Korean hand-made paper – Hanji

Hanji (한지) literally means “Korean paper”.  It is hand-made paper made from the inner bark of paper mulberry (which is also known as dak tree in Korea). When the Mugujeonggwang Daedaranigyeong (literally “Great Dharani Sutra of Immaculate and Pure Light”) hidden in a casket in the Bulguksa Temple for nearly 1,200 years was discovered, the hanji on which it was printed remained perfectly intact. Medicine made from the ashes of burnt hanji are said to be used as medicine to help stop bleeding.  In this blog post, let’s talk about this wonderful paper, hanji, which has a history of over 1,000 years. Continue reading

Eco-friendly architecture – Hanok (Korean traditional houses)

If you have watched the historical Korean TV dramas, you definitely have seen the traditional houses lived by the Koreans at that time.  These traditional houses are called “hanok” (한옥) and some which are over 500 years old still remain today.  You can look at some photos of different parts of a boutique hanok hotel, Rakkojae (락고재), to get an idea of how a hanok looks like.  Hanok is indeed a kind of living antique in South Korea. Let’s talk about hanok in this blog post. Continue reading