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Who do Koreans Celebrate Christmas with?

Wed, 2022-12-21 09:25

We are about to begin one of the happiest seasons of the year, celebrated almost worldwide, Christmas also known as Sung Tan Jul, is solely recognized as a national holiday in South Korea in comparison with the rest of Asian countries. It is not as traditional and popular as Seollal or Chuseok, but Koreans will take the day off to unwind with their loved ones, even though not many Koreans are motivated to return home for it.

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The majority of Koreans see Christmas as a day to celebrate with friends and family rather than as a religious festival, as it is celebrated in Western countries, in which a midnight mass is offered as part of this holiday tradition.

In the West, Christmas in a religious celebration and an opportunity to spend quality time you’re your loved ones, family, and friends, but Christmas in Korea only over 30% of South Koreans are considered to identify as Christians; the rest of the country is said to be agnostic for which Christmas is a holiday that emphasizes romance. Therefore, rather than family activities, Korean Christmas customs focus on activities for couples to enjoy together, you can actually call it a "couple holiday".

For single people, Christmas may be a lonely and hard time, since it is not a holiday to spend with family but more like a valentine’s day, many people decide to celebrate this holiday with relatives or go out with friends to prevent feeling lonely.

A survey conducted by Opensurvey.co.kr in 2017 showed the results of how couples preferred to spend their Christmas, and the results showed that the most voted option by people asked was to have “a cozy date with an intimate atmosphere” with 35.5% voted by women, and 37.8% voted by men, followed by “Regular date”. Below you can see the complete survey and data.


Christmas Food

There is no traditional Christmas food in South Korea, but instead, you can find families enjoying Bulgogi, sweet potato noodles, and kimchi rather than a conventional Christmas roast from the West. Another common Christmas treat that is frequently enjoyed by couples is Christmas cake, which is commonly topped with delectable strawberries and freshly whipped cream, but more varieties can be found.

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Christmas Presents

South Korea will make the most of the festivities in its commercial areas! Shops and sidewalks are completely decked out in glittering lights and holiday decorations, Seoul is magically illuminated at Christmas with magnificent lights. Decorations like this will spark your Christmas spirit. Although it is not a traditional custom in Korea to exchange gifts, you would still have plenty of Christmas displays, festivals, marketplaces, and shopping options.

Around this time of year, K-pop groups release unique Christmas songs, which you will enjoy. These songs' themes will emphasize the romantic side of the holiday rather than Christmas itself, so if you are already a K-pop fan, you will definitely enjoy hearing your favorite idol or band sing these songs.

Chuseok, sometimes known as "Korean Thanksgiving," and Lunar New Year are already two significant family-oriented festivals celebrated in Korea at the same time of year, due to this, unlike in Western countries like the United States and Canada, gift-giving is not a significant component. Instead, Koreans typically give gifts to their significant other, which explains why condoms, attractive underwear, and love hotel reservations are the most popular Christmas presents. So, couples may offer this kind of present or heartfelt gifts to one another, but family members are considerably more likely to receive an envelope of cash.


Some locations will feel a little bit packed on Christmas day since people tend to gather in places where the “Christmas spirit” is present. One such location is the Lotte World Amusement Park, which hosts unique Christmas-themed events. Myeongdong is also highly crowded since many go there on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for dates and since Christmas is not a Korean holiday, several of Seoul's more diverse neighborhoods, like Itaewon, are also particularly active around this time.

Regardless of whom we spend X-mas with, Christmas cake is a must-have. it's ranging between ₩30,000~50,000 ($25~40), and most bakeries receive Christmas pre-orders from early December. Some convenience stores offer mini cakes for singletons from ₩6,000 ($5~).


Hotels like Lotte or Choseon offer special Christmas cakes, from ₩250,000 ($200~) and it's kinda popular we do "Hocance" (Hotel Vacance), which is when we go and spend time at a hotel, eat Christmas cake, and spend Christmas there.


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how to say i love you in korean

Wed, 2022-12-21 06:26

Have you ever been head-over-heels in love or missed your loved ones? Try saying “I love you in Korean to make an impact on your crush.

The Korean phrase 사랑해 (saranghae) is the most common way to say I love you in Korean. But there are other cute ways to say I love you that can be more specific or personal.

