gnb content footer


News Focus



Column RSS RSS



The house named Dilkusha
Apr 01, 2014
On the hillside above Sajik Tunnel is a large, old, dilapidated house built of red bricks, close to a towering gingko tree. The foundation stone bears one word, “Dilkusha,” and the date 1923. For a long time, nobody knew who built it. Clearly, it must have been the home of Wester...


Confucian seowon schools: Korea’s little-known marvels
Mar 21, 2014
The Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) is proposing that nine seowon, or traditional Korean Confucian academies, be included on UNESCO’s list of world heritage items in 2015. The nine proposed schools are: the Sosu Seowon in Yeongju; the Namgye Seowon in Hamyang; the Oksan Se...


Early explorations of Korea
Mar 04, 2014
Before the opening of Korea to western diplomats and businessmen in the 1880s, there were two visits that, rather than helping prepare for the opening, encouraged the Koreans to turn their backs on the outside world. The first was that recorded by the French artist Jean Henri Zub...


Pagodas of Bulguksa Temple
Feb 17, 2014
Bulguksa Temple’s two most famous features are the Dabotap Pagoda, the Pagoda of Many Treasures or of Multiple Jewels, and the Seokgatap Pagoda, the Sakyamuni Buddha Pagoda. They stand within the central courtyard in front of the historic main hall, dedicated to the Sakyamuni, on...


Seokguram Grotto, the greatest Buddhist hermitage
Feb 07, 2014
Around a decade ago, I was guiding an academic excursion for the Royal Asiatic Society to Korea's ancient capital of Gyeongju. One of the members was a wealthy American who had traveled to most of the countries around the world, but this was his first visit to Korea. He was a Bud...


Earliest description of Baekdusan Mountain in English
Jan 29, 2014
From 1886 to 1887, Englishman Henry Evan Murchinson James of the Indian Civil Service used a two-year period of leave to travel to China. He and two younger British companions, the military officer Francis Younghusband and the China-based diplomat Harry English Fulford, decided t...


Schofield brings to light Japanese brutality
Jan 08, 2014
Should visitors to the Seoul National Cemetery make their way to the patriots section of the cemetery, they might be surprised to see a foreign name among the tombstones. Francis Schofield, however, is known to many in Korea as the “34th man,” a reference to the 33 patriots who s...


Bulguksa, the magnificent Buddhist kingdom monastery
Dec 16, 2013
Bulguksa Temple is probably the most heavily-visited Buddhist monastery in Korea, a favorite of tourists and aficionados of ancient religious art. It has become famous around the world since being designated as a UNESCO heritage site 18 years ago. It is on every list of the ...


The Wonders of the jangdokdae
Oct 31, 2013
One of the many words in Korean daily life that it is impossible to translate into English is jangdokdae. The commonly used term "storage platform" leaves readers who are unfamiliar with Korea at a loss to imagine what is being stored or how. If you visit a traditional Korean hou...


Korea, Indonesia become partners in creative industries
Oct 22, 2013
* This is a contribution from Minister Yoo Jin-ryong of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to the Donga Ilbo, a daily newspaper. Minister Yoo Jin-ryong (photo: MCST)During a recent visit by President Park Geun-hye to Indonesia, in honor of the 40th anniversary of th...