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Korea: 'Land of the Morning Calm'

To its own people Korea is best known as Chosun, often translated as "land of the morning calm". The Western name, Korea, Is derived from the Koryo dynasty which ruled

the country from 918 to 1392 (Koryo may be translated as "high and beautiful").

Although the course of Korean history has been strongly influenced by the country's location between its two mighty neighbours, China and Japan, Korean culture has retained adistinctive quality of its own and numbers many unique accomplishments in the arts, science and technology.

This issue of the Unesco Courier examines some of the more important facets of the ancient Korean cultural tradition, thus contributing to UNESCO's activities in recording, interpreting and preserving the cultures of Asia.


Find more issues and articles on Korea in the Courier.

December 1978

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