Monthly Archive: October, 2012

Of Elms and Etchings

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

The one thousand year old university of Korea

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

Housing for the farmers



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

When you don’t have much

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

It was when I saw this sign

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.

The emblem of Koryo

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.

The Guards

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

The wind is fierce

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

The same breadth of excavations

as at Ephesus.