Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Door Couplets Of Traditional Korean House In Seoul

Door Couplet

Chinese used to stick spring couplets on doors during Chinese New Year in the old times. It turned out that Korean also liked to do so.

Door Couplet

These two photos were taken in Seoul Namsangol Hanok village. The doors of the traditional house were pasted with couplets. The first couplet means auspicious New Year and the second couplet is continuous joyous.

Chinese couplet is written with black ink on red paper. On the other hand Korean couplet is written with black ink on white paper. The reason is Chinese believe that red is propitious yet Koreans consider red is dangerous. No wonder I had never seen any Korean automobile red in color. However, the yin yang of South Korea flag is a combination of red and blue.

Related Links
Namsangol Hanok Village Folk Crafts
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