No one does lovey-dovey coupley stuff better than the Koreans. This is evidenced by their tendency to snuggle in public, book lovers' seats in movie theaters, and celebrate a number of made-up holidays dedicated to coupledom. While each holiday has its own concept and is celebrated on the 14th of each month, there's no doubt that the biggest of these is Valentine's Day.
Although the Western-inspired celebration of romance didn't become popular in Korea until the mid-1900s, it has since become one of the most anticipated holidays in the country, at least for those with a significant other. Valentine's Day, unlike in the West, is a day reserved for women to celebrate the special men in their lives while the men reciprocate in March. Despite this, it's not unusual for Korean men to do something nice for their girlfriends on V-Day.
So, how exactly do Koreans celebrate Valentine's Day, you ask? And, how can you celebrate Valentine's Day like a Korean? Check out Seoul Searching's suggestions to Koreanize your special day of romance this year.
Make Personalized Chocolates
Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate, and this is just as true in Korea as it in the West. Giving chocolate to your sweety is pretty much obligatory and because of this, it's hard to walk down the street without running into sales displays of all sorts of chocolates and chocolate-inspired desserts. Even convenience stores pre-package Valentine's Day goodies for those on the go. But, to most, this is a cop out.