DBSK, TVXQ, and JYJ Fans: Let’s Make Cassiopeia Great Again! Part 2

And the law making continues! Let’s get back to the basics-

2. Thou Shalt Not Derogate, Demean, or Disparage TVXQ without a valid reason.

Valid reasons DO NOT include:

  1. As of 2011, the members in the group are Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin
  2. The fact that Jung Yunho and Shim Changmin walk among us and continue to live and breathe 
  3. Decision of said persons to remain in their current company
  4. Decision of said persons to renew their contracts with their current company
  5. Decision of said persons to not disband TVXQ
  6. Decision of said persons to not change the name of TVXQ
  7. Said persons talking about their hardships in the immediate post-split period on national TV
  8. Said persons vocal capabilities, when said persons have made efforts to improve
  9. Guilt by association,i.e. “I strongly abhor a particular company’s management, practices, and/or policies, so all of the company’s employees must be corrupt.”
  10. The fact that a two-member TVXQ exists
  11. Ignorance based on biased, inaccurate, and/or incomplete reporting

A warning to those who choose to violate this policy:

They will be swiftly called out. In addition, they will not pass go and will not collect $200.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg…

DBSK, TVXQ, and JYJ Fans: Let’s Make Cassiopeia Great Again! Part 1

Let’s face it-In the year of 2017, a full 7 years after the split, the state of the fandom is in shambles. This series of posts is a list of policies to Make Cassiopeia Great Again. 

Let’s start with the basics.
1. Thou Shalt Not Derogate, Demean, or Disparage JYJ without a valid reason.

Valid reasons DO NOT include:

  1. The members in the group are Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu
  2. The fact that Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, and Kim Junsu walk among us and continue to live and breathe
  3. Departure of said persons in late 2009-early 2010 from the five-member group TVXQ
  4. Said persons expressing that they miss their former group members
  5. Said persons expressing that they would like to meet their former group members in person
  6. Said persons talking about their continually blocked attempts to perform on public television after their departure from TVXQ
  7. Said persons performing DB5K songs and/or dances in their performances
  8. How said persons choose to spend their money (unless the money is used on something illegal)
  9. Guilt by association, i.e. if one of said persons or an associate of said persons is accused or found guilty of a crime, the two remaining persons or said person must also be guilty of the same crime
  10. Exposure of skin (excluding genital region)
  11. Subjective opinions of said persons “relevancy” in K-pop industry
  12. The fact that an entity known as JYJ exists
  13. Ignorance based on biased, inaccurate, and/or incomplete reporting

A warning to those who choose to violate this policy:

They will be swiftly called out. In addition, violators will not pass go and will not collect $200.

Stay tuned…

    DBSK Goes Hard

    REQUIRED VIEWING BEFORE READING THIS POST (not an endorsement of Trump):


    (Setting: TVXQ and JYJ come together to bring us this after-split tune)

    DBSK goes hard


    If we were soft we would not have gotten this far

    DBSK goes


    DBSK goes


    DBSK goes HARD

    (Older K-pop fan) I’m familiar

    Yes, you are


    And we say “sit down everybody”

    And they (newer K-pop fans) don’t sit down

    They refuse to sit down (“DBSK, who?”)

    They don’t sit down

    “Sit down everybody”

    And they don’t sit down

    They refuse to sit down

    They don’t sit down


    (Sit down)


    Sit down


    (Sit down)


    Sit down


    (Sit down)



    They refuse to sit down

    They don’t sit down


    If we don’t go all the way

    If we don’t win

    It’ll be a mistake

    A complete waste of energy 

    And money

    And money

    And money

    And money

    And money

    Money, Money

    We don’t look back

    And say “I wish I didn’t do this or that”

    (About the lawsuit decisions) We’re not stupid

    It’s a fact

    The thing that gets us in trouble is throwing the first verbal or physical punch

    More killer than the netizens

    We repeat

    We respond to what they did to us

    We’re gonna fight back

    It’s not a one-way street


    DBSK goes hard


    If we were soft we would not have gotten this far

    DBSK goes


    DBSK goes


    DBSK goes HARD

    (Older K-pop fan) I’m familiar

    Yes, you are are


    (Me) Some have suggested that you don’t want to release your tax returns because of extreme privacy concerning your hobbies.

    (DBSK) Yes

    So can you confirm or deny this list of personal pastimes?

