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King Uija (의자왕, 義慈王) (r. 641-660)
Feb 23, 2017
King Uija (의자왕, 義慈王) (r. 641-660), the final Baekje king, is mentioned in Book 28 of the "History" and in Chapter 34 of the "Memorabilia," both of which deal with the fall of Baekje and the final rise of Silla. Uija's Baekje fell to a Silla-Tang alliance in A.D. 660, and the Sill...

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Tomb relics hint at ancient rites
Feb 23, 2017
Tomb No. 518, one of the ancient tombs unearthed in Jisan-dong, Goryeong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, consists of a main chamber and five additional chambers, presumably for people buried with the owner of the tomb. Relics that give clues about ancient funeral rites have been un...

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Gyebaek (계백, 階伯) (d. 660)
Feb 16, 2017
Gyebaek (계백, 階伯) (d. 660) is mentioned only once in the "Memorabilia of the [Korean] Three Kingdoms" (삼국 유사, 三國 遺事). Chapter 34 is titled "King Muyeol of Silla (r. 654-661)" (태종 춘추공). That chapter is named for the Silla king who defeated Gyebaek. When the descendants of Silla com...

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Gyeongju excavation uncovers possible royal tomb
Feb 10, 2017
Blocks of stone related to the construction of a royal tomb and some 300 relics were found at an excavation site on the east side of Nangsan Mountain in Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. The Cultural Heritage Administration has announced that an excavation site in the archae...

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Eulji Mundeok (을지문덕, 乙支文德) (c. 550-c. 620)
Feb 09, 2017
Eulji Mundeok (을지문덕, 乙支文德) (c. 550-c. 620)A symbol today of a "just war" or "righteous defense," Eulji Mundeok was an almost-mythical Goguryeo general who in A.D. 612 played a decisive role in a great military victory, or defeat, depending on your side. He was a key p...

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National Museum offers peek into ancient Egyptian lives
Feb 03, 2017
The National Museum of Korea in Yongsan-gu District, Seoul, is currently hosting an exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts, on loan from the Brooklyn Museum. A statuette (above) from Egypt's Middle Kingdom (2050 B.C.-1800 B.C.) shows the deceased, a person named Si-Hathor,...


Seong of Baekje, the Holy King (성왕, 聖王)
Feb 02, 2017
Seong of Baekje, the Holy King (성왕, 聖王) (r. 523-554)Seong was instrumental in the Baekje resurgence and in founding its new capital. He made Buddhism the official state religion and reigned over the glory days of Baekje. However, after an alliance of more than 100 years, he fell ...

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National Museum displays ancient Egyptian artifacts
Feb 02, 2017
The National Museum of Korea, located in Yongsan-gu District, central Seoul, is continuing with its exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Shabties were included in many ancient Egyptian tombs, representing an agricultural worker in the afterlife to help the noble. They w...


Books highlight Korea, US missionary bonds
Feb 01, 2017
The Hoesangjeon Hall at Gyeonghuigung Palace is considered to be a rare structure that shows the original appearance of buildings before being damaged by Japanese forces. The photo is one recently donated by Priscilla Welbon Ewy of the U.S. A new photo of the Hoesangjeon Ha...

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Mummies show wealth of the ancients
Jan 31, 2017
Mummy cartonnages and masks were compulsory items for ancient Egyptian funerals. The details and components of the cartonnage (above) show that it belonged to an upper-class woman. Her hair and robes are elaborately described, the eyes are inlaid with glass, and there's a jeweled...