The theme of December's wallpaper is Dongji Patjuk, a soup made of red beans and rice. Dongji is the winter solstice in December that marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. In Korea, people traditionally eat Patjuk because our ancestors believed that the color of red beans would drive away evil spirits and ward off bad luck. Until today, people enjoy the tradition of eating warm Patjuk on the longest night of the year.
It is also recorded that King Yeongjo of Joseon gave out Patjuk on Dongji to people on his way back home after visiting his mother’s tomb. Even during the Joseon Dynasty, with its rigid social hierarchy, everyone enjoyed sharing the same food together on Dongji.
Along with the wallpaper, we would like to introduce you to a famous Patjuk restaurant in Seoul. This place is located at Samcheong-dong, where Beauty of Joseon's Flagship Store is located. The sweet Patjuk served in a simple bowl at this old-style restaurant is filled with history, and it may not look fancy, but the dish is imbued with the flavor and aroma of winter.
How about experiencing a Korean tradition by enjoying some aromatic and sweet Patjuk after visiting the Beauty of Joseon Flagship Store if you are traveling to Seoul this winter?
We would like to share the warm happiness of Dongji with our December wallpaper featuring some sweet, dark-red Patjuk.
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