Tagged: tradition

Summer Festival Fun, beach 3

10 Summer Festivals

Summer is officially here and while many hope to sunbathe it up on the numerous beaches of Korea or drink some brews and enjoy the...

Seoul, Korea: Mapo-gu Mangwon Traditional Market, fruit and veggies 5

Mangwon Traditional Market’s Good Eats

Mangwon Market is our local traditional market. It’s nothing fancy like Gwangjang Market downtown with its rows of food stalls, vintage section and Hanbok section but, Mangwon Market has some good eats and it’s within close proximity to Hongdae and the Han River so it’s easy to stop by, grab some food and be on your way.

Jesa Ceremony, Seollal, Chuseok 14

How To Perform A Korean Jesa Ceremony

Jesa (제사) ceremonies are performed to honor the ancestors that have come before and paved the way for those that live today and the Lunar New Year is one time during the year that almost everyone partakes in the memorial rite.

Busan, Korea: Seollal, Lunar New Year, Charye Ceremony, Jesa Table Setting 11

How To Set The Table for Jesa

On Seollal, before anything else, family members awake very early to cleanse themselves and dress in nice clean clothes. They may even wear a Hanbok, a traditional Korean style of clothing. Next, the table will be set. The table setting varies from region to region and family to family, but there are some basic rules that are followed everywhere.

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What To Expect When You’re In Labor in Korea

Having a baby abroad can be stressful. With emotions that are already running rampant because of pregnancy hormones, adding a new stressor isn’t ideal. There had been no Lamaze classes or lessons on what to expect prior to labor and there we were. Five hours of contractions in the hospital in a room with just my husband and me and some nurses that would come and go every thirty minutes or so was the set up. Here’s a general guideline of what to expect that might be different when giving birth in Korea.

Busan, Korea: Seollal, Lunar New Year, Charye Ceremony, Jesa Table Setting 0

What To Do If You’re Staying In Seoul for Seollal!

No matter what the people do, the city of Seoul ends up much quieter than normal and the busy fast paced city comes to a bit of a wanderer’s pace. Restaurants that are usually open 24 hours a day may not open at all so if you’re staying in the city, plan ahead, stock up on food and drink and enjoy some quiet time in the city and maybe make plans to head out to one of these places that WILL be open.