Surprisingly, Koreans often hang up without saying ‘goodbye’. While there are no fixed expressions in Korean, people have used the unique expressions.
You may think of “들어가세요” (literally meaning ‘Please go inside.’) as the weird expression. Some of my students asked questions about this expression, too. Okay, let me explain it!
Before the telephone was placed in every home, people had to go to somewhere else to make calls. After hanging up the phone, people were supposed to go back home. In this context, “들어가세요”, which means ‘Please go back home carefully,’ sounds natural, right? Since then, “들어가세요” has been used as a replacement for ‘goodbye’ on the phone in Korea. From now on, I think you will notice these interesting phrases when talking on the phone with Korean people.
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