Monday 23 October 2017

Christmas tree penguin costume parade opens Christmas festival in South Korea

YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: A penguin dressed in a Santa costume is paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: A penguin dressed in a Santa costume is paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa costumes and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa costumes and Christmas tree costumes are paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: Penguins dressed in Santa costumes and look alike Christmas tree at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: A helper engaes with a penguin dressed in a Santa costume at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A penguin dressed as Santa Claus led a group of penguins dressed as Christmas trees through Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park yesterday as part of a parade. Christmas is celebrated in Korea by both Christian and non-Christian Koreans by the exchange of gifts, caroling and attending mass. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Everland is located in Yongin which is south of Seoul. The penguin parade was organised to launch the amusement parks Christmas festival season.

South Korea is the only East-Asian county to recognise Christmas as a national holiday. It has increased in popularity in recent years, even birthing a 'Santa Claus School' in Everland, from which the students graduated on November 26th. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air in celebration after a graduation ceremony at a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes throw their hats in the air in celebration after a graduation ceremony at a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes take a ride on the roller coaster during a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
YONGIN-SI, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 26: South Koreans dressed in Santa Claus costumes participate in a Santa Claus School class for the Christmas holiday season at the Everland amusement park on November 26, 2008 in Yongin, South Korea. Christmas has become increasingly popular over the years in South Korea, which is the only East Asian country to recognize Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

 

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