A Visit To Korea

When first arriving in Korea, one will be immediately struck by three realizations. First, a bombardment of the senses: The blaring noises, undulating sea of people and strange, indefinable non-Western odors. Next, the transitions: Ancient to modern, loud to soft, chaos to peace and crowds to seclusion. Finally, the mix of familiar and alien: English and Korean, McDonalds and kimchi, Buddhist drums and folk music. It is a world so much alike yet so different from the West.
Step back to the fourth century A.D. and be transported into the Korea of the ages. Amidst all the noise and confusion lies the ancient Buddhist temples. The deep gong awakens the spirit for prayer. Daeng! Daeng! ...

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positive and negative principles in life.
Buddhist monks with shaved heads, flowing grey robes, sit crossed legged for hours in a daily grueling request for spiritual enlightenment. The tea ceremony is shared as the way to Buddha. Dinking the hot beverage leads to the cultivation of the body and mind toward purification, meditation, and seeing the way.
Walk only minutes away from this quiet world to a local marketplace in a traditional folk village. It offers exotic flavors of Korean food from various regions, an unending variety of time-honored handicrafts, many made on the premises. Around the marketplace stroll jugglers, tightrope acrobats and dancers. During the bounty of spring, haze of summer, refreshing winds of autumn on weekends and holidays, ceremonies herald coming-of-age events, marriages, funerals and ancestor memorials. The gentle chords of music fill the heart and feed the soul.
Now leave the past world behind and enter into the 21st century. Parks for youth and ...

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