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Korean Architecture

Korean historical architecture embodies the splendor of form and symbolism in the dwellings of Korea's educated and elite. Elegant Korean palaces painted in bright and beautiful colors, robust mountain fortresses and peaceful places of learning all combined elements of the natural world with simple lines and shapes. The resulting impression was a quiet harmony that has survived through the ages to the present day.

Traditional Korean architecture including Korea's famous interior architecture. Take an online architectural tour of Korea and discover Korea's cultural traditions.

Royal Palaces of Korea – beautiful symbols of strength and service

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The home and political seat of Korea's kings, traditional palaces are magnificent examples of the beautiful aesthetics of traditional Korean culture.

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Dancheong (Korean art of painting buildings) – colors coexist to create magnificent splendor

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Rich in imagery, the ancient practice of painting unique and colorful designs on traditional Korean houses exemplifies peace and stability within an exquisite art form.

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Seowon – the sanctuary that nurtured Korean intellectuals and scholars

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The seowon is the spiritual birthplace of the Korean intellectual, and the foundation from which scholars' passion for learning and social justice grew and flourished.

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Mountain Fortress of Korea – at "one" with the mountain

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Nestled amongst Korea's ubiquitous mountains, mountain fortresses are historical reminders of the strength and stability of Korea's culture and "one-ness" with nature.

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Traditional Korean architecture including Korea's famous interior architecture. Take an online architectural tour of Korea and discover Korea's cultural traditions.