Cults in Korea

I’m writing this as a warning for tourists.

A couple of Koreans might stop you on the street and say that they’re on their way to special Korean cultural event. They’ll ask you to join them so you can do cultural things like eating Korean food and wearing hanbok.


Traditional Wedding at Korean Folk Village

They may also tell you that they offer free Korean lessons. (It’s the MO of a cult in Chungju which many expats encountered.)

Don’t go with them. There are lots of cults in Korea. The target of these cults are foreigners (young women who are new to Korea).  Many expats claimed that they were stopped multiple times by the same people in the past weeks.

The original poster of this warning said that her friend almost ended up with an old Korean guy in this weird traditional wedding type ceremony.  As I was reading the comments, some girls said that it also happened to them in Hongik (Hongdae), Sinchon, Myeongdong, Gangnam, Jamsil, Sadang, and Wangsimni. (I’ve read these comments in the group Expat Women in Korea)

I personally experience this in Taerung while I was attending the Rose Festival last year.I was wandering alone when some of these Ajummas offered me water. It was hot that time so I politely accept the cold water. They asked me to sit down and to watch a video about “God the Mother”. It wasted 10 minutes of my life. LOL. In the end, they gave me a free transparent soap with flowers inside. I have a strong faith in God and those stuff won’t shake me.

Anyway, you can check out this discussion in Reddit.