Woo hoo, there are only 22 more days left until Christmas!!! I’ve already got my tree up and I’m wearing my Christmas jumper to look as jolly as possible and to get myself in the Christmas spirit.
I’ve also already indulged in my fair share of mulled wine and probably a few other peoples too (oops). But I want to get even more Christmassy. It’s a glorious time of year filled with presents, parties, copious amounts of food and drink and sparkly things. As you can probably guess I’m a total Christmas fanatic.
Christmas in Korea can be different to how it is back home as there just aren’t the same traditions, though it’s getting more and more popular year by year. One of my favourite ways to get in a seasonal mood is by going to the European Christmas Market in Seongbuk. A traditional market which is run every year thanks to the Global Village Center. Their aim is for foreign residents to feel a taste of home and for Koreans to experience European Christmas culture. The event is supported by the Embassies of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Each country has its own booth specializing in selling a different kind of product, from Christmas decorations, to foods and wine. Some of my favourites include gluhwein and baileys hot chocolate. There are also a whole array of fat laden sweet and savoury dishes from all over Europe to help keep you warm and nourished too.
As well as the stalls they also have a variety of entertainment such as Christmas Carollers (nothing says Christmas like a good Christmas carol) Father Christmas, dancers and a costume contest. There’s also a big ass Christmas tree to really get you in the festive spirit.
This years Christmas market is On December 6th & 7th and open from 12pm – 8pm. It’s located at 14-2 Samseondong 1(il)-ga, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Hansung Univ. Stn (line 4) and come out of exit 2. You will see the market in the square as you exit. For more information you can check out then Global Village website. Merry Christmas!!!!