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Many thanks to Fawn at Triggershorse for her nomination of the Rose of Sharon site for the Lovely Blog Award. It makes me so happy to have this blog site named Lovely. ‘Lovely’ is a wonderful word. It’s great to be part of a network of bloggers who are so incredibly supportive of each other.

This is what Fawn said in her nomination of Rose of Sharon: With a heart for healing and exquisite photographs, she educates us about her adopted country of Korea

Here are the rules for participation for this award:


7 things about myself:

1. I’m a bit of a redneck. I just don’t do very well with Politically Correct stuff.

2. I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe he’s the Creator of all things and in Him all things hold together.

3. My favorite genres of music are rock and roll and country music. My favorite era for music is the 80s and I like anything I can dance to.

4. I grew up on a farm and rode horses.

That's me holding the horses

That’s me holding the horses

5. I figure skated throughout my growing up years.

4 years old - ice ballerina at the Summerland Ice Carnival

4 years old – ice ballerina at the Summerland Ice Carnival

6. I won the school speech contest when I was 12 years old. My topic was from the book Roots by Alex Haley

Roots by Alex Haley

Roots by Alex Haley

7. I love genealogy. I guess that’s why I enjoyed the story Roots so much.



I want to nominate Sue at Travel Tales of Life, but she’s already received this award. I think her blog is amazing. She writes engaging pieces on places all over the world. She and her husband Dave are real adventure seekers!

A beautiful life – the title says it all. This blog is written by women who have a heart for edifying others.

Lorrie Bowden – Blessitude – “I am so blessed and full of gratitude”. You will be blessed if you visit Lorrie’s blog.

soshi Love  – a fellow lover of Korea. Soshi’s blog is loaded with interesting stories about Korean culture.

Arlene at Gardens and Spaces – beautiful pictures of plants from Arlene’s garden. She tells you all about them and much more.

Aina at Lyrics, Sentiments and Me – this lovely site comes from Hawaii

Jan Joy  – this beautiful site is full of encouraging and inspirational scriptures

Natalie at Beauty Does – all about beauty

sf at untitled press on Korean stuffs – full of lovely stories and articles about Korea

Kitt O’Malley – an inspirational blog on living with bipolar disorder and being loved by God

Marigold at Versus Blurb – an exciting site on books and writing from an opinion minded, adventuresome woman

 Coley’s Locket – beautiful faith inspiring articles written by a lovely young woman

Meegan at Rosie Pepperoni – an awesome fashion blog

Goryeo Kingdom (고려) 918-1392 A.D.

The Goryeo Dynasty or Kingdom is where the name Korea is derived. You might find that I spell the name different ways. That’s because I can’t decide which romanization to use. Korea used to be spelled with a ‘C’ Corea. Some Koreans say the reason it was changed to the ‘K’ is because when Japan occupied the peninsula they wanted Korea’s name to start with a letter after theirs ‘J’. I don’t know about that, but there has been some discussion as to whether to change the spelling back to the ‘C’.

Goryeo 1374

Goryeo 1374

From Wikipedia:

Goryeo, also known as Koryŏ (Hangul: 고려; hanja: 高麗; Korean pronunciation: [koɾjʌ]; 918–1392), was a Korean dynasty established in 918 by King Taejo. This kingdom later gave name to the modern exonym for Korea.[2] It united the Later Three Kingdoms in 936 and ruled most of the Korean peninsula until it was removed by the leader of the Joseon dynasty in 1392. The Goryeo dynasty expanded its borders to present-day Wonsan in the north-east (936–943) and the Amnok River (993) and finally almost the whole of the Korean peninsula (1374).

“Korea” is the modern spelling of Corea, a name attested in English as early as 1614.[4] It is an exonym derived from Cauli, Marco Polo‘s transcription[5] of the Chinese 高麗 (simp.高丽, MCKawlej,[6] mod.Gāolì). This was the Hanja for the Korean kingdom of Goryeo or Koryŏ (고려; 918–1392), which ruled most of the peninsula during the time of his travels.

I did a post earlier about the Shilla Dynasty. Shilla preceded Goryeo.

Here’s how things looked during the Shilla Dynasty:


Two of Goryeo period’s most notable products are Goryeo celadon pottery and the Tripitaka Koreana — the Buddhist scriptures (Tripitaka) carved onto roughly 80,000 woodblocks and stored, and still in, Haeinsa. Subjects and officials of the Goryeo dynasty also created the world’s first metal-based movable type in 1234; the oldest surviving movable metal type book, the Jikji, was made in 1377.

Examples of the celadon pottery here:


Tripitaka woodblock Buddhist writings housed at Hae In Sa (temple)

Tripitaka Koreana woodblock Buddhist writings housed at Hae In Sa (temple)

The capital cities of this kingdom were mainly located in North Korea. Goryeo dynasty diminished and the next dynasty to take over, the last one before the Japanese occupation, was Joseon Dynasty.

From Wikipedia:


In the Goryeo dynasty, trade was frequent. In the start of the dynasty, Byeokrando was the main port. Byeokrando was a port close to the Goryeo capital. Trade included:

# Trading country Import Export
1 Song dynasty Silk, pearls, tea, spices, medicine, books, instruments Gold and silver, ginseng, marble, paper, ink
2 Liao dynasty Horses, sheep, low-quality silk Minerals, cotton, marble, ink and paper, ginseng
3 Jurchen Gold, horses, weapons Silver, cotton, silk
4 Japan Mercury, minerals Ginseng, books
5 Abbasid dynasty Mercury, spices, tusk Gold, silver


Goryeo Kingdom

Goryeo Kingdom

Korean Apartments

We live in Mangmi dong, Suyong-gu, Busan City, South Korea. Our apartment is situated on the Suyong River and when we look south out the window we can see the Pacific Ocean. Recently a new apartment complex is being built near ours. It’s called the Centum River SK View Apartments. A viewing center is set up across from our apartment and we took a few pictures to give you a look at the newest apartments being built in Korea.


Now for a review of the places we’ve lived since being here. First stop was Chung-li, Masan, South Korea:


Then we had a stint in Busan, Korea in 2003. We attended a Korean course and stayed in the Romance Motel. We lived here for 4 months. Yikes! No cooking facilities. Actually the people who owned this motel became like our older brother and sister (Oh Ba, Noona). We had another 7 months stint here in 2006 and 2 months in 2010.

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In 2005 we moved to Jang yu in Kimhae City. Here’s some pictures from there:


Last but not least is where we’re living now. We lived here for a year in 2007 and then returned in 2010.

Looks a bit different now. There has been a lot of changes around the neighbourhood with the addition of Costco a block away and Centum City across the river. Our home is a little more lived in now too:

There’s a little walk through our apartments in Korea.