Besides the trip I had collected pictures of the Underground tunnel, which showed an almost surreal light through the windows.
Pictures of South Kensington Tube Station, London
I appeared to me as if the leaves on the other side of the windows tried to connect with the people in the tunnel;
Upperground meets Underground
Don't 'leaf' me alone...
The Victoria & Albert Museum had revealed a concise art history of Korea to me.
Korea has a long and continuous history as an independent country. Its people have their own language and a clear national identity. Unique traditions of clothing, cuisine and architecture all contribute to a strong sense of nationhood.
The teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius have been a strong influence on Korean society, as has Buddhism. Both have coexisted for centuries, but Confucianism in particular has promoted a respect for austerity, authority and social order.
Most of the objects in the gallery were made for the sophisticated and cosmopolitan Korean elite. They show the Korean preoccupation with simple shapes, plain colors and restrained decoration, along with a rich symbolism and a love of nature.
This heritage is still venerated. In both North and South Korea the state offers financial support to artists who rework traditional forms and maintain traditional skills.
|Korean Periods and Dynasties||Korea||The World||19xx.....Republic of Korea||1950-53...Korean War||1939-45...Second World War||1909-1945...Japanese annexation||1979......'March First' movement popular against Japanese colonial ruler||1914-18...First World War||19xx-19xx...O||1880-86...Japan, the United States, Britain, Russia and France ... the Korean government ...||1700-1800...The Practical Learning Movement ()||1789.....French Revolution||1653-1666....A Dutch sailor, Hendrick Hamel, publishes a description of Korea after being shipwrecked and held captive. (see http://www.hendrick-hamel.henny-savenije.pe.kr/)||1620.....Pilgrim Fathers in America||1592.....Japanese military leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi sends troops to Korea and China.||1456.....Gutenberg's Bible printed||1443.....The Korean alphabet, han'gul , invented||1394.....Seoul becomes capital of Korea||1237-51...Buddhist scriptures printed on 81,137 woodblocks, now stored at Haein temple||1231.....Mongol invasion||1215.....Magna Carta (The Great Charter)||1010.....Buddhist scriptures printed for first time||1066.....Norman invasions||919..... xxx chosen as xxx capital||1000-1100...The Crusades: Christian Powers try to capture the Holy Land from the Muslims||before 751....||990.....Inca Empire expands||640.....Cheomseongdae (means "star gazing tower") Observatory built||570-632...Life of the Prophet Muhammed||427.....P'yongyang chosen as capital by Koguryo||475.....End of the Roman Empire||384.....Buddhism adopted as state religion by Paekche||200.....Christianity spreads throughout the Roman Empire||372.....Buddhism adopted as state religion by Koguryô||43.....Romans reach Britain||about 400-200...Iron Age||about 900-400...Bronze Age|