In Korea, there’s the saying that eating tteokguk (rice cake soup) makes you a year older. That’s why some people even call it cheomsebyeong (添歲餠, rice cake that makes you older). However, no one’s quite sure as to when this soup was invented. We can only have some idea about its origins through old records such as Dongguk Sesigi, which was published during the late Joseon Dynasty. There are various meanings given to the soup as well. Some believe that people started using white rice cakes for the soup for a clean, fresh new start of the year to come and others believe that it was to wish for affluence as the round shape of the rice cake resembles that of a coin.
A small village with hanoks from the Joseon Dynasty. Located right in the heart of the city, visitors can get an inside look at the lives of many different social classes.
Sure, it's a bit of a touristy thing to do but c'mon you gotta give some credit to these places for its history, architecture and aesthetic. Do a little walking and learn a little something as you check out these palaces in Seoul.
Yes, yes it's not exactly traditional but it'll still be open and you gotta play while you can!
Looking for the perfect place to imitate Kim Yuna? Here are some ice rinks for you to give it a go.
The weekend before Lunar New Year? Way good deals on all those discount sites. (Seriously)