Christmas is a public holiday in South Korea. As Christmas is totally banned in North Korea, South Koreans living near the DMZ are not allowed to put a Christmas tree or decorations outdoors. Santa Claus can also be seen around Korea but he might be wearing red or blue! He’s also known as 산타 클로스 (santa kullosu) or 산타 할아버지 (Santa Grandfather).
A popular Christmas food is a Christmas cake, but it’s often a sponge cake covered in cream brought from a local bakery! Or you might even have an ice cream cake from a shop like ‘Baskin Robbins’!
Happy/Merry Christmas in Korean is ‘Meri krismas’ (메리 크리스마스) or ‘seongtanjeol jal bonaeyo’ (성탄절 잘 보내요) or ‘Jeulgaeun krismas doeseyo’ (즐거운 크리스마스 되세요). Christians can say ‘Sungtan chukhahaeyo’ (성탄 축하해요) to celebrate the birth of Jesus.Return to Warm Wishes From Around the World