* Date : 2020-01-02
The new year is here and so, too, is the renewed sense that anything is possible! Around this time, various institutions in Korea present trending topics and keywords that will sweep over the country in the new year. Last year, the trending topics were empathy and emotion, a shift from work-life balance, YOLO and ‘newtro,' in the previous year. Take a look at 2020's trending topics forecast by the Research Institute of Human Ecology at Seoul National University.
Tteokguk, a savory soup made typically made with a meat stock and rice cakes, is Korea's signature New Year's food. Not only is it a hearty and delicious treat on cold days, but it is also symbolic, as it plays an important role in Korean customs and traditions that date back hundreds of years. Meet tteok-maker Lee Hyung-seok and learn more about the dish, including the process of making tteok.
Beautifully illuminated lights and decorations run down Cheonggye Plaza in central Seoul... instilling new hopes and dreams in citizens. In hopes that this new year and new beginning will bring wishes come true and dreams realized, they also write down a wish on a paper boat and let it float down the stream. Let's take a glimpse into the scene.