National Geographic : 1975 Sep
Last journey for a Korean begins with a feast of rice, meat, and wine at a family shrine housing the coffin. Later placed on a funeral bier festooned with flowers and auspicious symbols, it is borne from the deceased's home to his tomb site by friends and relatives. Led by a banner proclaiming the name of the deceased, the procession passes through the countryside (left). Bereaved women of the family, garbed in white, the Korean color of mourning, remain behind in accordance with custom (below).