Korean beauty standards

For Koreans, being beautiful is everything!  But their beauty standards may be different than the ones that exist in your country.

  1. Small Head or face: If you have a small face in Korea, then you should consider yourself a lucky person. And it’s clear that having a small face is a symbol of beauty since almost all the Korea stars have small faces.

Model/actress’s face is a mere 17cm, or 6.69 inches, long.

Some people have big faces. So they choose to have a plastic surgery to cut their jaw bones so that they can have a small V face.

2. Big Eyes (Double eyelids): It’s important to have big eyes with double eyelid so as to be called beautiful in Korea.

3. A slim body: It’s not very necessary to have curves but what matter is that you need to Continue reading

Korean new year


new year

Korean New Year, commonly known as Seol-nal, is the first day of the lunar calendar. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays. It consists of a period of celebrations, starting on New Year’s Day. Koreans also celebrate solar New Year’s Day on January 1 each year, following the Gregorian Calendar. On the day of Seollal, everyone gets up early, puts on their best clothes, children wish their elders  (grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents) a happy new year by performing one deep traditional bow and the words saehae bok mani badeuseyo  which translates to Receive many New Year blessings, or more loosely, “Have a blessed New Year.” Parents typically reward this gesture by giving their children new year’s money, or “pocket money,” (usually in the form of crisp paper money) in luck bags made with beautiful silk design and offering words of wisdom, deokdam. Historically, parents gave out rice cakes (ddeok) and fruit to their children instead. Before and during the bowing ceremony, children wear hanboks as a respectful way to appreciate ancestors and elders. This activity is called Sebae.

Many traditional games are associated with the Korean New Year. The traditional family board game yunnori  is still a popular game nowadays. Yut Nori (Yunnori) is a traditional board game played in Korea, especially during Korean New Year. It is played using different types of specially designed sticks. Traditionally men and boys would fly rectangle kites called yeonnalligi, and play jegi chagi, a game in which a light object is wrapped in paper or cloth, and then kicked in a footbag like manner. Korean women and girls would have traditionally played neolttwigi, a game of jumping on a seesaw , and gongginolie, game played with five little gonggi (originally a little stone, but today many buy manufactured gongi in shops) while children spin paengi .