추석 Chuseok

Hi everyone!! We are still here! We have been very busy and so haven’t had time to post! But here is some interesting stuff from the beginning of the month.

The end of Sept. early Oct was Chuseok, THE most important holiday in Korea. People all flee the cities and go to visit their extended families back in the country side. Towns and cities are deserted!

The preparations for the holiday were quite impressive. Something like Christmas I guess but without the decorations. Everywhere you see gift packs! I understand that giving these gifts is more the rule than the exception. But don’t worry, there are a lot of options to choose from!

You can see that some of the staff are wearing traditional dresses

I think one of the best parts of Chuseok for us foreigners was getting to see some 한복 hanbok – traditional Korean clothing. There are entire stores dedicated to custom made hanbok but they also sold ‘cheap’ ($50-$120) hanbok for kids at the grocery/department stores.

THE best part chuseok was that we were honoured to have the chance to wear some of the clothing when a student’s mom and our co-worker’s husband leant us their hanbok.

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