    Yeah, sure


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    Yoochun and Jaejoong (in unison): I Go Hard



    Jaejoong: I Go Hard



    Junsu: I Go Hard



    Changmin: I Go Hard




    Yunho: Waste of Time

    Praise Dancing^


    Yunho: I Go Hard


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    Changmin: I Go Hard



    Yoochun: I Go Hard


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    Jaejoong and Changmin (in unison): I Go Hard




    Doing absolutely nothing on a free day between scheduleeeees!!


    All: Waste of Time

    While you’re reading netizen comments on various siiiites!!


    All: Waste of Time



    Jaejoong: Waste of Time



    Yunho: Waste of Time



    Yoochun: Waste of Time



    Junsu: Waste of Time

    All the sites!!

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    Waste of Time




    ^ equals “in a higher voice (but not enough for an exclamation point)

    Credits: schmoyoho (the creators of the video you watched before reading this post).

    Skip Days

    A Skip Day is a non-holiday day when you decide to not attend one or all of your classes.

    There are three keys to unlocking the magic of the Skip Day.

    Why: You must first figure out why you are skipping class. Valid reasons include sickness, fatigue from staying up all night working on an assignment, family emergencies, death in the family, traveling for a job interview, saving the world (ala Spider-Man and the Sailor Scouts), being grossly unprepared for the class you’re going to skip,  and finishing a major assignment for another class.

    Invalid reasons include


    Mall visits


    Boxing matches (unless you have an athletic scholarship for boxing)




    Clubbing (for those people who have night classes)


    Going to K-pop concerts


    Dating/Spending time with bae


    Getting in touch with nature (unless it’s part of your assignment)


    What: What are you going to do on your Skip Day? (we basically covered this in the Why section).

    When: When are you planning to skip? It’s best not to skip on a test/exam day (READ: DON’T DO IT), but you might be able to get away with skipping a quiz (especially if the teacher drops a few). It can be advantageous to skip the day before a three or four day weekend, but you should check your schedule (i.e. the syllabus) to make sure you won’t be missing anything important, like instructions for a project or writing assignment.

    How: How do you intend to make up the material you missed and stay on pace with the class? Some suggestions:


    Read the will-be-missed material ahead of time (or on time).


    Ask a classmate to take lecture notes for you.

    And there you have it- a Rough Guide to the Skip Day. Now you have all the tools to skip class with the least amount of damage (both to your grade and  your ego).

    Translation Thursdays: Spending All My Time (Perfume)

    Welcome to Translation Thursdays, where I attempt to translate J-pop songs and explore their meaning. As the title suggests, I will be posting the translations on Thursdays (though not every Thursday).

    Here’s how it works:

    I will translate songs that I like and that correspond to my Japanese ability, i.e. this is not a request service, so please refrain from asking me to translate such-and-such-song by such-and-such group. Therefore, my translations should not be the be-all-end-all translation of the song- it’s just practice.

    Lyrical translation will rely on kanji 漢字 or Chinese characters, so that means NO ROMAJI (romanization of Japanese).


    If you are Trunks and cannot read kanji, I will try to find a source that has both kanji and romaji.

    Music videos will be posted with each translation.  *There will be several translations of TVXQ/Tohoshinki songs, and the video posted will reflect the time in which the song was made. For example, the video accompanying “Somebody to Love” will feature Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu, Yunho, and Changmin. There will be no video of just Yunho and Changmin performing “Somebody to Love” at one of their concerts. If like SM, you don’t want JYJ to be featured in the same video, you can skip that translation.*

    English lyrics will appear as they are, and translations of Japanese lyrics will appear in parentheses.

    And now, on to today’s translation-

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you forever

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you I wanna do

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever

    Spending all my time
    いつも君思いよ (I’m always thinking of you)
    All my time

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    Loving you, so loving you I wanna do

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever/ 信じてる (Believing)
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time/君のこと (In you)
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever

    Spending all my time
    このまま放さないで (Do not let go like this)
    All my time

    Spending all my time
    いつも君思いよ (I’m always thinking of you)
    All my time

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,/ 信じてる (Believing)
    Loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time/君のこと (In you)
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever

    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever
    Spending all, spending,
    Spending all my time
    So loving you, loving,
    Loving you forever

    Spending all my time
    このまま放さないで (Do not let go like this)
    All my time

    Spending all my time
    いつも君思いよ (I’m always thinking of you)
    All my time

    See that was easy wasn’t it!


    Okay, okay, I wanted to start off with something nice and simple.


