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Joseon’s Royal Heritage: 500 Years of Splendor

Joseon’s Royal Heritage: 500 Years of Splendor
  • Author : Robert Koehler
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : Dec. 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 7.08 * 5.39 * 0.42
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN : 978-89-91913-87-5


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  • Contents


    Introduction 6


    Chapter 1

    Gyeongbokgung: The First Palace 10

    Foundation of the Joseon Dynasty | Significance of Gyeongbokgung

    Trials of Gyeongbokgung | Enduring Symbol of Joseon


    Chapter 2

    A Tour of Gyeongbokgung 24

    The Outer Palace | The Inner Palace and the Rear Gardens


    Chapter 3

    The Other Four Palaces 38

    Changdeokgung | Changgyeonggung | Deoksugung | Gyeonghuigung


    Chapter 4

    Royal Tombs: enduring Splendor of Joseon 56

    Ideal Setting | Layout of Royal Tombs | Daehan Empire Tombs

    Chapter 5

    Royal Funeral Processions 72

    National Undertaking | Selection of a Tomb Site and Burial Practices

    Grand Funeral Procession | Political Transition


    Chapter 6

    Representative Joseon Tombs 80

    Seonjeongneung | Taereung | Donggureung Tomb Complex

    Gwangneung | Yeongneung


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    The Joseon dynasty ruled Korea for over half a millennium, bequeathing to Korea a considerable

    cultural heritage. This book will examine three of the better-known areas of Joseon cultural heritage: royal palaces, royal tombs, and the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty. Standing in the heart of Seoul, the five royal palaces are more than just buildings; they are architectural expressions of Joseon society and its ruling philosophy. The royal tombs—forty final resting places of Joseon kings and queens—are unique in their completeness. Finally, the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty are unequalled in their richness as a source of historical and cultural information about Korean history. Each of these treasures, deeply imbued with Joseon’s Confucian culture, reveals unique aspects about the kingdom and its legacy.

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