Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tied (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

This time last week, I was on holiday and approximately 1,305 miles (or 2,100 kilometers) away from my computer. Hence my not taking part in a Photo Hunt for the first time in months, if not years.

Since returning from my Korean vacation, I've been sharing some of the tons of photos I took over the course of the trip. And for this week's Photo Hunt, what I've chosen to show are a trio of snaps taken at the Korean Folk Village in Yong-in City of a reenactment of a traditional Korean marriage.

In the top most photo, the bride (the woman being helped about by two others) and groom (the man in the maroon outfit) are shown in the process of tying the knot inside the compound of a large landowner's house. Knot tied, the groom proceeds to ride a horse at the head of a post-wedding entourage that includes a party that includes -- as can be seen in the middle photo -- men bearing large items tied to their backs.

And if you think that those items look heavy, what about what the poor men in the final picture -- whose head decorations (including white cloth tied around their heads) I found very novel -- have to carry? And although I can't speak Korean, I got the distinct feeling that as they passed by, at least one of them was joking aloud as to how very heavy the bride and her palanquin were! :D


Carver said...

These are fantastic shots and perfect for the theme. We were both missing photohunters for the first time in a long time last week, although I only traveled hundreds of miles not thousands. I just looked through some of your other photographs and it looks like you had a very interesting trip and got great shots.

YTSL said...

Hi Carver --

Wow re your missing Photo Hunt last week too! And thanks for looking at my other Korean entries -- as I think you can gather from all of them, that country looks to be a shutter bug's dream. :)

Bengbeng said...

hey, i enjoyed this post very much :)

Must be heavy from the guys' expression

Sassy Mom said...

Interesting piece of info... Nice shots!

Mine's up too As we tied the knot

Photo Cache said...

oh beautiful snaps from your travel. clears the theme too.

love the photos.

Unknown said...

(lol) your last sentence made me laugh out loud--i was thinking the same thing! these are wonderful's always interesting to see other culture's traditions.

eastcoastlife said...

Interesting culture and tradition of the Koreans. Theirs are quite similar to our Chinese culture.

I was reading your other posts, fascinating trip you had in Korean.

bonggamom said...

What a beautiful event and what gorgeous costumes! I also just got back from vacation and my Photo Hunt entry is one of the many photos we took!

jams o donnell said...

Wow those are excellent photos YTSL! I hope you had a great holiday! Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Wedding traditions are so varied around the world. Great way to illustrate the theme.

Liz Hinds said...

What on earth was in those huge bundles?! They looked as if they were enjoying themselves though!

YTSL said...

Hi Bengbeng --

Glad you enjoyed checking out this entry! :)

Hi Sassy Mom --

Thanks for reading as well as looking. :)

Hi Photo Cache --

Yeah, am glad that I managed to continue my travel photos streak with this post. ;b

Hi Luna Miranda --

Great minds think alike? ;b

Hi Eastcoastlife --

There are similarities but also differences too. For the wedding ceremony: actually, noticed more differences than similarities!

Hi Bonggamom --

Hope you had a great vacation too! :)

Hi jams --

Yes, had an excellent holiday. Really enjoyed myself and came back feeling really healthy! :)

Hi archiearchive --

Glad you like what you saw here! :)

Hi Liz --

Am not sure -- maybe the bride's dowry?

Hootin Anni said...

Love educational as always with your posts. I learn so much from you.

My TIED is nautical this time...come by for a viewing if you can find time. Have a terrific Saturday!!!


Annie said...

Fascinating! Hope you had a nice vacation. These photos are very cool. I'm going to check out your other Korea posts too; I don't think I've ever known anyone who visited there.

Happy weekend!

Ladykli said...

Great photos, very colorful!

Thanks for stopping by!

A. said...

Superb! And so interesting too. Could it be wedding presents on the men's backs? :)

Omiae said...

Hahaha. Very cute photos. I love seeing other cultures' weddings. But the heavy thing is reminiscence of traditional chinese weddings. Haha. And the guys, being men, usually do complain. :P

I'll be heading to Korea this December too! Can't wait.

LifeRamblings said...

hope you enjoyed your vacation. great shots and thanks for the snippets of Korean culture.

YTSL said...

