[Korean Culture Series 3] Palaces of Korea


Kim Dong-uk


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19 x 24cm (soft cover) / E-Book


19,800 KRW






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 China. The book includes a glossary of all terms transliterated into English with their Chinese counterparts.

한국 문화 시리즈 제 3권인 『PALACES OF KOREA』는 역사의 중심에 있었던 궁궐을 통해 한국의 문화를 들여 다보고자 한다. 이 책은 고대 궁궐에서부터 현존하는 조선의 궁궐까지 한국궁궐의 전반적인 역사와 변화모습을 알기 쉽게 풀어 내고 있어 역사와 시대에 따라 그 중요성과 기능이 변하는 궁궐의 모습에서 독자는 한국 역사의 변화와 흐름을 동시에 이해할 수 있다. 또한 서울에 자리 잡고 있는 5개 궁궐(경복궁, 창덕궁, 창경궁, 경희궁, 덕수궁) 내외 건물들의 독특한 건축 양식 의 특징 및 역사적 의미에 대한 상세한 설명은 긴 시간과 무지 속에 묻혀져있는 한국의 미를 궁궐 곳곳에서 끌어 낸다.



1. Capitals and Palaces of East Asia

2. Brief History of Korean Palaces
1) Korean Dynasties
2) Palaces of the Ancient Kingdoms
3) Palaces of the Goryeo Dynasty
4) Palaces of the Joseon Dynasty
5) Palaces of the Korean Empire and Later Changes
6) Restoration Efforts Since the 1970s

3. Ceremonial Events and Daily Life
1) Important Palace Ceremonies
2) Daily Life in the Palaces

4. Palace Architecture

5. Prominent Korean Palaces
1) Gyeongbokgung Palace
2) Changdeokgung Palace
3) Changgyeonggung Palace
4) Gyeonghuigung Palace
5) Deoksugung Palace
6) Royal Villas (Haenggung)

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Kim Dong-uk 김동욱
Kim Dong-uk graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering at Korea University and after gaining his M.A. degree in the graduate school of the same university, he received his Ph.D. from Waseda University in Japan.
Majoring in the history of Korean architecture, his main interest is to understand the unique characteristics of palace architecture in the Joseon era in the context of the activities of Korean artisans.
He has written more than 50 scholarly papers, including “On the Repair of Yeongyeongdang Hall in the Second Year of King Gojong”.
He is the author of various books, including Suwon Hwaseong and the History of Korean Architecture: A Korean World Heritage Site.