Posted by: rbbadger | February 12, 2009

This way to Deokso Middle School

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Chinese language-only signs are not encountered all that often in South Korea.  Usually, signs bearing Chinese characters include Korean letters and Roman letters as well.  This one doesn’t.  This one tells you how to get to Deokso Middle School.  For a while, street signs in Korea used to be marked in Roman letters, Korean letters, and Chinese characters.  The Chinese characters are becoming more and more rare on street signs, but you still do see them from time to time.  And of course, every subway station is market in Korean, Roman letters, and Chinese characters.

Of course, if you visit palaces and Buddhist temples, each building or gate is marked with a plaque telling you exactly what its name is in Chinese characters.

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