The articles in this collection are on Korean culture.
This series will provide us the chance to examine the origins of Korea’s distinctive and long-standing traditions, making it beneficial not only for foreign residents of Korea but also for us personally because it allows us to consider our own culture.



We decided it would be fair to start our introduction to Korea’s complex and diverse customs with the subject of childbirth in order to be clear about our aims.

‘Birth-related customs’ may have been shown in Korean historical television dramas.

A golden string is customarily draped over the home’s front door when a child is born in Korea. To protect the newborn child from devils, this cord is hung for 21 days.

It also acted as a reminder that a new baby was living there and a temporary warning to visitors not to enter the home.



Even though medicine was still in its infancy when this practice first emerged, our ancestors had the good sense to keep others away in order to protect the baby’s health. The fact that you may determine the sex of the baby by what is hanging from the cord is another amusing feature of it.

To announce the birth of a male baby, pine branches, charcoal, and red chili peppers would be placed on the cord; for a girl baby, only pine branches and charcoal would be hanged. These days, the majority of babies are delivered in hospitals, therefore this age-old tradition is hardly observed.

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