Posted by: rbbadger | April 18, 2009

Calligraphy

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Calligraphy has long been one of the most highly prized art forms in Asia.  It was something that you just had to master if you were going to be taken seriously as a person of learning.  On the halls of Buddhist temples, royal palaces, and other traditional buildings, you often see a plaque in Chinese announcing the name of the gate or the hall.  This palace, located near Suwon’s magnificent Hwaseong Fortress, has a very unusual example of calligraphy based on very old Chinese script. 

With the rise of the Hangeul in recent years and the decline of Chinese characters, a new form of Korean calligraphy has emerged, namely Hangeul calligraphy.  It is becoming more and more popular in Korea and there are some very nice examples of it, from calligraphic-style fonts in South Korea to its use in advertising. 

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(This image is taken from the Yale University Library announcing a special Hangeul calligraphy exhibition.)

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