Perfect match between history and modern


Sun Jiao in Suwon Fortress

As a foreigner, I spent my time after working in VANK to visit some places like Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namsangol Hanok Village, North Village, Hwaseong Fortress. I like entering into the history through these old architectures. When I walk along these traditional houses, I felt Korea has a perfect match in history and modern.

In January 1962, Korean government promoted” Law on the protection of cultural property”, it has been revised many times afterwards. And it changed to better and better version. In 1998, the government in Korea applied the policy to establish a cultural nation.  Hunminjeongum, Joseonwangjosilok (The annals of the Joseon Dynasty), Seungjeongwon Ilgi, and Jikjisymcheyojeol are four  Korean  history  records  in the list as World Heritage. South Korea makes the determination of the treasures of the chronological order, with the digital sequence number.


Sun Jiao in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace

Every time I visit the tourist interests, I often get the copies of these places in Korean version, Chinese version and English version. It is convenient for me to understand the history of these places and have a nice visit. I can feel that they show respect to traditional culture. Traditional clothes being reserved and some concepts inheriting from old times are often seen in modern Korea.


Gate Guards in Gyeongbokgung Palace

In Korean social life, their relation with families, the attitude to the old and the young can all trace back to the tradition. Most important, Korean people have the strong desire to protect the historical cultural relics and remain. It can be often seen that on weekends, teachers bring students to the museum to teach them the history of Korea. This will do great help to young students to form the awareness of the importance of the protection of cultural sites.

Korean has cultural industry to express their tradition to the world, like the famous Korean Drama Dae Jang Geum, as a way to show to the world how ancient people live and give audience a nice experience.

All of the historical sites have been preserved for future generations. These buildings, stone pagodas and lanterns, and other pieces of sculpture are known as National Treasures and are numbered. Seven sites have been selected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Korean treasures included in the World Heritage List are Bulguksa Temple and nearby Seokguram Grotto; Haeinsa Temple’s Changgyongp’ango (depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks); Jongmyo Shrine; Changdeokkung Palace Complex; Hwaseong Fortress; Kochang, Hwasun and Kanghwa Dolmen Sites; and Gyeongju Historic Areas. 

Korea is a country with long history, I really hope that more and more people  in the world can know more about this country  through the reserved heritages and make the Asian culture to the world!

By Sun Jiao,
An intern from China

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