Although Christmas isn’t as hugely celebrated in South Korea as it is in countries like the UK and the US, it is still considered a public holiday so people can have the day off work or school.
In preparation for the festive season, the capital gets covered in bright twinkling lights, including the bridges which stretch over the Han river. Department stores even decorate their shop windows so if you find yourself in Korea in December, you’ll still get that Christmas feeling!
South Korea takes part in the traditions which are associated with Christmas, but with a twist. For example, Santa Claus is known as ‘산타 할아버지’ or Santa Grandfather and although he sometimes wears in the usual red, you may see him wearing blue! In terms of food, Christmas is not known by turkey or stuffing, but instead by Christmas cake! It’s a sponge cake that is covered in cream which we are told tastes very delicious.
Hopefully you now have a better idea of what Christmas in Korea is like and if you want to know more, such as gift ideas for friends and family click here!