THE WOODEN WALKWAY IN SAMUNJIN NARUTEO (DOCK)

Samunjin Naruteo is the place where two rivers, the Nakdonggang and Geumhogang, and two streams meet. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Daegu, Korea.

Samunjin Naruteo is also well known for being the dock where two American Christian missionaries, husband and wife, brought the first piano, in 1900. Actually, the Christian religion was already widespread in Korea when the two Americans came. We can say, without fear of denial, that Korea is the only country in the world where Christianity was not introduced by missionaries. It sprang up naturally!

The wooden walkway on the river is about one kilometer long. We walked it up to the end. I had a feeling that the melodious sound of the first Korean piano was still echoing in the air. The atmosphere had something magic.

We can admire many beautiful sunsets in the world, but that in Samunjin Naruteo is unique!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)

A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)

The Vibrations of Words (English version)

Travels of the Mind (English version)

– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)

– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)

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COBBLED PATHS IN KOREAN PARKS

In some Korean parks it is possible to walk on cobbled paths.

It is said that walking on pebbles reduces high blood pressure, furthermore it gives rise to a kind of foot massage beneficial to the whole body.

When I studied body energy lines at a Thai massage school in Thailand, they taught me that body organs interact with each other and foot massage improves their working.

In Korean parks you can find gym apparatus that people use to keep fit.

Undoubtedly, body and mind are connected. Relaxing the body will have a beneficial effect on the mind.

Today, I did a workout in a park. Then, I walked on the cobbled path. Even though walking on the pebbles was a bit painful, I have to say that the result was good. I relaxed my body and mind.

Why not try natural remedies before resorting to medicines?

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)

A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)

The Vibrations of Words (English version)

Travels of the Mind (English version)

– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)

– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

FROM SICILY TO DURYU PARK IN DAEGU (KOREA)

Duryu Park is the biggest park in Daegu, the third largest city in Korea, after the capital Seoul and Busan.

In the park there are wooded hills and a small lake with various lotus flowers. There are also playgrounds, a swimming pool, a beautiful Buddhist temple, a theater, and a cultural center with large exhibition halls.

Today we went there to take a walk and entered the cultural center where traditional Korean paintings and works of calligraphy were exhibited. They showed only one color, black made of black ink, muk.

Just as you can solve a complicated math problem by means of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), so it is possible to create a beautiful painting using only one color. The good result depends on the mind and soul of the person that does the work.

You don’t need to be an art critic to understand a painting. The works of art talk to your heart and also convey the spirit of the author.

An old Sicilian proverb says Gaddina ca camina torna cca vozza china (The hen that goes around comes back home with her crop full of food). It is true. Traveling across the world, I will return home with my heart and soul full of new experience and discoveries!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)

A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)

The Vibrations of Words (English version)

Travels of the Mind (English version)

– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)

– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

FROM SICILY TO KOREA, TWO COUNTRIES, ONLY ONE HUMANITY

The journey from Catania to Seoul took almost one day. We had a short stopover in Istanbul, a city I adore. At long last, today we landed at Incheon Airport.

In the airplane, from time to time, I watched the map of the earth with the aircraft flying over several countries: Italy, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, China, and so on. Seen on the map, the earth seemed to be immense, but compared to the infinite sky, it looked like a grain of sand.

What can be said about the powerful nations of the earth? Surely, they are smaller than a speck of dust in comparison with the boundless universe. They wage war against each other and seem to be eager to make their own nation prevail.

As for me, I am of the opinion that only individuals exist, not nations!

Now I am going to stay in my beloved Korea for three months. I feel like being at home. On the other hand, I consider myself a citizen of the world. The soul – assuming it exists – doesn’t have facial features or skin color.

Will the oligarchies that rule the world understand this idea of humanity some day? I hope so!

Ettore Grillo author of these books:

November 2: The Day of the Dead in Sicily (English version)

A Hidden Sicilian History (English version)

The Vibrations of Words (English version)

Travels of the Mind (English version)

– Una Storia Siciliana Nascosta (versione in lingua italiana)

– Viaggi della Mente (versione in lingua italiana)

http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

WONDANGAM, A GOOD TEMPLE FOR ZEN MEDITATION IN KOREA

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The Zen Center was in the woods. The drinking water flowed from the ground naturally. There were about ten buildings in the area. All of them were made of wood in traditional Korean style.
My roommate was the only one who spoke English fluently. As soon as I arrived, we met the Zen master. We bowed in front of him and then he started talking, while my roommate translated his words into English.
“I’ll give you something on what to meditate. This something is just a question: “WHAT IS THIS?” said the Zen master.
After the meeting was over, I asked my roommate the meaning of this words.
He answered, “The question “What is this?” implies something or somebody that asks the question. “This” can be considered the original engine of your actions.”
While I meditated by asking myself “What is this?”, I watched myself to find out whether I was made just of flesh, bones, and blood or there was some energy inside me. I couldn’t find the answer, but by meditating on such a question for twenty days, I purified my mind. The question “What is this?” chased away all the thoughts that had crammed my mind for a long time. My mindset changed, and I felt almost reborn.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind

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KOREA, THE ONLY COUNTRY WITHOUT MISSIONARIES

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In Korea, Catholic Church sprang from people’s hearts naturally. No missionaries informed the Koreans about Catholicism.
A Korean, called Hi Sund-hun, after reading many books on the Catholic field, went to China. There, he was baptized in 1784 by a French missionary. Upon his return to Korea, Hi Sund-hun established a community of lay Catholics. Obviously, there were no priests in Korea at that time. Only ten year later a priest came from Beijing. Another Korean saint, called Paul Chong, went to China many times to ask for priests.
Catholics were heavy persecuted in Korea. During the last persecution eight thousand Catholics were killed. On May 6, 1984, Pope John Paul II canonized 103 of the Korean Martyrs.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind
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THE PINE TREES IN GYEONGJU, THE CAPITAL OF SILLA

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THE PINE TREES IN GYEONGJU, THE CAPITAL OF SILLA

In old times, Korea was divided into three kingdoms: one of them was Silla.
Later, Silla succeeded in unifying the three kingdoms.
When we arrived in Gyeongju, first of all we visited the three Royal Tombs in Bae-dong. They look like big mounds but inside there are wooden rooms framed with a solid stonework. The rooms have the kings’ body, their crowns, jewels and personal things. In the past, many tombs were excavated by graverobbers, but some of them are still intact.

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Almost all the pine trees in the forests surrounding the three Royal Tombs are twisted.
According to a Korean friend of mine, botanists have studied the phenomenon and come to the conclusion that the pine trees of Gyeongju had modified their DNA not to be cut down. At the time, if the trunk was straight pine wood was used to build houses and palaces; being twisted, the trees would be of no use. Is it true? Who knows! Trees are also living beings. It cannot be ruled out that they have psychic processes and survival instinct.
King Gyeongae was the last king of Silla. He was killed by the rebel army of Gyeonhwon while holding a banquet with his court. Apparently, the step from joy of life to death is short and sudden!
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind

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