백두산 edition

A couple weeks ago I watched 1박2일 special edition to Baekdu San

For those who don’t know the significant of Mount Baekdu to the Korean. Here’s a brief summary of it:

Koean consider mount Baekdu as a place of their ancestral origin. It is consider as a sacred place and a legendary foundation of Korea. From dinasty to dinasty Baekdu san is considered as the spiritual oasis of this nation at which worshipping rituals were held. It is believed that korean history started from here. (source: wikipedia)

So.. before I say what’s in my mind from watching the video, I will let you all see the videos that I mean..

(Disclaimer: This video is not mine and shown for informational purpose only, No copyright infringement is intended)

NO! they deleted it all! >.< where can I get the subbed one without bugging copyright? I just wanna share my thoughts!

So I cried during the show. It is, for me,  a really meaningful reality show. The most touching part is when they poured the water from every corner of Korea, out to the lake while praying for the unification of Korea. Can’t you imagine that you have to go abroad to get to a place that is sacred and important to your nation? And what really unfortunate is that they could not even sing Korean anthem of bring any Korean flag or anything to signified Korean national identity since the place is still in region of and still in disputation with the Chinese government.

I also like the scene from the previous episode where they were greeted by the warmth of the Chinese-Korean in the area they passed by. And I also cried when they sang the Arirang  in unison as brothers and sisters of the same nation *hey I can play this song on my violin! =)* I think now I know whay I feel so drawn into Korean culture. The bond among Koean is so strong. They maintain their culture with pride and love

As for me, I do not know who I really am. I will proudly say that I’m Indonesian, but it’s really hard when people in your own home consider you an outsider. Being seen as Chinese decendant *and having a religion that is sort of unwanted there*  has created a lot of confusion in my life. I once thought that I will forever be number 2. Why? 

well first, as I mentioned before, I’m seen as an outsider in my own home. I dont know which culture really runs in my blood.  Although It’s not that important and I am who I am today thanks to my background, I still feel that way — if you know what I mean. Sometimes in life, you might come to a point that you want to know who you really are. And that’s my time there. I’m proud of all Indonesian culture, but I’m not too attached to it (my family has their own so-called-chinese-Indonesian-fusion culture). To be called a Chinese? I dont think so! Even my grandma was born in Indonesia and raised Indonesian. I can’t even speak Chinese!! And I know nothing about the culture except the general stuffs that have been passed down to me. I don’t know which one should I hang on?! HAHAHA what an excuse, right? (well, please note that I still and will always be proud of  the Indonesian culture and will continue to promote it to the world! Let’s love what we have dear fellow Indonesian!)

Now where else can I be only number 2  Everywhere I go! I could never be a native!

Back to Korean culture and Baekdu San

I relly appreciate the love and the attitude they show of how they treat their origin and their hope of the unification with the north. I think, this is how someone should act towards it’s own culture =). I like it and I want to learn it more in depth! Thank you for the lesson! I also hope that their prayer at Baekdu San will come true. Soon.

So anyone, want to teach me more of the Korean history?

 


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