Birthdays in Korea – Seoulistic

Birthdays are the most important day of the year for everyone, and the same is in Korea. Korea has a few super big birthday parties as well as a few traditions. Find out more about birthdays in Korea!



Covered in this video:

돌잔치 (doljanchi) – 1st birthday party
미역국 (miyeokguk) – seaweed soup
환갑잔치 (hwangapjanchi) – 60th birthday party
What you should do on your birthday in Korea (pay for others)

What are some birthday traditions in your country? Write a comment and let us know!

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


  1. Angela says:

    I’ve been invited to a 환갑잔치 – what should I bring as a gift?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Money… it isn’t considered a rude present here from what I understand. Money is a very welcomed gift. Or I have seen whole stores with just 1st birthday stuff in the windows, you might want to try to find one like that and ask the shop keeper. Or if your Korean is not good like mine, point and say, “present what, give what??”

  3. Maria says:

    In my country the birthday person pays for his/hers guests too 🙂

  4. kenny says:

    wheres pok tang ju? 폭탕주

  5. Jenn says:

    In Germany, when it is your Birthday you are suppose to bring food or a small treat to give to your school mates or co-workers. If you don’t, you are considered very rude!

  6. Mel says:

    Where i live the big birthday u have is only when u have enough money

  7. Haneek says:

    I live in Italy and for your birthday here you usually don’t pay everything, others pay for you as a “gift” , if they don’t pay anything and you have to pay all it’s considered a little “rude”


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