The Bangudae Petroglyphs in Ulsan


Jeon Hotae, Rhee Hawoo, Park Younghee


History & Society



Publication Date

April, 2019


17 ⅹ 24㎝ (soft cover)


18,000 KRW






『The Bangudae Petroglyphs in Ulsan』is the second volume of Petroglyphs of Korea published in 2014 and the fourth published by the Institute which is part of the Korean petroglyph analysis report series. Ulsan Bangudae Petroglyphs, National Treasure No. 285, Bangudae Petroglyphs is an archaeological site located on the perpendicular rock surfaces at Ulsan Metropolitan City in Korea.

Ulsan Daegok-ri Bangudae Petroglyphs takes an important place in the prehistoric world art history as one of the often-cited sites when discussing the prehistoric art trends. Bangudae Petroglyphs preserve the people’s views on the world, nature and life in the prehistoric hunting and gathering society. Bangudae Petroglyphs show a variety of animals other than whales, deer and tigers. The additional research findings and the increased understanding of the prehistoric ecosystem and environment of the Ulsan area may help identify the previously unidentified species of the petroglyphs.


Location and Environment of the Archaeological Site
1. Environment and Geography
2. Archaeology and History

Categories of Motifs in Bangudae Petroglyphs
1. Surface I —. Main Rock Surface
1) Humans (anthromorphes)
2) Animals (zoomorsphes)
3) Tools
4) Unidentified
2. Surface Ⅱ
3. Surface Ⅲ
4. Surface Ⅳ
5. Classification of Images



Jeon Hotae
Dr. Jeon Hotae is a historian specialized in ancient history of Korea. He received his Ph.D. from Seoul National University and is currently a professor at its Department of History and Culture. He is also a director of the Bangudae Petroglyphs Institute, University of Ulsan. He has published numerous books and articles on Koguryeo mural paintings as well as ancient Chinese art and culture. He has organized many exhibitions on Koguryeo tomb paintings both inside and outside of Korea.

Rhee Hawoo
Dr. Rhee Hawoo is a research professor at the Bangudae Institute, University of Ulsan. He received his Ph.D. from Gyeongju University. His research focuses on the ritual meaning of Korean petroglyphs. He also has contributed to the field by discovering a number of petroglyphs sites. Dr. Rhee actively publishes books and articles on Korean and East Asian petroglyphs.

Park Younghee
Dr. Park Younghee is a prehistorian and formerly professor at Dongseo University. She graduated Ewha University (B.A. and M.A. in history) and received a Ph.D. from Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, in France. She served as a curator at Dankook University Museum and also had taught at Ewha University and Yeonsei University.