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[Publication Support] Korean Essentials Series
Date 2013-08-23 Writer 관리자 Count 5258

Korean Essentials Series

The Korea Essentials Series is co-published by the Korea Foundation and Seoul Selection to provide international readers with a basic understanding of the arts and culture of Korea. The content of this series is based on the articles and features published in Koreana, the Korea Foundation’s quarterly journal with in-depth coverage of various aspects of Korea’s cultural traditions.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ - 한국의 건축
    Korea Essentials Series 16 - Hanbok: Timeless Fashion Tradition
    • 2013 / 108Pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-41-0

    The book offers various insights about the characteristics, aesthetics, and history of Hanbok, the traditional costume of Korea. It also describes the current status of Hanbok, which has recently been in the spotlight thanks to the spread of Hallyu, and its rising popularity on the global fashion scene.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ - 한국의 건축
    Korea Essentials Series 15 - Korean Dance: Pure Emotion and Energy
    • 2013 / 98Pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-40-3

    The book provides an overview of the aesthetics and concepts behind Korean dance, along with introducing the characteristics of court and folk dances, and the development of modern Korean dance, thereby enabling readers to have a better understanding and appreciation of Korea’s dance culture.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ - 한국의 건축
    Korea Essentials Series 14 - Korean Medicine: A Holistic Way to Health and Healing
    • 2013 / 98Pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-39-7

    The book describes the background of traditional Korean medicine, which has been influenced by the oriental medicine of China and Japan, but also developed its own characteristics, and examines its principles of diagnosis and treatment. Of note, it makes Korean medicine more accessible to readers by introducing the efforts of Korean medicine to modernize and globalize itself, rather than simply adhering to its longtime practices.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ - 한국의 건축
    Korea Essentials Series 13 - Taekwondo: The Unity of Body, Mind and Sprit
    • 2013/ 116Pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-37-3

    An introductory book on Taekwondo, an indigenous martial arts form of Korea, it is useful for beginners who have just started to learn about the dynamics and intricacy of this traditional Korean martial arts as well as practitioners who seek a deeper understanding about its myriad details. The book describes the background and development of Taekwondo, along with explaining the characteristics of Taekwondo as a martial arts form that has rapidly spread and taken root in all corners of the world, which includes formal competitions at the Olympics and various other sports events.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ
    Korea Essentials Series Ⅻ - Korean Architecture : Breathing with Nature
    • 2012 / 120 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-23-6

    This book offers an introduction to Korea’'s abundant and unique architectural past and present, combining explanations of the principles behind Korean architecture with introductions to some of the country’'s finest buildings and structures. It explains some of the ideologies and perspectives that form the foundation of Korean architectural tradition and outlines the history of Korean architecture, from the first architectural traces of dugouts and lean-tos to the increasingly sophisticated wooden frames and technologies. The book also highlights ten of Korea’'s best-known and most signifi cant traditional buildings, ranging from Buddhist temples to royal palaces, Confucian royal shrines, landscaped literati gardens to “"Enlightenment”"-era fortresses.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅺ
    Korea Essentials Series Ⅺ - Korean Ceramics : The Beauty of Natural Forms
    • 2012 / 108 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-07-6

    In human history, ceramics are the oldest “"tools of civilization”" and are amongst the tools closest to us in our daily lives. Ceramics have developed in close connection with our dietary culture and played a major role in refi ning the said culture. Ceramics represent the emotions and literary trends of a particular age—in a sense, they are like a moving art gallery or history museum. That is why ceramics are not only an important vehicle of culture, but also a leading cultural medium of today. Korea’'s traditional ceramic wares serve as a barometer for understanding Korean culture in that they most accurately reflect Korean aesthetics and the Korean worldview. This book seeks to explore the ideas and richness of international ceramic culture as well as the trends and ways in which newly developing ceramic innovations are unfolding. From the celadon of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) to the white porcelain of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), we will examine how Korea’'s ceramics tradition began, how it developed, and what makes it so special.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅹ
    Korea Essentials Series Ⅹ - Religion in Korea : Harmony and Coexistence
    • 2012 / 104 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-05-2

    Korea is a remarkable case study in religious coexistence. Even though only about half the country identifies as religious, the half that does displays a remarkable diversity of both indigenous and imported faiths, including Buddhism and Christianity (of both the Catholic and Protestant varieties). Korean religious pluralism is no recent phenomenon. Koreans have respected religious diversity since ancient times. Indeed, if there is one overriding religious tendency in the Korean population, it is a preference for syncretism, of fi nding essential and common truths amidst diverse and often competing doctrines. Current Korean leaders have continued making efforts to further inter-faith understanding. This book surveys the rich religious and spiritual tapestry that is contemporary Korea. We begin with the earliest of Korean faiths—-the shamanism that prehistoric Koreans brought with them as they migrated to the peninsula from Central Asia—-and continue on to today’'s most prominent faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism. Korea has given birth to a large number of indigenous faiths, which are also covered as well.

