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English Teacher (10am-12nn) available Mon~Fri

Tue, 2023-07-25 15:38
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Seomyeon/Buam/Jeonpo/Yeonji

In case you're looking for a part-time English Teacher for morning classes, please contact me. You may send an email to [email protected]

I have 8 years of experience teaching in kindergarten and hagwon since I came to Korea. 

I can legally work here. 

Locking forward to hearing from you.

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Video contest for foreigner in KOREA

Tue, 2023-07-25 06:37
Date: Monday, July 31, 2023 - 23:55Location: Event Type: 

We are from L-BIZ KOREA Inc, the management company of a video contest for foreigners in Korea.
we are currently running a video contest for foreigners in Korea organized by KOCIS.

The theme of the contest is Korean culture that you want to promote to your country,
The deadline for submissions is July 31st.

We'd love for your enter our contest and win a prize!

You can enter with your existing uploads, and we'll send you the URL to the contest so you can check it out!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us through the following email:
[email protected]

Deadline : 7/31(mon) 2023

win prize : 27,000,000 won (KRW)

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Video contest for foreigners in KOREA!

Tue, 2023-07-25 05:17
Classified Ad Type: Neighborhood: Foreigners in Korea

We are from L-BIZ KOREA Inc, the management company of a video contest for foreigners in Korea.

'Play with K-Culture' video contest hosted by KOCIS is ongoing!

The theme of this contest is 'K-Culture'--

The contest submission ends on July 31, 2023 (Mon) and we hope you will be able to participate! You can create a video on any topic such as food/ beauty/ fashion/ music/ etc. 
We'd love for you to enter our contest and win a prize! --

You can enter with your existing uploads, and we'll send you the URL to the contest so you can check it out! ----

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us through the following email:
[email protected]


Time limit for application : ~7/31(mon) 2023

Contest win prizes : Total 27,000,000 won (21,000 USD)

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The 9th Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest (2023.07.03~31)

Mon, 2023-07-24 10:41
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The 9th Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest


The Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest is an annual picture book contest hosted by Wow Culture Lab in Korea. 

The winners of the contest will receive 1,000,000 KRW of support funding and earn the opportunity to participate in networking events with publishers and authors, and exhibit their work at the 19th Seoul Wow Book Festival this October.

Anyone who loves the picture book can register their works from July 3 to 31 via the link below.


For more information about the contest, please find the image file attached to this posts or contact us via the email address below.

[email protected]

We look forward to meeting artists from all around the world. 

Thank you!

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The 9th Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest (2023.07.03~31)

Mon, 2023-07-24 10:37
Date: Monday, July 31, 2023 - 23:55Event Type: 

The 9th Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest


The Sangsangmanbal Picture Book Contest is an annual picture book contest hosted by Wow Culture Lab in Korea. 

The winners of the contest will receive 1,000,000 KRW of support funding and earn the opportunity to participate in networking events with publishers and authors, and exhibit their work at the 19th Seoul Wow Book Festival this October.

Anyone who loves the picture book can register their works from July 3 to 31 via the link below.


For more information about the contest, please find the image file attached to this posts or contact us via the email address below.

[email protected]

We look forward to meeting artists from all around the world. 

Thank you!

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Greetings to all korean users of this forum

Mon, 2023-07-24 08:33

Hi guys,

I'd like to start learing korean, help me pls

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an English academy (Hakwon)

Mon, 2023-07-24 07:44
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We are Looking for a person (or people) who wants to open an English academy. 

This Hakwon is located right in front of a big elementary school and two of huge apartment complexes. Since the location is great, it is super easy to get new students and get popular. 

If you have enough teaching career and think it is time to move up to the next level, please contact me. 


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F4 Visa looking for work for the holidays.

Mon, 2023-07-24 05:01
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Busan, Yeonje, Haeeundae

Hello, I am looking for a work / side gig for 2 weeks in the mornings. If the time is alright I can do the part time work in the mornings as well. 


I prefer teaching English. If there are better work out there please let me know!

Feel free to message me for my resume and cover letter.


Thank you!

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Still up for sell!

Mon, 2023-07-24 04:59
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Busan, Yeonje, Haeeundae, Daegu, Jeollado

So I am selling some items for a cheap price, DM me on my kakaotalk : jkstylezz

or email me here [email protected]


I can ship it to you as well as negotiate a deal.

