'Suneung' gifts vary from rice cakes to insulated lunch boxes
Updated: 2019-11-13 16:26:56 KST
The 'Suneung ' is a truly huge and potentially-life changing test for the more than half a million high school students sitting it this year.
People who have test-taking relatives or friends usually prepare small gifts to wish them good luck and perhaps help them relieve some of their pre-exam jitters.
Accordingly,… local retailers have their 'Suneung items' stocked and ready.
The most popular gifts are Korean traditional taffies or rice cakes.
"A lot of people are giving taffies and rice cakes because they are sticky to touch. They hope the test-takers stick to the universities they want to attend."
The typography of the Chinese character saying 'Hapgyeok ' in Korean, meaning 'acceptance' are also emblazoned on the covers of the gifts. Other products are labeled 'Acceptance to the Door' in reference to taking a successful test.
"My colleague's son is taking the test this year. I bought this gift hoping he does well since he studied hard for a year and deserves to get into the school he wants to go to."
Big local retailers such as Homeplus are also having a 'Suneung' sale.
"This retailer is offering discounts on insulated containers and lunch boxes so that test-takers can have a hot meal for lunch on the day of their tests."
Insulated products are on sale at 30-percent off, and chocolate aimed at giving test-takers a short burst of energy are also available for sizable discounts.
Those who don't have much time can give mobile gifts.
The most widely-used mobile messaging app in South Korea,… KakaoTalk, has a special tab suggesting gifts for test-takers.
"For this year's college entrance exam, chocolate, cafe vouchers, convenience store beverages and fried chicken are proving popular. Cafe combos with food and drinks are also selling well."
Through heartfelt gifts, the students' loved ones are wishing their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews the best of luck for Thursday's make-or-break test.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.