About Korean military-What Korean girlfriend send to the soldier boyfriend?

As the all Korean men have to go to the military for 2 years, many girlfriends have the soldier boyfriend. When the boyfriend is in a military, Korean girlfriends frequently send the present for him.

Today I want to introduce about the popular winter items which Korean girl friends commonly send to the soldier boyfriend. Korea winter is very cold(January is -2.4C(28)) that winter is the most hard time for soldiers.  Accordingly, stuff for keeping warm is a popular item to send.


1. Items for keeping warm

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Hot pack

Army supplies the hot pack for soldiers, but this amount is lack for them. Also it is in P.X(Post Exchange which is the grocery in military),but the soldiers common think is “Outside product quality is better than P.X’ military product”. Because of this reason, soldiers prefer to get the Hot pack for presents.

Hot pack is the essential item in warming the cold hands and foot and it helps the soldiers to survive in cold weather training.

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Gloves, woolen socks, earmuffs are the common items for sending to the soldier.

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But the fur shoe insole is the recently popular items for soldiers. Soldiers are doing a training in a cold weather and it is possible to suffer from frostbite. Fur shoe insole is not only good for preventing the frostbite but also make the foot tired less.

2. Skin Moisturizer

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Korea winter is cold and dry that solders are easy to have cracked hands and foot. Accordingly, body lotion,Vaseline and lip balm are popular items for solders’ present.

3. Underwear(Heattech)

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Heattech is the underwear which is made from UNIQLO(Japanese company). It is light but makes the body warm that in 2014 and 2015 it is sold a lot in Korea. Even many similar products came out in a market. The advantage of Heattech  is light and warm that it is also the popular item for sending to the soldiers.

The interesting thing is in Korea there are many companies which people use  when sending presents to the soldiers. The type of the companies  are not only online shopping but also stores. Usually, soldier’s girlfriends, soldier’s family use these shops. The advantage of using these shops is that people can easily select the items which to send or set of the present which is already prepared. People usually send presents to soldiers in birthday, Seollal(Korean lunar calendar’s new year day),Chuseok(Korean thanks giving day)…etc. This kind of companies will consistently grow in Korea until the Korean men’s mandatory military service exists as now.

Thanks for reading.:)




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