    This song is very straight forward- have you ever found yourself spending an exorbitant amount of time thinking about something (can be a physical object, idea, or phrase) or someone?* For hilarity, these somethings and someones can be either good or bad.  While you think about it, here are some sample answers for these prominent intellectuals.



    What God is Thinking




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    How to help others





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    (In response to the above set of gifs) Changmin, why you lying?


    The Writer of this Humble Blog




    Books/Reading, not TOP.


    Nerd things


    And X-Men in general.

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    Beautiful Religious Objects

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    What are you spending too much time thinking about? Release those feels in the comments section.

    *Translator’s note: Kimi (君) is a pronoun that refers to a person, as in “you,” but I’m using creative license to expand the discussion.

    Credits: Weblio Translate, Perfume [Spending All My Time] Lyric Video



    Getting a Job Straight From Undergrad in Korea

    It’s that time again! Christmas Time!


    Uh, yeah.  Normally I would be doing Excel spreadsheets at some internship or entry-level job, but I’m currently in a Masters program (2 years!) and it’s already giving me 2 different tears…

    Anyway, let me congratulate the recent graduates who found a job in this economy:


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    Dancing over.

    (Thanks, Changmin-didn’t want people to get too carried away there.)

    Truth be told, finding a job is hard– you have to fill out countless applications, spruce up your resume, put money down for interview clothes, have a nervous breakdown, complete the interview, wait, get rejected, cry, spiral into depression, get out of depression, wait, go about your life, wait-


    It’s tough. And South Korean have it tougher.leeteukgif5

    South Koreans looking for jobs post-university have to deal with specs (스펙) or credentials.  Applicants obtain credentials to set themselves apart from the crowd- problem is, the crowd has them too.


    “Shut the front door!”- Stacy London


    Some examples of specs are foreign language proficiency (commonly a high TOEIC score or knowledge of Chinese) and computer skills.  And the more the better.

    Now let me engage your sociological imagination.

    Imagine that you’re American college/university senior.  Imagine that you needed to get a certificate showing that you are proficient in Spanish to have the best chance of getting a job (in this case, getting to the second interview stage), regardless if the job actually requires the use of Spanish. Employers don’t care if you’re “bad at foreign languages.” They don’t care if you’re an engineering major.  They don’t care if you intend to live in the U.S. until the day you die.  You want the job, don’t you? Then you better learn to habla español.   In Korea, the idea of specs is similar: you may not need them to do the actual job per se, but you need them to muscle your way through the competition.  [End of sociological imagination time]

    Koreans employers usually also require applicants to put a picture of themselves on their job application. This is the famous Korean lookism coming into play – employers do take your face into account (brings a new meaning to the expression “put your best face forward”).  Therefore, your face had better be on par. If it’s not, your local plastic surgeon will be glad to take your money to relieve you of your insecurities. A lot of Koreans have gotten plastic surgery to improve their chances of employment, among other things. In the United States (and most of the West), that application picture slams up against all the anti-discrimination (race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, age, etc) hiring laws.

    When combined with the “how-to-apply-for-a-job” description above, all this adds up to a nearly insurmountable summit (that’s some code talk that we academics use for “high threshold of entry”) for Korean job applicants.

    I’m sure there are other things that make the Korean version of post-university job hunting different from that of other countries, but this is what I saw/read/heard while I was in Korea.

    So for the rest of you tired and weary job seekers-


    Credits: Article from the Korea Times about specs.

    My HomeBoy Henry

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    Henry Lau

    Birth Date: October 11, 1989

    Job description: Violinist. English interpreter. Lyricist and producer. Currently only in Super Junior M.

    First Impressions: Chipmunk; Henry’s Got Talent; Can you hook me up with Justin Bieber? (for those of you who are interested); Why Do Some ELF Hate You?

    Aliases: Mochi

    The Good: For all you Canadian ELFs out there, Henry gives you hope.  Hope that he’ll tell SM about your presence. Hope that he’ll speak up in SM board meetings about the need for a Super Show in Canada so you won’t have to endure the price of an international airline or Amtrak ticket to New York or Los Angeles (and that’s if SJ even performs at one of those locations during one of their “world” tours).

    For the rest of you, Henry’s got chops- violin chops.

    In addition to the violin, Henry also plays the piano and guitar.

    And here is the requisite Justin Bieber cover, because, you know, he shares the same nationality and teenybopper appeal:

    As you might have guessed, Henry has quite the musical talent.  In addition to playing several instruments, he also produces music under the group NoizeBank (tracklist: “Go” and “It’s You” from SJM’s Breakdown album; “1-4-3 (I Love You), “My Everything,” “Ready 2 Love” from Trap;  “Bad Girl”, “Saturday,” “Butterfly,” “You” from Fantastic).