We have got you covered with our quick guide on the best ways to say “I love you”, which will melt your beautiful loved one’s heart with examples and exercises.

Let’s get started!

How To Say I Love You In Korean

사랑해요 means “I love you” in Korean. It is polite and respectful to say this to your parents, grandparents, or teachers. 사랑해 is more casual and is used when talking to someone you are close to, like your boyfriend or girlfriend. The formal way to say “I love you” in Korean is 사랑합니다. You would use this when talking to someone older or with a higher status than you, in lyrics, in Korean advertisements, or when bands tell crowds “I love you” at concerts.


Here is the common way to say I love you in Korean in formal, casual, and polite ways.

  • The Casual  way – 사랑해(saranghae)
  • The Polite way  – 사랑해요(saranghaeyo)
  • The Formal way– 사랑합니다.(saranghamnida)
What Is Saranghaeyo Korean?

"사랑해요" (sa-rang-hae-yo) is a common way to say "I love you" in Korean. It is used to express romantic love or affection for someone, and can be used in both casual and formal settings.

The word "사랑" (sa-rang) means "love," and the word "해요" (hae-yo) is a polite way of saying "do" or "say" in Korean. So, the phrase "사랑해요" (sa-rang-hae-yo) literally means "I do love" or "I say love."

Here are a few example sentences using "사랑해요" (sa-rang-hae-yo):

  • 저는 너를 사랑해요. (jeo-neun neo-reul sa-rang-hae-yo.) (I love you.)
  • 저의 여자친구는 저를 사랑해요. (jeo-ui yeo-ja-chin-gu-neun jeo-reul sa-rang-hae-yo.) (My girlfriend loves me.)
  • 우리 아들은 우리 엄마를 사랑해요.our son loves our mother."
Saranghae In Korean

The most common way to say “I love you” in Korean is 사랑해 (sa-rang-hae). This is the informal way of saying “I love you” in Korean. This means that you can use this with people close to you and people younger than you. For example, with your girlfriend or boyfriend, with your husband or wife, you can use the informal way to say “I love you” because you are already very close to them. use towards your sweetheart, friends, and people your age or younger.

You can also use this informal way to tell family members, such as brothers, sisters, and parents that you love them.

You could say 나 너 사랑해. (na neo saranghae.)/널 사랑해. (neol saranghae.)

Or you can substitute “you” with the listener’s name and add 아 or 야 after the 


I love you, minji.

민지야, 사랑해. (minjiyah, saranghae.)

Meaning Of Saranghamnida

사랑합니다(saranghamnida) means I love you in Korean. It is the most formal way. You can use this word to address, just those with higher status or those who are older than you. It’s also used when talking to large groups and audiences like bands telling crowds “I love you” at concerts. 

If you want to confess someone just say the sentence 저는 당신을 사랑해요. (jeoneun dangsineul saranghaeyo).

저 (jeo)means r “I”, and 당신(dangsin) is the honorific term for “you”. 

You can just substitute “you” with the listener’s name +  씨 


  • I love you, name. 
  • name+ 씨 사랑해요. (xx ssi saranghaeyo.) 

Or you can also address the person as 오빠 or 누나

  • I love you, oppa
  • 오빠/누나 사랑해요. (oppa/nuna saranghaeyo.)
Other Indirect Ways To Say I Love You In Korean

Besides saying I Love You directly, you can also express your feelings to the other person in indirect ways. 

  • You’re pretty. 예뻐요. (yeppeoyo.)
  • You’re handsome. 잘 생겼어요. (jal saenggyeoseoyo.)
  • Would you go out with me?-저랑 사귈래요? (jeorang sagwilraeyo?) 
  • I want to be with you. 같이 있고 싶어요. (gachi itgo sipeoyo.) 
  • I miss you. 보고 싶어요. (bogo sipeoyo.)
  • You’re beautiful. 아름다워요. (areumdawoyo.)
  • You’re looking good. 멋있어요.
How To Say I Love You Very Much In Korean

If you want to say  I Love You Very Much., simply add the degree modifier 너무(neomu) or 많이 (mani) means very much, a lot before the verb.


