Explore the library

See also:

Japan and Korea subject guide

SOAS Databases

General Resources

  • Korean Artist Project
    Supported by the Korean Art Museum Association, the website provides excellent directory of contemporary artists, their profile and artworks. The site also offers virtual exhibitions and news in Korean Art scene. text in English.
  • Akive: Korean Contemporary Arts Archive
    Akive is a non-profit on line archiving project to establish an extensive digital archive of Korean contemporary art. The site offers the list of Korean contemporary artists and their biography with images of their artworks.
  • Korean Art - KoreanStudies
    This is a very comprehensive internet gateway offering useful information on Korean Studies. The Art section has useful links to organisations, blogs and museum and galleries. The site also provide access to major libraries’ catalogues and Korean studies programs in the world.
  • Art & discourse (미술과 담론)
    This is an online journal published by art critics since 1996. The site provides access to full text, forum and useful links.
  • Koreana
    This is a quarterly magazine on Korean culture & Arts, published by the Korea Foundation. The site provides free access to the magazine including back issues. Texts are available in various languages.
  • Seoul Art Fiend
    This personal blog provides comprehensive monthly listings for the exhibitions in Seoul and reviews of the exhibitions (in English).
  • UNESCO & Heritages in Korea
    Korean UNESCO site offers the list of world Heritages and intangible Cultural Heritage in Korea including Haeinsa, the home of the Tripitaka Koreana and Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple.
  • Mansudae Art Studio Gallery
    The Official Web-Site Abroad of the Mansudae Art Studio

Museums

  • National Museum of Korea
    Users can search the entire collection; Details, photos and a brief description are available for each piece.
  • e-Museum: Korean national heritage online
    Hosted by National Museum of Korea, the museum portal site provides good information about Archaeology sites, and museums of Korea. Users can explore collection Highlight and special Exhibitions via Video Gallery.
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
    The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea has collection from early to mid 20th century contemporary art. Artworks by leading Korean artists like Ko Hui-Dong, Ku Pon-ung, Park Soo-Keun, Lee Chong-woo, Kim Whan-Ki, and Paik, Nam-june can be found on website.
  • Ho-Am Art Museum, Korea
    Opened in 1988, this private museum was founded by Lee Byung-chul, the founder of the Samsung Group. The Museum houses over 20,000 pieces of Korean artwork from the prehistoric time to the present.
  • Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
    One of the fine galleries holds artworks of Korean and international contemporary artists
  • Horim Museum
    This private museum houses the greatest collection of Ceramics in Korea.  The website provides pictures and description of artefacts.

Digitised collection

Kisa chin p'yori chinch'an ŭigwe 己巳進表裏進饌儀軌
Korean royal manuscript digitised by the British Library. The manuscript is entitled Records of the ritual presentation and banquet in the kisa year (Kisa chinp'yori chinch'an ŭigwe' 己巳進表裏進饌儀軌) produced in 1809.