Seollal is the celebration of the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. It is also called the Korean New Year and observed on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The day of this new year changes with the lunar calendar but usually falls in January or February. It lasts for 3 days long with celebrations starting on the day before the new year, the new year and after the new year.

On Seollal Koreans visit their family members and relatives, perform ancestral rites, eat traditional food, wear hanboks and play folk games. …


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Source: Yonhap News

In Korea, each year is represented by a set of animals based on the lunar calendar that repeats in a 12-year cycle. The legend has it that 12 animals competed in a race to determine their place in the order of the Sibijisin. These 12 animals are the zodiac signs and the 12 gods of the earth that take the animal forms of a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

In the past, people also regarded these animals to be guardians from evil spirits and were used to measure time. 24 hours was…


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Kimchi (Credit: Flickr)

Kimjang is a cultural event of preparing kimchi in large quantities in Korea. It takes place amongst families and communities with the intention of ensuring every household has sufficient Kimchi for the Winter. In 2013 the UNESCO recognized this event as an intangible cultural heritage and is also considered a big part of the Korean culture.

The Kimjang season falls during late fall and winter, but it is a yearly cycle with preparations beginning for it as early as Spring. In Spring, anchovies, shrimp and other seafood are salted and fermented. In Summer people purchase salt for the brine. During…


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Hanbok the traditional dress of Korea

Hanbok is the traditional dress of Korea and literally translates to Korean clothing. It was introduced in 38 BC during the Goguryeo Dynasty and gained much fame during the three kingdoms of Baekje, Silla and Goryeo. Each one had their own unique style and design that set them apart. But a traditional hanbok generally consists of 2 main pieces; the top known as the jeogori and the bottom called chima for women and bajji for men. The women’s hanbok also included a ribbon that was used to fasten the top and was called the goreum.

Over the years, the designs…


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Baessi daenggi (Credits: Korea.net Flickr)

In the past, ancient Korean females styled their long braided hairs in different ways. It started during the Baekje era where Confucianism beliefs didn’t allow them to cut their hair as it was seen as a gift from their parents. Of the many accessories they used, the daenggi was one of the most popular and commonly used by women of all ages. It is a cloth ribbon that is tied at the end of the hair and is styled differently between married and unmarried women. The design of the daenggi also varied based on age, status and purpose.

Married women…


Winter in Korea is one of the coldest and coziest seasons. In winter the temperature in Korea drops up to -10°C or below. During this time, most people are often at home with their families or are wearing long padding coats in the streets as they get about their daily life. Winter is also the season where people naturally tend to look for food or drinks that keep their bodies warm. In Korea, more than a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows floating or a warm cup of coffee, what signals winter’s arrival are the season’s iconic street food.

Bungeo-ppang

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Bungeo-ppang sold by a street vendor (Credits: rangi20 Flickr)


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Credit: BTS Official Twitter

Whenever Korea pops up in a conversation so does BTS. Though a few years ago this would’ve been different, since the group’s breakout in 2015, now BTS is everywhere!

From taking the Kpop culture and music to the world, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that BTS has literally brought Korea to a whole new level in the global stage. In fact, now it would only sound strange if you say you haven’t heard of them. Whether you are a Kpop lover or not, BTS is a group you have to know!

However, despite the international popularity BTS has received…


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Pins.Momo

Starting from their humble beginnings to where they are now, BTS has come a long way. And throughout this journey, they have also inspired many ARMYs. Some have taken up learning Korean to connect and share a part of the group’s culture, others have explored their talents in dance, and Moriah Kaufmann a 24-year-old ARMY from the USA was inspired to create her very own brand!

Pins.Momo is an aesthetic collection of BTS merch designed by Moriah herself. It features enamel pins, key chains, necklaces, stickers and temporary tattoos inspired by BTS.

The brand is especially well known among many…


Art is of different forms. It could be a creation of someone or just nature in itself. As a person who truly enjoys abstract and contemporary art, Korea is one of the best places to visit. The fusion of modern designs, the ancient historical creations, and the colourful murals drawn by street artists contrast with one another in the most amazing ways. You could travel from one city to another but find very different artistic vibes in every place that you pass by. With Korea’s natural landscapes, people’s innovative designs and advanced technology, these creations stand out even more. …


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Pepero Day supermarket displays (Flickr: wearerivedroite)

Every year on 11th of November Koreans celebrate Pepero Day. It is a day similar to Valentine’s day but falls in autumn and is named after a stick candy.

Pepero was manufactured in 1983 for the first time by a company named Lotte that is now a well-known conglomerate. The candy is similar to the Japanese stick candy called Pocky that was introduced by Glico. Pepero is a chocolate covered stick biscuit that is long and thin. …

Minnath Azeez

Honorary Reporter for Korea.net and an avid enthusiast of all things Korean

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