke is known as no­rae­bang in Korea and means song room. It’s a pri­vate room where you and your friends get to belt out K-pop songs to­gether. And no mat­ter how much soju you con­sumed be­fore­hand, beer and anju will be there to help loosen up your vo­cal cords.

Hoe­sik

Go­ing out for the com­pany happy hour is more than just a perk; it’s a re­quire­ment. It’s called hoe­sik, which hap­pens once a month or even once a week. It’s the per­fect op­prtu­nity for co-work­ers to open up and get to know one an­other bet­ter – con­ver­sa­tions may be stilted in a work at­mos­phere, but throw in din­ner and some soju and the mood light­ens up.

Hae­jang-guk

The party can’t last for­ever, but Korea has the an­swer for their day af­ter too. With some of the most ex­cit­ing food in the world, the coun­try is also home to many hang­over cures. There’s the tra­di­tional hae­jang-guk (hang­over soup), which is a se­lec­tion of soups that of­ten con­tain dried napa cab­bage, veg­eta­bles and meat in a hearty beef broth.

The av­er­age Korean con­sumed 11.4 litres of al­co­hol in 2016

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