Memento Mori are reminders of our mortality. These can include such things including cut flowers and sand clocks, but the most iconic of the memento mori are skulls. I don't think I've ever understood why people are uncomfortable with skulls. Don't get me wrong, I know why. Skulls represent a person who was once breathing and... Continue Reading →

Chuseok is the Korean harvest festival. One of the most important aspects of this holiday is honoring of one's ancestors. The family will visit the family tomb. There they will clean the tomb and prepare a meal on a stone table. For some this is an offering to the ancestor's spirit to bring them luck,... Continue Reading →

Saturday, August 24th

The summer heat is slowly dying and Saturday explorations are becoming viable again.  Jihye and I have plans for the evening, but lunch is a good start. So after a morning of selling myself for fun and profit, we venture out on a beautiful Saturday to find food. After some discussion we decide to waltz... Continue Reading →

A Visit to Tapgol Park

Across the street from where I work is a small city park. As with much of Jongno, it is often filled with the old, the homeless and the curious. It is a park filled with much history and while it might seem a tad dumpy, it's still a proud little park. Welcome to Tapgol Park.... Continue Reading →

Songs of Death

(Originally posted on Facebook, February 20, 2009) Half a street away you wouldn't hear anything. You probably would never walk down this way; there is no reason to. But I had walked past before and I wanted to check on this place again. It is near the big electronics market in the Dragon Mountain district,... Continue Reading →

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