As far as I know, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_finger is understood in Korea as a rude gesture much as it is in the rest of the world. However, some regions have more locally-understood gestures - e.g. the 'V-sign' in the UK.

Are there any hand gestures a foreigner might not be aware of that they should be careful not to make?

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    I was told that pointing your elbows at someone was considered rude. Although I haven't had that confirmed by anyone from Korea.
    – Chenmunka
    Oct 24, 2017 at 15:09
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    I think it might be rude to pat someone on the head, or touch the top of there head. Whereas in some places this might be considered endearing.
    – Mizole Ni
    Nov 2, 2017 at 15:18

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It's rude for someone to thrust one finger at someone's face. Here are some pictures.

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    In which country is this not rude? Is this acceptable in Western countries?
    – Blaszard
    Oct 20, 2017 at 23:11
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    한국인이 가장 민감하게 받아들이는 손 제스쳐에 대해서 이야기한 것일 뿐이에요! 오히려 ( en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_finger) 이런 제스쳐는 나이드신 한국인 분들은 잘 모르는 경우도 많아요
    – SweetSweet
    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:46

The only pretty rude finger gesture which is unique in Korea that I think of is putting your thumb between your index and middle finger. It means "fxxk you".


As far as I understand, it's rude in some other countries, but I am not 100% sure which countries.


Not sure if I'm allowed to post it here though...

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살인의 추억 송강호 감자 먹이기

살인의 추억 송강호 감자 먹이기

I found a QNA which explains the meaning of this gesture.

영화 살인의 추억에서 송강호가 했던 손가락욕이요 검지 밑에 엄지를 넣는

어떤 의미며 ? 정확한 명칭이 뭔가요 그건?

하~~아 ..

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