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Archive for November, 2010

Doraji Doraji! Posted by on Nov 28, 2010

Doragji (도라지) is a traditional Korean song that is as iconic as the Korean national anthem. 도라지도라지도라지 (doraji doraji doraji) 심심산천의도라지 (shim shim sanchun eh doraji) 한두뿌리만캐어도 (handu bburi man kkeodo) 대바구니로반실만되누나 (debaguni ro bashil man denuna) 에헤요에헤요에헤애야 (eheyo eheyo eheyeh ya) 어여라 난다지화자좋다 (uhyuh rananda jihwaja ) 저기저산밑에 도라지가한들한들 (juhgi juh san miteh dorajiga…

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South and North Korea, A Nation Divided Posted by on Nov 22, 2010

As all of you may already know by now, it has been estimated that North Korea has shot at least 100 shells into a South Korean island called Yeonpyeong Island (연평도). So far it’s been reported that two South Korean marines were killed and 15 or so civilians were injured. In response to the North…

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Korean Painters Posted by on Nov 19, 2010

If you want to know about the most famous Korean painters, go here : https://blogs.transparent.com/korean/korean-paintings Let’s continue our discussion of other great Korean artists of the Joseon Period. Kim Deuk Shin (김득신) followed in the tradition of his father by becoming a royal court painter. Kim Deuk Shin is known for his depictions of the…

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Korean Crowns Posted by on Nov 16, 2010

There are only ten fully gold crowns in the world and eight of them are in South Korea. Korean Crowns are simply beautiful. The ones that have been excavated were mostly funeral items buried with royalty. Thanks to the careful burial of these crowns, people can still view these crowns in various museums. This crown…

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Korean Dolmen Posted by on Nov 15, 2010

A dolmen is a stone marker of a grave or burial site. There are several famous dolmens in Korea. Many of these dolmens originate from B.C. times, and are considered important archeological finds. The Gochang Dolmen (고창고인돌) Site is located in Jeollabuk Province (전라북도). These dolmens are quoted as one of the tallest, largest and…

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Dong Dong Dongdaemun Posted by on Nov 7, 2010

There’s a Korean nursery rhyme. When Korean children play dong dong dongdaemun, they hold hands in an arch. The rest of the children walk through the arch and have to avoid being trapped when the “gate” closes. 동, 동, 동대문을 열어라 (Dong, Dong, Dongdaemuneul yeoreora) Open the East, East, East Grand Gate 남, 남, 남대문을…

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Hwaseong Fortress Posted by on Nov 4, 2010

Hwaseong (화성) Fortress is a large mausoleum built by King Jeongjo (정조) for his father Prince Sado (사도). Prince Sado tragically died in a rice chest after he was politically framed by the nobles of the court. His son, King Jeongjo, built Hwaseong Fortress as a way of restoring honor to his father (Prince Sado)…

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