Using the Cultural Heritage Administration Database

The National Treasures of South Korea are items, sites and buildings that are recognised for their cultural, historical or artistic value. These treasures are administrated by the Cultural Heritage Association, and include many items of clothing worn or made prior to 1600 CE.
They have a database, with photos of many of these items, in both English and Korean.

Search in Korean (Hangul)

For some reason, the English language website is no longer accessable from the front page, so you may like to use the Korean search engine for the database. It is also useful if you are having difficulty romanizing the hangul into romaja. (Incidentally, there a revised romanization that the South Korean government uses, which you can read about here.)

  1. Go to the website, http://www.cha.go.kr
  2. In the top navigation bar, mouse-over 문화유산정보 [Cultural Heritage Information] and then select 문화재검색 [Cultural property search].
  3. You will get a set of text boxes like this:
    Korean CHA
  4. The two main parts you will need, is the 문화재검색 [Cultural Property Search] box, and the 지정번호 [ID number] boxes. Quite often, the title is very descriptive, and you can search for the type of item (or building, or skill) as well as the area it is from, and sometimes even the owner, just by entering the detail in to the first box.
    Or, if you are trying to track down an object by the item number, (for example, this list, then enter the first part of the number (before the hyphen), in both boxes.
  5. Click the 검색 [retrieve] button.

Search in Korean (Romaja) and English

This version of the search engine, can search for both Romanized Korean, and English titles of items.

  1. Go to the website, http://english.cha.go.kr
  2. In the top navigation bar, mouse-over Heritage Info and then select General Search.
  3. The two main parts you will need, is the Keyword box, and the Designated Number boxes. Quite often, the title is very descriptive, and you can search for the type of item (or building, or skill) as well as the area it is from, and sometimes even the owner, just by entering the detail in to the first box.
    Or, if you are trying to track down an object by the item number, (for example, this list, then enter the first part of the number (before the hyphen), in both boxes and don't forget to check the box.
  4. Click the >Search button.

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