The Last Living Heir of the Joseon Dynasty

On a recent lazy weekend, I came across some figurative living history that blew my mind: there is a living royal from the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. Within the city of Jeonju, a man lives as the last piece in Korea to its last and longest-ruling imperial family. And it gets better: the historical bloodline…

Bongeunsa Temple: That Temple Across from the Mall

If you find yourself in Gangnam, shopping at the Coex with your girlfriend, there is a place nearby to correct your zen if her shopping addictions get out of hand.  Neatly tucked away across the street lies Bongeunsa Temple.  The temple is not a must see or something I encourage tourists to visit if they…

Korean Hanbok vs Japanese Kimono – Epic Dress Battles of History

What is a Hanbok?   A hanbok is a traditional Korean dress.  Throughout Korean history, commoners wore the hanbok and it became popularized during the celebrated Joseon Dynasty.  Interestingly, the hanbok was adopted from nomadic cultures in northern Asia, so its style is drastically different from the formal wear adopted by agricultural cultures like China.    Although…

Moonshine

This is the famous Eastern Gate of Dongdaemun in Seoul. It was originally built during the Joseon Dynasty and it was the major gate of the eastern wall. The gate has been restored several times and is now encompassed by the largest shopping area in Korea. I’ve been working on a collection of night shots…