Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paper Cranes and Flower Trees

My favorite part of the display at the Jogyesa Chrysanthemum festival was located near the back of the complex. Set next to the already graceful curved tiled roof and dancheong patterns of the temple buildings, the display added additional color. Floral sheep appeared to be nibbling the grass; a tiger also made from chrysanthemums seemed less ferocious. Undulating mounds of flowers turned into mountains of Seoul. Cranes made from hanji paper flew overhead, with the silvergrass below gently moving in the breeze.

With the skyscrapers jutting out in the background, I was reminded that I actually was in a huge metropolitan city. Traditions of Buddhist Korea set against the modern society.

 If you attended the Chrysanthemum festival, which display was your favorite?

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