If you often watch dramas or variety shows that are set in Korea, surely you will often see if the actors are drinking soju while gathering with friends or family.
So often we see it we might think that drinking is a very common thing there.
Soju itself is a distillation drink from Korea which is usually its raw material in the form of rice. But there are some manufacturers that add their raw materials with potatoes, wheat, sweet potatoes, and others. The alcohol content in soju is very diverse ranging from 20-45%. Soju is not colored like water, now that we know what soju is now, let’s discuss why Koreans like to drink soju when they gather.
As a Form of Trust in Someone
Actually this first reason is a reason that has been passed down from the past. Before people drink soju they will definitely do cheers or high-fives. When two people high-fives, it is believed that the juice will mix with each other. Why does it have to, the reason turned out to be because there used to be a lot of killings by using poisons so that the high five culture is needed as a sign that what we drink will also be drunk by others and vice versa. Therefore, as the current development of high-fives culture is believed to be a form of trust in someone who is our partner in drinking.
The Discussion Is More Relaxed and Open
Usually people will be more relaxed and open in talking if the conversation is done while drinking alcohol. The average Korean who wants to have a serious conversation will definitely drink soju so that the conversation they have is not rigid and nothing is covered up.
The Price is Affordable
Soju in Korea has a very affordable price for people there around 2000-4000 Won. So it is not surprising that so many Korean people drink bottles of soju because for them at such a low price they don’t need to think twice about buying soju.
When drinking it with others, don’t pour it into your own glass. Don’t forget, pour the soju into someone else’s glass using your right hand while being supported by your left hand. Now, when receiving pouring from an older person, hold your glass with both hands. The way to drink it must be to close your mouth and turn your face first, aka not allowed to face an older person. Also, an empty glass is a code that you are ready to receive more soju.