Greetings from Korea

 

‘I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys’. Song of Solomon 2:1

It’s not known exactly what kind of flower the rose being referred to is: some say a crocus and some say a tulip. The plains of Sharon in Israel are known to be a fertile area where plants have beautiful foliage.

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The name Rose of Sharon has been given to other flowers of differing varieties. One in particular is a deciduous flowering shrub native to East Asia named Hibiscus syriacus.

Korea’s National Flower

(From Wikipedia)

Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) (Hibiscus syriacus) is the national flower of South Korea. The mugunghwa first became the national flower of Korea during the Japanese colonial era (1910-1945) when it was overwhelmingly selected by the people as the floral symbol of their nation. The actual term mugunghwa was first employed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). During the Goryeo Dynasty and Joseon Dynasty eras (1392-1910), it was common practice for kings to reward those who successfully passed the civil service examinations with paper made mugunghwa. Koreans countered colonial Japan’s racial assimilation policy by planting mugunghwa nationwide as a sign of their uninterrupted dreams of independence for Korea. Therefore, the mugunghwa which regularly returns a day after seemingly having faded away to gloriously expose its existence, became a symbol of the unbridled and unbreakable spirit of the Korean nation.

The Koreans got their wish and dream of independence in 1945 only to have it attacked again in 1950 by communist China/Russia when forces attempted to take over the entire peninsula. Thank God General MacArthur saw to it that would not happen. Unfortunately, half of the peninsula remains in bondage under the North Korean government which was set up by the communists after MacArthur was denied his wish to go after the Chinese and drive them back out of the peninsula. God only knows why this happened, but that dream continues for all Korea: that their nation would be united again in freedom and independence.

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  1. I cannot believe how beautiful that Rose of Sharon flower turned out! And your blog is great Darce! Thanks for coming out of hiding with your interesting and unique “voice” in writing!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m new in your land of herbs, but I really like the concept. I look forward to reading on, and maybe even trying a few herbs in some recipes. I mostly blog about literature and reading, so this blog compliments that perfectly.
    Much love from Canada!

  3. It is a tremendous pleasure to meet you and I’m certain to find your site very interesting. I’m always open to learn new things and I used to be a prep cook many years ago.

    • Thank you for visiting and for your comment. I loved your site, especially the Korean content. Great to meet you and look forward to getting to know more about your blog topics!

  4. Thank you for the follow of my blog. I appreciate your visiting me and I will look around your blog. I have grown herbs in the past and am fascinated by them. How did you decide to study them? Was it just the scripture that sparked your interest? Again, thank you.

    • Nice to meet you here in the blogosphere. I’ve always been interested in natural healing and how nature provides everything we need to be healthy. It all started when my mother-in-law taught me about supplements and juice fasting. It was a trying experience to get the supplements I wanted here, but I finally found out about iHerb.com shipping here through Korean Post for $4. I was elated and wanted to share this great company after my happy discovery. I hadn’t ever blogged before and thought this might be a good opportunity to learn more about the topic and practice writing as well. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Second try…some malfunction didn’t allow me to comment earlier. I too believe in a holistic and natural approach to healing. I know my love of baking isn’t such a great thing…really! When my children were very young they experienced, many times, God’s herbal remedies! I have turned to natural healing for most ailments. My brother is a chiropractor who is quite knowledgeable about such things and is always a good resource for me. The flower…and the lady…lovely and beautiful!
    Thanks for your visit over at Home and The Range. 🙂

    • It’s great to receive your comment. Thank you and I hope to find out more about you through your blog. I was a social worker in B.C. before I came to Korea, so I was interested in your work in this field as well.

  6. We have a Korean daughter in law, and have been to Seoul, the DMZ, and Jeju. I REALLY liked Korea, but the poor folk seem obsessed with work and study!

    • Great to meet you! Thank you for your visit and comment. We love Korea too and you’re right they work and study way too much. But we’ve found the study part is almost a necessity with so much competition. On the other hand, they are reluctant to let go of the culture of work, work, work, study, study, study for fear that life will fall apart. Our role here has been to show them that it doesn’t. Most of what they wind up doing it busy work. It doesn’t really need to be done, but it’s their Confucian way. I believe this ideology is the culprit for their work ethic. Yesterday my friend told me her friend only gets 3 days off for vacation. I exclaimed What!! Well, she said, not really. She officially gets 2 weeks off, but no one takes that time off because if they did they would be looked down upon by the other workers! That says it all!

