Category: History

Day Trip To Jeonju. Part 2, Gyeonggijeon Shrine: In Photos.

Jeonju is a wonderful place to visit with a lot of things to see and do. In part 1 Jeondong Cathedral, as well as Pungnammun Gate, Omokdae, and Imokdae are all mentioned. Part 2  covers Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Gyeonggijeon Shrine, which was built in 1410… Continue Reading “Day Trip To Jeonju. Part 2, Gyeonggijeon Shrine: In Photos.”

Chunghyeon Museum, At The Ancestral Home Of Ori Yi Won-ik.

There are many large and beautiful palaces and temples in Korea all of which are worth seeing. Hanok villages abound, and there are also Folk Villages where buildings from different eras and places are built, or collected, so that you can see how all… Continue Reading “Chunghyeon Museum, At The Ancestral Home Of Ori Yi Won-ik.”

Gwangmyeong Cave, South Korea.

  Gwangmyeong Cave, technically located within the Seoul Metropolitan area, is situated outside the Seoul green belt in Gwangmyeong. Although we travelled in a friend’s car you can get there using public transportation. The cheapest way would be by using the Seoul subway and… Continue Reading “Gwangmyeong Cave, South Korea.”

The Horses Of Jeju.

There’s an incredible variety of horse breeds around the world, but the Jeju Island horse may be among the least known outside of its home. Jeju Island, off the southern tip of South Korea is one of the nine provinces that make up S.Korea,… Continue Reading “The Horses Of Jeju.”

Beolcho: A Korean Tradition Of Maintaining Ancestral Grave Mounds.

  Ancestral grave mounds can often be seen when traveling around Korea, from the large meticulously maintained royal tombs to the small ones spotted on hillsides in the distance. Even if you see an overgrown tomb it is highly unlikely that it is not… Continue Reading “Beolcho: A Korean Tradition Of Maintaining Ancestral Grave Mounds.”

Korea And The Silk Road.

When I was growing up I learned about the Silk Road in a very simplified way, as it being one special route that brought silk and other goods from China to the West, and Western goods to China. Since then however, historians have come… Continue Reading “Korea And The Silk Road.”

The National Treasures of S. Korea.

Some countries, such as S. Korea and Japan have designated lists of ‘National Treasures’, to include both physical, or tangible, artifacts like palaces, sculptures and artworks, as well as living, or intangible treasures, such as people and traditional festivals. I have always liked this… Continue Reading “The National Treasures of S. Korea.”

Hwacha: A Korean ‘Rocket Arrow’ Launcher.

While traveling around Korea to museums, and historic buildings such as palaces, it is fairly common to see these wooden handcarts. These are known as hwacha and along with the missiles they fired they were instrumental in protecting Korea from pirates and foreign invasions… Continue Reading “Hwacha: A Korean ‘Rocket Arrow’ Launcher.”

“…And Stones May Break My Bones.” The Korean Stone Throwing Game Called Seokjeon.

Stones, along with sticks, were probably the first weapons used by early man. The stone had an advantage in that it is was also a distance weapon, in that it can easily be thrown or dropped. Stone tips were added to sticks, and spears… Continue Reading ““…And Stones May Break My Bones.” The Korean Stone Throwing Game Called Seokjeon.”

S.Korea’s Military Service Commitment, And The Actors And Idols It Impacts.

(Please note that this is an older post and that updates and edits with the newer information and regulations can be found at the bottom of the page, or a complete updated article can be found here.) The recent mandatory military enlistment of Kpop… Continue Reading “S.Korea’s Military Service Commitment, And The Actors And Idols It Impacts.”