Geomancy

Thursday 6 May 2010. Sancheong County in Gyeongsangnam-do occupies an area larger than Seoul1, but its population is only 35,000. It is a land of mystery and legend, with ideas and importance more in proportion to its land mass than its population size. People there are very proud of where and who they are. Our […]

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2010 Travel Diary #6: the Secret Garden remains a secret, and Gwanghwamun is hidden

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2010
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Saturday 1 May 2010. I am fated never to see the Secret Garden. On the previous two occasions when I have tried, it has been closed. Until recently, I think it has only been possible to visit the Changdeokgung as part of a guided tour, but it is now possible to go in unguided and […]

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The Gwanghwamun and its many rebirths

by Philip Gowman 29 March 2009
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A feature on the great gate of the Gyeongbukgung in Seoul

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Seoul’s hanoks

by Philip Gowman 21 October 2006

There was a feature in FT a couple of weeks ago on the Bukchon district of Seoul. It’s a place as far as you can get from Apgujeong in terms of style of living. It’s the sort of place where Kim Ki-duk might be caught filming traditional housing as seen in 3-Iron, and is inhabited […]

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