Mini-series on Korean words, part 3: Agglutinative language

Short linguistics aside For me, understanding a language, beyond a memorization of terms, is predicated on the idea that I understand something of the underlying logic to the language. So today, instead of a Korean word, we’ll talk about the term agglutinative. (bless you) In short, what it means is that a language uses a lot of prefixes, stem words, and suffixes, and that these components … Continue reading Mini-series on Korean words, part 3: Agglutinative language

Mini-series on Korean words, part 2: Land of Mountains and Sea

A good logo is hard to come by. I love the logo of Korean National Park Service. It’s simple, beautiful, has elements of complexity to it, and makes a simple statement: land of mountains and sea. The mountains and the sea are sources of life in Korea, from the resources and farming found on the edge of the mountains, the peace found hiking and visiting … Continue reading Mini-series on Korean words, part 2: Land of Mountains and Sea

Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, Pt Two — off to the base of Dobongsan Mountain

In my previous post on Bukhansan National Park, I had the blessings of a guide, ilJumun Jingwansa, who is a KNPS ranger. My second time in the National Park, I took a subway train by myself to explore. This was a quick hike to familiarize myself with getting to the mountain, rather than an in depth exploration. I took a train from my hotel in … Continue reading Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, Pt Two — off to the base of Dobongsan Mountain

Bukhansan National Park, Seoul

For all the time I spent in the city of Seoul, I was able to make three trips into Bukhansan National Park which is partially inside the boundary of the city. It can be both a remote space, and a space overrun by visitors from the cities around. Seoul contains more the 10 million residents, and the metropolitan region is the third largest in the … Continue reading Bukhansan National Park, Seoul