Sunday, February 28, 2010

Visiting a Korean Cemetery

Kwang took me to the cemetery where his grandfather is buried. The cemetery was beautiful and covered half the hillside. We got on our knees and bowed twice in respect to his grandfather. Korean culture uses coffins which are buried below the surface of the ground. However, a mound of earth is placed on top to serve as a marker to the grave and a sign of respect to the deceased. All of the graves had brightly colored fabric flowers aligning them. Many of the graves had bottles of soju and plates of food placed at the foot of the grave for the deceased. It was pretty incredible.

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