Hi Hootin' Anni --

Thanks for your enthusiasm and appreciation. It makes my day! :)

Hi Annie --

I had a wonderful vacation -- so much so that I'm thinking of visiting Korea again before too long. :)

Hi Ladykli --

Thanks and you're welcome. :)

Hi A. --

Wedding presents sounds like a definite possibility! Put another way: your guess is as good as mine! ;b

Hi Omiae --

Teeheehee re your remarks about men. Lemme guess: you're female, right? ;b

Hi Life Ramblings --

Yes, thanks and you're welcome. :b

Unknown said...

Great shots for the theme.
You've brought back memories of when I visited the village - my photos are all of dancers and I don't remember seeing this, so thxs for sharing.

Lisa said...


Gattina said...

Hahaha ! you have the marriage and I have the carriage ! how nice we go together !

RJ Flamingo said...

Beautiful and fascinating post! Glad you're back this week and that you've brought even more interesting things to share!

Lew said...

Great pictures for the theme! And the Koren marriage ceremony adds literal "tying the knot". I also enjoyed you other posts of Korea. The architectural detail is terrific.

MaR said...

What interesting shots!! clicked to enlarge them and I am glad I did.
What a great trip!

marta said...

This is a great post for this week's theme. It is so different both in the interpretation of the theme and the subjects. I really enjoyed the pictures and look at the Korean culture. We had a short stop over in Seoul and had a chance to do a 5 hour tour. It was so interesting. I'm going to spend some time reading your previous posts to learn morn.

Susanne said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday! Such great photos and memories.

Sparkle said...

Unique take on this theme!

Alice Audrey said...

Looks like they are trying to keep the bride from making a break for it.

Great photos. I love the way you share the world with us.

Unknown said...

Wow - now that looks like a lot of work! And strain!

Your vacation looks like it was a lot of fun. Didn't know you were an expat but will have to read more and remember.. hehe

YTSL said...

Hi travelingsuep --

Ooo, you visited that same village too? Wow, if so -- as I know it's been around but even then, what a cool co-incidence! :)

Hi Lisa --


Hi Gattina --

Teehee re your seeing what I alluded to in my comments on your blog! :D

Hi RJ Flamingo --

Thanks for appreciating -- this and my other posts. :)

Hi Lew --

Thanks for enjoying more than just this post. Hope you come back soon as I definitely plan to put up more posts of Korea soon. :)

Hi Mar --

Yeah re -- and yay for -- clicking and enlarging! :b

Hi Marta --

Hope you enjoyed checking out my previous posts too and will come back for more. :)

Hi Susanna --

Definitely re it having been the kind of holiday that has given me good photos and memories. :)

Hi Sparkle --


Hi Alice Audrey --

Hahahaha at your interpretation of what's going on with the bride! My own take was that they were thinking she was more fragile than she in fact was! :D

Hi Expat Traveler --

Yes, well, like I wrote in another post on this blog: I often get mistaken as a native in places where that's not the case! ;D

lissa said...

fascinating tradition, I wonder what they will be doing when they get to wherever they are going

ps, sorry, I haven't been commenting due to time constraint and slow internet connection. It's quite frustrating visiting blogs and not be able to see the images...sigh..

and yes, you are still on my blogroll and I will try to visit, I have not been doing photohunt at all, I can't seem to find the time for that but I do appreciate your visits, thank you

jmb said...

Missed you too last week.
But you are making up for it this week. Interesting photos as ever YTSL.

Happy weekend.

dixymiss said...

Fascinating tied piX. Enjoyed the glimpse of Korean ceremony and culture.

YTSL said...

Hi Lissa --

Good to know I'm still on your blogroll. Have to say that I had trouble seeing that though when I visited your blog! ;S

Hi jmb --

Thanks for continuing to visit. You've become one of the "long termers" now, I reckon! :)

Hi DiXymiss --

Am glad you enjoyed seeing what you saw in this post. :)

Brita said...

Fascinating take on the theme.

Lorna said...

Oh, I loved these photos, and your comments. Culturally fascinating and just aesthetically gorgeous.

YTSL said...

Hi Brita --

Glad you think so. :)

Hi Lorna --

Thanks for visiting, looking and reading. :)