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F6 visa holder with 8 years teaching experience

Thu, 2023-07-20 21:45
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Hello! I am looking for a part-time teaching job on Tuesdays only. I have been teaching English in Busan since 2015. I have taught elementary and middle school students. If you need a reliable and well-experienced English teacher, you may contact me at 010-2403-8972 (kakao ID: anelpark).

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F6 Visa ESL Teacher Looking for a 1-2 Days a Week Part-Time Job

Thu, 2023-07-20 14:27
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: 


I live in Busan and I am looking for an afternoon or morning ESL teaching job. I have plenty of experience teaching in institutes and elementary schools. Message or email me if you are interested and I will send you a resume. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards ^^

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F6 Visa seeking part-time teaching position

Thu, 2023-07-20 14:23
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: 

Hello everyone,

I am a highly motivated ESL teacher with a F6 Visa, a master's degree and a lot of experience teaching elementary, middle and high school kids in Korea.

I am looking for a morning, afternoon or evening a part-time teaching position. Even a couple of days a week would be perfect. 

Let me know if you are interested.

I look forward to hearing from you.



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Free Outdoor Movie Screenings at Busan Cinema Center

Wed, 2023-07-19 02:18
Date: Repeats every week until Tue Sep 05 2023. Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - 20:00Tuesday, August 8, 2023 - 20:00Tuesday, August 15, 2023 - 20:00Location: Event Type: 

The ‘2023 Free Outdoor Movie Screenings’ at the Busan Cinema Center will be held weekly every Tuesday from June 27th to September 5th beginning at 8pm at the outdoor theater of the Busan Cinema Center.

The outdoor theater, where the opening and closing ceremonies of the annual Busan International Film Festival are held, has 4,000 seats located under a giant roof and has become a representative symbol of the Busan Cinema Center.

The movies will be screened rain or shine; however, the movie screening may be canceled due to inclement weather.

The outdoor movie screening event offers free admission with no ticket needed, and theater seats are provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

2023 Free Outdoor Movie Screenings

○ Period: Designated Tuesdays from June 27 – September 5, 2023 at 8p.m.

○ Venue: Outdoor theater, Busan Cinema Center

○ Free admission

○ For more info.: (051)780-6000

○ Website:


The movie screening schedule is listed below:

Jun. 27 Mr. Trot: The Movie

Jul. 4 Southpaw

Jul. 18 Attila Marcel


Aug. 8 In The Mood For Love

Aug. 15 My Heart Puppy

Aug. 22 Loving Vincent

Aug. 29 Little Forest

Sep. 5 6/45

This schedule is subject to change.

Paid parking is available at the venue. (2,000 won 19:00-23:00)

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Busan Job Fair for International Students at BPEX

Wed, 2023-07-19 01:26
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023 - 10:00Location: Event Type: 

Job Fair for International Students in Busan 2023

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023, 13:30-17:30

Venue: BPEX Busan Port International Exhibition & Convention Center 5F Event Hall A-B

Map Link:  https://goo.gl/maps/bcxXHZwUDK91p77K9

Website: https://jobfair.busanjob.net/F2





















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Online ESL Homeroom Assistance for students

Mon, 2023-07-17 05:20
Location: Business/Organization Type: 

Hi! I am rendering my services for online ESL homeroom assistance. I provide proofreading, research work, content writing, etc., for students with English homeroom. I am currently  an English teacher but I have loads of students and I want to divert my free time in helping other students improve their English skills through writing. I have assisted several students with their required English compositions at school by proofreading them, adding more information, and researching information. Please send me a message to know more. I am willing to be of service in this area.

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Macbook Air (M1 Apple chip) on Sale

Sun, 2023-07-16 05:25
Classified Ad Type: Location: Neighborhood: Busan National University

Macbook Air (m1 Apple chip) 256GB( Space Grey)

I am selling my Macbook Air as I upgrade my laptop this time. It is in perfect shape.

Comes with protective case and keyboard skin and box with original charger.

