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The Korean Alphabet: An Introduction
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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)

CCB045 $13 LBX012 $20 CS134 $38
Arabesque Chrysanthemums
Cosmetic Box

Field of Chrysanthemums
Cosmetic Box

Two Deer Brass Jewelry Box
Crane and Cloud Cup Set
LBX236 $ LBX237 $23 LBX238 $23 LBX034 $11
Inlaid Sparrows in the Cherry Blossoms Lacquered Box
Inlaid Cranes Lacquered Box
Inlaid Sparrows in a Peach Tree Lacquered Box
Black Lacquered Cranes Box
OB005 $23 OB004 $23 FR007C $60 IB022B $49
Round Grey Ceramic Aroma Oil Burner
Woven Grey Ceramic Aroma Oil Burner
Happy Buddha
Peonies
Incense Burner

DS002S/M $33/$43 LM012B LBX105 $11
Medium Colored
Wedding Duck Sets
(3 sizes-1 new size)

Latticed Hexagonal
Pagoda Lamp - new style

Wild Orchid Lacquered Box
Covered Wood Chopstick set 6
DS029 $16 LA001 $22 MBX705 $129 WC055 $9
Small Traditional Duck Set
Korean Dried, Seasoned Laver
Blue Plum Blossoms Music Box
Covered Wood Chopstick set 7
DS025B $26 SC007 $38 MBX704 $129 WC053B $13
Extra-small Colored Wedding Duck Set
Flowers and Birds Folding Screen
Red Peacocks Music Box
Covered Stainless Chopstick set 1
DS028 $7 SC010 $38 MBX703 $129 WC017 $5
Summer Mandarin Wedding Duck Set
Landscape Paintings Folding Screen
Purple Cranes Music Box
Covered Wood Chopstick set 3
DS028 $7 SC009 $38 LBX057 $52 LM014 $116
Winter Mandarin Wedding Duck Set
Genre Paintings Folding Screen
Cranes Folding Box
Gi-wa (tiled Roof) House Lamp
DS026 $20 SC008 $38 LBX058 $52 LM015 $230
Bok (happiness) Wedding Duck Set
Four Gracious Plants Folding Screen
Plum Blossoms Folding Box
Four Seasons Lamp
SP004 $22 SC006 $38 LBX059 $52 LBX220B $97
Medium Beautiful Seoul Tower Souvenir Plate
Shin Yun-bok Folding Screen
Tae-guk Folding Box
Mother of Pearl Cranes
Folding Box

SP007 $29 SP006 $29 CCB027S/M/L $13/$17/$23 C002 $24
Large Beautiful Seoul Tower Souvenir Plate
Large Beauty of Korea Fan Souvenir Plate
Flying Cranes & Clouds
Cosmetic Box
(3 sizes)

Gray Iced Coffee Cup
SP003 $29 SP008 $29 BCCB004 $32 C001 $24
Medium Seoul Sightseeing Souvenir Plate
Large Beauty of Korea Souvenir Plate
Chrysanthemum Combed Bun-cheong Cosmetic Box
Wine-gray Iced Coffee Cup

(sold out)
SP001 $16 SP009 $29 BCCB003 $32 C003 $24
Small Seoul Souvenir Plate
Large Sightseeing Gyeong Ju Souvenir Plate
Chrysanthemum Ring Bun-cheong Cosmetic Box
Celadon Iced Coffee Cup
SP05 $23 SP002 $16 CCB037S/M/L $13/$17/$23 FN101 $5
Medium Beauty of Korea Pewter Souvenir Plate
Small Beauty of Korea Souvenir Plate
Five Chrysanthemums
Cosmetic Box

(3 sizes)
Plum Blossoms Bamboo Fan
CCB026S/M/L $13/$17/$23 CCB035S/M/L $13/$17/$23    
Circling Cranes & Clouds
Cosmetic Box
(3 sizes)

Three Peonies
Cosmetic Box

(3 sizes)
   

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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