[Korean Culture Series 9] Buddhist Architecture of Korea


Kim Sung-woo


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


19,800 KRW






This book focuses on the role that architecture played in Korea’s Buddhist culture. While life at Buddhist temples and the austere practices of Buddhism can be a matter of spiritual complexity and religious consciousness, this book seeks to explain the physical characteristics of Buddhist-related architecture.

이 책은 한국 불교 문화에서 사찰 건축이 차지한 역할에 초점을 둔다. 사찰에서의 생활과 불교에서 실천하는 절제된 삶은 복잡한 정신세계와 종교적 의식을 반영하고 있으나, 이 책에서는 사찰을 건축적인 측면에서 고찰한다.

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1. History of Korea's Buddhist Architecture
1) Spread of Buddhism
2) Three Kingdoms Period
3) Unified Silla Period
4) Goryeo Dynasty Period
5) Joseon Dynasty Period

2. From Cities to Mountains: Location and Design of Temple Sites
1) Selecting an Auspicious Site
2) Temple Layout
3) Along the Path

3. Approaching the Buddha: Inside a Temple
1) Primary Buddha Halls
2) Secondary Halls
3) Other Buildings, Belfries and Shrines
4) Pagodas and Budo

4. Temple Life: Pursuit of the Way
1) Within the Buddha Halls
2) Daily Routine of Monks
3) Rites and Ceremonies

5. Korea's Buddhist Temples: Vibrant Strongholds of Culture
1) Architecture and Worldview
2) Temples of Korea, China and Japan
3) Hidden Voices

6. Selected Korean Temples
1) Major Buddhist Sects in Korea and Distribution of Temples
2) Noteworthy Temples



Kim Sung-woo 김성우
Prof. Kim Sung-woo was born in Seoul in 1950. After graduating from the department of architecture at Yonsei University he went to the United States where he received his master’s degree in urban design from the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in architecture and art history at the University of Michigan, writing his dissertation on Korean Buddhist architecture. Since returning to Korea he has served as a professor at Yonsei University, mainly lecturing on architectural history and theory.
Prof. Kim has published many papers on the subject of architectural history and theory as well as the research report Seongju Hangae Maeul (Hangae Village, Seongju), and the books Songgwangsa (Songgwangsa Temple), Hanguk Geonchuksa (History of Korean Architecture, co-author) and Wonya, the Korean translation of a Chinese book on landscape architecture. Prof. Kim’s research is focused on theorizing the spirit of the traditional architecture of Korea and other Asian countries from the perspective of cultural philosophy and thereby contributing to the future development of architecture.