Dec 24, 2009
Buddhism is big in Korea. So as you can imagine there are a lot of monks strolling around. Men and women. All have shaved heads. It is sometimes hard to distinguish the men from the women. The best part is their clothes. They dress in grey from head to toe. Not just any grey. One that is very beautiful and elegant. They wear special hats, shirts, jackets, pants, gloves and shoes. All of them carry a beautiful little grey knapsack. It is very simple and the straps are made of thin rope. My producer asked if Armani had designed their outfits. They look so stunning that it gives them a certain air of sophistication. Whenever I ran into one they always took the time to smile and bow towards me. Who could not like people like that. I loved to visit the big temple in Seoul. It's called Jogyesa. Next to it was a building that always seemed to be crawling with monks. I'd stand next to the place and get my smiles and bows. With my head shaved and all, I think a few may have thought I was a buddhist. I guess in some ways I am.
The original of this painting is for sale in my shop if anyone is interested.