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Colonial Korea: Anguksa Temple – 안국사 (Pyongsong, South Pyongan)


Anguksa Temple from Pyongsong, South Pyongan, North Korea in 1932.

Hello Again Everyone!!

The second article in this series about Korean Buddhist temples during the Japanese colonial rule over Korea from 1910-45 is about another North Korean temple. This time, I’ll be focusing on the historic Anguksa Temple in Pyongsong, South Pyongan, North Korea.

Anguksa Temple was first constructed in 503 A.D. during the Goguryeo Dynasty. Throughout the years, Anguksa Temple has undergone renovation and reconstruction. First the temple was reconstructed in 1419, and then it was renovated in 1785 during the reign of King Jeongjo of Joseon.

Colonial Korea: Singyesa Temple – 신계사 (Kosong, Kangwon-do)


Singyesa Temple in Kosong, Kangwon-do, North Korea in 2007.

Hello Again Everyone!!

This is the first article that photographically highlights Korean Buddhist temples from the period of the Japanese colonization of Korea that lasted from 1910 to 1945. In these pictures from the colonial period in Korea’s history, you’ll get a unique look into Korea’s religious and cultural past. Also of note, you’ll get to see pictures of temples from both north and south of the DMZ before the Korean peninsula was divided by the Korean War (1950-53).

My basic response to every time North Korea threatens South Korea...

My basic response to every time North Korea threatens South Korea...

3 Things you need to know about Gwangbokjeol (Aug 15), the National Liberation Day of Korea


August 15 is one of the most meaningful days to Koreans. It is Gwangbokjeol, the National Liberation Day of Korea . You can see many Korean national flags “Taegeukgi” hung in the street or on the windows of the houses.

1. Why is Gwangbokjeol so special?


ISC’s Open Lecture Series July Event: “War, Peace, Reunification”

We can easily forget as foreigners living in Korea that we are living in a forcibly divided country still at war. Join the ISC in a reunification tour to explore regions of significance to the inter-Korean conflict. You can sign up at 

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Giving is Winning: Liberty in North Korea Fundraiser

So I know you are all just itching to find out how to win the awesome gifts featured in my previous post. And now I'm here to tell you how.

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I have decided to change things up a bit and challenge all of you to participate in a fundraising campaign I've started with LiNK, or Liberty in North Korea. After all, 'tis the season for giving.

And while many people around the world need our help, North Korean refugees are a noteworthy group. Lacking basic human rights and needs, thousands of citizens attempt to flee the country each year only to be captured and killed, tortured or sent to labor camps. Those that do manage to escape are often captured by Chinese nationals, and are exploited, abused, or sold into the sex trade along the 3,000-mile journey to a safer country.

Pyongyang Racer – Having a Gas in Virtual North Korea

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Reliving Korea’s Tumultuous History at the Korean War Memorial

There are many museums to see in Korea. In fact, sometimes I feel like it would be an impossible dream to be able to see them all. All kinds of historical museums, art museums, memorials, etc. are found throughout the big cities in Korea as well as the smaller, historical regions like Gyungju, for example.

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