The Story of Hong Gildong

The Story of Hong Gildong is an old Korean folktale which I’m not familiar with. Although I’ve heard the title before, I’ve never heard a Korean tell me the story or recommend it as any part of Korean literature. I would surmise that most Koreans know the story as a children’s book or as a comic book edition.

However, the story has recently been released under the Penguins Classic banner. That has my attention, because we shall now find it amongst the classic editions of Charles Dickens and Jane Austin. Of all the “Great Books“, which is a foundation of Western cultural literature, The Story of Hong Gildong is now included.

I look forward to seeing it at Kyobo Bookstore and getting my first glimpse of it. I hope that the story is worthy of its Penguin release, and that there might be more Korean literature down the road.

Hwaseong Cherry Blossoms

IMG_0559.JPG img_0517.jpg While there are highly marketed and tourist-centric locations around Korea to see the cherry blossoms during the blooming season, the Hwaseong Fortress is a low-key  place to visit in the morning or afternoon hours. This year in 2016, the yellow forsythias are projected to bloom at the end of March and the cherry blossoms follow in the first 2 weeks of April.

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