Category: History

Sibijisin: The Twelve Guardian Deities Of Korea.

Korea has a long and ancient history and many of their customs and traditions go back a long way into the past. The twelve animal deities, called Sibijisin, who make up the Korean zodiac that we see today once played a much more active…

Silla: Korea’s Kingdom of Gold.

Throughout world history there have been civilizations, such as the Scythians, the Aztecs and the Asante who were known for their gold, but another should be added to that list. The Korean Kingdom of Silla which existed from 37 BCE – 668 CE as…

A Korean Folk Village: In Photos.

There’s more than one Folk Village in Korea, but they don’t always have obviously different names, so it can be a little confusing when looking online. The one we’ve been to a couple of times is about 12 miles from Suwon in Gyeonggi-Do province….

Horse Related Artifacts At Gyeongju National Museum.

A while ago I wrote a couple of horse related articles, Horseback Archery In Korea, and The Horses Of Jeju. They generated some interest with equine history enthusiasts and I promised to add anything else horse related that I discovered while in Korea. Originally…

Changdeokgung Palace: In Photos.

There are five main palaces in Seoul which are all worth visiting, with Gyeongbokgung being the most popular. However, like King Seongjong (ruled 1469 CE- 1494 CE ) I have a great fondness for Changdeokgung Palace. He said “Although Gyeongbokgung is magnificent and splendid,…

Wolji Pond At Night: In Photos.

In 674 CE King Munmu, of the Silla Kingdom, had a pleasure garden built for his enjoyment. The ‘park of the moon’ had multiple buildings, lakes and gardens. Unfortunately it burned down in 935 CE and was forgotten. In 1974 it was rediscovered and…

Seokguram Grotto.

One of the most exquisite pieces of Buddhist art in the world lies tucked away in the Mountains near Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, S.Korea. Seokguram Grotto is technically recognized as being part of the Bulguksa Temple complex even though it is situated over two miles…