This four-volume English series is primarily a compilation of the articlesfrom previous issues of Koreana, a quarterly magazine on Korea’s culture and arts publishedby the Korea Foundation.
Though Korea has often been thought of as little more than acultural bridge of China andJapan, Korea boasts a rich and varied history of art. As works of artsinevitably retain something ofthe social and cultural background in which they are created, Fine Arts,introduced here by experts indetail, proves the beauty and originality of Korea’s fine arts.
Thought and Religion describes how Buddhism, Confucianism, villagerites, shamanism, andmodern religion have contributed to the spiritual outlook of the Korean people,along with explainingthe origins of various Korean religions.
Korea’s performing arts have yet to be widely exposed to Westernaudiences. Performing Artsprovides an overview of Korea’s traditional and contemporary performing arts, inregard to its culturalroots, development, and manifestations in modern society
Based on a belief that the entire country was an extension of thefamily, respect for one’sparents and the nation was a fundamental principle of everyday Korean life. Thiscan be seen in therites of passage, architecture, clothing, and food and drink, as presented inTraditional Lifestyles