Posted by: David Stewart | November 15, 2008

Life – Marriage – Babies – Death… with Seoul

Seoul Gyeongbokgung palace

There is a great little museum in Seoul on the grounds of Gyeonbokgung palace. A big part of it is dedicated to the life cycle of a Korean person, probably of some past generation, but I still find it fascinating. A few highlights:


Korean wedding.


The placenta chamber. Apparently the placentas were placed here to … fertilize the earth, I think.


At their first birthday, kids are set to crawl towards plates laden with all kinds of stuff – if you crawl towards the plate of food, it means a different thing than if you crawls towards money.




For the rare couple that makes it to 60 years old, you get a supremely cool birthday party where your family stacks all kinds of food around you, to honor you. I think the food is for all of the guests, not just the honorees.

Seoul Museum

Death, a funeral bier.


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