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Are there any hand gestures local to Korea that are considered rude?

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 ...
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What is "Will you be my homecoming date?" in Korean?

Homecoming is coming up at my high school and my crush is a language fanatic, so it would be cool if I could have a poster asking "Will you be my homecoming date?" in Korean.
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English "Please": 제발 vs 부탁해

When one wants to say in Korean, "pleeeease", the way we do in English when we might even add "pretty please with a cherry on top", 제발 seems like a common translation of please; however, I mostly hear ...
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Dating and Valentine practice, do only "friends" get valentines too?

This question has to do with non-verbal cultural communication. My understanding is that in Korea dating is conducted by girls selecting boys and that the interest is indicated by a gift on Valentine'...
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Apart from 새배 (new year's bow), when is it appropriate to do a '절' (deep bow)?

As it was (Western) new year, I suggested that my wife and I did the deep bow or '절' to our Korean parents (Though it's not us in the picture!). I think this was seen as appropriate and well-received! ...
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What do these money-related gestures mean?

The following images come from the Korean manhwa Aura From Another Planet, chapter 35. I can guess that the gestures they are making refer to monetary amounts, but how much are we talking here?
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Crossed hand gesture

I was watching a Korean commercial and the actress makes a gesture by crossing her hands: What does this gesture mean?
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