    Beyond the music, Henry serves as SJ’s “foreigner” (after Hangeng left) and Western culture expert, who answers any and all questions one may have about North American life (Donghae and Eunhyuk might be frequent clients).

    The Bad:  See this section in Zhou Mi’s post for more details. Despite the initial backlash, Henry has recently gained favor with the Korean public after releasing his debut album and appearing on the reality show Real Men.  However, the court received a complaint from Eunhyuk about Henry trying to steal Donghae’s away from him; below is the evidence he submitted.

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    We’re still waiting for Henry to file assault charges.

    Kyuhyun has also called attention to Henry’s cleansing practices:

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    P.S. My sister and Henry have the same birthday.

    Credits: VP Debate Highlights Songified (schmoyoho on YouTube)

    Mister Chic: Zhou Mi


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    Zhou Mi (周觅)

    Birth Date: April 19, 1986

    Job description: MC and fashionista. Budding lyricist. Technically only part of Super Junior M.

    First Impressions: Fabulous; Diva; Would Petition to Make Shopping an Olympic Sport; Mr. Happy; Gay

    Aliases: Gentleman Mimi

    The Good: Zhou Mi is Super Junior’s resident ball of sunshine. He’s always flashing his award-winning smile, no matter how hard it gets (and it has gotten hard).

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    And on to the fashion show! [Cue catwalk music]

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    These two images sum up Zhou Mi’s relationship with fashion quite nicely:

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    [end catwalk music]

    He’s also written a book, though not about fashion (maybe next time?).

    In addition to being a fashionista and author, Zhou Mi has also penned the lyrics of quite a few SJM songs, both of the original and translation variety:

    2008 (Me): “Love Song,” “Marry U,” “A Man in Love”

    2009 (Super Girl): “Confession” and  “You & Me”

    2011 (Perfection): “True Love”

    2013 (Breakdown): “Go,” “It’s You,” “Tunnel”

    2014 (Swing): “Swing” and “Fly High”

    The Bad:  Ever since Zhou Mi came on the scene, some ELF waged an “Attack, blame, and defame” campaign against him. Fans fought hard to prevent Zhou Mi and Henry from becoming “official” members of Super Junior, relegating them to subgroup only membership status. Apparently the fight wasn’t over, because fans sent a petition to SM Entertainment when they deemed that Zhou Mi and Henry had over stepped their bounds by singing SJ songs with the main lineup during SS5.

    But really, if those people would just let Zhou Mi finish, they’d realize that he has one of the clearest and cleanest voices of all tiiiimmee!





    Yo Zhou Mi!


    Imma let Hangeng let you finish.


    While we’re waiting for Kanye to show up to silence those anti-fans – he’s a busy man, being married and all- this will have to do:




    Credits: VP Debate Highlights Songified (schmoyoho on YouTube), kanye West VMA Taylor Swift AUTOTUNE (Youtube)

    Human Torch: Kyuhyun

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    Cho Kyuhyun (조규현)

    Birth Date: February 3, 1988

    Job description: One of Super Junior’s Main Vocals.  A host on MBC’s Radio Star talk show. Trying his hand at musicals.  In Super Junior K.R.Y. and Super Junior M.

    First Impressions: EVIL-L; Distinct Voice; Awkward; Snarky; Trained in the art of blackmail; Blunt; Starcraft Addict; Handsome; King of Games

    Aliases: Evil Maknae (막내 the youngest in a group), Game Kyu, Dancing Kyu, Maknae on Top  (has an infinite number of aliases, but these are the main ones)

    The Good: Some folks say that Kyuhyun is the devil’s spawn (maybe that’s why Siwon is often seen hanging around him- to convince him to come to the light).  He’s called the ‘Evil Maknae’ for a reason – besides kicking the other members occasionally, Kyuhyun is known for committing “verbal murder in the major 3rd degree” by spewing out vile words on the members (yes, that includes Heechul- from 5:23).

    Here, have some more verbal and physical abuse:

    It seems that no one is safe from his forked tongue.

    Why, please have some more Evil Maknae.

    1. “Reality hits you hard, bro”

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    2. “Come bite my thumb! …”


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    3. Taunting

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    4. “That’s it, everyone dies!” (4 is an unlucky number in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean because its Chinese character means “death.”)

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    5. Miscellaneous

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    6. Assault

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    7.  “I make it rain.”

