Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cultural Juxtapositions in Korea

I haven't been sleeping much this week--and I'm not one of those people who gets wildly creative when sleep deprived. Instead I tend to veer off of the deep end of my stranger tendencies. For instance: talking to my cups of coffee, muttering incoherently while I do mindless tasks, and color coding more voraciously in an attempt to ward off chaos, etc.

Now for the point of this entry: Saturday I went to Yonggun Temple (even though I'd been there before) to check out the Buddha's Birthday decorations and festivities. While walking along the cliffs, I saw a monk in front of me carrying a bag. This might not sound so strange, except that it was a Louis Vuitton bag. Not sure if it was real or not since I didn't get close enough to tell but how strange is that on a person who has supposedly given up material luxuries. I'm going to hope that he was carrying it for someone else....
 Maybe it's not a monk. But he is wearing the furry-esque monk clogs and outfit. Who knows.  In any case, it was very strange.

View from above. I love the lines of lanterns. I had more very cool pictures but blogger has made Mozilla crash no less than 12 times in the process of uploading these 4 and I give up. Dear Blogger, Sometimes you hurt my soul. Love, Alex in Asia.

4 comments:

Mike Juneyoung said...

If the bag were real, the monk would be wearing a matching outfit.

Nancy K said...

Too bad about the rest of your photos, because the lantern with Buddha is gorgeous.

Josh said...

very cool pictures...... i would guess the bag is a fake....

Alex said...

I mean I supposed the bag was fake too but just the idea of a monk carrying a Vuitton, fake or not, was very strange to me.