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It's just a guess but:

Arranging some sort of Confucian procession or other ritual according to hierarchy? The highest ranked followed by their attendants, then the second highest rank followed by their attendants and so on.

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DOH! Skylee beat me to it! [AGAIN!] I was just thinking those look a lot like markers at some palace in Seoul (I can never keep the names straight) used

to determine where people stand, as James said, when standing in attendance before the emperor.

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James was almost right. But

here 從 does not mean the attendants of the officials. Both 正 and 從 are ranks - Rank 1, Lower Rank 1, Rank 2, Lower Rank 2, etc.

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ok. my memory failed me. it happens when you get old. B)

But is it close to 西大門?

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I have no idea where that is. It's the one by City Hall / Seoul Plaza. Y'know, with the Dunkin' Donuts by the gate.

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I don't know, I'm pretty unfussed about these things - I was a big fan of the Forbidden City Starbucks as well. And it's outside the walls and it's a busy Seoul street, so . . .

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There's a Forbidden City Starbucks?! I did not know that.

[Edit] Just Googled it. Looks like it closed in 2007 because people thought it was trampling China's cultural heritage.

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Only if you don't like donuts.

That particular Dunkin' Donuts also sells good bagel sandwiches with egg, bacon, and cheese. Bought one there last week on the way from China back to the US.

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Yeah, it's been replaced with someone doing exactly the same thing without the Starbucks name. Massive blow for traditional culture there.

Those sandwiches sound nice - might have one for lunch.

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