2014, Day 22: Korean Magpie and Tiger


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.


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