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Greetings in Korea

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(Note: This transcript has been edited for readability.)

"When you first meet someone in Korea, you want to greet them with a handshake. If you're shaking hands with someone, you do want to use two hands. You can either clasp your right hand with your left hand on your forearm or you can use both hands to clasp the other person's hand. You usually do it with two hands to show respect. You can either do that with two hands reaching out and clasping their one hand, you can grasp your forearm with your left hand while you're shaking their hand, or alternatively you can just place your left arm across your chest or your abdomen and reach out and clasp their hand while you're shaking their hand."

In this video, a service member describes the appropriate ways to conduct greetings in South Korea.