Here are some Christmas gift ideas for this year


The Korea Craft & Design Foundation has launched products featuring traditional Korean designs, available online. (Korea Foundation for Crafts and Design)

Christmas never fails to come.

While some here organize small gatherings of family or friends, others would rather return home abroad and meet their loved ones. Expressing gratitude and giving a small gift to loved ones will be even more encouraging than ever after years of battling the pandemic.

This year’s booming art market has spread to the creation of a variety of art objects in museums or galleries, especially for young people whose interest in art s has increased in recent years in South Korea. If you are looking for some Christmas gift ideas this year, it would be a good option to take a look at the artistic offerings.

The Korea Craft & Design Foundation has launched 24 daily products, including coasters, blankets and trays that feature traditional Korean designs seen in architecture and on artifacts. The trays are of two kinds, with a peony motif or a representation of royal palaces.

“We have launched products that feature traditional Korean patterns which we reinterpreted in a contemporary way, as people are more interested in traditional Korean culture,” said an official of the foundation.

Although the merchandise is available in its online store, the foundation also operates the KCDF store in Insa-dong, an attractive place among travelers to central Seoul filled with Korean restaurants and souvenir shops. The virtual reality view is available on the website, offering an overview of the handicrafts on the shelves.

Traditional Embroidered Shoes for Women (Yeol)

Traditional Embroidered Shoes for Women (Yeol)

If you are looking for fashion clothes, traditional embroidered women’s shoes created by craftsman An Hae-pyo during customization are available at the Yeol Korean Heritage Preservation Society. The shoes are made of leather, silk and silk thread, and will be created in your size. The handcrafted shoes can be purchased online, but you can visit Yeol’s gallery in Gahoe-dong in central Seoul to see them in person. International shipping is also available by contacting the Yeol office.

After its renewal, the Leeum Museum of Art opened the Leeum Store in September, offering a variety of works of art by Korean artists, which has become a must-see in the museum. Among the works are “Pebble Vase” and “Moon Jar” by ceramic artist Lee Jae-jun, “A Bottle and Two Glasses” by glass artist Yi Chan-u, “Carnelian Necklace” by metallurgist artist Kim Yoo-jung and “Rock Plateau”, made from a stone, by artisan artist Kim Hyun-joo.

“One Bottle and Two Glasses” by Yi Chan-u (Leeum Store)

“One Bottle and Two Glasses” by Yi Chan-u (Leeum Store)

As the only craft museum in the country, the Seoul Museum of Craft Art, which fully opened its doors this month, has created a unique craft store where works by artisans whose works are on display are available. part of the museum’s collection. Items include metal, wood, ceramics, textiles and lacquer. The selection of works of art for sale will change regularly. The museum currently only allows walk-in purchases for the museum shop.

Those who have visited the National Museum of Korea and wish to purchase handicrafts or merchandise featuring traditional Korean culture as a gift can visit the National Museum’s online store. Miniature statues of the pensive bodhisattva in gilded bronze, designated National Treasure No.83, are also on sale, along with household and fashion items, including scarves and accessories.

A miniature statue of the pensive Bodhisattva in gilded bronze (National Museum Shop)

A miniature statue of the pensive Bodhisattva in gilded bronze (National Museum Shop)

IDUS, an online shopping platform featuring handmade products, is gaining popularity among young people looking for unique items. The platform is used by nearly 20,000 artists who have put their products up for sale.

By Park Yuna ([email protected])

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