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A Visual Glossary of Hindu Architecture

<b>Adisthana</b> <b></b>- the decorative raised platform on which a temple is built.<p><b>Alasa</b> <b></b><b>kanya</b> - a decorative female figure.<p><b>Amalaka</b> - a large fluted stone disc …

Dolmens of Ancient Korea

Dolmens (in Korean: <i>koindol</i>or <i>chisongmyo</i>) are simple structures made of monolithic stones erected during the late Neolithic period or Korean Bronze Age …

Ancient History

Cunda: the Beginnings of Lay Buddhism

The frail Buddha Shakyamuni, known as Gautama Buddha and the Historical Buddha, had reached the end of his physical life and long teaching career. He …

Later Three Kingdoms Period

The Later Three Kingdoms period (889-935 CE) of ancient Korea saw a partial revival of the old three kingdoms which had dominated the peninsula from …

Ancient Korean Chinese Relations

Contact between Korea and China goes back to mythology and prehistory. Trade developed from the Bronze and Iron Ages with raw materials and …

Silla Pottery

The pottery of ancient Korea stretches back to prehistory when simple brown wares were made and decorated with geometrical incisions and ends with …

Ancient Korean Japanese Relations

Ancient East Asia was dominated by the three states known today as China, Japan, and Korea. These kingdoms traded raw materials and high-quality …

Jang Bogo

Jang Bogo (aka Chang Pogo or Gungbok) was a powerful Korean warlord, naval commander, and merchant who came to monopolise maritime trade in northeast …

Ancient Pyongyang

Pyongyang was the capital of several successive ancient Korean kingdoms. Located on the Daedong (Taedong) River in the north of the peninsula, the …

Gyeongju

Gyeongju (Kyongju), formerly known as Sorabol or Saro, was the capital of the Silla kingdom of ancient Korea from the 1st century BCE to the 10th …

Hwarang

The <i>hwarang</i> was a state-sponsored organisation for the education of elite young males in the ancient kingdom of Silla, Korea. Variously translated as …

Buddhist Illuminated Scripts of Ancient Korea

The Goryeo (Koryo) kingdom ruled ancient Korea from 918 CE to 1392 CE, and it oversaw a flourishing of the arts, literature, and architecture. One of …

Ancient Korean Sculpture

The sculpture of ancient Korea was dominated by Buddhist themes such as figurines and monumental statues of the Buddha and his followers, and large …

Zen Buddhism in Ancient Korea

Buddhism was introduced from China to ancient Korea in the 4th century BCE and adopted as the official state religion by the Kingdoms of Baekje, …

Buddhism in Ancient Korea

Buddhism, in Korean <i>Pulgyo</i>, was introduced by monks who visited and studied in China and then brought back various Buddhist sects during the Three …

Brahmi Script

The Brahmi script is the earliest writing system developed in India after the Indus script. It is one of the most influential writing systems; all …

Famous Buddhist Monks of Ancient Korea

Throughout ancient Korea's history Buddhist monks were a particularly important element of state and religious affairs. From the 4th century CE …

15 Complete Hyangga Songs from Ancient Korea

<i>Hyangga</i> was a form poetical 'country song,' distinct from contemporary Chinese songs, which were written in the Silla and Goryeo kingdoms of ancient …

Confucianism in Ancient Korea

Principles of Confucianism were adopted by successive dynasties and kingdoms in ancient Korea, and the study of classic Confucian texts was an …

Shamanism in Ancient Korea

Shamanism was widely practised in Korea from prehistoric times right up to the modern era. It is a belief system which originated in north-east Asian …

Paranormal

Taejo of Goryeo

Taejo (r. 918-943 CE), previously known as Wang Geon or Wang Kon, was the founder and first king of the Goryeo (Koryo) kingdom which unified and …

Samguk Sagi

The <i>Samguk</i> <i>sagi</i>('History of the Three Kingdoms' or 'Historical Records of the Three States') is a 12th-century CE text written by Kim Pusik which is …

The Tombs of Goguryeo

Goguryeo (Koguryo) ruled northern Korea during the Three Kingdoms period from the 1st century BCE to 7th century CE, and the best evidence of the …

Kim Yushin

Kim Yushin (aka Kim Yu-sin, 595-673 CE) was a general of the Silla kingdom which ruled south-eastern Korea during the Three Kingdoms Period. Kim …

Cheonmachong

Cheonmachong is a 5-6th-century CE royal tomb of the ancient Silla kingdom of Korea located at the Daereungwon Tomb Complex in Gyeongju. It is …

Hyangga

<i>Hyangga</i> was a form poetical 'country song,' distinct from contemporary Chinese songs, which were written in the Silla and Goryeo kingdoms of ancient …

Religion

Choe Chiwon

Choe Chiwon (857-915 CE) was a celebrated poet and scholar of the Unified Silla kingdom which ruled Korea from 668 to 935 CE. Choe Chiwon adopted the …

Poetry

Samguk Yusa

The <i>Samguk yusa</i> ('Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms') is a 13th-century CE text which covers the history and legends of Korea's founding right up to …

Ancient History

Korean Pottery

The pottery of ancient Korea stretches back to prehistory when simple brown wares were made and decorated with geometrical incisions. Potters would …

Fruit