Our guests in the beginning of the evening
Our guests as the night wore on
Festivities spread throughout the house
My coworkers feasting on 궁중떡볶이 (Royal Ddeokbokki)
Another great thing about housewarming parties is the gifts. Now, we told people not to bring gifts as they weren't necessary, but that didn't stop people anyway... We got loads of Korean traditional gifts plus a few more western-style ones too.
First for the traditional Korean gifts. Koreans tend to give gifts that you tend to need around the house and they each represent something. For example, toilet paper represents tied up problems to unravel smoothly and detergent represents wealth bubbling up like soap suds. Not quite sure about the tissues though...
Framed Korean Masks
A set of shot glasses with pictures of traditional scenes on them
Framed original copies of the illustrations from Wild Korean, thanks to our illustrator, Douglas Holden, plus a beautiful woodblock print
So, I just want to thank everyone who came to our two parties and I hope things continue to go well for us in our new home! To read more about traditional Korean housewarming parties, see this post on the Korea blog.