A Closer Look at Korean Banknotes

 

When you travel to South Korea, one of the items that accompanies you all the time is the Korean banknotes.  Although it is such a must-have item, many people do not take a closer look at the pictures on these banknotes and understand the stories behind them, and in the past I was one of them.  However, after I had got more information on the portraits and pictures printed on these banknotes, I could really appreciate the importance of the Confucian culture in the Korean society. In this blog post, let’s talk about the stories behind these banknotes. Continue reading

Let’s enjoy Korean traditional paintings!

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The Korean TV drama “Saimdang: Light’s Diary” (사임당, 빛의 일기) currently being aired is about the life of Shin Saimdang (1504-1551), a famous female poet and artist of the Joseon period.  In the drama, you can often see Korean traditional paintings during the Joseon period.  I really like the Korean traditional paintings – they’re simple but elegant.  When I visited the National Museum of Korea, I also bought file folders with the Korean traditional paintings (as shown in the photos above).  In this post, let’s have a brief overview of the Korean traditional paintings – for the purpose of this post, it means Korean paintings up to and including the Joseon period. Continue reading