Battery cycle is 106

Battery health is 94%


SSD: 256GB

Price: 780,000 won

If interested, feel free to contact me via kakaoID: azkaban03 or 010-9848-0770
P.S. I tried to upload the photos on this post, but for some reason photos are not visible on this post. Let me know if you could not see the photos I will share with you directly

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How Expensive Is Life in Korea? | Street Interview

Fri, 2023-07-14 09:15

The views expressed in this video do not represent that of Asian Boss or the general Korean public.

We all know that living costs are rising worldwide due to inflation, and it can be a challenge. However, imagine living in a city where the cost of living is already quite high. Seoul is known to be one of the top 5 most expensive cities in Asia. But how expensive is it really to live there and how much do people earn to sustain their living costs? We hit the streets of Seoul to find out. 

0:00 - Intro 
0:43 - What’s your monthly income? 
1:47 - How much does a house in Seoul cost? 
4:34 - Examples of price increase
7:20 - Ideal salary to live comfortably 
8:48 - How worried are you about the rising cost of living in Korea? 

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Private Korean lesson in Busan

Fri, 2023-07-14 03:06
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Hi 안녕하세요 I'm Won!
I hope this channel is helpful

Private Korean lesson (Conversation, Pronunciation, Writing etc)
You can check more detail on my Instagram page

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Bohyeonsa Temple – 보현사 (Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do)

Thu, 2023-07-13 23:25
The beautiful view from Bohyeonsa Temple in Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Temple History

Bohyeonsa Temple is a modern temple located in the western part of Goseong, Gyeongsangnam-do on Mt. Sutaesan (574.7 m). Bohyeonsa Temple is named after the Bodhisattva of Power, Bohyeon-bosal. The temple was first established in 1983 by the monk Jeongcheon, who was a disciple of Cheongdam (1902-1971). Cheongdam was the abbot of the neighbouring Munsuam Hermitage, which looks down on Bohyeonsa Temple from its mountainous heights.

Temple Layout

From the large temple parking lot, you’ll approach the stately Iljumun Gate. Past this entry gate is the lone shrine hall at Bohyeonsa Temple. This solitary shrine hall is a modern three-story structure. And on top of this three-story structure is the ever present image of a golden statue dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul (The Medicine Buddha).

Up a long gravel pathway, you’ll finally come to the front doors to one of the temple’s shrine halls. Housed inside this hall is a solitary picture dedicated to the founding monk at Bohyeonsa Temple. But before entering this shrine hall, you’ll find a pair of book-ending statues, one small and one medium in height, dedicated to Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha). Also, you’ll find a pair of paintings framing the entryway to the hall: one of Munsu-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom) and one dedicated to Bohyeon-bosal.

To the left and right of the main hall are sets of stairs. Up the right set of stairs are a pair of paintings. The first is dedicated to the Bodhidharma and Dazu Huike (487-593 A.D.), while the second mural is dedicated to Wonhyo-daesa (617-686 A.D.) and Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.). As for the left set of stairs, you’ll find a mural dedicated to the Bodhidharma. After ascending either set of stairs, you’ll come to the second floor of the modern structure. Here you’ll find the main hall at Bohyeonsa Temple. On the main altar, the sumidan, is a triad centred by Yaksayeorae-bul. This central image is joined on either side by Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) and Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).

Once again, and to the left and right of the second story main hall, are a two more sets of stairs. This set leads up to the third, and final, floor that houses the massive statue dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul. If you head up the right set of stairs, you’ll find a rather atypical painting dedicated to a Shinseon (Taoist Immortal), as well as a vibrant painting dedicated to Jijang-bosal. However, if you decide to head up the left set of stairs, you’ll find an angelic Bicheon (Flying Heavenly Deity), as well as an image of the Podae-hwasang (The Hempen Bag) playing and surrounded by children. There’s also a painting dedicated to Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva that Protects the Buddha’s Teachings), as well.

Finally standing on the third story of the structure, you’ll first notice the massive seated image dedicated to Yaksayeorae-bul; and perhaps from a distance it doesn’t seem quite as large, but up-close it’s pretty big. The circular enclosure is adorned with murals dedicated to the Nahan (The Historical Disciples of the Buddha), as well as the Palsang-do (The Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life). Fronting the massive statue of Yaksayeorae-bul is a smaller statue of the Buddha of Medicine, as well as bronze incense burners. Additionally, and opposite the open area on the third floor, there’s an enclosed area where people can pray when it’s either raining or during the winter months.