  • I love you a lot.
  • 많이 사랑해요. (mani saranghaeyo.) 
  • I love you very much. 
  • 너무 사랑해요. (neomu saranghaeyo.)
Essential Korean Words Related To Love

Here’s a list of common words that you’ll hear in Korean dating, from cute words to serious lifelong commitments. This vocabulary will be extremely useful when you’re dating in Korea.

  • Lover- 연인-yeonin
  • romance-연애-yeonae
  • love-사랑-Sarang
  • My love – 내 사랑 (nae sarang)
  • Baby-자기-jagi
  • First love-첫사랑 (cheotsarang).
  • Husband – 남편 (nampyeon)
  • Wife – 아내 (anae)
  • Special someone– 아끼는 사람 (akkineun saram)
  • Honey- 여보-yeobo
  • Love letter-연애 편지-yeon-ae pyeonji
  • relationship-관계 (gwangye).
  • secret crush- 짝사랑-[jjaksarang]
  • Date(romantic)- 데이트 [De-i-t]
  • Romantic- 로맨틱한 (romantikhan) and 낭만적인 (nangmanjeokin)
  • Blind date- 소개팅[Sogaeting]
  • Couple- 커플[keopeul]
  • kiss (quick peck)-뽀뽀 [ppoppo]
  • Kiss-키스[kiseu]
  • Love triangle-삼각관계[samgakkkwangye]
  • flirt-작업[jageop]
  • Drama-드라마[deulama]
  • Heart-마음-[ma-eum]
  • feeling-느낌[neukkim]
  • player-바람둥이 (baramdungi)
남자 친구[ Namjachingu] – “Boyfriend”In Korean

남자 친구 (namjachingu) is the Korean word for "boyfriend." It is made up of the word 남자 (namja), which means "man," and 친구 (chingu), which means "friend." Together, the phrase refers to a romantic and/or sexual relationship between two people, with one person being a man and the other being a woman. In

Korean culture, it is common for people to refer to their romantic partners as 친구 (chingu) rather than using more formal or specific terms like "husband" or "wife."

Butkorean also calls their partner Oppa this can mean “boyfriend” or older brother. But Husband” in Korean is 남편[nampyeon].

여자 친구[Yeojachingu]-Girlfriend” In Korean

여자 친구" (yeo-ja chin-gu) is the Korean phrase for "girlfriend."

The word "여자" (yeo-ja) means "woman" or "female," and the word "친구" (chin-gu) means "friend." Together, "여자 친구" (yeo-ja chin-gu) refers to a female friend who is in a romantic relationship with the speaker.

Here are a few example sentences using "여자 친구" (yeo-ja chin-gu):

  • 저의 여자 친구는 저를 사랑해요. (jeo-ui yeo-ja chin-gu-neun jeo-reul sa-rang-hae-yo.) (My girlfriend loves me.)
  • 저의 여자 친구는 의사예요. (jeo-ui yeo-ja chin-gu-neun ui-sa-ye-yo.) (My girlfriend is a doctor.)
  • 저의 여자 친구와 저는 잘 어울리죠. (jeo-ui yeo-ja chin-gu-wa jeo-neun jal eo-ul-li-jyo.) (My girlfriend and I suit each other well.)

For a woman who’s really just a friend, you might use 여자 사람 친구 (“yeo-ja-sa-ram-chin-gu”), which means “female person friend.”

Cute Korean Phrases To Show Your Love
  • I’ve got a crush on you
  • 너에게 반했어Neo-ege banhaesseo
  • Everything alright?
  • 별일 없지?Byeolil eobji?
  • I think of you as more than a friend
  • 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해- Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saengakhae
  • Can I hug you?
  • 안아도 돼?-Anado dwe?
  • You are my ideal type!
  • 너는 내 이상형이야!- noneun nae isanghyongiya
  • Will you marry me?
  • 나랑 결혼할래?- Narang gyeor-hon hallae?
  • I will give you a hug
  • 안아줄게-anajulge
  • Kiss me please
  • 뽀뽀해 줘- ppoppohae jwo
  • I want to be with you
  • 같이 있고 싶어- gachi itgo sipeo
  • Can I Kiss you?
  • 키스해도 돼?- Kiss-haedo dwe?
  • I would like to spend more time with you
  • 너랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어- neorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo
  • Will you be my Valentine(girlfriend or boyfriend)?
  • 나랑 사귈래?- Narang saguillae?
  • Would you like to date? 
  • 사귈래요? (sagwillaeyo)

If you’re just starting your Korean language journey, don’t worry about memorizing all of these different ways to say “I love you.” Just focus on 사랑해 (saranghae) and 사랑해요 (saranghaeyo).

