Category Archives: Shamanism

A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall. I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I … Continue reading

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Guardian of the Han River: Ganghwa Island

Ganghwa-do (Ganghwa Island) is the 5th largest island in all of South Korea. It is situated just at the mouth of the Han river, the river which flows through Seoul, and thus had been a strategic location for thousands of … Continue reading

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A Documentary about Jeju Shamanism at the Jeju Women’s Film Festival

I happened to be in Jeju City during ‘And she still sings!’ the 15th Jeju Women’s Film Festival. I got a one day pass, and saw quite a few films. The one film I saw which was specific to Jeju … Continue reading

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Jirisan National Park: Seseok to Ssangyesa via Samsinbong

I woke up early at Seseok Shelter, and was on my way shortly before dawn. The sky was full of stars (Jirisan National Park lacks the light pollution found in South Korea’s urban centers). I quickly passed the turnoff for … Continue reading

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Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori: A Traditional Masked Drama

Hahoe village in Andong City (described in the previous post) is famous for preserving its traditional drama featuring masks, known as ‘byeolsingut talnori’. The original purpose of the masked drama was to serve as a shamanic rite to appease the … Continue reading

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The Ancient Shrine on Taebaeksan

Taebaek City is one of the highest-altitude major settlements in South Korea, and one of the coldest. It has a popular snow festival. Near the city is Taebaeksan, which at 1,567 meters above sea level is the #15 highest mountain … Continue reading

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Coastal Folk Heritage at Haesindang

WARNING: This post contains phallic imagery and is NSFW The east coast of Korea is known for its beautiful coastline. I spent a little time in Samcheok, one of the coastal towns of Gangwon Province, and rode a bus from … Continue reading

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