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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County February 5th 2011

From Feb. 2nd until Feb. 6th is new year holidays in Korea. In Korea, we, Koreans use two calendars. one is a western style calendar, a solar calendar, Gregorian calendar. the other is a Chinese style calendar, a lunar calendar. In Korea, the western style calendar is used in official things-an enrollment, a graduation, an official trip and meeting, a business schedule and so on. but the Chinese style calendar is used in private things- to choose the day of a marriage or an engagement, birthday party- some people want a solar calendar- , ageing, a fortune telling of men and women in the early of the new year, house moving , traditional holidays and the worship for ancestors. the first day of this new year in a Chinese style calendar is Feb. 3rd in a ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County September 27th 2010

Thanks to Choo-seok holidays, I could take 8 days off. what is called, last week was golden holidays to me. I went to my hometown, Gunwi county to see my parents and to prepare a worship for my ancestors from Daegu city. so did my first elder brother's family from Seoul, my younger brother's family from Gyeung-joo city and my second elder brother from Ma-san city. Thanks to this holidays, my families had a good and long time all together in my parents house in Gun-wi county, my brothers' birthplace and hometown. on Choo-seok day, we worshiped our ancestors and prayed for good fortunes and help. most of all, in the middle of Choo-seok holiday, my first elder brother's second daughter's one-year party was held at korean restaurant in Gunwi county. we, all families celebrate the ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County February 18th 2010

These are photos which are shotted by my digital camera on the new year day in lunar month, Feb.14th, 2010. All members of my family are gathered to celebrate my parents and my ancestors. To my parents, we, all took a big bow for their long life and we set a table for our ancestors. after a worship for our ancestors, we ate rice soup(떡국) to gain a year and drank rice wine(막걸리) for a good health and fortune of this year. especially, It snowed heavily on eve of this new year in lunar month. "My hometown" had changed to "snow countryside". It was beautiful and good day. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County October 6th 2009

As you know, From Oct. 2nd, 2009 to Oct. 4th, 2009 was Korean traditional holiday(Choo-soek, Aug.15. on lunar month, the full moon's day). I worshiped my ancestors with my all family. On Choo-soek day, Confucian(about a quarter of national total population) set a table for their ancestors in the morning, Choo-soek. and pray for thier ancestors and thanks for good harvest this year. This Choo-soek, My elder brother's wife couldn't come to My father's house, because she gave a birth to her second daughter on Sep. 17th. she still in rest in hospital with her second daughter. but My first elder brother and his first daughter came to my father's house to worship my family ancestors by his car from Seoul Choo-seok two days earlier. My younger brother's family also came to my father's house ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County July 30th 2009

I am on summer vacation from July 20th to August 24th. I already spent my ten days of my holidays on refreshing my mind- Zen training in my Buddhism temple and reading a Japanese novel, Genjimonogatari,(源氏物語) written in Korean. Whenever I am on vacation, I can have much my own free time to enjoy my hobby and what I want to do. It is my strongest strength of my life style. A long vacation make me reflect my last semester, refresh my wasted mind and body with teaching pupils and processing official papers in my school. Holidays make me set free to these works temporarily. but sometimes, the upper education office drop administrational orders to lower schools on emergency. I must go to school to process these orders related to me. except for this, No ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County April 6th 2009

It is spring in my father's house, my hometown village, Gun-wi. some kinds of flowers in my father's house are heralding the coming of spring in my hometown. some hyacinths, wild lilies, a camellia blossom and similar japanese apricot blossoms gave me the message of spring. the spring of my home town village is slower than that of Dae-gu due to a cold temperature in spring time. but at last, spring come to my father's house like an invisible guest and will stay for a while. My cherry blossoms in my school are about to come into a bud. on next week, My cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. I am expecting this. some cherry flowers are already bloomed with other buds. As there are four seasons in the year, there are four changing times ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County August 22nd 2008

#14-LAST DAYS-ODDS AND ENDS It is almost time to leave Korea now, so here are a few final mixed photos. Some are old ones as well. My final trips were around Daegu city area of Mount Palgongsan and in the city centre where I took a few street and park scene photos. I also walked around the village and school area and took heaps more photos-as usual. PALGONGSAN AREA Our Korean friend ‘Big Brother’ took Belinda and I on a car trip around Daegu one Saturday. Daegu City is surrounded by a ring of mountains, which makes it colder in Winter and hotter in Summer. Luckily I live on the outside of this ring or ‘caldron’. It is a beautiful drive from my village over Mount Palgongsan (1192 Metres) on the northern ‘rim’ into Daegu. There ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County April 26th 2008

Ok this is my first blog ever so be gentle with me. I just wanted to keep a bit of a running 'open diary' on my life over here & upload lots of photos so my friends & family can see what I'm up to. In other words I'm too lazy to send pics individually to everyone! I'm living in Gunwi, which is both a county & the main city of that county. The province I live in is called GeongSankbuk-do - the spelling varies from person to person. Generally it seems here you can pretty much spell in whichever way you like - everyone seems to know where you're talking about! It's an agricultural area with lots of fruit and vegetable growing. Will write a more detailed description in the future. For now just go ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County April 23rd 2008

I took a excursion to Dabudong, near Daegu and Gunwi, with John and Belinda at the early March(15th March,2008). we visited Dabudong, the battlefield of the korean war time. Dabudong was the hottest battlefield of the korean war. Dabudong is the key position to Daegu. At the early of the Korean war(1950-1953), North Korean army controlled all of south Korea except Daegu and Pusan province. to gain Daegu, south Korea. North Korean army forces was gathered at Dabudong, key position to Daegu. At this place, there was a severe combat between US army's armored vehicles (american tanks) and North Korean army's armored vehicles(russian tanks). In addition to, so many south korean soldiers died to defend Daegu and so many north Korean soldiers died to gain Daegu at this combat. finally, south korean army and US ... read more
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Asia » South Korea » Gyeongsangbuk-do » Gunwi County January 12th 2008

#7-FOUR DIFFERENT MOUNTAINS FOUR HISTORICAL MOUNTAINS I have now actually managed to visit four mountain areas from Korea’s historical past (Silla, Goryeo, Joseon and modern times) recently. Admittedly, one of these, Goryeo, was only a reconstructed TV film set, but it did give me an idea of what life would have been like then. 1-MOUNT NAMSAN- (GYEONGJU) The teachers at one of my schools went on an excursion back to the area I have now been to four times now. It was a place I had wanted to explore on my other three trips there, but had no time. It is the holly area of the Silla period and is mainly Buddhist statues and carvings over a very steep mountain. Many of the ‘heads’ have been lost after rolling down the mountain, or stolen over the ... read more
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