YEAR TWO, WEEK FOURTY-FOUR – LEAH

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I was outside of Seoul a little bit when I ran into this cemetery. It would make sense that there aren’t full blown cemeteries in the city because there just isn’t any room. This was an enormous one that, to the right of this photo, extended far back into hills that rose up behind it. It made me remember my old student’s stories of traveling outside the city and “climbing a mountain” to get to their grandparents’ graves where they would lay flowers and pray to them.

I’ve read about burial mounds before, but having never seen one I’ll probably associate them most with Asia now, though I believe other countries use them as well. This cemetery with its pagoda gravestones, and vertically written inscriptions made it catch my curious eye.

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