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    Why is any of this good, you ask? His Super Junior hyungs (형 older brother) let him get away with it, and much of his sharp comments about the members (or anything else) are accurate.

    Moving on to something more traditionally good, Kyuhyun can SANG. (The vid below is mostly for you music nerds out there; if you’re not one of them, ignore the symbols and just listen.)

    It’s not that Kyuhyun is incapable of being cute,

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    but more often than not, he’s awkward and evil

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    with a dash of sexy.


    Take a good look, ladies (and gents)…this is Kyuhyun’s version of nudity.

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    So he is kind of like the Human Torch of Fantastic Four fame, except that instead of shooting flames at the villains, he shoots a fireball of words. And then he engulfs you in flames of lust.  It’s like he’s a walking Trap Card- you see the awkwardness and meanness, and then he does the slightest smirk


    and BOOM- you’re dead. It seems that almost no one can avoid his Continuous Trap.

    P.S. Did I mention he’s the King of Games?




    Yeah, that’s more like it!

    The Bad: Whenever you look at Kyuhyun, you really are “looking at a miracle“- he almost perished in a very,very bad car accident. I think he still has a few scars as a result of the accident/surgery (the only confirmed one is the one around his waist), which explains why the nudity (however rare it is) is limited to his shoulders and arms. But according to some Gamers (Kyuhyun’s fans), his lack of shirtless scenes adds to his sexiness and mystique.

    Other than that, Kyuhyun has a long rap sheet detailing innumerable instances of verbal abuse and a shorter sheet covering assault (Eunhyuk decided to come forward).


    "Baby, there's a devil- there's something like it- inside."

    “Baby, there’s a devil- there’s something like it- inside of me.” (Devil Inside by Utada)

    Sources: Epic Rap Battles of History- Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven; Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare,  Reality Hits You Hard Bro- Schmoyoho (Youtube), Dragon Ball Z Abridged

    Jogyesa Temple


    This episode of Korea: Sights and Sounds features Jogyesa Temple.

    Seeking a religious tradition? Wonder where the Seoul-based Koreans who are religious but not Christian might be? Are you a Buddhist? Writing a dissertation on Eastern religions/religious art/architecture? Or maybe you just want to see a beautiful temple?

    Welcome to Jogyesa Temple (조계사), the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea!


    This plaque is right outside the gate in case you need a quick history lesson.

    Some of you might think that Japan has a monopoly on Zen Buddhists, but Korea got into the Zen act a looong time ago (even before Japan did).  Originally Zen Buddhism is from China (where it’s called Chán), where it formed as an off-shoot of Mahayana Buddhism (which is from India).

    Anyway, to get to Jogyesa, go to Anguk Station (안국역), exit 6. When you reach the surface (NATURAL LIIGHT!), turn right.


    Turn right!

    After you turn right, you will see some vendor stands and then the temple will be straight ahead.  You could also go the Gwanghwamun route and go from Gwanghwamun Station (광화문역) exit 3 and follow the signs (as I did) and walk for 20 some minutes; I highly recommend this route if you have nothing particular to do afterwards in order to  see the scenery. But if you don’t have time for that, then take the Anguk station route; either way, you’ll see the beautiful temple entrance in the first photo.

    And to the right of the entrance of the shrine is a shop selling Buddhist wares (I didn’t go in so I can’t give you a price quote, but it looks pricey).


    If my Korean dictionary is correct, monks can get their robes custom-made/tailored here.

    There were some foreigners (like me!) trapesing around the shrine grounds- most were taking pictures of Big Buddha, but there was this one dude who seemed to be following the service that was occurring inside the main hall.


    I’m sure that swastika is for peace.



    And now, “Big Buddha(s)”!

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    If you’re a Buddhist or are just particularly moved by the service or beauty of the temple, you can give an offering in one of the official offering boxes (I’m Christian so I didn’t).



    However, my religion did not stop me from giving some cash to help children in need of an education. PICT0966

    Overall, I had a really nice time there and wished that I could have gone inside the main hall.  I have a deep respect for spirituality and religion (I guess you could say it runs in the family- my grandfather was a pastor), and was particularly amazed at how quiet the place was on a Friday afternoon in a very bustling, popular area of Seoul. I’m definitely coming back next time (and I’ll take the Anguk path!).

    For more information on Jogyesa, visit the respective page on the Korea Tourism Organization’s website.

    Credits: Zen (Wikipedia), Dragon Ball Z Abridged (the light joke)