Bringing a bit of Christmas to Korea

Over the years Korea has become more open to foreigners and their culture. Even though Christmas is rather a day for couples to spend time with their significant other, it seems Koreans also developed more interest in other Christmas habits. In addition, since more and more Western people are living in Korea, the foreign community wants to share their customs and bring people together – with success!

European Christmas Market

Every year the Seongbuk Global Village host the European Christmas Market in Seongbukcheon, where various European countries offer their typical tasty treats. From German mulled wine (Glühwein) to Hungarian goulash, people can try something new. Originally organized by German Hans-Alexander Kneider, honorary mayor of Seongbuk-dong, the European Christmas Market takes place since 2010 and the number of visitors is rising from year to year. Especially Koreans getting more and more curious about this foreign custom. The location is decorated with a huge Christmas tree and performances and small games are held on a stage.

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Location: Hansung University station, Seongbukcheon Fountain Square

How to get there: Hansung University station, directly at exit 2

I highly recommended to use public transportation since parking space is barely available.

Website of the Seongbuk Global Center

German Christmas Market

As a German, I know how much we love Christmas markets. The lights, the food, the atmosphere – it’s unique. Even the smallest cities in Germany have their own market and it’s a typical place to meet and chat while having a cup of mulled wine (Glühwein). Deutsche Schule Seoul (German School Seoul International) helds its own Christmas market. In small booths visitors can buy mulled wine (Glühwein), bratwurst, waffles and traditional German delicacies (Christstollen). Several workshops for the little ones are offered, too.

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Location: 123-6 Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

서울특별시 용산구 독서당로 123-6 서울독일학교

How to get there: Hannam Station exit 1, walking around 300m straight  to the bus stop. Taking the green bus number 2016 until 한남시범아파트. Deutsche Schule Seoul is across the street.

I highly recommended to use public transportation since parking space is barely available.

However, I have to admit that real Christmas market fans might be a bit disappointed. Both markets are quite small and the prices relatively high. I personally enjoyed the German Christmas market more. Even though the location was much smaller than the European one, the atmosphere was more festively.

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