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8/1/2006

When is historical information not informative?

Filed under: — Owen @ 6:42 am Print

Taemin at Sanch’on hunjang does an excellent job of taking apart the English information sign for a Chosŏn government official’s tomb in Seoul. The main point of the post is that these English-language sign boards for cultural properties (although they often seem to have decent English these days) are not actually all that informative for people who are not already experts on Korean history and culture. I would suspect that this category also includes a lot of Koreans too. Anyway, make sure you read it, it’s very good.

I have a further question to add to his ones: what’s with the sheep (actually a ram if you look carefully at Taemin’s picture) at Chosŏn official tombs?

One Response to “When is historical information not informative?”

  1. [...] Over at the Sanchon Hunjang, there is an interesting posting about a memorial table in a Seoul park, the author Taemin’s attempt to understand the tablet, some of its more interesting features, and questions one might raise about the nearby explanations provided on site. Read Owen Miller’s comments on the posting here at Frog in a Well. [...]

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