I started this blog back in 2010. I had been living in Seoul for a few years and was spending my free time watching Kdramas. I started off with the modern romance dramas – I didn’t feel guilty spending so much time in front of the TV since I was ‘studying Korean’. 😉
Then, while I was watching them all these questions started popping up such as ‘why are people eating big chunks of tofu when they come out of prison?‘. When I started watching sageuk historical dramas too, well, the list of questions just got longer! So I had to try to find the answers. I started asking my Korean in-laws or my adult students, or searched through books or the Internet. And after spending time looking for answers, it seemed a waste to just keep it all to myself.
It’s interesting what a drama on TV can make you do, isn’t it? Before, I wasn’t particularly interested in British history or any other kind of history for that matter. So I never thought I would one day be spending hours searching on the Korean search engine Naver trying to work out of if the royal court of Joseon really did have a female investigation bureau in the 17th century! That’s what happened after I watched Dong Yi (MBC 2010) the story of King Sukiong’s concubine Dong Yi who (in the drama) was also a detective. There’s plenty of room for artistic licence in historical dramas so it can be a puzzle trying to figure out what is historically correct and what is ‘creativity’. But that’s one of the fascinating things about sageuk dramas. And I like to see how the same king can be portrayed in different ways in different dramas through various actors and storylines.
So these days the main aim of my blog is to write about historical dramas set in Joseon and anything linked to the Joseon period – visits to royal tombs such as King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s tombs or Confucian ceremonies such as Jongmyo Daeje (종묘대제 The annual Memorial Day Service for all the Joseon Kings). Occasionally, I post about my calligraphy classes too. Calligraphy is kind of Joseony, isn’t it?
Sometimes, though, I put up posts that I don’t think have anything directly to do with Joseon but more about modern life in Korea. I’m becoming quite the foodie as I hit my adjumma years. (I was going to say middle age but couldn’t quite get the words out ) And I love going out for dinner especially since in Seoul there are so many great (and cheap) Korean restaurants. And when I see the delicious looking food in my photos, I just want to share them with somebody!