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.
I have yet to learn what beak to tail means.
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