      • It’s great that you’re trying to convince Koreans to take it easy. Someone has to! Stress and pride really messes with your mind, so I think it’s wonderful you’re trying to open them up to other ways of thinking. It gives people a chance to breathe when they learn to just stop. I do think that one of the big things the bible got right was the day of rest 🙂 when we’re not so focused on being busy, it helps open our minds to understanding of others, which in turn leads to treating others well and being mindful of when they need our help.

      • It’s definitely a trying experience living amongst a people who are so striving for something, anything more. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it’s something. It works in their favor for many things and that’s how they recovered from war so well and fast. However, the stress related health issues that arise because of it sure doesn’t. I think you’ve summarized our mission here very well. Hopefully we’ve been able to introduce them to the idea of rest, especially in their relationship with God:-) Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate them. Look forward to more exchanges with you!

  7. Thanks for following mastmusings.com! I am looking forward to following your blog also. I am always interested in learning about natural healing and I will have fun and learn a lot exploring your words! Thanks again!

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  9. Hey! I found you blog and I love your nature’s way of dealing ailments. I hope to see more posts in the future related to anti-inflammatory.. Thanks! 😀

  10. I am interested to keep following your blog (and thanks for following mine). We also had experience with natural healing when Mom got sick with cancer — she opted to not undergo chemo and radiation therapy and waited it out with natural healing therapy and it changed everybody’s lifestyle — we all went into juicing and removed all food with preservatives in the grocery list.
    I am all for it I just need to live up for it though … I’m only human after all 🙂

    • Thank you so much for sharing this great testimony. I love hearing about these stories! I hear you about doing what we know about this stuff. I fail often, but endeavour to persevere;-) Here’s to our health!

  11. Thank you for following me and commenting! Your blog subject looks amazing and what a wonderful legacy your mother left! My auntie is originally from Korea and she and my uncle and cousins lived in Seoul for three years. I look forward to more of your posts!

    • Hi Terri,
      It’s great to hear of your experience with Korea. Nice to meet you here on WordPress and I look forward to getting to know you better! Best wishes, Darcy

  12. Hello! You have a beautiful blog! Congratulations on finishing blogging 101. I look forward to seeing you around wordpress. Are you taking blogging 201?

  13. Thank you for your like of my post on The Vietnam War. It was a difficult time. I remember that when I went to Thailand, my first born child, a daughter, was seven months old. When I returned, ten and a half months later, she didn’t remember me. Of course, there were many children whose fathers did not return home for their combat zone assignments. I thank God for His protective hand over me.

    • I’m very happy for your visit and comment. It’s great to get your feedback and I’m glad to meet you! I’m glad to see your encouraging website as well. Have a great day!!

      Darcy

  14. Hello…
    Here’s a little message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.
    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.
    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my small collection. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu bar to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂
    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…
    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

    • Hey thanks so much for this note! I didn’t realize you were in Turkey. I am very happy to be connected to your great site. I love photography, so I will be interested to see more of your photographs.
      How cool is that to have a nice fruit farm in southern Turkey? Look forward to checking out your site in the future!

      Cheers and have a great day:-)
      Best wishes,

      Darcy

    • Hello Carl! Thank you so much for your comment. It’s great to hear someome else loves the flower as much as we do. Of course, it being Koreas flower makes it that much more special to us. I hope you’ll be reminded of Korea when you see that beautiful flower in your garden 🙂
      Thank you for your visit. Great to meet you!
      Darcy

  15. I know you live in Korea and not North Korea, but I picked up something today I thought you might like to read (or maybe not, since it is depressing).

    Eighty percent of North Koreans who escape into China are women. Nine out of 10 of those women become victims of human trafficking, often for sex. If the women complain, they are deported back to North Korea, where they are thrown into gulags or are executed. – Provided by RandomHistory.com

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