SK in SK: A History of South Korea

I had read Everlasting Flower: A History of Korea before I ever went to East Asia, but my travels around South Korea definitely deepened and solidified my knowledge and understanding of Korean history. These are the S.K. in S.K. posts arranged in an order to serve as a chronological history of South Korea, going from prehistoric times to the present. I’d like to think that reading these posts, in this order, offers a decent introduction to South Korean history.

A Natural History
The Caverns of Hwanseongul
Hallasan Part 1: Ascent via the Seongpanak Trail
Hallasan Part 2: Descent via the Gwaneum-sa Trail
Manjanggul, the Lava Tube Cave, and Gimyeong Maze Park
Sunrise at Castle Mountain Sunrise Peak
The Caves of Sobaeksan

A Legendary Prehistory
Guardian of the Han River: Ganghwa Island
Seoraksan National Park: Ulsan Bawi
Jeju Stone Park
The Famous Waterfalls of Seogwipo & Jungmun
The Ancient Shrine on Taebaeksan

The Three Kingdoms
The Remains of the Original Ancient Baekje Capital ‘Hanseong’
Gyeongju: The City of Ancient Royal Tombs
The Tomb of King Muryeong in Gongju: the Most Important Ancient Tomb in South Korea
The Treasures of King Muryeong at the Gongju National Museum
Gongsanseong: the Fortress in Gongju
Ancient Silla Heritage in Downtown Gyeongju
Learning about Baekje at the Buyeo National Museum
Archaeological Ruins of Baekje in Buyeo
Busosanseong: Where the Baekje Kingdom Fell

United Silla
Gyeongju: Bulguksa and the Most Impressive Buddha Statue I Have Ever Seen
Namsan: A Hike Through Ancient Silla
Namsan: Hermitage of the Seven Buddhas
A Final Visit to Namsan and Farewell Gyeongju!

Goryeo Dynasty
The Ancient Ruins of Mireuksa
The National Museum of Korea
Cheongju: City of the Jikji

Early Joseon Dynasty (1392-1592)
Haeinsa: House of the Triptaka Koreana
Gyeonggijeon: The House of the Official Portrait of King Taejo
Jongmyo, the Ancestral Shrine of the Joseon Kings
Beauty and Tradition: Hahoe Folk Village
Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori: A Traditional Masked Drama
Seolleung & Jeongneung, Two Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty
Gangneung: a Joseon Villa, a Gramophone Museum, and a Tofu Village

Middle Joseon Dynasty (1593-1723)
Changgyeonggung, the Quiet Grand Palace, Part 1
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 1
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 2: Trees
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 3: Indoor Spaces
Beomeosa: My First Buddhist Temple in South Korea
Beopjusa, Keeper of Ancient Buddhist Art
Jirisan National Park: Buril Waterfall
Jirisan National Park: Ssangyesa, Temple of the Twin Streams
Daegu, the Medical Metropolis
Nagan Castle Folk Village, Part 1: The Village which Charmed Me
Nagan Castle Folk Village, Part 2: An Open-Air Museum of Joseon-era Life
Photos of a Mystery Place in Seoul
Huwon: The Secret Garden of Changdeokgung
Seongeup Folk Village
Bukhansan, the Roof of Seoul
Bukchon Hanok Village
Overnighting in a Hanok at Doo Guesthouse
Namsangol: A Preserved Slice of Seoul’s Joseon Heritage
A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan
Geumjeong-seongsan: My First Fortress in South Korea

Late Joseon Dynasty (1724-1863)
Theatrical Performance in Seoul: Miso ‘Baebijang-jeon’
Changgyeonggung, the Quiet Grand Palace, Part 2
Hwaseong Fortress: Haenggung, the Palace of King Jeongjo
Hwaseong Fortress: the High Point of the Wall at Paldalsan
Hwaseong Fortress: the West Gate, and the Really Big North Gate
Hwaseong Fortress: The North Floodgate and the Pretty Pavilion
Hwaseong Fortress: Archery and Beacons
Hwaseong Fortress: Completing the Circuit
Coastal Folk Heritage at Haesindang
A Joseon-era Neighborhood in the City: Jeonju’s Hanok Maeul
Pansori Performance at Jeonju’s Sori Festival
Changdeokgung, the Last Palace I Visited in South Korea, Part 4: Nakseonjae

The Reign of King & Emperor Gojong (1863-1910)
Temple by the Horse’s Ears, Temple of a Dedicated Stone-Piler
Gyeongbokgung, the Largest Palace in Seoul
Ehwa Womans University
Deoksugung: A Palace at Night
Seoul Museum of History

Annexed by Japan (1910-1945)
From Shimonoseki to Busan
Downtown Incheon
A Final Morning in South Korea: Seodaemun Prison
Guinsa, the Sanctuary in Sobaeksan
Jeju Museum of War History Peace at Gama Oreum

Independence & June 25th War (a.k.a. the Korean War)
April 3rd Peace Park in Jeju
War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 1
War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 2
Goseong, Sokcho, and Gangwon Province’s North Korea Connection
The UN Cemetary in Busan
The Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom Part 1: Where South Korea Talks with North Korea
The Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom Part 2: The Axe Murder and Bridge of No Return

After the War (1953-1990)
Jogyesa: A Buddhist Temple in the Heart of Seoul
Jirisan National Park: To Seseok Shelter via Jeseokbong, Jangteomok Shelter, & Chotdaebong
Gamsan Village and the Museum of Sex & Health
A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul
Seoul’s Namsan and N Seoul Tower
The ‘Folk Village’ and Hanoks of Gyeongju (plus economy and food)
The Third Tunnel in the DMZ
Chungju Lake
The Taebaek Coal Museum
The May 18th National Cemetery in Gwangju
Yeomiji Botanical Garden in Jungmun

The Internationalization of South Korea (1991-present)
The North Korean Submarine at Jeongdongjin
A Documentary about Jeju Shamanism at the Jeju Women’s Film Festival
Dragon Hill Spa, Part 1
Dragon Hill Spa, Part 2
Dongdaemun Plaza
Spaland in the World’s Biggest Department Store
Genius Loci: Japanese Architect Meets Jeju Island
Itaewon: The Neighborhood Where All of the Foreigners in Seoul Are
Heyri: The Art Village near the DMZ
The Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheongyecheon
Walking Along the Han River
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 1)
The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art: The Last Art Gallery I Visited in South Korea (Part 2)
Dorasan: The Train Station without Trains, and a Peek into North Korea
Jump: Another Super-Popular Nonverbal Show
The Andong Mask Dance Festival
Busan: Books, Beach, and Basement Cinema
Festivities, Museums, and Art in Gwangju


About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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One Response to SK in SK: A History of South Korea

  1. ctaskin20 says:

    Reblogged this on CENGIZ TASKIN'S PAGE (ALL WELCOME) and commented:
    Thanks for improving our knowledge! 🇰🇷


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