on the grounds of the museum. The tree is 900 years old and it is a “Zelkova”. My guides made a big deal out of it and wouldn’t go in until I had… Continue reading
of Korea. It was burnt down during a couple of Japanese invasions and then rebuilt, so what we see dates from 1,600. But it is now the Koryo Museum, small and yet able… Continue reading
We were not allowed to stop for pictures, so I took these from the car with the full knowledge, and even collaboration, of Mr Kim and Mr Lee. Normally I wouldn’t show shots… Continue reading
there’s always nature to look at. And that’s when you see things like this. That’s why Korean folk literature is so full poetic evocations. It’s also why the nobles of times past would… Continue reading
that I decided to learn to read Korean. That turned out to be harder than the Cyrillic alphabet, but I was fine with it a week later.
including the symbol of the intertwined ying and yang. Just like in China, it is ok here to find interest in past cultures, as long as they include nothing political or religious.
These guys guard the tombs. There are two military and two civil officials. The wise men are closer to the tomb; the soldiers are on the outside, ready to protect against incursions. The… Continue reading
Can you see the plume of snow displaced at the summit of Everest? Sharon and I are contemplating the top of the world from the end of the path. We are not allowed… Continue reading