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The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction
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New items for 2017

   
HO101 $18 HO102 $32 HO103 $68 HO109C/B/P $23/$14/$18
Felt Owl
Felt Tree
Felt Mobile
Felt Rabbits
HO104 $50 HO105 $32 HO106 $41 HO107 $41
Felt Drawer
Felt Zebra
Framed Zebra
Framed White Owl
HO108 $41 LA001 $22 CCB048 $15
Framed Black Owl
Korean Dried, Seasoned Laver
Field of Chrysanthemums
Cosmetic Box

Peonies and Lunettes Cosmetic Box
PS201 $128, PS202T $98 PS201 $128, PS202T $98 PS203 $96, PS204T $50 PS204 $96, PS204T $50
Korean Teapot Serving Tray Set
Korean Teapot Serving Tray Set
Western Teapot Serving Tile Set
Korean Teapot Serving Tile Set
TI013 $50 GR001 $45 GCP001 $33
Korean Red Ginseng Tea Bags
Honey Sliced Korean Red Ginseng
Korean Ginseng Antler Extract Capsules
Korean Red Panaxgold Ginseng Capsules
GB001 $16 GC001 $15 GC002 $6 GJ001 $7
Korean Red Ginseng Choco Crunch Bars
Koryo Red Ginseng Candy (large bag)
Koryo Red Ginseng Candy (small bag)
Korean Red Ginseng Jellies
Won-ang Fortune Wraps
Brass Dragon Bell
(3 sizes)

Black Dragon Bell
(3 sizes)

Snow Globes
(6 styles)

FS003H/B $16/$16
Floral Silk Handbag & Billfold
(red)

Tri-fold and Bi-fold Wallets
(10 styles)

Brass Dragon Bell

Replica of the bells found in Buddhist temples throughout Korea during the Koryo Dynasty, and today, hung on an armature in the shape of a dragon. Bells of this type were originally cast during the three kingdoms period but were used more extensively during the Shilla Dynasty (57 - 935AD). Oxidized brass finish. It is available in three sizes.

MFR021S
MFR021M*
MFR021L

*Shown

(H)6"" (150mm)
(H)8.6" (220mm)
(H)11.4" (290mm
Price: $58.00
Price: $117.00
Price: $160.00



Black Dragon Bell

Replica of the bells found in Buddhist temples throughout Korea during the Koryo Dynasty, and today, hung on an armature in the shape of a dragon. Bells of this type were originally cast during the three kingdoms period but were used more extensively during the Shilla Dynasty (57 - 935AD). Black finish. It is available in three sizes.

MFR022S
MFR022M*
MFR022L

*Shown

(H)6"" (150mm)
(H)8.6" (220mm)
(H)11.4" (290mm
Price: $58.00
Price: $117.00
Price: $160.00



Sungnyemun Snow Globe

Style: GL001

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

Nongak BuchaeChum Snow Globe

Style: GL002

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

Seoul Snow Globe

Style: GL003

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

Jeju Snow Globe

Style: GL004

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

Bride and Groom Snow Globe

Style: GL005

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

King and Queen Snow Globe

Style: GL006

Size: (H)3.6" x 2.9" (90 x 75mm)

Price: $33.00

   

 

Our articles about the art of Korea are now available as an eBook for your PDA!

    Download our free eBook about the art of Korea! It contains all the article above in the handy eBook format for viewing on your PDA. Click the link below to download it now. After you download it, move it to your PDA and it will be added to your Microsoft Reader Library.

eBook - 'About the Art of Korea'

The Korean Alphabet:
An Introduction

History and Form
Syllable Positions
Korean Alphabet Chart
Handy Word and Phrase List
Grammar Notes

 

History and Form

    The Korean alphabet (called "Hangul" in Korean) was developed by a team of scholars under King Se-jong (1397-1450) of the Yi Dynasty and is the most recently invented and most scientifically designed alphabet in the world. "Hangul" has only 21 vowel/vowel combinations and 19 consonants, 5 of which are the same symbol repeated twice and 5 of them are simply a consonant with the addition of an accent mark. That makes a total of only 30 basic character shapes to be learned.

    Due to western influence "Hangul" is often written from left to right and top to bottom like English, but can also be written from top to bottom and right to left like Chinese.

    Each letter of the alphabet is a simple shape that represents a sound, (some characters change sounds or just have a harder sound depending on their location in the syllable). Example: The Korean letter "ㄱ" sounds like a G in the initial position in a syllable and like a K in the final position in a syllable as we can see in the word " Guk,"

Here the letter "" sounds like G because it is in the initial position in the syllable.
Between the two consonants is the vowel ""; it is represented by a U and sounds like the oo in Pool.
And the "" here in the final position sounds like a K.

"Guk" is the Korean word for country. (The sound changes are recorded on the last page and are easy to follow).

    Each word in Korean is broken down into syllables which are composed of 2 to 4 characters; every syllable starts with a consonant and has a vowel in it. For example: The word for Korea in Korean is  "한국 Han guk"; here is a breakdown of the letters and syllables for the word "Han guk"

    Syllable #1.

Consonant; "" sounds like the letter H as in hotel.
Vowel; "" sounds like the letter A as in father.
And the "" here in the final position sounds like an N.

    Syllable #2.

Consonant; "" sounds like the letter G in the initial position.
Vowel; "" is represented by the letter U and sounds like oo as in pool.
Consonant; "" same as the first letter but sounds like a K because it is in the final position in the syllable.

    Read more...

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