It’s possible not to spend any money on a calendar for the next year when you live in Korea. Banks give customers wall calendars, desk calendars and pocket calendars (and more than one of each when asked). Even hamburger joints give calendars as a gift with purchase (spend 8,000W at Lotte). Calendar collecting begins in November and supplies dwindle by years’ end. This explains why my older Korean relatives have a calendar on every available surface of their homes.


Four free 2009 calendars from one bank visit.