"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." Martin Buber
At the end of June I'm off again, for three weeks at a university in South Korea and a visit to Kyoto, Japan, then in August we will be in Guatemala looking at one of the world's greatest challenges: how to grow a lot of food sustainably on small farms. Come along!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Korea #4: Hanok, the slow village
I’d be spending some class and group free time at a heritage village I imagined
a rustic reproduction with Koreans pretending to be living in times past, which
we have seen before.It is, instead, a
lively, functioning village within the city however one composed of 700 ancient
and rehabilitated dwellings and businesses. Two years ago it was recognized as
the best tourist spot in Korea and it is part of an international “slow cities”
crafts, arts and culture are on display here.The largest site is the palace of a dynasty that goes back to the year
900, including a library from that era.However almost all of it has been reproduced.As part of its brutal occupation from 1910 to
1945, the Japanese destroyed almost everything left standing. Here are some
features of it today:
HERE ARE SOME OTHER PICTURES FROM AROUND THE VILLAGE:
Hanok is full
of inns, galleries and restaurants, tea houses and coffee shops, of
course.There are compact little museums
and demonstration places for paper making, herbal medicine, calligraphy, wine
making, dolls, tea, pottery, literature, dance and various handicrafts.Craftsmanship in wood and tile is
explain any more of this I am satisfied to let the village speak for itself through
a few more pictures.
What's with all the pots? Kimchi. They have been used for centuries to ferment cabbage, sometimes buried in the ground, and so as to last through the winter.