How people celebrates Christmas in Korea?

How people celebrates Christmas in Korea?

Hello Seoulmates~ We love Christmas don’t we?! It is yet another time of the year where we get gifts and also the time near the end of the year!! Let’s get you introduced to some of the interesting facts about celebrating Christmas in Korea.

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First question we always get: Do they celebrate Christmas in Korea? Of course we do! We celebrate Christmas just like any other country. Windows of shops are full of Christmas decorations and people shop in the snowy weather. 

Interesting facts about Christmas in Korea

Despite some of the similarities, there are also some differences! Let’s get to those interesting facts about the celebration of Christmas that Korea has as compared to other western countries! 

Like in many other countries, Christians attend church on the day to celebrate the birth of Christ. Other people will exchange gifts and also take it as a holiday (though it is not celebrated as one of the biggest holidays like Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) or Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)). It feels more like Valentine's Day than really a big occasion! 

Are you looking for gifting options for this festive season? Check out this blog: Ultimate Guide To 25 Traditional Korean Gift

How do you say Merry Christmas in Korea?

It is an actual translation from English: ‘메리 크리스마스 (mae-ri ke-ri-se-ma-se)’ 

Here are some of the other ways to say Merry Christmas in Korean! Check out the video here: 

Christmas food and places to visit

When we think about Christmas meals, they are generally turkey, roast chicken and other Christmas food! However, Koreans do not usually have those for Christmas. It just isn’t part of the traditional food. 

Unless… you drop by western restaurants that might make special Christmas special meals. Or you can try buying Christmas food from department stores if ever there is a food section!

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The shopping districts like Myeongdong and Gangnam will be decorated with Christmas decorations. There will also be Christmas carols and songs playing in the malls and stores. So do check the city centres for more Christmas vibes!! 

Christmas K-pop songs

There are some K-pop songs with Christmas feels~~ Maybe you can add them to your Christmas playlist! Let check some of them below:

Christmas dramas


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The drama series is about a news reporter (Park Min-young) and a criminal named Healer (Ji Chang-wook) fall in love with each other. There is also some thriller genre in it (you might be interested if you want some chills to the bones this Christmas)! The series was released in 2014. Do check it out if you haven’t even: 

 The Legend of the Blue Sea

This drama is filmed in spring and winter so there are some Christmas vibes here! It is a rom-com drama about a mermaid and a con artist. It was released in 2016, starring Lee Min-ho and Jeon Ji-hyun. It has some mystery and fantasy feels to it too! 

We would love it if you could experience Christmas in Korea with us! Click here to know more! 

SeoulBox would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! As always, stay safe Seoulmates ~~ Let us know in the comments how you would celebrate Christmas this year!

Author: Tiffany

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