Webinar: Ancient Korean Architecture in Context (National Museum of Asian Art)

Date of event:   26/07/2022 − 26/07/2022

Title: Ancient Korean Architecture in Context
Format: Online, webinar
Date: 26 July 2022
Time: 8:30 am-10:30 am EST
Organized by: National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Please join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 8:30 am-10:30 am EST for the online program, Ancient Korean Architecture in Context. This webinar, inspired by the current exhibition Once Upon a Roof: Vanished Korean Architecture, examines recent research findings on ancient Korean architecture and ceramic roof tiles created more than one thousand years ago during the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla kingdoms. Although no buildings from these periods survive, archaeological surveys reveal the advent of distinct regional styles on the peninsula that contributed to the complex cultural exchanges taking place in East Asia from the fifth through the ninth centuries. The four featured scholars from Korea and the United States will place Korea’s earliest wooden architectural traditions in a broader East Asian context. Special emphasis is placed on roof tiles— the subject of the current exhibition—and two speakers will address the original design and fabrication of a special type of ornamented roof tile, called chimi in Korean, that crowned both ends of the main roof ridge of prominent buildings. Using examples excavated at important historical sites, specialists will address their discovery and reconstruction.

Speakers include:

  • Nancy S. Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Lee Byongho, Gongju National University of Education, Gongju
  • Jeong Hyun, National Museum of Korea, Seoul
  • Hwang Hyun Sung, National Museum of Korea, Seoul

For more information, please visit the website here. You can register for the webinar here.


Image: View of stone pillar bases of the West Image Hall, Mireuksa temple site. Korea, Japanese Occupation period, 1917. Original image dry plate photograph. National Museum of Korea, pan 23141