Once you get the hang of those, then you can start experimenting with the other variations. 

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Now that you know how to say “I love you” in Korean, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. Why not confess your love for someone special in Korean? 


If you do, be sure to let us know how it went in the comments below. 




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How To Say Father In Korean

Wed, 2022-12-21 05:52

Family relations are an important part of Korean culture. After all, the father is the head of the household traditionally

Wouldn’t learning to address your father in Korean be a sweet gift?

Just like mom, we have many ways to refer to our dad in Korean, and there’s a good reason for that.

Whether you’re using the word “아빠[appa] in Korean” or a more polite term 아버지 [abeoji], knowing how to pronounce dad in Korea and using these words can be a big help.

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say dad in Korean in informal, polite, and formal situations and all about parents’ day with examples and exercises. 

How To Say Dad In Korean

To say "dad" in Korean, you can use the word "아빠" (ah-ppa). This word is a casual way to address your father, and it is commonly used in everyday conversation.

If you want to be more formal or polite, you can use the word "아버지" (ah-beo-ji). This word is more respectful and is often used when speaking to an older person or someone you don't know well.

In Korean culture, it is customary to address your parents using honorific titles. The honorific title for "dad" is "아버님" (ah-beo-nim). This title is used when speaking to or about your father in a formal or respectful setting, such as at a wedding or in a business setting.

Here’s how to say father or dad in Korean language in informal, polite, and formal situations. 

  • 아빠 [a-ppa] – Informal
  • 아버지 [a-beo-ji] – Polite
  • 아버님 [a-beo-nim] – Formal


The Standard “father” in Korean

아버지 [a-beo-ji] is the standard way to say father in Korean.

You can use it in most situations and you will never sound rude. 

Again, if you wanted to say “my dad in Korean" in a polite way, you could use the expression "우리 아버지" literally translated as “our father."

When to use

  • Older/middle-aged generations usually this form while talking with their dad in Korean. But the newer generation doesn’t use this when talking directly to their own parents. 
  • Instead, it’s more common for Koreans to talk to or about someone else’s father in Korean. 

How to use 

Ben’s a wonderful father. 

벤은 정말 좋은 아버지예요.

You’re as tall as your father. 

네 키가 아버지만큼 크구나


The meaning of 아빠 appa in Korean

The informal way to say father/dad in Korean language is 아빠 [a-ppa]. You can use it to address your own father in Korean.

If you want to say “My dad in Korean", just say the word "우리 아빠 [u-ri appa]," which means "our dad" where " (uri)” is translated as "our " and appa in Korean means "father."

When to use

You can use this form while talking about your own parents with friends.

How to use 

What does your daddy look like? 

너희 아빤 어떻게 생겼니?

Dad is retired now. 

우리 아빠는 이제 은퇴하셨어요.

Is it OK if I borrow the car, Dad? 

아빠, 저 차 좀 빌려 가도 돼요?

Formal father in Korean

The formal way to say father in Korean is 아버님 [a-beo-nim]. As this is a formal word, you can use it when addressing your father in formal situations or in situations when you just want to sound extra respectful.

When to use

You can use this form when you are meeting a friend's parents for the first time.

If you are Meeting your girlfriend or boyfriend's dad for the first few times, you can use the Korean word for dad “아버님 [a-beo-nim]” to address him with respect. 

How to use 

We’re sorry to hear that your father’s in the hospital again. 

당신 아버님께서 또 입원하셨다니 안됐군요.

Did you hear about Mary’s father? 

메리 아버님 소식 들었어요?

What does your father do? 

아버님은 무슨 일을 하세요?

How do you say "This is my father" in Korean?

To say "This is my father" in Korean, you can use the phrase 이게 제 아빠입니다 (ee-geh jeh ah-ppa-ib-ni-da).

