Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Worn Signs of Yesteryear

The grocery stores of Korea tend to look much like those found in any Western country. I've visited a few markets in Seoul, but really didn't find the traditional "look" that I'd seen in markets of other places in which I've lived and/or traveled. At the Tongin Market located near Gyeongbukgung Palace, I found this beautiful display which depicted how I envisioned a traditional Korean market might look like. I loved the old wooden signs for each food item. How long had those signs been used, with the price changes now indicated on the smaller attached paper? What stories those signs could tell, with their worn edges, slightly faded calligraphy, and growing cracks? 

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