Korean seal – 도장

In such a modern and highly digitalized country like Korea, there is one traditional “analogue” item, which Korean people still carry with them now a days: their seal – 도장 (dojang).

I’m not talking about governor or authority, but normal private individuals. Almost all of them own a seal with their name on it. This is still used in banking transactions, opening bank account, applying for credit cards, or also buying immobility. I’ve read also, that Korean Banks only accept the seal as legal authority. That’s one of the reasons, why Korean people still carry it with them.

Another reason is, for Korean, the seal also shows the identity and social status of the owner. Rich or people with high social level usually own a seal made from expensive and valuable material, such as jade, gold or silver. Some would have it well designed with a special head part. Normal people use seal made from stone, wood, or also plastic.

Some people also believe, that the seal would protect them from bad things and carry them as an amulet.

During the weekend, I’d had a chance to join the “Seal making” course, organized by the Seoul Cultural Center, to learn about this tradition and make my own Korean seal.

Here is all you need to make your own seal: a piece of stone, a carrier, an engraving cutter, a glove, paper, a pen and of course someone to show you how to make it.

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Get to know the way of tea to and in Korea

During one of my last trips in Seoul, I by chance visited a very small and hidden Tea house in the middle of Insadong. Its name sounds very romantic – 달새는 달만 생각한다 – The moon-bird is only thinking about the moon. This was my first time I had korean tea and korean tea set in front of me.

To be honest, I was a bit overstrained by so many parts of the tea set. All you need to do is only to pour the water over the tea, isn’t it 😅? I somehow made the tea, it tasted really good, but not sure whether I did it correctly or not. Since then, I really wanted to know, in which way tea should be prepared in Korea.

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May – the Month of festival in Seoul

Since we’ve arrived in Seoul beginning of May, we found out that there were always festivals during the weekend somewhere in the city. It began with the Lantern exhibition on the Cheonggyecheon stream on May 5th.

Lotuslaternenfest, Lotus lantern festival, Seoul festival

Followed by the Parents’ day on May 8th, on which you could see beautiful carnations being sold everywhere.

Parents day, Seoul

Then it was the Lotus lantern festival with the wonderful parade in the rain on May 12th.

Lotuslaternenfest, Lotus lantern, jogyesa, seoul, buddha, Umzug, Laternenumzug

During last weekend, the romantic Rose festival took place on the riverbanks of Jungnangcheon.

Rosenfest

And this week, musician and music lovers from everywhere also came to Seoul to join the Seoul Drum Festival.

trommel, seoul

May is really a lively month to have a new beginning in Seoul!

 

 

How the Lotus Lantern Festival Yeon Deung Hoe 2018 ended [Seoul]

As already mentioned in my post about “Get ready for Buddha’s birthday”, the Lotus Lantern Festival has already taken place during the last weekend.

Before it started, also in Jogyesa temple, one of the most important buddhistish temple in Korea, everyone was busy making and hänging the colorful lanterns. So beautiful…

Lotuslaternenfest, Lotus lantern, jogyesa, seoul, buddha

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May 8th – Parents’ day – 어버이날

During the weekend, I’ve seen many small shops and stores selling flowers, especially carnations, even on holidays. I have been wondering for several days and now got the answers from some friends:

Today, May 8th is “Parents’ day” – “어버이날” – in Korea. All children will show their parents love, respect, gratefulness, and also their promise to protect them, like the parents always do for their children. The traditional presents to give are red carnations.

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