SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Korean Buddhists Arts of the Koryŏ and Chosŏn Kingdoms

Buddha Preaching at Vulture Peak
The list of speakers is confirmed below

Date: 19 May 2011Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 19 May 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Workshop

Buddhism was introduced to the Korean peninsula in the 4th century AD, and over the next century it played a significant role in the development of arts and culture. When it comes to studies on Buddhist arts, much research has been carried out on Buddhist sculpture of the Three Kingdoms (trad. 57BC-AD668) and Unified Silla (AD 668-935) periods. It is, however, not until more recently that in-depth studies on later Buddhist paintings and sculptures have been undertaken. 

This workshop offers a unique and rare opportunity to learn about Korean Buddhist arts from the Koryŏ (AD 918-1392) and Chosŏn (AD 1392-1910) kingdoms. Recent research on this area will be presented by leading scholars in the field of Korean Buddhist arts: Youngsook Pak will discuss paradise paintings of the Koryŏ kingdom, followed by Jeong Eun-woo who will examine Koryŏ Buddhist sculptures. The last talk by Choe Gyeong-won will explore Buddhist paintings of the Chosŏn period.

The workshop will culminate with a viewing session of selected Korean Buddhist artworks in the British Museum led by the speakers and British Museum curators Sascha Priewe and Oh Seiyon.

Please note that due to limited space, places in the viewing session will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Programme / Abstracts / British Museum Visit

  • Click here to view the programme and abstracts.
  • To view the list of objects which will viewed at the British Museum please click here.


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