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Muryeong of Baekje (무령왕, 武寧王) (r. 501-523)
Jan 20, 2017
Muryeong of Baekje (무령왕, 武寧王) (r. 501-523)Unearthed only in 1971, the tomb of Muryeong and his wife remained unopened and un-robbed for almost 1,500 years. It contained golden crowns, intricate works of art and royal tablets. Think of it as a combination of the tomb of Tutankhamu...

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Canopic jars come to Seoul
Jan 17, 2017
Canopic jars and lids are made of limestone and date back to ancient Egypt's 26th Dynasty (664 B.C.-525 B.C.). Canopic jars stored the stomach, intestines, lungs and livers of the mummies. The heart was left inside the body because ancient people believed that it held the spiri...

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Nulji of Silla (눌지 마립간, 訥祗 麻立干) (r. 417-458)
Jan 13, 2017
Nulji brought home two brothers who had been sent into tributary-exile, made temporary peace with the rising Goguryo power, and solidified his family's patrilineal place on the Silla throne. No statue of him exists and his tomb has yet to be discovered.Under the reign of the two ...

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Wooden tablets uncover ruling power of Silla
Jan 10, 2017
A four-sided wooden plaque found at the Seongsansanseong Fortress in Haman-gun County, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, bears a report from a village governor to the central bureaucracy apologizing about his miscarriage of the law. “I am afraid to report this.” “I must inform yo...


New books published on Joseon, North Korean cultural he...
Jan 09, 2017
On Jan. 5, the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage publishes a catalogue of North Korean publications on archeological research (left) (북한 정기간행물 고고학 문헌 목록) and a compilation of research into Joseon historical sites that was conducted in 1909 (1909년 조선고적조사(朝鮮古蹟調査)의 기억...

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King Naemul of Silla -- Movers and shakers of Korean hi...
Jan 06, 2017
There is very little we know about King Naemul of Silla (r. 356-402), aside from his tomb, but we are lucky that he was mentioned in at least two historical texts, and that give us some facts about his life and rule.Much of our knowledge about him comes from the "Memorabilia of t...


Tomb of Joseon princess discovered
Dec 29, 2016
The original burial site of Princess Hwahyeop, daughter of 21st Joseon monarch King Yeongjo, was rediscovered in August 2015 in Sampae-dong, Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do Province. The letters carved on stone blocks placed on the right side of the tomb, prove that it belongs to the Jose...

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Korean history through iron pots uncovered on seabed
Dec 23, 2016
Cheoljeong (철정, 鐵鼎), found in the waters of Mado Island, Taean-gun County, Chungcheongnam-do Province, is an iron pot with legs used in Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).The exhibition "Iron Pots, the Chef Onboard (솥, 선상(船上)의 셰프)” which presents an array of iron pots used by sailors from...


Koreans' lives, thoughts shown through colors
Dec 14, 2016
“The sky, land, humans, all creatures, and nature each have their own colors. So do clothes, objects and paintings. But for what reason do people favor different colors at different times?" This was written by Yun Gi (尹祁, 1535~1606), a court official in the mid-Joseon era. In...


Joseon palaces meld philosophy, architecture, Confucian...
Dec 08, 2016
A museum visitor appreciates the articles on exhibition at the National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul on Dec. 7. The special exhibition ‘Timeless Marvels, the Construction of a Palace in Joseon’ gives visitors a chance to see all of the processes of building a Joseon palace.The...