Ideas and Tips on Gift-Giving in Korea

If you’re new to South Korea, you’ll notice the hundreds of specialty shops that dot the city streets that offer more goods and gifts you could ever hope to buy for yourself. A great way to take advantage of these amazing shops and indulge in their wares is to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of gift-giving.

Many Asian cultures value modesty and graciousness as staples of their culture, and South Korea is no different. This translates into the gift-giving culture as a wonderful way to express gratitude towards others who have shown their kindness. If you are new to the culture, here are a few tips to help your gift-giving in South Korea go smoothly.

Mother's Day 2012

My Mother's Day actually started on Saturday to my surprise.  We walked into Donatelli's as we do every Saturday only to be surprised by our daughter and her family.  Noah ran up to me and gave me a huge hug and this card that he made himself.

It's Coming Along

My bojagi project is coming along.  Sometimes housework like laundry and ironing get into my quilting time.  Now that the grass is also growing I mowed the lawn for the first time in over a year.

What I've Been Up To....Bojagi!

I started a new bojagi project using the gorgeous silk I had bought at the hanbok shop shortly before our return to the States.  It was the first time the silk had been out of the package since I bought it and now I wish I had bought more!  It is gorgeous and so easy to work with.  It's timeconsuming because you are cutting each section as you go and decide what you want.  I am also handstitching everything which also takes alot of time.

Bojagi (Korean Quilting)

 Remember this bag of silk scraps that I got from a hanbok shop shortly before we left South Korea?

National Folk Museum of Korea

We finally got around to visiting the National Folk Museum of Korea.  We had no problem getting there because it's in the grounds of the Gyeongbokgung Palace.  We had heard that it was free but found that information wasn't entirely correct.  Yes, the museum is free but the only way to get to it was to spend 1500 WON to enter the palace.

My Last Field Trip with My Bojagi and Chasu Teacher

I met KJ one last time near Dongdaemun to visit her favorite silk and satin store.  It happens to be a hanbok store too.  I walked into a color explosion.  There were rolls of fabric everywhere and I was in heaven.

Crazy Wednesday! Part 1

 Thursday morning started out with bojagi class.  I finished my one project along with the socks.

Bojagi (Korean Quilting) Class

This is my final bojagi project.  A Korean sock.  I started it last week and will finish it (hopefully) during my last class next Wednesday.  It won't have the chasu (Korean embroidery) but I think I will be visiting my favorite chasu shop in Dongdaemun to get something to decorate my socks. 

Bojagi (Korean Quilting) Class

I love learning new things in bojagi.  Today I was working on these tabs which the Koreans call pine nuts.
                            I am making four

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