Korea Seoul Travel

Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Seoul, Korea

Some souvenirs that grace our display cabinet are gifts that were given to us by locals during our travels. These wooden Korean wedding ducks were a gift to Mr G during one of his numerous business travels to Seoul. The ducks which symbolise the couple are traditionally given at weddings. The female’s beak is tied with string to symbolise that marital harmony depends on her keeping her mouth shut.

The ducks are placed in the marital home and their pose is meant to relate the state of the couple’s relationship. Beak to beak means that all is well and harmonious while tail to tail indicates there is trouble in paradise.
Korean wedding ducks

I have yet to learn what beak to tail means.

Other Travel Souvenirs from Around the World: Tokyo, Jbeil (Byblos), Big Island Hawaii, Dubai, Provence, Tahiti, Montmartre/Paris.

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.