Outside the aforementioned enclosed area, there are a pair of doors that lead out towards an observation area. From this area you get some pretty amazing views like Munsuam Hermitage off in the distance, the black waters of the East Sea, as well as the tiny islands that dot the horizon. Adorning the walls of this observation area are the Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals). Take your time up here because the views are really second-to-none in all of Korea.

How To Get There

From the Goseong Intercity Bus Terminal, there is really only one realistic way to get to Bohyeonsa Temple and that is by taxi. From the Goseong Intercity Bus Terminal to Bohyeonsa Temple, it’ll take 20 minutes over 15 km, and it’ll cost you 23,000 won (one way).

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

By far, the view at Bohyeonsa Temple is the main highlight. It’s surrounded by the beautiful sea and towering mountains. Other than the view, it’s the murals that stand out, as well as the neighbouring Munsuam Hermitage. While lesser known and modern in design, you won’t regret visiting Bohyeonsa Temple, especially if you’re visiting Munsuam Hermitage, as well. So take the better part of a day and see what Goseong and Bohyeonsa Temple have to offer.

The view from Munsuam Hermitage towards Bohyeonsa Temple. The Iljumun Gate at the entry to Bohyeonsa Temple. A look back towards Munsuam Hermitage. A walk up to the modern Bohyeonsa Temple. The first floor Josa-jeon Hall. The second floor Yaksa-jeon Hall. The first painting from the Palsang-do (Eight Scenes from the Buddha’s Life). The Bodhidharma (right) and Dazu Huike (left). Wonhyo-daesa (left) and Uisang-daesa (right). The large Yaksayeorae-bul statue on the third floor of the shrine hall. From a different angle. An up-close look at Yaksayeorae-bul. And one last look at the Buddha of Medicine.—


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Hojak-do – Tiger and Magpie Painting: 호작도

Thu, 2023-07-13 00:18
The “Tiger and Magpie” Painting on the Haejangbo-gak Hall at Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. Introduction

The “Magpie and Tiger” is a prominent genre of Minhwa in Korean folk art known as “Hojak-do – 호작도.” This painting is also known as a “Kkachi Horangi Minhwa – 까치호랑이 민화” in Korean. In this painting, the tiger is purposely given a ridiculous appearance, while the magpie looks more dignified and noble. So why are these two animals depicted this way? What is a Minhwa? And why do they appear at a Korean Buddhist temple?


The term “Minhwa” literally means “painting of the people” or “popular painting” and were originally from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The present form that we know of today in Minhwa art dates back to around the 17th century. As for the term “Minhwa,” it was first coined by Yanagi Muneyoshi (1889-1961), when referring to this style of painting at an art exhibition held in Kyoto, Japan in March, 1929. Later, in “Craft Painting” from 1937, Yanagi describes Minhwa as “paintings born by the people and drawn by the people.” Yanagi’s theory was first introduced to Korea in the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper, when he wrote an article entitled “The Surroundings of Korean Crafts” in October, 1939. And while this form of art was broadly introduced to the public at this time, it wasn’t until the late 1960s that the general public started to take notice.

Minhwa refers to Korean folk art that was traditionally created by unknown artists that were without formal training. These artists produced pieces of art that attempted to imitate contemporary trends in fine art whose origins were typically found in the palaces of royal courts for the purpose of everyday consumption. The artists that produced these Minhwa wandered around to festivals and created these pieces of art on paper or canvas for a fee on the spot for locals.

A Minhwa’s composition is both simple and bright, and it uses colours to convey its overall essence of daily life through symbolism. This symbolism conveys humour, wit, freedom, and unity as characteristics of Korean culture as a whole. And the way that this was done was through folk tales and legends.

