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Step into Seoul and Win a Trip for 2!

Hey Seoul Eats Readers!
My friends are launching an interactive movie about Seoul, where the viewers will have a chance to win a trip for two to Korea!  Here’s the info and be sure to share it with others.

Dan

Step into Seoul
a 24 hour epic adventure
Step into Seoul’ is an online experience where one navigates Seoul’s greatest landmarks and attractions through an interactive movie with four selected facebook friends. The plot for this movie includes 11 mini-adventures, where the main character will be following a series of clues instructed by their friends, to complete scavenger hunt-like tasks. This virtual exploration is meant to stir the imagination of travelers, and put the viewers in an experience of a visitor having an exciting 24 hour adventure in the city of Seoul. Once the viewer completes the movie, the traveler will have a chance to win a trip to Korea, along with one selected friend from the movie, where the real adventure begins. Link onto the Visit Seoul facebook page, and click on ‘Step into Seoul’ tab to participate!

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12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 9: Maids a Dancing

Girls’ Generation Christmas
Girls’ Generation Christmas
Girls’ Generation Christmas
Girls’ Generation Christmas
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 9 Maids a Dancing
8 Christmas Cards
7 Paper Lantern Christmas Trees
6 Locks for a fence
5 Christmas Cakes!
4 pairs of socks,
3 doggy outfits
2 Silly hats And a
Santa that bows at me. 
See the other days of Christmas here:

12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 8: Christmas Cards

12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 7: Paper Lantern Christmas Trees

12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 6: Locks

12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 5: Christmas Cakes



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12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 8: Christmas Cards

Korean Christmas Cards

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 8 Christmas Cards
7 Paper Lantern Christmas Trees
6 Locks for a fence
5 Christmas Cakes!
4 pairs of socks,
3 doggy outfits
2 Silly hats And a
Santa that bows at me. 

See the other days of Christmas here:

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7: Paper Lantern Christmas Trees

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6: Locks

12 Days of Christmas: Day 5: Christmas Cakes

Dan

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What to Buy Koreans For Christmas

Years ago I was in love with a Korean girl but was cautious. I had been dating her for a few months and had considered getting her a ring or some jewelry but I was worried this might scare her off. So prior to Christmas I had found out through various ways things that she was interested in. I found out she was really into health and holistic stuff, German calligraphy pens, staying warm and some other stuff. So I put together a Santa’s bag worth of many little presents that I thought she would enjoy. Most of the stuff was practical or cute. I recall included in the bag was a pink rock salt candle thing because she said she liked the color, a scarf, a Lamy calligraphy pen set, a moleskine notebook (she said she liked writing), and a few other things.

Christmas morning she opened everything and she was noticeably disappointed. What I failed to realize is that (I am an idiot) and she was looking for some sort of romantic gift like a ring or necklace or something like that. Let me clarify, I do not have a problem with buying girls expensive gifts (my bank account and my ex’s can attest). Anyway, that wasn’t why we broke up. That came later and it wasn’t because of Christmas.

So, here is a short primer for expats in Korea that are wondering if they should buy Korean friends or colleagues Christmas gifts or not.

Generally with friends, it is not common. Christmas cards are common gifts friends would give each other with a heartwarming message- no money is necessary. Candy canes are enough for kids or maybe a small toy (under 8,000 won) for students. Socks, scarves, and gloves are gifts that I have often received in the past. Koreans seem to be very practical in their gift giving. I have also gotten boxers and thermal underwear before as well (and they have always been my size…).

It is also common for friends to get together and just have dinner. For dessert they will have a Christmas cake. The christmas cake is not for Jesus, it’s just to mark the holiday.

Foodstuff is always good. Seasonal foods like dried persimmon are considered to be very nice.

As for girlfriends, you have to at least take them to a nice dinner. Korean barbecue doesn’t count. Italian or Western is usually the way to go and I recommend you get wine. Depending on how long you have been dating a present could be flowers, chocolates, earrings, bracelet, necklace, a ring or a designer purse. Shoes are generally a taboo gifts and so are knives (even if she is a chef).

Anyway, this is just from my experience. This year I will be spending Christmas with my mom Nd I will be giving her money (Korean parents all love money :)

Merry Christmas and happy shopping.

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12 Days of Korean Christmas: Day 7: Paper Lantern Christmas Tree

Paper Lantern Christmas Tree

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 7 Paper Lantern Christmas Trees
6 Locks for a fence
5 Christmas Cakes!
4 pairs of socks,
3 doggy outfits
2 Silly hats And a
Santa that bows at me. 

See the other days of Christmas here:

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6: Locks

12 Days of Christmas: Day 5: Christmas Cakes

Dan

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