Valentine’s Day and White Day in South Korea

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea in much the same way that it is in the United States, but with a few exceptions. Most notably, it is the Korean women who traditionally buy gifts for the special men in their lives, rather than the other way around. These gifts will most often come in the form of special chocolate boxes.

Though this might seem one-sided to us in the United States, South Korea has a second holiday where the men have the opportunity to return the favor. They call this day White Day, which takes place exactly one month after Valentine’s Day. The day gets its name from the boxes of chocolate that are marketed for men to buy for the women, which are generally colored white.

When you need a way to show your appreciation to the special man or woman in your life, consider a trip to Arirang Korean Barbeque in Lynnwood. Our hearty and healthy Korean fare is a great accompaniment to any romantic night out.