Category Archives: Modern History

SK in SK: A History of South Korea

I had read Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea before I ever went to East Asia, but my travels around South Korea definitely deepened and solidified my knowledge and understanding of Korean history. These are the S.K. in S.K. posts … Continue reading

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A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul

From Inwangsan, I walked along the remains/reconstruction of the old Seoul City Wall to Bukaksan, the mountain to the north of Seoul which offered the city some of its good feng shui. I actually had arranged to have lunch with … Continue reading

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A Final Morning in South Korea: Seodaemun Prison

On my last morning in South Korea, I visited this set of brick buildings. The appearance of these buildings are very charming – they certainly look nicer than 99% of the buildings in Seoul – and there were a number … Continue reading

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Ehwa Womans University

I briefly visited Ehwa Womans University, the first educational institution in Korea to accept female students, later the first officially recognized university, and the currently the largest educational institution in the world which only accepts female students. Ehwa has some … Continue reading

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War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 2

It is impossible to present any kind of history without bias, thus it is inevitable that the War Memorial & Museum of Korea’s account of the June 25th War (a.k.a. the Korean War) is also biased. First of all, it … Continue reading

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War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 1

In the photograph above is a statue depicting a South Korean and a North Korean soldier. The South Korean soldier and the North Korean soldier see each, find that the other is his own brother, and embrace. This sometimes literally … Continue reading

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Walking Around Gyeogbokgung

On a fine day in Seoul, I found myself walking around Gyeongbokgung. I didn’t walk into Gyeongbokgung like I did on my first day in Seoul, but rather walked in the admission-free areas around it which I hadn’t completely explored … Continue reading

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