Jack-o-lantern cutouts plaster the windows of restaurants, costumes have been donned, and posters in the city's nightlife districts advertise Halloween-themed dance parties. Vampires, zombies, and mad scientists wander the streets, snapping photos with other cleverly costumed folks. And while Halloween would not be complete without these classic characters, it would not be Korea without a few of their own mythological creatures mingling in the mix.
|Dokkaebi bear a striking resemblance to Western trolls. Photo Credit|
|Contemporary Korean goblins look slightly different from their predecessors, don't they?|
|Beware the stare of the jeoseung saja, the Korean Grim Reaper. Photo|
|The modern day jeoseung saja, or grim reaper, as portrayed by actor Lee Dong Wook in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God|
|A virgin ghost clad in sobok gives a vengeful stare. Photo Credit|
|A gumiho shows off its characteristic nine tails. Photo Credit|
|Bathtubs are common hangouts of mul gwishin, or water ghosts. Photo|
What ghosts or goblins are unique to your country's folktales or pop culture? Share your favorites in the comments box below.
Words by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching. Photos credited to the source. Content may not be republished unless authorized.