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Hanok – The Traditional Korean House

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Publisher: , 2016
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A special feature of the traditional Korean Hanok building style is its difference from Western styles. The Hanoks preserved to this day are built according to practical housing needs, while featuring distinct regional differences and adaptations to their surrounding landscapes. They breathe the style and flair of their inhabitants‘ lives and traces of them can be found almost everywhere within these old houses. Historian Cha Jang-seop explains: „Inhabitants and house are one. When you see someone, you can image the houses he lives in. Koreans have traditionally acknowledged that a person’s honour and dignity is also that of his home. A home is thus a subject like a person, the (hi)story of the house is at the same time the (hi)story of its inhabitants.“ This is why the beautifully designed traditional houses were officially recognised as national cultural heritage. They are simultaneously recognised as important subjects of scientific research and as natoinal cultural monuments. The fourty houses featured in this book are acknowledged as important national cultural assets, that display the characteristics of Korean traditional houses according to their regional location, age, building type. They are introduced by a brief history and feature photographs portraying the true nature of each traditional house. The range of houses portrayed speaks to their importance as national heritage and the unique characteristic and value of traditional Korean culture.

Yi Ki-ung

Yi Ki-ung was born in SeongyoJang, Gangneung, Korea. He began his career as a publisher in 1960. Ever since he founded Youlhwadang Publishers in 1971, Yi has actively developed art publishing in Korea. He has been awarded many prizes, including the Baeksang Publishing Award, the Publishers Association Award, and the Joong-ang Media Award. Currently, he is an executive director of the Paju Book City and Book City Culture Foundation. He published My Journey to Paju Bookcity and a photograph collection, Children of the World in 2001, and compiled a book entitled The Story of a Dutiful Cow in 2007.

Seo Heun-gang

Born in Choen-an, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea and studied photography at Chung-Ang University. As a photographic journalist, he has contributed to several professional journals. Today, he works as a freelance photographer and has held several photographic exhibitions (1986, 1989, 1994, 2003, 2011).

Joo Byung-soo

Born in Seoul, Korea and studied photography at Chung-Ang University. He works as a freelance photographer and has contributed to several encyclopedias.

Isabella Ofner

Born in Germany and studied at Tübingen and Regensburg Universities. After living in Korea, she now works as a researcher in Asian History and Literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Tina Stubenrauch

Born in Germany and studied at Regensburg and Korea Universities and the University of Melbourne. After living in Korea and the United States, she now works as International Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

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