A “Tiger and Magpie” painting from inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall at Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. Styles of Minhwa

In total, there are numerous genres of Minhwa folk art. They are:

1. Chaekgeori: stationary objects like books

2. Chochung-do: flowers and insects

3. Eohae-do: fish – meant to represent fertility and the warding off of evil in a bride’s room

4. Hojak-do: tigers, magpies, and pine trees

5. Hwajo-do: flowers and butterflies – meant to symbolize hope for love and harmony in a marriage as well as balance within a family

6. Ilwolbusang-do: the sun and moon over trees – symbolizes royal protection

7. Morando: peonies – associated with ceremonies, marriages, royal events and symbolizes honour and wealth

8. Munja-do: Chinese characters (hanja)

9. Sipjangsaeng-do: the ten symbols of longevity

10. Yongho-do: powerful animals like tigers and dragons – symbolizes protection from bad luck

11. Yunhwa-do: lotuses – symbolize noble characteristics along with fish, birds and insects. If a duck appears with lotus flowers, it’s meant to represent family happiness and marital love

A white tiger inside the Eungjin-jeon Hall at Tongdosa Temple in Yangsan, Gyeongsangnam-do. Tigers and Magpies in Korea

Korea was once known as “the land of tigers.” However, tigers are now completely extinct in South Korea. Before, however, they could be found in the numerous mountains that dot the Korean Peninsula. Also, these tigers often came down from these mountains to villages, where they harmed people and their livestock. But while tigers were feared in Korea, they were also respected. That’s why tigers were often given the name of “prince of the mountain.”

The tiger also has a lot of historical and symbolic meaning in China and Korea. One belief in China has the tiger operate as one of the four directional guardians during the Spring-Autumn Period (770 – 481 B.C.) and the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C). As for Korea, the tiger is closely linked to Korea’s foundational myth and Dangun.

Magpies, on the other hand, are known as “joy bringing magpies” in Korea. The reason for this is that they are thought to bring good news and/or the arrival of a guest. In China, on the other hand, magpies are a sign of marital bliss. In the 4th century “Book of the Gods and Strange Things – Shenyi Jing,” the author, Dongfang Shuo (160 B.C. – c. 93 B.C.) narrates a story about the emergence of magpie mirrors during the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – 9 A.D., 25–220 A.D.). In this story, a married couple is separated. They break a mirror and give each other one half of the broken mirror. According to this story, if the wife gives into temptation and has relations with another men, her half of the mirror would change into a magpie and fly back to her husband. That’s why mirrors were originally decorated with magpies in China. Additionally, twelve magpies denotes twelve heartfelt wishes, as well.

There is another tale related to magpies and the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912). The founding father of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Taiji (1592-1643), was fleeing from his enemies when a magpie perched atop his head. Since then, the magpie became a sacred bird to the Manchus.

A modern “Tiger and Magpie” painting from Talgolam Hermitage on the Beopjusa Temple grounds in Boeun, Chungcheongbuk-do. Hojak-do Minhwa

Of the eleven genres of Minhwa, it’s the Hojak-do that this post will focus on. The name “Hojak-do” is a reference to the subjects in the painting: Ho/tiger, jak/magpie, and do/painting. And in this painting, a magpie sits on a pine tree branch, while the tiger typically looks up at it. The tiger has a ridiculously stupid appearance. The tiger is meant to symbolize authority and the aristocratic yangban class. The tiger appears in the centre of the painting, while the magpie is typically situated in the corner. The magpie is dignified and knowing in appearance. And there’s a Korean folktale that helps put this painting into context:

There once was a tiger that wandered into a big puddle in the forest. Incapable of freeing himself, the tiger anxiously awaited for someone to rescue him. He endured days without a meal before a good-natured woodcutter happened to pass by the muddy puddle and the tiger. The tiger begged the man to save his life. When the woodcutter obliged, the ungrateful tiger attempted to eat the woodcutter. Startled by this sudden turn of events, the woodcutter asked an ox and a pine tree to fairly judge the situation. But the pair sided with the tiger, urging the tiger to eat the woodcutter.

In desperation, the woodcutter turned to a magpie for its opinion and final judgment. The magpie asked the woodcutter and the tiger to re-enact the story so that he could make a proper judgment. The foolish tiger returned to the puddle and got stuck, once more. The woodcutter was freed.

What this folktale and painting are meant to symbolize is a satirical look at the strict social hierarchy and norms at that time during the Joseon Dynasty. The tiger is meant to represent aristocratic officials who often mistreated commoners (subjects). The magpie, on the other hand, looks down on the tiger from its pine tree perch. The magpie is mocking the tiger.

