When we explore the cultural heritage of a particular region, we not only gain its knowledge but are further guided to broader questions as well. For example, we are likely to continue questioning “How are the characteristics of Korean Changdeokgung Palace similar or different from other palaces in near East Asian countries such China and Japan?” or “What are the unique features of Korean Changdeokgung palace that makes it different from palaces in Western countries?” Thus, I consider that every question can help us to have a more profound and broaden view toward the world and feel the special value in the history of humankind. I expect that such trials ultimately become the passage to every person in the world, not just limited to the studies of certain eras or regions.
Yeong Hoon Kim
Professor of Department of Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies and the Director of the Research Institute of Korean Culture at Ewha Womans University. He is a cultural anthropologist. He received his degrees from Yonsei University (B.A.), Indiana University (M.A.) and University of Southern California (Ph.D.).
Jongmyo Shrine 9
Changdeokgung Palace 31
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress 53
Tripitaka Koreana and Janggyeong Panjeon
in Haeinsa Temple 73
Gochang, Hwasun, Ganghwa Dolmen Sites 89
Historic Areas of Gyeongju 103
Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram Grotto 121
Annals of the Joseon Dynasty 143
Glossary of Romanization 166