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Door Prizes in Korea: Even small things can vary from Culture to Culture

Posted by QEQ Intern | 06.10.15

 

Be Aware: Door Prizes Can Vary from Culture to Culture

Be Aware: Door Prizes Can Vary from Culture to Culture

 

By our Korean Intern, Hana.

I’d like to talk about something different this time. Door prize gifts. It seems like such a tiny thing, but, even this little gift can vary from culture to culture.

 

Koreans Love Movie Prizes!

Koreans Love Movie Prizes!

Because watching movies is a very common habit amongst Koreans, door prizes are often things like movie tickets.

In fact, most Korean couples spend date night at the movies, so two tickets are usually given.

 

In Korea, Bicycles are Popular Giveaways

In Korea, Bicycles are Popular Giveaways

Bicycles are also given as door prizes, especially for marathon, festival and sporting activities, as cycling is a common activity in Korea. 

In fact, cycling is so popular, that many bike lanes and bike paths are being built. Also, facilities for bicycles are being made. 

 

Banana Flavored Milk: A Common Door Prize in Korea

Banana Flavored Milk: A Common Door Prize in Korea

Lastly, banana flavored milk is the most widespread gift and is the most popular choice for door prizes. It is cheap and small, so it is easy to give, and that kind of milk has been around for more than 40 years, so most Koreans are familiar with it. And though that type of milk belongs to a specific brand, named “Binggre”, it is well-known by all Korean people.

 

In Korea, Gift Cards are not Traditionally Used

In Korea, Gift Cards are not Traditionally Used

From what I hear, gift cards are often given as door prizes in Canada. Starbucks and Tim Horton cards are often the most popular. Since gift cards are not a common thing in Korea, I don’t know much about how they are used, but Canadians seem to prefer them as prizes and gifts, as they are frequently given at events and raffles.

 

What about your country? China, Japan, Philippines, what are your prizes like? Let us know…

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 Hana – Intern at QEQ