Monthly Archives: February 2012

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More Dangsan Namu (당산나무): KTV Documentary in 4 Parts

Since we’ve been on the subject of Dangsan Namu (당산나무) lately, I posting a KTV documentary I found on Youtube about Korean Dangsan Namu.  The documentary is in 4 parts, though unfortunately only the first and second seconds have English subs.  Even so, parts 1 and 2 are enough to a give a sense of the rich variety of legends surrounding the Dangsan Namu in Korean folklore.  Part 2 even includes details on the traditional village ceremonies honoring the Dangsan Namu on Daeboreum (대보름), which I talked about a few weeks ago.   Unfortunately my Korean’s not good enough to make much sense of the Korean narration in parts 3 and 4, but I’m including them below anyways.  If any Korean speakers would like to chime in with a summary in the comments section, I’d definitely appreciate it ;-) read more »

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Photos: A Dangsan Tree (당나무) on Daeboreum (대보름)

Dangsan Tree on Daeboreum Holiday in Gyeongju

Dangsan Tree on Daeboreum Holiday in Gyeongju

If you’ve checked your calendar recently, you might have noticed that last Monday night was a full moon.  In fact, it was the first full moon after Seollal (설날), or Lunar New Years , here in Korea, which marks it as the holiday of Daeboreum (대보름).   Daeboreum has been traditionally celebrated with a massive bonfire , music, and dancing, making it one of my favorite Korean holidays.  In fact, I’ve already posted twice on Daeboreum, with both photos and video of the Gyeongju’s Daeboruem bonfire a few years back, so I won’t say too much here about the holiday itself. read more »

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Yeongcheon National Cemetery (국립영천호국원): Memorial to the Fallen the Korean War

Yeongcheon National Cemetery and Memorial

Yeongcheon National Cemetery and Memorial

Back in the U.S., the Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.”  It might be said then in S. Korea that it’s a war the people would like to forget, but can’t.  Looking around at all the high rise buildings, cell phone shops and internet cafes, it is difficult to imagine that just a few generations ago this country was torn apart by a devastating civil war that cost millions of lives and left most of the peninsula in smoldering ruins.  Yet the horrendous suffering of the war, along with the rending in half of a nation and people, are buried deep in the Korean national psyche. read more »

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