The relationship found between tigers and magpies was first established when Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) tiger paintings migrated eastward to Korea. In the 17th century, Ming Dynasty tiger paintings would sometimes have magpies appear in the background. At this time, there was no significant role given to the magpie. With that being said, most of these Ming Dynasty tiger paintings were set against a magpie and a pine tree. The Joseon Dynasty’s artist Kim Hong-do (1745-1806?) re-interpreted the tiger. Kim would present the Ming Dynasty’s dominant realism with that of a Korean reinterpretation of social class.

The “Songhamaengho-do – Tiger under the Pine Tree” by Kim Hong-do (1745-1806?). (Picture courtesy of Wikipedia). Examples of Hojak-do Minhwa

There are numerous examples of the Hojak-do Minhwa. One of the better known is the “Songhamaengho-do – Tiger under the Pine Tree” by Kim Hong-do (1745-1806?). In this painting, the tiger’s tail is raised, and its face is turned. The tiger’s eyes are yellow, and it looks as though it’s about to pounce. However, the magpie is absent in this painting. Unlike Ming paintings of this genre, the background is simplified. It’s also worth noting that it’s in the 19th century that the presence of the magpie becomes more popular in this genre of paintings.

Another renowned painting is the “Tiger and Magpie” Minhwa drawn by an anonymous artist during the Joseon Dynasty. In this Minhwa, the tiger has shining yellow eyes, and the tiger’s mouth is open threatening the magpie on the neighbouring branch. The magpie stands high in the pine tree with its tail upright in defiance of the tiger. It almost looks as though if the tiger jumps the magpie will simply fly away.

A “Tiger and Magpie” from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). (Source)

And while these Minhwa are well-known throughout Korea, they are not as easy to find at Korean temples. There are exceptions, however. One of these examples can be found at Tongdosa Temple on the right exterior wall of the Haejangbo-gak Hall. In this painting, the tiger, once again, takes a central position in the painting. But unlike other traditional paintings, there are in fact two magpies. There is one at the head of the tiger and one at its tail. Both are perched in the same pine tree. The one near the tiger’s head looks like it’s ready to take flight from its precarious branch, and the tiger looks ready to lunge. As for the magpie that stands securely in the pine tree by the tiger’s tail, it looks ready to distract the tiger from its ultimate goal.

Another example of this genre can be found inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall also at Tongdosa Temple. In this painting, the tiger is white and is, once again, placed in the centre of the painting. To the right of the tiger is a pine tree with two twisting trucks to two separate pine trees that are now intertwined. And above the white tiger’s head are a pair of magpies that look down on the unsuspecting tiger that’s looking away from the two magpies in the wrong direction.

Yet another example can be found on the right exterior wall of the Samseong-gak Hall at Talgolam Hermitage on the Beopjusa Temple. Once more, the rather fierce-looking tiger takes up the central position in the painting. The tiger steps over the trunk of the pine tree with it right hind leg. And instead of being up in the safety of the pine tree, the magpie appears ready for a chat with the tiger with its mouth wide open on a neighbouring rock.

One further example, and a play upon the original at Sinwonsa Temple, is the male-female Sanshin (Mountain Spirit) at Geumryongam Hermitage on the Sinwonsa Temple grounds. In this painting, the spotted tiger looks up quizzically at the magpie perched above its head on a pine tree. Perhaps because of the female Sanshin in front of it, the tiger looks more sedate and more tolerant of the magpie than it usually would be. The magpie looks in the opposite direction of the tiger as though it’s not all that concerned with the feline’s presence.


The Minhwa folk art tradition is a beautiful style of painting that is quite diverse in its subjects and symbolism. At the very heart of this tradition is the ever popular “Tiger and Magpie” painting. While extremely popular throughout the centuries, it’s harder to find at a Korean Buddhist temple. But its presence at a temple makes sense, especially if one considers the popularity of Buddhism with commoners during the Confucian-oriented policies of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), when these Minhwa paintings grew in popularity. Buddhist temples helped satiate the growing spiritual needs of the Korean people during this tumultuous time in Korea’s past. So it’s no wonder that the “Tiger and Magpie” paintings would start to appear at Korean temples during the Joseon Dynasty to help support commoners, while poking fun at the alleged misguided policies of the ruling class.

A female Sanshin (Mountain Spirit), tiger, and magpie at Geumryongam Hermitage in Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do.—


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