Songpyeon (“Song”- pine tree, “pyon” - steamed rice cake) is a traditional Korean food made of glutinous rice. It contains different kinds of sweet or semi-sweet fillings, such as sesame seeds and honey, sweet red bean paste, and chestnut paste steamed over a layer of pine needles, which gives them the fragrant smell of fresh pine trees. They were made into various shapes with the participation of family members and were often exchanged between neighbors.
The earliest records of songpyeon date from the Goryeo period. Now they have become a popular symbol of traditional Korean culture.