Spoon and chopsticks are used in harmony with each other at mealtimes in Korea. This is a special aspect of our culture that is not often found in other countries. Although most of Korea's East Asian neighbors use wodden chopsticks, in Korea metal spoons and chopsticks of brass or silver are used, many of them are ornately decorated at the grip.
According to Korean etiquette, rice and soup are eaten with a spoon, while side dishes are eaten with chopsticks. When eating, it is considered impolite to pick up bowls containing food by hand or to lean over the table. Rather food should be politely picked up and brought to your mouth with chopsticks. Elders should pick up the food first then followed by others.