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Friday, 7 March 2014

What to gift on Korean Cultural Ceremony's

What to gift on Korean Cultural Ceremony's

Buying gifts in any part of the world is always hard. Luckily, you don’t have to think too much when you’re in Korea. Korean culture will tell you what presents to buy for Korean weddings, house warmings, birthdays, and traditional Korean holidays. These traditional Korean gifts will impress your friends and family, and also make them happy.

**Gifts for Korean Weddings**
Just like most countries in Asia, when you go to a wedding in Korea, cash is the expected gift.Traditionally, gifts for Korean weddings are not of even numbers. Cash gifts for Korean newly weds typically come in odd numbers (30,000, 50,000, 70,000 won) as odd numbers represent good luck. The whole odd/even thing don’t matter so much once you reach a nice round number of 100,000 won!

축의금 (Chukuigeum) – Congratulatory money 




**Korean House Warming Gifts** 
Housewarmings in Korea, called jibdeuli (집들이), are nice fun little gatherings with friends, family, food and of course gifts. The traditional gifts to bring to housewarmings in Korea are rolls of toilet paper and laundry detergent. Back in the day when Korea was pretty dang poor, toilet paper and detergent were pricy items that not every household could afford. In addition to that, the bubbles produced by the detergent and the length of the sheets of toilet paper represented prosperity. This is a bit old school though. Some chic and trendy Korean peeps might like a bottle of wine instead.





**First Birthday Party Gifts** 
Baby’s first birthday party, called doljanchi.Although these days, parents are totally cool if you bring clothes or toys for their kid, the traditional gift for a baby’s first birthday party in Korea are tiny cute baby gold rings for cute little baby fingers. If you’re fashion savvy, gold anything would be extremely appreciated.if you can’t afford the bling, just go with cash.
(금반지 Gold Ring)

**Seollal and Chuseok Gifts **
Seollal (설날) is the lunar new year.
On Seollal lots of people drink alcohol to bring in the good luck (called 음복술/eumboksul). Although it’s not necessarily a traditional gift, your Korean hosts would appreciate some traditional Korean alcohols.


Chuseok (추석) is the celebration of the harvest. So the old school Korean gift to give is good food! Fruit is a common gift, but we aiin’t talking no 1,000 won apples off a back of a truck here. Get the big box of Korean pears or the mega apples. If you want to get them beef, Korean hanu (한우) beef is a common gift.


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