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[2024 SEMU-YÉOL LECTURE] April 25

12 Apr 2024
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Stroll Through 600 Years of Korea's History and Architecture - A World Heritage Site : Changdeokgung and its Rear Garden

Changdeokgung Aeryeonji Pond (Photo: CHO In-Souk) - Water, Pavilion and Hanok

Lecturer: CHO In-Souk, PhD
Architect, Principal / DaaRee Architects and Associates

This lecture is a short introduction of “A World Heritage Site: Changdeokgung and its rear garden - A Stroll through 600 Years of Korea’s History and Architecture with pictures of it.”

In addition to the title above, “Water, pavilion and Hanok - the rear garden of Changdeokgung Palace -”; “19th Century Joseon palace residence and Hanok - Residential Hanok in the East Palace -” were the alternative titles that has been carried out through the walky-talky lectures quite for a long time. In this lecture, selected and focused topics will be dealt with and the Q & A session will be followed. Specially World Heritage vs Korean Heritage; spatial organization of the palace; the rear garden of the palace; 19th century palace Hanok - Yeongyeongdang and Nakseonjae-will be highlighted.

The Changdeokgung complex was started to construct in the early 15th century. The principles of Neo-Confucianism, the ruling order of the Joseon Dynasty, are well realized in its architecture, in harmony with the natural topography and features of the site. As the keeper of six hundred years of Korean history, Changdeokgung remains one of the most beloved heritage sites of the Korean people today.

The Changdeokgung complex has been inscribed in the World Heritage List* in 1997 as “an outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design, exceptional for the way in which the buildings are integrated into and harmonized with natural setting, adapting to the topography and retaining indigenous tree cover.” [Aug.7, 2011.Translator.]

The followings are overview of the key aspects on the spatial organization and some of its symbolic significance:

1) The Palace Buildings: Nature as the Architectural Background;

2) The Symbolic (Sequencing), the Practical (Connecting), and the Physical (Breathing) Layout of the Spaces;

3) The Rear Garden: Minimal Architectural Intervention.

*World Heritage List (as of 2023):

1199 Properties, 48 Transboundary, 168 State Parties with properties out of 195

Republic of Korea: 16 Properties (14 Cultural sites and 2 Natural sites)

Architect, CHO In-Souk is an Expert member and current Co-president of ICOMOS International Wood Committee. She served three terms as a Vice-president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage. She used to be an International Co-director of the UIA Work Program for Heritage and Cultural Identity (2014-2021). She is the Principal and Architect to DaaRee Architects and Associates, Seoul Korea. She is also an APEC Architect, a Commissioner for the Cultural Heritage Repair Technology Committee of Korea (2021- 2024), and she has also taught Architectural History, Design, Design studio, Hanok and traditional culture. She was awarded one of the Ten UIA Women in Architecture (2021), and received the Prime Minister’s Citation Medal for Devoting Architect on Architecture Day 2014 Korea. She has been assigned to work as an expert and advising architect for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2005-2006) and the Afrasiab Museum of Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2023).

Education Room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History
55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Date and Time
April 25, 2024 (Thu)
10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M

No Admission Fee.


Tel: 010.2492.6851 (Text Only) 

YEOL Korean Heritage Preservation Society Website

(*first come, first serve: 30 people)