  • Korea Essentials Series Ⅸ
    Korea Essentials Series Ⅸ - Korea's Natural Wonders : Exploring Korea's Landscapes
    • 2012 / 104 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-97639-04-5

    For those living in Seoul, it’'s easy to conclude that the urban swath of concrete grays is all there is to see in Korea. Yet those who look up can glimpse crests of mountains, seemingly faraway yet thankfully everpresent. Such is Korean nature—never imposing or intimidating, forever patiently waiting for us to take notice. This book hopes to encourage more readers to take notice of this subdued, yet spectacular, beauty. Take a look around at the ubiquitous mountains that dot the peninsula or spend the afternoon at any one of Korea’'s Ramsarregistered inland wetlands. Head out to one of Korea’'s seas for more exposure to local flora and fauna. If you’'re in the capital city, go for a walk along the Hangang River. If you can spare a few days, go for an excursion to Jeju-do, Korea’'s biggest island, where it has the popular trekking trails named “"Olle,”" meaning, “"Won’'t you come?”" In a sense, this book extends the same welcome to its readers. Won’'t you come to Korea and experience the wonders of its nature?

  • Korea Essentials Series VIII
    Korea Essentials Series VIII - Traditional Music : Sounds in Harmony with Nature
    • 2011 / 109 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-88-2

    Music has played and continues to play a vital role in Korean society, providing a rich vein of material as a dynamic part of the nation’s culture. Korean music’s history reflects active engagement with surrounding cultures, as well as indigenous creativity and innovation. Korea is heir to one of the world’s oldest repertoires of notated music. Over the past several hundred years, virtuosic instrumental genres based upon the music of shamanist rituals and agricultural ceremonies developed into highly sophisticated art forms. This book will examine the development of Korean traditional music, looking at what makes it unique, surveying its wide variety of genres, and reviewing its dramatic history as an art form.

  • Korea Essentials Series VII
    Korea Essentials Series VII - Joseon’s Royal Heritage : 500 Years of Splendor
    • 2011 / 121 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-87-5

    The Joseon dynasty ruled Korea for over half a millennium, bequeathing to Korea a considerable cultural heritage. This book will examine three of the better-known areas of Joseon cultural heritage: royal palaces, royal tombs, and the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. Each of these treasures, deeply imbued with Joseon’s Confucian culture, reveals unique aspects about the kingdom and its legacy.

  • Korea Essentials Series VI
    Korea Essentials Series VI - Museums & Galleries : Displaying Korea’s Past and Future
    • 2011 / 129 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-86-8

    Korea is currently home to around 300 registered museums and a large number of private galleries. There are now 11 national museums in provincial cities throughout Korea, unified by the hub that is Seoul’s iconic National Museum of Korea, completed in 2005, while the large number of regional, art, specialized and other museums continues to rise. Korea’s museums and galleries, displaying everything from Paleolithic relics to the latest experimental works by contemporary artists, offer windows onto the country’s past, present and future.

  • Korea Essentials Series V
    Korea Essentials Series V - Jeju Island : Reaching to the Core of Beauty
    • 2011 / 140 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-83-7

    The world is taking notice of Jeju Island. Now, the first English-language book introducing its natural landscape, culture, history, and people is available to share its wonders. Featuring around 200 color photographs, maps, and illustrations, this book organizes all the beauties of Jeju, which drew rapturous praise from Nobel Prize-winning writer J. M. G. Le Clézio, into an entertaining and easy-to-read format. Also included is useful information for foreign travelers visiting the island, including sections on its three UNESCO natural science designations, its Olle trails, and twelve things to do on the island.

  • Korea Essentials Series IV
    Korea Essentials Series IV - Traditional Food : A Taste of Korean Life
    • 2010 / 132 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-76-9

    Nowadays, with healthy lifestyles and the “slow food” movement receiving attention worldwide, Korean cuisine is attracting keen interest as a healthy cuisine, which offers nutritional harmony and balance. The book explores Korea’s 5,000-year-old culinary culture and introduces readers to the historical, cultural, nutritional, and philosophical aspects of this unique cuisine.

  • Korea Essentials Series III
    Korea Essentials Series III - The DMZ : Dividing the Two Koreas
    • 2010 / 104 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-75-2

    The Demilitarized Zone separates the Korean Peninsula into North and South, where communism and democracy continue to exist in mutual animosity. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Joint Security Area (JSA) near the so-called “truce village” of Panmunjeom, where South Korean and North Korean soldiers face off against each other. The book includes chapters about the background of the DMZ, the Korean War, Panmunjeom and the JSA, and the natural environment of the DMZ.

  • Korea Essentials Series II
    Korea Essentials Series II – Traditional Painting : Window on the Korean Mind
    • 2010 / 132 pages / 128x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-74-5

    Korean painting is said to reveal a close connection with nature that parallels the Korean people’s traditional worldview. Koreans have long revered the natural surroundings, which is readily evident in the subjects and style of Korean paintings. The book provides readers with comprehensive information about the traditions of Korean painting in regard to Buddhist Painting, A Scholar’s Art, Landscape Painting, Genre Painting, Portrait Painting, and Folklore Painting.

  • Korea Essentials Series I
    Korea Essentials Series I – Hangeul : Korea’s Unique Alphabet
    • 2010 / 104 pages/ 128 x 180(mm)
    • ISBN: 978-89-91913-69-1

    Hangeul, the indigenous writing system of Korea, is an ingenious creation that utilizes forward-thinking, scientific linguistic theory, and principles of Korean traditional culture to express the sounds of the Korean language. The book examines the unique characteristics of the Hangeul writing system, structure of the alphabet, historical process of its creation, King Sejong the Great, and its widespread influence on Korean society.

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