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Celebrating Lunar New Year in South Korea: A Guide to the Year of the Dragon

As the Lunar New Year (Seollal) approaches, South Korea gears up for a time of joy, family, and traditions. This year Seollal will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2024! In the Year of the Dragon, here's your guide to celebrating this special occasion in the heart of Korean culture!

1. Embrace Traditional Cooking

Get ready to savor the essence of Korean cuisine by filling your fridge with ingredients for traditional dishes. Why not try your hand at making Tteokguk (rice cake soup), Japchae (stir-fried glass noodles), or a variety of jeon (Korean pancakes)? It's a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the culinary traditions of the Lunar New Year!

2. Stay Updated with Seoul City

For residents of Seoul, keeping an eye on Seoul City's Instagram account (@seoulcity) is a smart move. The account regularly updates followers on Lunar New Year holiday events happening throughout the city. Stay informed about cultural performances, exhibitions, and festivities to make the most of this special time.

3. Indulge Mindfully

While it's tempting to overindulge in the delicious array of Lunar New Year dishes, it's also wise to be mindful of your health. Check out our healthy array of Korean dishes to enjoy! Enjoy the treats but try not to gain unhealthy weight during the celebrations. Balance is the key to a happy and healthy Lunar New Year!

4. Find Serenity in Korean Temples

Escape the hustle and bustle of the celebrations by visiting a Korean temple. This can be a serene experience, offering a peaceful environment to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the Year of the Dragon. Connect with the Buddhist ideology that is deeply embedded in Korean culture.

As you embark on this Lunar New Year journey in South Korea, may the Year of the Dragon bring you prosperity, good health, and memorable moments with loved ones.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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