8 May, 2017

Speaker: Dr Vidya Schalk

For over 500 years (1392-1910) the epic Joseon Dynasty ruled over a united Korean Peninsula and left behind a lasting legacy that shaped and continues to influence society even today. Modern-day Korean dramas pale in comparison to the actual political intrigues that took place during this dynastic rule. Neo-Confucianism became the state ideology and rituals and ceremonies were of great importance. The cultural landscape was not only influenced by the king and his court, but also by local artists, artisans and common people.
Today’s lecture will focus on the background and details of this intriguing dynasty and its cultural legacy, providing insights for visitors so as to better appreciate the special exhibition currently at the Asian Civilisations Museum: Joseon Korea - Court Treasures and City Life.