Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas in South Korea

There are many Christmas traditions in South Korea, including the Santa Penguins Parade and the Santa Factory which will warm your heart and prepare you for your leave.

From Dogo News:
Every November, the March of the Holiday Penguins marks the beginning of the Christmas Fantasy, celebration at the Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, just south of Seoul. To the delight of both children and adults, the dozen or more tuxedo birds waddled solemnly some in Santa suits, while other posing as reindeers with antlers sticking out from their backs, instead of heads. These of course are no ordinary penguins, but endangered African Penguins, also know as Jackass Penguins, thanks to their donkey-like braying call.

From Zimbio:
The Santa Factory is group of men and women that prepares and delivers gifts to poor people as part of a charity campaign.

Why Christmas states other traditions include: 
  • Department stores put on big displays of decorations. There's also an amazing display of lights in the capital city, Seoul. The lights are all over the city center including the bridges over the Han River.
  • Presents are exchanged and a popular present is money.
  • Santa Claus can also be seen around Korea but he might be wearing red or blue.
  • A popular Christmas food is a Christmas Cake, but it's often a sponge cake covered in cream brought from a local bakery! Or you might even have an ice cream cake from a shop like Baskin Robbins.

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