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Cherish the Romantic Christmas Ambience in Korea

  • Tag Event Tour Trend
  • Date12/20/2021
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H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch

December is filled with excitement as the year draws to an end with the New Year right around the corner, not to mention Christmas - the holiday everybody has been waiting for! To make the most out of your Christmas season in Korea, read on to find photo spots for taking memorable photos with friends and families, Christmas cakes perfect for home parties, and adorable items that will lift up your holiday spirit.

Gorgeous photo spots for memorable photos

Shinsegae Department Store Main Branch Shinsegae Department Store Main Branch

Around every holiday season, department stores illuminate with beautiful and lovely Christmas lights. Among the many stores, Shinsegae Department Store Main Branch located in Myeong-dong invites visitors to a fascinating world of lights. In addition, the store puts on a magical fairytale-like circus show that colorfully brightens the streets of Seoul.

Lotte Department Store Main Branch
  • Lotte Department Store Main Branch
  • Lotte Department Store Main Branch

There are plenty of places in Korea that will grab the attention of travelers during Christmas season. Lotte Department Store Main Branch in Myeong-dong in particular has a fancy light tunnel on display that opt as an awesome photo backdrop. This store is one of the most popular night attractions in Seoul during Christmas season, and has even the passerby, not to mention shoppers, hold up their cameras to take a shot of the beautiful scene. This year, American art duo FriendsWithYou collaborated with Lotte Department Store to create original and catchy photo zones.

Starfield Library in COEX Mall
  • Starfield Library in COEX Mall
  • Starfield Library in COEX Mall

Samseong-dong, one of the busiest neighborhoods in Seoul, is also all geared up to greet Christmas. The Starfield Library inside COEX Mall has a giant elegant Christmas tree set up at the center, with gleaming silver lights reflecting off of the books and bookshelves surrounding it. The tree was designed with hopes of overcoming COVID-19 and getting prepared for the new dawn along with families, friends, and loved ones.

H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch
  • H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch
  • H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch
  • H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch
  • H-Village in Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch

Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch, another popular shopping center in Samseong-dong, is designed to present a heartwarming Christmas atmosphere with a cozy wooden cabin and a 13-meter Christmas tree. The cabin is adorned with lights that sparkle like stars in the Milky Way, granting you and your loved ones a place for creating unforgettable memories.

Gorgeous photo spots for memorable Christmas photos

  • Shinsaege Department Store Main Branch (Myeong-dong)
  • Address: 63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 소공로 63)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Hoehyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 4
  • Operating hours: 10:30-20:00
    * Closed on January 1
  • Inquiries: +82-1588-1234 (Korean only)
  • Website: www.shinsegae.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • Lotte Department Store Main Branch (Myeong-deong)
  • Address: 1, Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 소공동 1)
  • Directions: Walk for 5 min from Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 7
  • Operating hours: 10:30-20:00
    * Closed on January 1
  • Inquiries: +82-1577-0001 (Korean only)
  • Website: www.lotteshopping.com (Korean only)
  • Starfield Library
  • Address: B1 Starfield Coex Mall, 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513 스타필드 코엑스몰 지하 1층)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min through the underground passageway connected to Bongeunsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), Exit 7 or Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5 or 6
  • Operating hours: 10:30-20:00
    * Open all year round
  • Inquiries: +82-2-6002-5900 (Korean only)
  • Website: www.starfield.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Hyundai Department Store Trade Center Branch
  • Address: 517, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 테헤란로 517)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 5 min from Samseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 5
  • Operating hours: 10:30-20:00 / Food court 10:30-22:00
    * Open all year round
  • Inquiries: +82-2-552-2233 (Korean only)
  • Website: www.ehyundai.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Fancy Christmas cakes for a merrier home party

Christmas cakes (Credit: artisee)

Many will have different opinions on what a best Christmas party should be like, but all will agree on one thing – fancy and sweet holiday cake is a MUST. Keep your eyes open for the perfect cake that will perk up the Christmas atmosphere. Keep your options open, from charming neighborhood bakeries and cafés to luxurious hotels, and surely you will find the one to please both your eyes and taste buds!

  • Christmas cake (Credit: Grand Hyatt Seoul)
  • Variety of Christmas cakes (Credit: TWOSOME PLACE)

Christmas cakes come in varieties, ranging from soft and rich snow-like cheesecakes to colorful and adorable strawberry cakes. If you want to set the tone for Christmas without decorating your home with extravagant ornaments, get a lovely and delicious cake to boost your holiday spirit.

Seasonal items for welcoming Santa Claus

Christmas items on display in downtown Seoul Christmas items on display in downtown Seoul

Snowballs are one of the most common Christmas items that easily create a Christmas-friendly mood. Look around select shops and lifestyle stores in downtown Seoul and you will find a variety of delightful Christmas items that will turn your home into like one of those seen on Christmas holiday movies.

  • LED fireplace mood lamp (Credit: God Shop)
  • LED fireplace mood lamp (Credit: God Shop)

It’s very rare to see fireplaces installed in Korean homes. However, there are a few items that help fill that void, especially for those who love to fire gaze.

  • Ethanol lamp (Credit: Homes living)
  • Ethanol lamp (Credit: Homes living)

Two of the most popular fire gazing items are ethanol lamps and LED fireplace mood lamps. They may be smaller than the average fireplace, but are enchanting enough to bring you the warmth and coziness you’re looking for.

Christmas-themed candles by Bhyeon
  • Christmas-themed candles by Bhyeon
  • Lighted Christmas-themed candle
Christmas-themed candles by Bhyeon

As home décor became a trend, not only did people pay attention to how their homes appeared, but also to how it smelled. And what better satisfies both components than decorative candles? With the upcoming holiday season, you’ll find Christmas-themed candles of various designs, including Christmas trees and gingerbread man. Moreover, they are not only great for decorating homes and personal spaces at work, but their adorable size and charm make for an excellent souvenir for travelers.

Seasonal items for welcoming Santa Claus

  • Modern House in New Core Outlet Gangnam Branch
  • Address: 4F New Core Outlet Bldg. 1, 37-6, Jamwon-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 잠원로 37-6 뉴코아아울렛 1관 4층)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 10 min from Banpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 4
  • Inquiries: +82-2-530-5860 (Korean only)
  • Candle Brand BHYEON
  • Address: 1F Cheonil Bldg., 20, Cheonjung-ro 15-gil, Gangdong-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강동구 천중로15길 20 천일빌딩 1층)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 8 min from Amsa Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 2
  • Price: Christmas candle set 17,000 won
  • Instagram: @bhyeon_studio (Korean, English)
  • Inquiries: +82-70-8860-8574 (Korean only)

More info

  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

* This column was last updated in December 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check the details before visiting.

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