Are South Koreans Afraid of North Korea?

Since I’ve been in Korea, the tension between the two “countries” has intensified.  Most recently, the threats and general language from the North has become more threatening and heated.  You’re likely aware of it.

Being that I live in Korea now, and not the safe, protected haven of the United States, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t felt concerned on a few occasions.  But being an American who gets information from western media outlets, I thought it would be a good idea to find out from South Koreans what their take is on the whole situation.  After all, it IS their country and they have the real pulse on things and will understand perspectives that we as foreigners generally won’t.

So I started asking natives what their takes were – coworkers, friends, acquaintances, etc.  I was surprised by their reaction.  In this vlog I talk about what some of the perceptions are from natives of the peninsula.



  1. Should be interesting to see…if there is one thing I am learning is to expect the unexpected. We can not underestimate N. Korea at all. With that said is there a plan for non Koreans who are in the country if war breaks loose?

  2. That's right – can't underestimate them. Only time will tell.

    I don't know of any plans for foreigners actually.

  3. Ok. One day at a time .

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