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Daily Create: Twelve Photos of 10,000 Won Korean Bank Notes

I couldn’t resist sharing this photograph of twelve 10,000 won bank notes for today’s Daily Create, #tdc1709. I have read a good bit about King Sejong the Great and I’m now learning the writing system he created, Hangeul. It is a very logical system and I am happy to report that after just a few hours of study I can now read most of the characters. The credit is his, not mine!

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King Sejong the Great (세종대왕 – Sejongdaewang)


If you don’t know this man, you will once you come to Korea. Everyone and everyone knows King Sejong the Great, probably one of Korea’s most famous people ever. He’s the type of leader that comes only once in many millennia, and Koreans are immensely proud of him. Here’s why: before him Koreans used Chinese characters to write Korean (awkward! try doing that with English!). But this great man came along and became most famous for leading the effort for the creation of a brand new writing system, Hangeul. Hold on. Maybe you didn’t get that. Try reading that again… the creation of a writing system (crazy, yo!). He makes us all look like talentless nobodies! But now because of him even the most casual travelers to Korea can learn to read Korean on a 4 hour flight to Korea (really). If you’re studying Chinese, you’re mega jealous!


A Neighborhood Shortcut in Uijongbu-Shi, ROK

I take this shortcut several times a day which is just a few steps from my door in Uijongbu-Shi, ROK. My wife suggested that it would make a nice nighttime shot, and I agree. I realized after shooting it that it was not the assigned Daily […]

Bike Shop in Uijongbu-Shi, Korea

This bike shop is just a short walk from our apartment and I’ve noticed that it is a bit of a gathering place for some neighborhood gentlemen. There is a bike trail which snakes along a river that runs just past where the other fellow […]

Family Portrait DC1, Daily Create #tdc1693

My wife and I recently relocated to the Republic of Korea from the Big Island of Hawaii. I lived in Korea for most of the nineties but have not visited since we moved back to the U.S.A. in 1999. Therefore, I have not seen my nieces since 1999, when they visited our home on a nearly daily basis. When I left Korea Seulgi and Binna were thirteen and eleven, respectively. Last weekend they reentered my life when they showed up at our new digs bearing hugs, gifts and beaming smiles. They are now thirty and twenty-eight and have grown into intelligent, independent, warm-hearted, lovely women. When they were told that their fifty-nine-year-old uncle was in grad school they quickly offered to help me with my first Daily Create, the result of which is shown below in a family portrait.

From left to right: my mother-in-law Jeongja, Seulgi, my wife Hyejin, myself, and Binna. The family resemblance is striking!Family Portrait DC1