I don’t often visit Ojukheon because there are usually hundreds of tourists there getting in the way of slow, considered photography. But the pandemic has cut down on the number of tourists and I went on a weekday when there are usually fewer visitors. Going in the morning helps as well.

I didn’t expect to get much worth keeping because I haven’t had much success at the location in the past. Tourist places tend to be, what’s the word, bland. I mostly went to practise composition, exposure, and different film simulations on my camera. I naturally deleted a large number of photos when I got home because I was mostly just screwing around, but I did keep seven that I think are worth sharing here. I hope you think so as well.

Stone Benches, Ojukheon

Ojukheon has large empty areas done in brick because of the large number of tourists that are visiting the historic site at any one time. Families come in their cars, but there are also bus loads and bus loads of students and senior citizens. Until about eleven o’clock or so the grounds looked much as they appear in the photo above.

Wall and Hedge, Ojukheon

Ojukheon has a lot of hedges and flowers, so it’s quite a pleasant place to walk around, even if you have no interest in things historical.

Kitchen, Ojukheon

The kitchen for the original group of buildings. If you want to know about who lived here, you can get some information and general photographs at this website: http://www.gangneungtours.com/ojukheon-house.html

Tomb Stone, Ojukheon

There is an outdoor display of grave markers and stelae along with some flowers. Grave inscriptions were usually done in Chinese characters. Korean writing is often used these days.

Flower Pots, Ojukheon

There is a large statue of Shin Saimdang on the grounds, but I wasn’t much interested in making a photo of that. And anyway, there was a constant stream of people taking photos of each other in front of the statue. I found the curves of these stone tiles around the statue and the touch of colour provided by the flowers to be much more attractive.

Tiled Area, Ojukheon

Although I like this semicircle of stone bricks, I don’t know what the area is for. There’s no statue or anything there. A space for group photos?

Tree Trunks and Wall, Ojukheon.

I made this one on my way out of the historical site. On the other side of the wall are a number of unattractive restaurants and gift shops. Judging by the confused looks on the people walking past me, they must have thought I was making photos of those. One middle-aged man didn’t seem to know what sort of photo I was making, but he lifted his phone and made a snapshot of the scene before walking away. This happens now and then, especially if I’m using a tripod and appear to know what I’m doing.

I think I’ll make the effort to get on a bus and go to Ojukheon again soon. I usually avoid it because of the crowds, but I’m happy with the photos I’ve shared here and maybe I can find some scenes that I missed.

4 thoughts on “Ojukheon

  1. I like these Marcus – definitely more considered and it works.
    As for snap-copy folk – happens everywhere, though nobody copied the bloke in the Vatican who was photographing the cornices in every single room . . .

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  2. Shot #3 has it for me, Marcus, although the others show the usual good/unusual/interesting composition. Worth the trip, I should say.

    People are funny when they see you taking photographs, especially of ‘nothing in particular’. One of the times I was out with the pinhole – and making a very long exposure – this gentleman stopped for a chat. He was interesting, told me about his 4×5 camera in the loft and what he used to get up to, photographically but I did laugh when he stuck his head in front of the pinhole camera and asked ‘So what have you got here then?’. He caught himself on about a second later and moved out of line…and the exposure was long enough so he didn’t have any effect on the outcome. I guess it was because I wasn’t looking through a viewfinder – it looked like I wasn’t doing anything. I wasn’t, but the lens cap was off and the little light photons were working their way through it onto the film. It was very amusing.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments. I wish I was one step to the left for #3 so that the handle would be more visible against the white wall. Well, I can go back again.
      Funny story about the guy sticking his head in front of the pinhole. Almost a shame he didn’t hold it there long enough for his confused face to form a spirit image on the film. 🙂

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