Here is how you can break down the sentence:

이게 (ee-geh) = this

제 (jeh) = my (informal)

아빠 (ah-ppa) = dad

입니다 (ib-ni-da) = is (polite form)

So, the entire sentence can be translated as "This is my dad."

It's also worth noting that you can use the formal term for "father," 아버지 (ah-beo-ji), in place of 아빠 (ah-ppa) if you want to show more respect or formality.

Parent day in Korea

In Korea, Parents' Day is celebrated on May 8th each year. It is a national holiday that is dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation for parents.

On Parents' Day, people usually give gifts and cards to their parents, and may also spend time with them doing activities or having a special meal. Some people also visit their parents' graves to pay respects to their ancestors.

Parents' Day is a relatively new holiday in Korea, as it was first established in 1973. It is meant to recognize the important role that parents play in their children's lives, and to show appreciation for the love and care that parents give to their families.


Great job. You finally know how to say dad in Korean.

If you are ever unsure of how to say father in Korean, then it is best to stick with what you know and use 괜찮아요 (Gwaenchanayo),괜찮아 (Gwaenchana),알았어 (arasseo),네 (ne)

All these words are widely used and accepted in Korea.

Well, it’s time for you to apply it in real life and improve your pronunciation.

So go out and next time you got a chance to say father in Korean, just use any of these as much as you can.

Koreans will understand you even if you got it wrong. 

Looking for more a ultimate guide on how to sat dad in Korean langaue  and when to use them you can check out the original articles on this topic by fluenttongue.


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Repetitive Adjectives – 흔하디흔하다 & More | Korean FAQ

Mon, 2022-12-19 18:07

For years as a beginner I saw verbs that used this form but never knew what they were, nor did I recognize that it was an actual form - just that this form kept popping up from time to time. This form doesn't have its own name, but you can think of it as the 디~다 form since that's the pattern that gets repeated when it's used.

Some common examples of this form are the verbs 흔하디흔하다, 높디높다, 쓰디쓰다, 푸르디푸르다, 좁디좁다, and 예쁘디예쁘다.

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Templestay – Mihwangsa Temple (Haenam, Jeollanam-do)

Sun, 2022-12-18 23:38
The Daeungbo-jeon Hall at Mihwangsa Temple in Haenam, Jeollanam-do. Introduction to Temple

Mihwangsa Temple, which means “Beautiful Yellow Temple” in English, is located in Haenam, Jeollanam-do. According to a temple myth from the Samguk Yusa, Mihwangsa Temple was first founded in 749 A.D. The temple is located to the west of Mt. Dalmasan (489 m), and it’s the southernmost temple on the Korean Peninsula. As a result, Mihwangsa Temple enjoys beautiful views of the South Sea off in the distance.

During the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), officials and scholars from China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279) visited the temple between 1264 to 1294. Also at this time, there were twelve hermitages that were directly associated with Mihwangsa Temple on Mt. Dalmasan. During the Imjin War (1592-1598), Mihwangsa Temple was destroyed by the invading Japanese. The temple would quickly be rebuilt in 1598, starting with the Daeungbo-jeon Hall. The main hall was later repaired in 1754. In total, Mihwangsa Temple is home to some four Korean Treasures that include the Daeungbo-jeon Hall.

As for the Templestay program at Mihwangsa Temple, which is known as the Mihwangsa Healing Templestay Program, it focuses on fully immersing yourself in Korean Buddhism that includes multiple Yebul ceremonies, a tea ceremony, meditation, and the environ that surrounds Mihwangsa Temple over a two day experience.

For more on Mihwangsa Temple.


You can get to Mihwangsa Temple from the Haenam Intercity Bus Terminal. From here, you’ll need to catch a bus that heads to Wando. This bus leaves every ten to sixty minutes, depending on the time of the day. The first bus leaves at 5:50 a.m., and these buses run throughout the day until 9:10 p.m. You’ll need to get off at the Weolsong-ri stop. The bus ride should last about sixty minutes. From here, you’ll need to either grab a taxi for the remaining ten minute drive to get to the temple.

