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"Achasan = Missed Chance Mountain?" Top 5 Page for this destination Historical Anecdotes Tip by jburron

Historical Anecdotes, Seoul: 3 reviews and 3 photos

  Don't Regret not Seeing Achasan.
by jburron

Here is a little story to tell when you are having lunch at the top of Namsan Tower (it revolves and little signs tell you what you are looking at in the distance).

In Guui-Dong near the Children's Grand Park (aka Zoo) is Achasan (san means mountain). You may think these myths are useless (if so, rate this tip that way) but as you meet older and better-educated Koreans you'll see that get more respect by knowing more about their culture.

Here is the story. A King was testing a shaman/fortune teller. He showed him a box and asked, "How many dogs are inside?" The shaman said, "Three." The box was opened to reveal only two dogs. The king ordered him executed and he was taken away.

For some reason, they cut the dogs open (I guess they ate them back then too) and found a pup inside. Three dogs! Stop the exectution! Too late, the shaman was already dead. The king exclaimed "Acha!"

So now Koreans say "acha" when they have some regret or missed chance.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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