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Shamanism, Buddhism, and Confucian philosophy constitute the most important elements of modern Korean culture. Modern literature, particularly poetry, commonly deals with social and political issues. With greater international exposure, modern Korean painting has developed surrealistic and abstract expressionistic styles, while traditional painting has also remained important. Korean architecture shows Chinese influence but is adapted to local needs and environment, utilizing wood and stone. Ceramic arts have flourished, and every province continues to produce its distinctive ceramic wares. Calligraphy is also a respected and flourishing art. Folk dances survive, and folk music, accompanied by native musical instruments, is performed occasionally at ceremonies and festive occasions. (Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica) [Living in Korea]

Traditional Korean houses remained relatively unchanged from the Three Kingdoms period (57B.C.-A.D.668) to the late Choson Dynasty (1392-1910). The houses developed various aspects to be suitable for the differing climates of the cold north and the warmer south. The under-floor heating system, or ondol first used in the north channeled smoke and heat through flues under the floor, was used in traditional houses along with wooden floors from the warmer south, producing a unique houses seen in no other country in the world. [Lifestyle]

The major materials of traditional style houses are earth and wood. The earth insulates the inside from outside heat of cold. Black-grooved tiles for the roof are made of earth, usually red clay. Also, the construction of the Korean house did not use nails but was assembled with wooden pegs.

Simple traditional houses with a rectangular floor and a kitchen and a room on either side developed into an L-shaped and then a U-shaped or square shaped house with a courtyard at the center.

Upper class houses consisted of a number of separated structures, one to accommodate women and children, one for the men of the family and their guests, called the "sarangch'ae," and one for servants, all enclosed within a wall. A family ancestral shrine was built behind the house. A lotus pond was sometimes created in front of the house outside the wall. (Facts about Korea, 1995, Korean overseas Information Service).

Korea Insights introduces Korean culture and arts. It introduces Korean Hisroric Relics, Koreans, Thought & Religion, Life Style, Performing Arts, Sports, on the internet web site. [Subyokch'kgi], [T'aek'kyon], [Ssirim], [T'aewondo]

Life style consists of clothing, food, housing, rites of passage, almanac, markets, and traditional holidays. Clothing deals with Women's Costumes, Men's Clothing, Textiles & Dyeing, and Ritual Attire Etc. Food deals with Seven-chop Table Setting, Rice Cakes & Korean Cookies, Traditinal Table Settings, Seasonings & Sauces, Special Foods,, and Drink. Housing deals with Commoner Housing, Buddhist Architecture, and Palace Architecture. Rites of Passage deals with Rituals of Birth, Coming-of-Age Rituals, Marriage Rituals, Sixtieth Birthday, Funeral Rituals, and Ancestral Rituals, Cherye. Almanac deals with Ipch'un, U-Su, Kyongch'ip, Ch'unbun, Ch'ongmyong, Kog-U, Ip-Ha, Soman, Mangjong, Haji, Soso, Taeso, Ipch'u, Ch'oso, Paengno, Ch'ubun, allo,, Sanggang, Iptong, Sosol, Taesol, Tongji, and Sohan, Taehan. Markets deals with Specialized Markets, Tradidional Markets, and Native Products & Special Items. Traditional Holidays deals with Sol-Nal, Taeborum, The First day of the 2nd Mpnth, Hanshik, The Buddha's Birthday, Tano, Yudu. Ch'ilsok, Paekchung, Ch'usok, Chunggu, and Tongji.

Performing arts consists of traditional Song, instrumental music, traditional music, dance, and madangguk. Traditional Song deals with Working Songs, Ritual Songs, and Songs for Pure Entertainment. Instrumental Music deals with Wind Instruments, String Instruments, and Percussion Instruments. Traditional Music deals with Ritual Music, Ka-ak, and Folk Music. Dance deals with Salp'uri, The Monk's Dance, Masked Dance, and Shamanic Dances. Madangguk deals with Mask Dance-Drama.

Sports deals with Subyoch'igi, Taek'kyon, Ssirum, and T'aekwondo.

Hisroric Relics deals with cultural Heritage, tour by era, and cultural tour. Cultural Heritage deals with Sokkuram, Chongmyo, Tripltaka Koreana, Suwon Castle, Ch'angdok Palace, and Kyongju's Namsan. Tour by Era deals with Early Artfacts, The Three Kingdom Period, Koryo Period, Choson Period, Buddhist Sculpture, Ceramics, and Other Handicrafts.

Thought & Religion deals with 3 in Korea, sonbi and religion. 3 in Korea deals with March 3, Han'gul, Three-part Norigae, Tricolored Vegetables, Samsonghyol,, Bronze Vessel, and Rock-cut Buddha Triad. Sonbi deals with The Scholar's Study, The Scholar's Four Friends, Sosu Sowon, Tosan Sowon, Tasan Ch'odang, Chongju Hyanggyo, , Songgyun'gwan, and YiHwang. Religion deals with Folk Belief, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Portestancism, and Indigenous Religions.

Koreans consists of National Living Treasure, Artists, Masters, and Today's Koreans. National Living Treasure deals with Performers and Craftsmen.

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