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Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy

From the publisher’s website: The term Fengshui, which literally means ‘wind and water,’ is the ancient Chinese art of selecting an auspicious site to provide the most harmonious relationship between human and earth. The term is generally translated as ‘geomancy,’ and has had a deep and extensive impact on Korean, Chinese, and other East Asian … [Read More]

Palaces of Korea

From the publisher’s website: In “Palaces of Korea,” Kim Dong-uk, a renowned historian of Korean architecture, guides readers on a journey through the history of palaces in Korea, daily life and ceremonial events, and palace architecture. However, the author also writes extensively about the similarities and differences between palaces across East Asia, namely Japan and … [Read More]

The Secret Spirit of Korean Architecture

From the publisher’s website: The Secret Spirit of Korean Architecture is a response to the growing international interest in Korean architecture, its tangible historical and contemporary forms, and a multidisciplinary contribution to the discourse that has resulted in new writing and audiovisual materials exploring principal features and themes, materials, techniques and methodologies particular to the genre. … [Read More]

Gardens of Korea: Harmony with Intellect and Nature

From the publisher’s website: Of the three great civilizations of East Asia, Korea used to attract the least attention. Overshadowed by their neighbours in China and Japan, Koreans had trouble gaining recognition abroad for the many accomplishments of their ancestors in such fields as architecture, music, dance, and the arts. That has begun to change … [Read More]

Seowon: The Architecture of Korea’s Private Academies

From the publisher’s website: Seowon: The Architecture of Korea’s Private Academies takes a look at the private educational institutions that were dedicated to higher learning. These same institutions eventually became the crowning glory of Neo-Confucianism. This book examines the role these schools had on society during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910) while also taking a closer … [Read More]