Today has been mostly spent unpacking, doing washings, putting away the Christmas decorations and being extremely jet lagged. The best bit about unpacking after a long journey is discovering all the things you’ve bought while you’ve been away. I loved this illustrated pair of magnets when I first saw them at Gyeonbokgung. According to the card with the magnets: ‘Jakhodo, or a painting of Korean magpie and tiger, is traditionally popular folk painting. It was believed that tigers have a spiritual power and could chase away evil spirits and tHat a Korean magpie as a good one , that it brought good news. People used the painting of these images and a pine tree a symbol of the first month of a year as a new year’s talisman.’
Taken on my iPhone.