Han Ok(Traditional House)

  Han Ok(Traditional House)   Hanok, traditional Korean houses, are environment-friendly establishments as they are built with materials readily available in nature, such as wood, earth, stone, straw, clay (for ceramic roof tiles), and paper. The two major types of hanok are giwajip (houses with tiled roofs) occupied by the nobility and chogajip (houses with straw-thatched roofs)…

Joseonwangjosillok

  Joseonwangjosillok   Annals of the Joseon Dynasty The annals of the Joseon Dynasty comprise 1,893 books covering 472 years (1392 -1863) of the history of the Joseon Dynasty, from the reign of King Taejo, the founder, to the end of the reign of King Cheoljong. Thick extensive set of records is considered to deal…

Joseon upper-class clothes come to life

  Joseon upper-class clothes come to life   During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), young male intellectuals, known as seonbi, would think that their clean, proper attire reflected their pure dignity and their courtesy as a virtuous scholar. Taking place these days in Seoul, there is an exhibition that allows visitors to get a glimpse of one of…

Alcohol in Korean life 1

  Alcohol in Korean life 1   Sul, the general purpose Korean word for all types of alcohol, is a much more romantic and culturally meaningful word than its English language equivalent, alcohol. Sul implies a culture, a sharing between friends, whereas the English “alcohol” can be somewhat scientific or cold, or even damning. “A pint,” in the…

Korean folk belief

Korean folk belief Korean folk belief Korean folk belief Between the Old and New Singugan (Kor. 신구간, Chin. 新舊間, lit. between the old and new) is the approximately one-week long period from the fifth day after the solar term Daehan (Kor. 대한, Chin. 大寒, Great Cold) to the third day before the solar term Ipchun (Kor.…