Thursday, June 16, 2011

Korea's Red Neon Crosses


Perhaps the most striking feature of the Korean cityscape for the visitor, pictured above in this article reporting that "citizens [are] complain[ing] about the bright light from church crosses — Blinded by the light: Seoul’s neon pollution.

When a friend visited and I explained to him that Protestant churches had red neon crosses but Catholics churches did not, he said, "Of course not; Catholics have taste." What I find strange is that you can find two Protestant churches of the same denomination, usually Presbyterian, right across the street from each other, something I have seen in big cities with fast food franchises.

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4 Comments:

Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

Not only that, but all the Buddhist temples I've seen there have been hole-in-the-wall storefront affairs, not counting the historical sites. And yet Buddhism gets much more write-up in the travel guides for Korea than Christianity.

6:27 AM  
OpenID kuiwon said...

There are some decently decorated, medium sized, newly built Buddhist temples just right outside apt complexes.

Do Protestants (minus Anglicans) have any nice buildings in Korea?

6:06 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I hate to admit this, but Catholic churches in the Philippines have their own neon crosses--in blue. In the wider Catholic family, Filipinos do not really stand out for our taste. =P

Still, you'll never see that many blue crosses so close together--for the same reason you'll never see one Catholic church right across the street from another. (And this is why I think your fast food franchise parallel was deliberate. Nice dig! LOL!)

1:41 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Blue is more aesthetically pleasing the red. And to be honest, I don't mind the red neon crosses.

3:30 AM  

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