Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

My first lunar new year- how I met my Korean parents in law

Last year I went to Korea as a package; as a girlfriend, future wife and a pregnant future daughter in law. I know I skipped many steps so I was really nervous when I met his parents. What is more, I was a foreigner and I didn’t speak a word Korean. A complete texture of everything what most Korean parents in law dislike. Well, to be honest-this is what most parents don’t support in any kind of society.

Slovensko verzijo berite tukaj.

Whole way on the train I was keep on repeating few Korean sentences. It was a three hour ride to their hometown, so my brain had enough time to remember few words and phrases. Most of them were related to new year wishes and first meetings. Before we were on our way to Gyeongju, his Korean friends also taught me how to bow and I worried about this skill much.

The meeting was planned during lunar new year and so I had a chance to meet also other relatives from his side.

I am still thankful to my boyfriend’s translation as I am sure he used some of his diplomatic skills that everything went much better than I expected. I was ready that his parents  kick me out or even ignore me. When we entered their home, we bowed to them in Korean way. Luckily I was fit enough and still in the first months of pregnancy, so I didn’t roll over.
After the bow, his mom invited us for dinner she prepared at home. She even put on the table some bread and yogurt, as she worried I might have difficulties with Korean food. I felt this really warm-hearted gesture and I wanted to hug her immediately. I knew this would not be a good starter so we kept it for later moment.

In the following days, his parents introduced me Gyeongju, which is famous for the history. But what I liked the most were the hills surrounding the city, their traditional family house, their Confucian academy and his father’s calligraphy studio. I cannot wait to be back this year for our wedding.

Calligraphy studio
Calligraphy studio
Calligraphy brushes
Calligraphy brushes
How to hold brush well
How to hold brush well
View from Confucian academy
View from Confucian academy
Confucian academy
Confucian academy
His family at their property
His family at their property
How to wear hanbok
How to wear hanbok
Korea, Travel, Uncategorized

Preparation for wedding in South Korea

It will be my second time that I will visit South Korea. First visit happened last year when I met my husband’s parents and visited winter Olympics. This year the main reason for my travel is for me even bigger than Olympics. We are getting married in Korea!
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Wedding dress
I browsed million websites and visited few wedding salons to find the dress which makes me feel well with. I wanted to get something classy but also convenient and comfortable to hold my daughter who will be 9 months old at that time. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed the fitting and selecting dresses. It was very unique time which I never imagined before that I will accompanied by my daughter, who turned out to be a person with very precise taste. At the end I bought a white dress in Slovenia and in Korea I will probably also wear Korean traditional dress hanbok.

Hanbok from my mother in law

Wedding location
The wedding ceremony will be happening outside at my husband’s family property in Gyeongju city. Their family house is a Korean traditional noble house hanok and is listed as premium hanok accommodation certified by Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization. Hanokstay means that tourists and visitors can stay at their home while they travel around. Their house is around 450 years old.

Hanokstay
Hanokstay
Kipec, ki bo bdel nad nami
He will have an overview on the whole ceremony
Place for overnight
Place for overnight

Bureaucratic challenges and official documents
Before we leave, I have to prepare a large range of papers and documents which me and my daughter need in Korea. Most of the documents are in Slovenian and they need to be translated or even legally verified. Not very amusing part of the wedding preparation.

Organization and invitations for wedding guests
My husband is in daily touch with his parents as they coordinate things with wedding organizers. It is expected to be around 500-800 guests on the wedding from his side. As an introvert I have no idea how I will deal with it but I am glad there will be also my parents, brother and closest friends from Slovenia, China and France.

Poroka na prostem
Place for wedding guests

Pre-wedding photography
We are thinking to make a pre-wedding photography in Slovenia. If I succeed to arrange my dress and shoes on time, we will consider Bled as a photo location. It is quite well known also among Koreans and it sounds a bit of luxurious destination. But first we also need to agree about photographer and photo style. There is a slightly difference between what kind of photos I like and what my husband prefers.

Testni priklon
Practice practice…