Templestay Program

Mihwangsa Temple offers one Templestay program at their temple. It’s entitled the Mihwangsa Healing Templestay Program, which is a one night two day program. Here is their program:

A: Mihwangsa Healing Templestay TimeTitle15:00-16:00Registration and Room Assignment17:00-17:30Dinner18:00-18:30Yebul18:30-19:30Temple Tour & Sunset View19:30-20:00Cham-Seon (Seon Meditation)20:00-21:00Da-Seon (Tea Ceremony)22:00-05:00Good Night! TimeTitle05:00-05:20Good Morning! 05:20-05:30Cham-Seon (Seon Meditation)05:30-06:00Yebul (Ceremony)06:30-07:00Breakfast07:30-08:00Walking in the Forest 08:00-08:30Ullyeok (Communal Work)10:00-11:00Yebul (Ceremony)11:30-12:00Lunch12:00Good-Bye!

(This schedule is subject to change)

The Templestay facilities at Mihwangsa Temple. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website). And some more of the temple facilities. (Picture courtesy of the Templestay website). Temple Information

Address: 164 Mihwangsa-gil, Songji-myeon, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do

Tel: 061-533-3521

E-mail: [email protected]


Mihwangsa Healing Templestay Program – adults – 80,000 won; students – 70,000 won; pre-schoolers – 50,000 won

*The cancellation policy at Mihwangsa Temple is that 1 day before your arrival date, you’ll only get a 50% refund.


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Grading YOUR Korean Journals Ep. 2

Fri, 2022-12-16 18:03

This is the second time I've had the pleasure of grading YOUR Korean Journals. This time I met up with Inae Saem and we looked at 8 of your latest journals, written entirely in Korean. What we were surprised by most is that this time everyone's level seemed pretty high (the Korean was easy to understand). Thanks for sending in your journals! Maybe I can make this a more regular thing if there's enough interest.

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Korean calendar – Different types used in the country

Fri, 2022-12-16 07:36

Previously, we’ve already learned how to say things related to the Korean calendar, like months in Korean, and also time. We’ve also learned so much about big Korean holidays such as Lunar New Year and Korean Thanksgiving.

However, perhaps in addition to celebrating your own native holidays, you’d also like to celebrate some Korean ones each year. Or possibly, you’re simply curious to know what similar and different holidays and events they may have each year. This may, in fact, come in quite handy if you are living in Korea or planning a trip there.

You may also be simply curious about what a Korean calendar looks like and what type of vocabulary is attached to it. And why not? You never know when this information may become useful! Now, let’s look at the vocabulary related to the calendar year, and then let’s check out some important dates in South Korea.

What is “calendar” in Korean?

The basic word for “calendar” in the Korean language is 달력 (dallyeok). Sometimes you may also hear the Konglish word 캘린더 (kaellindeo) being used.

Now, different calendar systems have their own names. The calendar used in Korea is called the Dangun calendar, which in Korean is 단군 (dangun). Gregorian calendar, known to most of us in Western countries, is called 건양 (geonyang) in Korean.

Vocabulary related to the Korean calendar

Here is a quick list of vocabulary related to the Korean calendar.

EnglishKorean Timetable, schedule 일정표 (iljeongpyo) Event calendar 행사표 (haengsapyo) Calendar month 역월 (yeokwol) Calendar year 역년 (yeongnyeon) Advent calendar 재림절 달력 (jaerimjeol dallyeok) Julian calendar 율리우스력 (yulliuseuryeok) Gregorian calendar 그레고리력 (geuregoriryeok),
건양 (geonyang) Jewish calendar 유대력 (yudaeryeok) Solar calendar 양력 (yangnyeok) Lunar calendar 음력 (eumryeok) What type of calendar is used in Korea?

Although the Gregorian calendar exists to a large extent in South Korea, it is not what is primarily followed when it comes to the country’s important holidays and similar events, notably Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving. Instead, the traditional calendar that Koreans follow is the Dangun calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar.

In other words, the Dangun calendar, followed by the Korean, combines Lunar Calendar and Solar Calendar into one. Therefore, both the Gregorian Calendar, which is a solar calendar and a traditional lunar calendar determines the dates of important events in a year in Korea.

