[singlepic=702,250,250,left]A “dojang” ë„ìž¥ or a Korean seal (stamp/chop) is a personal stamp made of wood or stone. It has a legal effect and is the equivalent of a personal signature in official documents. (It’s so official and legally binding that it’s possible to sell a house with just a dojang and a copy of the estate registry — sounds familiar?)
My husband has two dojangs – one made of stone that he uses for legal documents (with his name in Hanja) and a cheap one made of wood (with his name in Hangeul). We keep his official dojang in our safe (that we couldn’t open because our son inserted something inside the keyhole) since it’s the one he uses for our estate registry and bank books.
I was excited when I had my first dojang. That was four years ago when our apartment office filed a petition against a construction company for the noise they’re creating. We won the petition for 1 ì–µ (about $100,000.) I had wished that they would divide the money among the residents but most didn’t care and just asked the office to use it for improvements. Disappointing!
A dojang would make a nice Korean souvenir, especially with your name written in Hangeul. As my way of thanking you dear visitors (Korean thanksgiving – Chuseok is just around the corner), I’ll be giving you (just the five of you though) customized dojangs or Korean stamps/seals with your name in Hangeul. Interested?