Sometimes there are places with a story already told. And maybe the plot doesn’t reach out and touch you, like others have at other times. We snap shots of these locations and instead of thinking about past moments, just see them. Not every experience gets photographed and it makes me wonder how many have been forgotten, disappeared.
This spikes the importance of the events we do capture. Their stories must be passed on. Wooden faces jump out as we walk around, while familiar smells of wood stoves bring out that feeling of home. People gather around and watch rice cake makers smash their prize with a hammer.
The rest admire the leaves of falling gingko trees, hoping to mix a little bit of slow-paced nature and tradition into their hectic, modern schedule. Groups form around statues and straw-thatched cottages to show everyone that traces of yesterday are easy to reach. They share this with friends and family who are somewhere else, enjoying something else.
The surrounding walls and houses within are the best-preserved in Korea, and everyone clamors for a perfect picture to be taken overlooking the village. These buildings have seen a lot more than just a bunch of tourists coming to visit on a perfect fall day.
But instead of always telling a story about the origins and decorated history held in each stone and strand, it’s best to remember that some things don’t need an explanation. Leaves continue to fall and visitors pour in just to have a look.
They don’t all need a synopsis or summary. Sometimes it’s best for us to walk around and have a look.
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