The Korean calendar has been quite influenced by the traditional Chinese calendar, like the traditional calendars in other Asian countries. In the same way, the traditional Chinese culture has influenced many other things on the Korean peninsula. When it comes to the calendar, this primarily shows in the form of how the dates of festivities are determined each year.

However, all of the observances and festivals come directly from Korean culture. In order to truly understand how the Korean calendar works and why the important dates are important, it’s good to know the differences between the Korean lunar calendar and the solar calendar.

Korean Lunar Calendar vs. Solar Calendar

Most of us are likely quite accustomed to and familiar with the Gregorian calendar, which is a solar calendar. But did you know that this calendar, too, originated from a lunar calendar system?

The main difference between the two is perhaps the length and cycle of the year. In a solar calendar, the year is simply an annual cycle based on the solar year. However, in contrast, a lunar calendar follows the moon’s monthly cycles. As solar stands for the sun and lunar for the moon, it’s quite easy to remember which is which.

List of important dates/holidays observed in Korea

Whether you intend to live or travel to Korea, it is good to know the important dates and traditional holidays observed in the country ahead of time.

January 1 – New Year’s Day

Korean name: 신정 (Sinjeong)

Like elsewhere in the world, Koreans also celebrate New Year’s Day, or the 1st day of the solar calendar, and the start of the universal calendar year.

Although it doesn’t hold as much importance as Lunar New Year, New Year’s Eve or the last day of the year is often celebrated with concerts and fireworks, while many hikes up to popular locations to welcome the first sunrise of the calendar year.

1st day of 1st lunar month – Lunar New Year

Korean name: 설날 (Seollal)

In 2022, it was celebrated on February 1, and in 2023 it will be celebrated on January 22. In other words, Lunar New Year’s exact date changes each year, as is the case when following the lunar calendar and moon cycles. During this holiday, Koreans traditionally would eat rice cake soup and honey cakes.

This is one of the two biggest national holidays in the traditional Korean calendar and has been celebrated since the year 488. It’s celebrated as a three-day holiday.

The first day is the day before the Lunar New Year, during which most of the preparations are made. The second day is the Lunar New Year when all of the important festivities are observed. You can learn all about Lunar New Year in our article dedicated to it.

March 1 – Independence Movement Day

Korean name: 삼일절 (Samiljeol)

Set according to the solar calendar, on this day, it’s commonplace to visit locations such as Seodaemun Prison History Hall in Seoul. It’s one of the two independence day-resembling holidays observed in South Korea.

During the Independence Movement Day, Koreans celebrate being Koreans and also try to learn something new about their country’s long and vibrant history. It is undoubtedly one of the year’s most important days for Koreans.

May 5 – Children’s Day

Korean name: 어린이날 (Eorininal)

Korea is one of the few countries out there with a day dedicated specifically to celebrating the innocence of children. It is shortly followed by Parents’ Day and Teachers’ Day, but of the three, it is certainly the Children’s Day that is the most special.

On this day, special events are arranged in locations loved by children, such as zoos and amusement parks. In addition, they get gifts from parents and possibly other adults. Many children also consume their time playing traditional games on this day.

8th day of 4th lunar month – Buddha’s Birthday

Korean name: 부처님 오신 날 (Bucheonnim Osinnal)

The next of the national holidays following the lunar calendar is Buddha’s birthday. In 2022, the birthday was celebrated on May 8, and in 2023 it will be celebrated on May 26. The country prepares for it by showcasing lantern festivals around the cities, and you may find many streets decorated with lanterns as well.

One of the biggest ways the holiday is observed is with a parade in Seoul where hundreds of thousands of people will walk the streets holding lanterns. It is also commonplace to visit a Buddhist temple around the holiday.

연등회 (Yeondeunghoe), or the Lotus Lantern festival, is also held during this holiday.

June 6 – Memorial Day

Korean name: 현충일 (hyeonchungil)

Memorial Day commemorates the 600,000 South Korean soldiers who died during Korean War, as well as other wars.

Each year there will be a special ceremony hosted at Seoul National Cemetery, and the Korean flag is kept at half-mast for the entirety of the day. You can learn more facts and history related to this national observance in our Memorial Day article.

July 17 – Constitution Day

Korean name: 제헌절 (jeheonjeol)

Until some law changes in 2008, Constitution Day was another holiday during which many businesses closed to give their employees an additional day off.

