전통 혼례 – Traditional Korean Wedding

Recently, I visited Korea for my little sister’s wedding ceremony. She had a modern wedding. This made me think it would be a good idea to explain about more traditional Korean wedding culture.

Mainly the aspects include:

Traditional Korean Wedding Ceremony

Traditionally, a Korean wedding ceremony is held in the Bride’s home. The Groom would take a pony to her house. After the ceremony, he stayed inside the Bride’s home for three days. Then, the Bride & Groom return to live at the Groom’s home.

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Groom’s family’s gift to bride, “Ham”

The Groom’s family give a wedding gift called “ham” (not food) to the Bride. It is usually Jewelry, red & blue silk cloth to make a wedding dress & a letter from the Groom’s Father to say thank you to the Bride’s family. They also give a pocket of grains to stop evil spirits from harming the new couple. Generally, this gift is carried to the Bride’s home on the eve of the wedding. A man named “Ham Jin a Bi” carries this gift. He wears charcoal or a dried squid mask to avoid evil spirits on his journey.

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Wild Goose

During the ceremony, the Groom gives a pair of Wild Geese carved from wood to his new Mother-in-law. This is symbolic of loyalty, because Wild Geese only stay with one partner during their lifetime, even if the partner dies.

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Having a Drink Together

The Bride & Groom share a drink together. Some religions share the drink one cup, and others drink from a pear-shaped Korean plant called “Pyeo Ju Bag”.

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After the Wedding Ceremony, the newly Married couple say hello to the Groom’s parents. The Bride prepares some food, then the Bride’s parents throw the newlyweds some dates & chestnuts. This means they hope they couple may have many children and become wealthy.

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Amy Kim is a South Korean native who relocated to Manchester. When not teaching Korean, she spends her free time reading & painting.