A Single Word for Autumn in Korea

Dan-poong (단풍).

This single Korean word describes the period of time when leaves change color in autumn. In English you have to describe this event within a phrase (“the colors of the leaves this fall are spectacular!”), but in Korean all you have to utter is “dan-poong is spectacular!”. I love this about the Korean language. Complex events or experiences are often described within one word. (See jeong & han)

Dan-poong is a wondrous phenomenon of nature and deserves to be in this week’s photo challenge: wonder.

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19 thoughts on “A Single Word for Autumn in Korea

    1. Hello Chris! Hahaha…how did you know that I may be working “too” hard? :P I can’t believe how little I’ve been posting to this blog. I’m sure that was your first hint :) I hope all is well with you, and that you have fabulous holidays!

    1. Yeah it is pretty amazing that all this beauty is described in one word. I think it has a lot to do with the difference in discourse between Western and Eastern cultures. Western societies tend to be more verbose, where Eastern focus on the sense and feeling of a moment. Words are not needed for this.

  1. Josette, your photos have always been beautifully done, but there seems to be an extra element of maturity or cohesiveness in them now that is a wonderful extra – keep growing !

    1. Awwww…thank you so much Joseph. It means a lot coming from you. I am always amazed at the images you are able to capture. I asked Byongchan what mountains these were, and he didn’t know. All I know is that it is the view from the Gyeongbuk SuMoGwan (arboretum). I only recommend going here in the spring or fall. Thanks for stopping by! PS. are you still using your WP account? It seems like you are.

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