In Korea today, it still commemorates the day during which the National Assembly first adopted the first constitution in the country, which took place on July 17 in the year 1948. This was done mere months before South Korea and North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic) officially split into separate countries.

August 15 – National Liberation Day 

Korean name: 광복절 (Gwangbokjeol)

An interesting fact is that this is the only holiday in the entire Korean calendar that is celebrated by both South and North Koreans. On this day, at least in South Korea, freedom is celebrated. A special commemoration service is held, for example, and the current president of the country will always attend it.

15th Day of 8th Lunar Month – Thanksgiving

Korean name: 추석 (Chuseok)

The other one of the two big Korean holidays is Thanksgiving, celebrated as the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival. This is also referred to as Harvest Moon Festival or 한가위 (Hangawi). In 2022, it was celebrated from September 9 to September 11. And in 2023, it will be celebrated from September 28 to September 30.

Many similar traditional activities and meals take place on Thanksgiving during Lunar New Year, and most Koreans travel to their homes on this holiday as well to spend it together with family, just like during Lunar New Year. You can read more about Chuseok on our blog.

During Chuseok, several events are being help,d such as 올벼신미 (olbyeosinmi | offering earliest rice grain), 강강술래 (ganggang sullae | circle dance ).

October 3 – National Foundation Day 

Korean name: 개천절 (gaecheonjeol)

In addition to the Independence Movement Day and National Liberation Day, another similar date celebrated in South Korea is the National Foundation Day on October 3.

On this day, the founding of Kingdom of Gosojeon is celebrated. Originally it was actually celebrated as a harvest festival, with the date determined according to the lunar calendar. However, it became a national holiday in the first half of the 20th century, and got its own fixed date on the solar calendar.

The celebrations for it aren’t as major as the two family holidays, mostly commemorated through a special ceremony at Tangun’s mausoleum and by having schools and businesses close for the day. However, it is considered a very important date in the calendar year.

October 9 – Hangeul Day

Korean name: 한글날 (hangeulnal)

Shortly after National Foundation Day comes the day for celebrating the Korean alphabet, which is called Hangeul Day. Korean script was discovered in 1443, and this day serves as the yearly commemoration for it.

December 25 – Christmas

Korean name: 기독탄신일 (gidoktansinil)

Just like elsewhere in the world, December 25 marks Christmas in South Korea as well. However, it is not as big of a holiday as it is in Western countries and other countries where Christianity is the main religion.

Of course, in South Korea, it is celebrated with Christmas songs, carols, lights, and decorations everywhere, and for churchgoers, there are special masses held. But rather than being a day where every shop closes down and families gather together, Koreans tend to spend it outdoors with their friends or significant others.

Other holidays and national observances

Besides the above-mentioned dates, which are the most important ones in a year, a host of other holidays and observances are also celebrated. Here is a few of them:

  • February 5 (2023, 15th day of 1st lunar month) – Great Full Moon Festival, Daeboreum (대보름)
  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day, 발렌타인 데이 (ballentain dei)
  • May 8 – Parents’ Day, 어버이 날 (eobeoi nal)
  • May 15 – Teacher’s Day, 스승의 날 (seuseungui nal)
  • July 17 – Constitution Day, 제헌절 (jeheonjeol)
  • October 31 – Halloween, 할로윈 (hallowin)

Some memorial services and ancestral services are also observed using the lunar calendar. With Korea’s rich culture, different events are also held depending on the holiday just as composing poetry, first full moon greeting (during Daeboreum), leg fighting, and other fun activities.

For the events listed, some of the food that Koreans would prepare are rice cake, taro soup, mugwort soup, herring soup, rice dumplings, coloured noodles, mixed rice, honey citron tea, traditional biscuits, wheat pancake, rice wine, red beans, and many more. This depends on the specific festival that is celebrated.

Wrap Up

And just like this, you know all this important information about the Korean calendar and the traditional festivals and dates in it! Not to mention, you even learned some vocabulary along the way! If you’d like to know further about the lunar calendar, check out our article on Korean Zodiac.

Also, let us know in the comments below, do you celebrate many similar holidays in your home country!

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Fri, 2022-12-16 07:31
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