Turn Back the Clock Thursday | Revisiting a poetic visit to an ancient palace of the Palhae Kingdom.
Today we bring you a poem by Korean writer Yun Hae Rong on a visit to ruins an ancient Palhae Kingdom palace near Jingpo Lake in Manchuria in May 1940.
We recently visited a similar set of palace ruins near Helong in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in the midst of winter.
The Palhae Ruins
An evening sunset in May
At the ruins of Palhae
My cane together with me
Stand amid the brush
All this called history
Seems to me a lie
And even though the foundation stones,
the Six Palaces’ remaining traces, are ancient
From the highest point of the First Palace,
The bells of Answering the Soul Temple call out, call out
As I pass my hands over these tiles one by one
When I’m seized by nostalgia of the past
The farmer ploughing the fields o’er that hill
Seems to me a commoner of old
Antiquity seems to play
On the back of a yoked cow
By Yun Hae Rong, Year 16 of the Showa Era, May
'Turn Back the Clock Thursday' brings you views of Korea from more than two decades of Koryo Tours' trips to the DPRK and images in the public domain.